Grant Success Stories and Grant Updates

I have not been in my role at The Farm Consultancy Group for as many years as some of my ‘more experienced’ colleagues, however, over my 3 years I have never seen, (I’m sure my colleagues will agree) so many grants available at one time.  Whether this is BREXIT related or not, now is a […]

Separating Genetic Potential from Management Effect

As market conditions, weather, management choices and milk contracts change, it becomes increasingly important to ensure your breeding decisions meet your farms’ needs.  Both the main dairy breeding indexes in the UK (Profitable Lifetime Index – £PLI and Spring Calving Index – £SCI) are well established and strive to promote strong health traits; however, it […]

Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA)

Environmental Impact Assessments and its regulations can often be overlooked/forgotten when planning to change farming practices on the farm.  The intentions of the regulations, which are taken from the EU directive, are to assess the ‘effects of certain public and private projects on the environment’.  Within agriculture, there are a few instances where an EIA […]

NEW Farming Rules for Water

The New ‘Farming Rules for Water’ came in to place on 2nd April 2018.  Whilst termed as ‘new’ rules, there is a substantial overlap with the existing requirements set through Cross Compliance.  The aim of these rules being to deliver the obligations contained in the EU Water Framework Directive (Article 11(3) to reduce diffuse pollution, […]