On the badger cull Adam Henson could be forgiven for being guarded.
As farmers have found ever since the pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire were first announced, trying to explain the battle against bovine TB from the livestock farmers point of view is extremely difficult.
Not because they cannot make the case. The case against fighting the disease on all fronts is a sound one, accepted by a majority of scientists, but because of the vitriol stirred up by the anti-cull campaigners and their high profile leaders.
When Adam last spoke out on the cull, to an audience of farmers in 2011, he revealed he had received hate mail from the anti-cull campaigners, including threats directed at his children, for tackling the issue on Countryfile
Last week, however, he was adamant the disease still had to be fought on all fronts. "We must think of this as a disease of the countryside," he said. "It must not be seen – although sadly it has been – as conservationists versus farmers.
"The majority of farmers are conservationists. I love to see wildlife on the farm, including badgers. But TB is in wildlife, it's in cattle, it has been detected in sheep, it's in farm pets, it has even been detected in some children living on farms. It is causing financial misery and personal heartache and it has got to be tackled on all fronts."
He admitted he was not sure the cull would work. "Only time will tell. But it is a really difficult thing for the agricultural industry, especially when there is such virulent feeling . For 'brand agriculture' it has been a blow below the belt. For farmers it is a terrible distraction."