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 […]

Collaborative Farming

Recently, I visited the Kingshill Farming Company Ltd, comprised of four directors, all involved in farming businesses in the district of Somerton, Somerset.  The company was set up in 1999 to provide a machinery sharing facility between three farming businesses, all carrying out mixed farming systems.  The company focuses on farming 2200 acres of arable […]

Sheep Movements

We have recently been speaking to the Animal Plant and Health Agency to discuss rules on sheep registration and movements.  Applications to register temporary use of land to keep livestock (TLA) are becoming popular now and something which should be used where a grazier has sole occupancy over the land. Animal Plant and Health Agency […]