Business Briefing Newsletter July 2018

Welcome to the July edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on health and safety training, adding sugars to forage, an update on grants pre Brexit, improving the beef enterprise, heat stress, news on CSS mid-tier deadline extension and a report from this years FCG summer tour.

NWTG – Pre-Harvest Health & Safety Training – Steph Emmerson (Chippenham)

Appropriate training of staff on farms is becoming ever more important, not only for health and safety reasons but also for employee’s continual professional development (CPD). Here in Wiltshire, we are fortunate that the North Wiltshire Training Group (NWTG) operates in this part of the country. NWTG is a not for profit organisation that facilitates training courses at cost price to its members.

NWTG is run by a small, dedicated read more....

Adding Sugars to Forages to Help Ensilement – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

As outlined in my previous article about managing nitrogen use in multi cut silages (June 2018), sugar is a crucial component in forage ensilement and boosting energy supply in all forages. Sugars are referred to as water soluble carbohydrates (WSC) in a grass plant. Lactic acid is produced from WSC which stabilise the forage and prevent devaluation of silage quality from spoilage organisms.

The act of wilting enables read more....

Dairy Visit – FCG Tour – Wesley Habershon, Andy Dodd & Max Sealy (Chippenham)

This years FCG consultants summer tour looked at an existing clients Autumn & Spring block of 10,000 litre cows in Wiltshire. The cows are currently achieving 3,500 litres from forage and 330 litres from grass. The current operation is very restricted, and expansion is difficult. Cows are fed three diets; a fresh M+38 litres, M+45 litres high diet and a Medium/Low M+25 litres. There is 450 ha Read more...

Update on Grants – Prue Waterton (Chippenham)

As with many grants that have been available for the last few years, with Brexit soon to be upon us, certain grants have now finished, with the rest due to finish once we finally leave Europe. The recent RDPE Growth Programme grants finished at the end of May, which saw good opportunities for those with read more...

Improving the Beef Enterprise – William Waterfield (Andover)

One of the sectors predicted to be most severely affected by any new agricultural policy following Brexit is the Beef and Lamb sector. Currently this sector is highly reliant on area payments. With this in mind, AHDB Beef and Lamb have established a network of ten strategic farms on which they are working to demonstrate improvement that can be widely implemented by similar businesses.

As part of this Read more.....

CSS Mid -Tier Deadline Extension – Natasha James (Gloucester)

The application deadline for Mid-Tier applications has been extended from 31st July to 31st August. There had been increasing pressure on Natural England to extend the application window due to their inability to send out application packs.

Mid-tier and Natural England issues continue

It is understood that the

New Consultant Appointment for Sherborne Office

Colin Robertson has joined the Sherborne office of The Farm Consultancy Group as a Consultant.

After graduation in 1999 with a BSc Agric (Hons), Colin moved to America where he designed, built and managed two 1,700 cow high yielding herds plus youngstock for an absentee owner including a team of 35 Hispanics.

From there he moved to Australia

Heat Stress - Andrew Jones (Sherborne)

Heat stress can be an issue when temperatures exceed the comfort zone (thermo neutral zone) of 25oC, known as the upper critical temperature (UCT).

At temperatures above the UCT, cows become highly stressed and use two main Read more...

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