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 […]

Planning Success

I was delighted to hear from a planning consultant with whom I work regularly, that we have just achieved planning approval for a permanent dwelling on a very small farm. This is a holding of just 3 acres, but with a further 12 acres rented. The approved house has, of course, had an agricultural occupancy […]

Don’t Forget the Clover

With energy prices rising around the world, it is almost inevitable that next seasons nitrogen fertiliser will be considerably more expensive than the material that is currently sat in your barn.  With this in mind, and the continuing volatility of milk prices, farmers should consider the benefits that can be derived from including sufficient clover […]

‘Stamp Out BVD’ Funding

As of the 21st June, a new funding package was announced by Defra and SAC Consulting.  £5.7 million will be available to cattle breeders in England to help tackle BVD. BVD costs farmers up to £60m/year in reduced growth, poor health from pneumonia and diarrhoea, increased infertility and higher rates of foetal death.  Rigorous testing […]