Improving the Beef Enterprise

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 […]

Water Abstraction Licences

With the continued dry weather, it is perhaps more important than ever to ensure you have the required abstraction license if needed as outlined below. The requirements are: • You must have a licence from the Environment Agency to take (abstract) more than 20 cubic metres (4,400 gallons) of water, from an inland or underground […]

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, […]

Cross Compliance: A Note for Livestock Farmers

Annual Sheep and Goat Inventory If you are a registered sheep and goat farmer you should receive your sheep and goat annual inventory forms in the post along with a pre-paid envelope or via email from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) at the end of November.  This must be completed and […]