When the cost of milk plummeted from five pence a litre to one, Shropshire farmer Andrew Watson Jones made the heavy-hearted decision to swap cattle for chickens.
The struggling third-generation dairy farmer sold his herd of 210 pedigree Holstein cattle and an Aberdeen Angus bull in November to make money from more profitable broiler chickens.
The 51-year-old, of Howle Manor, Newport, formed a partnership with Moy Park Limited, a company in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, which sells chicken products.
But after last week's avian flu outbreak in Suffolk, Mr Watson Jones faces a new challenge. In nine days, 60,000 chickens will arrive at Howle Manor, to be housed in two sheds.
"The timing is great, I must confess, but all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and hope it does not go any further," he said last night. The next few days are going to be crucial and nerve-wracking but if it was just one outbreak, it has been wonderfully contained."
Mr Watson Jones said once the chickens arrive, he would have to follow strict biosecurity standards set by the Government.
"Regulations for biosecurity must be followed. For example, you let absolutely nobody on site that does not need to be there," he said. "No one is allowed into the sheds with the birds apart from the person working there, who has to change their footwear for every shed.
"If this can get into a shed, the only way it can be brought in is by walking in from one shed to another."