Business Briefing May 2018

Welcome to the May edition of the  Farm Consultancy Group  Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on sward repair, managing grass in a slow spring, farm accounting, BREXIT and a feature article on Health & Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit.

Consultation on Future Agricultural Policy – Health and Harmony - Max Sealy (Chippenham)

It is very important all involved in the agricultural industry, whether farmers, or part of the allied industry, make their voice heard in response to Health and Harmony, the future for food farming the environment in a green Brexit.  You can read a summary of the information available on the NFU website, or please contact us for a copy of the briefing paper.  Read more ... 

Sward Repair – Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

With the recent wet and snowy weather behind us now (hopefully), attention needs to focus on repairing damaged swards.  Damaged swards can produce >20% less dry matter in a year compared to a sward in good health.  Repairing may require a full reseed, but often over seeding or direct drilling can be just as effective.  Read more ...

Managing Grass But Not Compromising High Yielders in a Slow Spring – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

The late start to spring will have implications for both grass quality and cow performance. Grass quality is invariably compromised particularly where over wintered wedges have not been grazed, leading to lower energy grass with less water-soluble carbohydrates.  We have seen a significant range in grass values in the early season, particularly where fields were grazed harder over the winter either via cattle or in particular, via tack sheep.  This has allowed a fresher regrowth which responds to sun, water, temperature and nitrogen more effectively.  Read more ...

BREXIT - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

Last month I wrote a piece suggesting that if the new agricultural support scheme applying to the UK is too “green”, and not encouraging to production agriculture, some farmers will vote with their feet and opt out completely.  They will try to earn what they can from the market and ignore any payments from a UK farm support scheme, as payments will be small compared with the restrictions that may apply to their farming.  Read more ...

Recent Planning Success – Harry Edwards (Gloucester)

Recently the Gloucester office of the Farm Consultancy Group achieved a positive planning result in a contentious case that we had taken to committee.  The business applying for the agricultural tied house is based in the Cotswolds with only 30 acres of owned land, 200 acres of rented land on a mixture of short term FBT agreements, circa 550 ewes lambing in two batches and the proposal to operate a small scale outdoor pig unit selling the pigs direct to the public.  The reason for the dwelling was to allow progression of the business and for the son to take over and build the business up.  Read more ...

Farm Accounting - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

Some of you will be aware of the provisions of HMRC’s move towards Making Tax Digital (MTD) which comes into force by next April 2019.  Our sister company has written and continuously developed farm accounting software that will shortly be fully compliant with this requirement.  If you do your accounts manually, for instance in a cashbook, or on a spreadsheet based system, then your accounting will not be compliant with the HMRC’s requirements.   Read more ...

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