National Minimum Wage (NMW) and National Living Wage (NLW); there has been some confusion over the two wage levels. From the 1st April 2016, the NLW applies to all workers, aged over 25 years old which will be £7.20/hour. So the NLW becomes the NMW from 1st April for over 25 year olds. The current […]

Improving Suckler Herd Performance

The number of suckler cows continues to decline on the back of poor profits. Figures from the latest Stocktake Report from AHDB Beef and Lamb show that only the top 33% of producers made a positive net margin before inputted costs. One of the differences is the level of output achieved; with the top third […]

Farming Community Network (FCN) – A growing need for support ……. ?

Agriculture is facing numerous challenges, including low and volatile prices, bTB restrictions, late BPS payments, difficult weather conditions and insecurity caused by uncertainty about the future. Here, in the South West, farming plays an important role in the local economy and the actions of farmers help shape the landscape and the environmental value of the […]

BPS: Have You Checked Your BPS Claim Statement?

Ian Browne (Stafford) For those of you who have started receiving 2015 BPS Claim Statements, can I urge you to check the areas mentioned within the claim against what you actually claimed last Spring. It would appear that a considerable number have got errors within them (over 35% of claims I have examined are incorrect). […]