Business Briefing June 2018

Welcome to the June edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on Managing Butterfat at Grass, Managing Nitrogen Applications in Multi-Cut Grass Systems, Hedge Trimming Derogations, Countryside Stewardship: 2018 Applications, Forward Market Performance, Future of British Farming and Salvaging a Difficult Spring.

Managing Butterfat at Grass - Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

Butterfats typically reduce by 0.4% at turnout, with some herds experiencing 1% drops (i.e. 4.4% -> 3.4%). This often results in financial penalties or loss of income through not reaching constituent targets. Butterfat is made up of acetate and butyrate production, with glucose supplying the glycerol requirement. Read more...

Is Your Grass Too High? - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

Given the late season we have had, which has now been over-taken by dry weather, are you in the position of having grass covers that are too long? Are you struggling to get cows to graze grass down to the recommended 4 – 4.5cm residual when they leave a field? If so, you will not be alone. Read more....

Hedge Trimming Derogations - Steph Emmerson (Chippenham)

GAEC 7a – Boundaries; bans the cutting or trimming of hedges/trees between 1st March and 31st August 2018. However, if OSR or temporary grassland will be sown during August 2018, a derogation from this GAEC 7a requirement can be applied for to allow any hedges (or trees) associated with those land parcels to be cut and trimmed in August. Read more...

Salvaging a Difficult Spring - Gerard Finnan (Sherborne)

Measuring grass weekly, using and interpreting the data has ensured the ideal grazing wedge at the end of May has been achieved from a disastrous Spring. Out of adversity comes opportunity. It is never too late in the season to start measuring grass and taking control of your most valuable and cheapest resource. Read more...

Managing Nitrogen Applications in Multi-Cut Grass Systems - Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

Multicut silages are an excellent way to provide more high-quality grass silage over a season. There are other factors including PH and sulphur that grass needs but the key requirements are water, sunlight, warmth and nitrogen. Read more...

Countryside Stewardship: 2018 Applications - Sophie Cligg

For those of you who have requested a Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier or Capital Water Grant application pack from Natural England before the deadline of May 31st, you now have two months to put your full application together. This should be plenty of time IF you start planning your application now. Read more...

Forward Market Performance - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

Forward Market Performance (FMP) is AHDB’s market indicator and suggests that the milk price trend has now indeed reversed. Price moves upwards from June were predicted by this a couple of months ago, and indeed this is what is now happening in the actual market. Read more...

Future of British Farming - Jack Weeks (Chippenham)

I was able to attend a very informative breakfast meeting with George Eustice MP, Minister for Food Farming & Fisheries at the Bath & West show this year. Mr Eustice outlined his visions claiming “He’s the first agricultural minister with the power to make a change in 50 years” with significant emphasis on improving farm productivity & increased level of environmental improvement. Read more...

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