Business Briefing Newsletter for January 2018

Welcome to the first Farm Consultancy Group  Business Briefing Newsletter for 2018.   In this January issue topics include Greening, RDPE, fertiliser planning, GPDO planning and milk production.

Calne Dairy Discussion Group : Financial Benchmarking 2016-17 - Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

The most recent Calne Dairy Discussion Group meeting focussed on the financial benchmarking of 12 Calne Dairy Discussion Group members and was run by Max Sealy & Ricky Haines (Old Mill). Herds ranged from fully housed TMR fed farms to simpler compound and grazing herds, with many farmers on a Cadburys milk contract. Old Mill and FCG combined clients to compare data against the Calne Dairy Discussion Group.  Read more ...

New Year, New Greening Rules! – Steph Emmerson (Chippenham)

There are some key changes to the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) which will take effect from the 1st January 2018, including:

• Active Farmer - Member States have the option to drop the "active farmer" rule. DEFRA is considering this at the moment and this may take effect in England for BPS 2018 and should be confirmed by early 2018. Decisions are awaited from other parts of the UK.  Read more ...

RDPE Grant deadline extended – Prue Waterton (Chippenham)

The RDPE Growth Programme Grant has been updated as of the end of November. The Expression of Interest (EoI) deadline has been extended to 31st May 2018, from 31st January 2018.

The EoI is the first stage in the 2-stage application process for the Growth Programme grant. More LEP (Local Enterprise Partnerships) areas have also been added for the 3 different grants, including The Marches, Worcestershire and Lancashire. The deadline extension indicates that this funding is not being utilised and now is the opportunity to take advantage while it is still available.  Read more ...

Planning Consultancy and Class Q of the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

As a part of our FCG ongoing training and CPD, I organised a day of training on planning earlier this month. One session was from a planning solicitor. One of the areas he specialises in is Class Q of the GPDO. This enables farmers to use permitted development rights to convert agricultural buildings into up to three dwellings, under certain circumstances.  Read more ...

Fertiliser Planning – Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

With fertiliser prices increasing by £70 per tonne, or more, compared to the summer, it is all the more important to ensure that you plan correctly for individual crops so that you are using the right amount of fertiliser to achieve the desired yield and quality.  Read more ...

Don’t Increase Milk Production (+ 12 Months) – Gerard Finnan (Sherborne)

This time last year, I wrote an article on the correlation between milk price and production. As highlighted from the table below, as milk price reduced in 2014/15 and 2015/16 from 32.7 ppl average to 24.1 ppl average, farmers reacted by increasing output by 8% over two years.  Finally, market forces prevailed aided by the milk reduction scheme and less favourable feed quality to reduce production by 5.2% in 2016/17. Consequently, milk prices have increased by 5.6 ppl on average to 29.4 ppl (estimated average by March 2018).  Read more ...

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