The Agricultural Bill

George Eustice introduced the government’s Agriculture Bill to the Commons on 16th January. It is likely to become law in or around April, with codes of practice and further enabling legislation to follow. Clearly the government wants to remove the current requirement to farm land from subsidies paid. Furthermore, the government wants to de-link subsidies […]

Forward Market Performance (FMP)

FMP is AHDB’s market indicator for future milk prices, based on AMPE and futures contracts for butter and SMP. The table below shows that the price predicted by this analysis was down for the period to December 2019, but it is now back up for the months all the way to April 2020. The reason […]

Staff Housing on Farms

One of the main issues frequently cited as a problem for dairy farming businesses is the availability of good staff. One of the main considerations of a potential new staff member is the quality of housing on offer. If you are struggling with staff recruitment and retention, is your housing up to scratch? Is the […]

Flooding and ‘Exceptional Events’

The EA in theory allows you to spread slurry on very wet land in ‘exceptional events’.  You need to have a contingency plan for such an event and should be able to produce it.  If you must spread slurry because your lagoon or tower is in danger of overflowing, and there is a danger of […]