Business Briefing December 2019

Welcome to the December  2019 edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on FCG Accounting & Farm Accounts, Investment Appraisal, Milk Quality or Litres?, The CIL application process and many more....

"Happy Cows Equals Happy Farmer!"- Mark Yearsley (Sherborne)

Having an assessment from a Cow Signals trained adviser will provide you with an in-depth report about your herd and how you are managing it. The ethos on Cow Signals is simple - Look, Think and Act, based around the 6 Freedoms: -  Read more...

Meeting the Red Tractor Dairy standards- Emily Wynder (Sherborne)

Over the last few months, I have been looking at different areas of the dairy farm and requirements for meeting Red Tractor standards. Following a recent visit to a client who asked me to help them prepare for their first Dairy audit, we agreed an action plan to get the farm in shape. Read more...

Methane & the 9% of UK Greenhouse gases contributed by Agriculture – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

Globally Agriculture is stated to contribute 14% of greenhouse gases. These include Nitrous Oxide (fertiliser, run off and waste) and Methane. Methane is x21 as detrimental as CO2. Interestingly British Agriculture is said to contribute 9% of its greenhouse gases.  Read more...

FCG Accounting & Farm Accounts – Charles Holt (Lincoln)

Our Farm Accounts software goes from strength to strength. In particular, we are frequently complimented on the quality of our reporting for farm businesses. If good reports from your present accounts system are not available to you, contact us urgently.  Read more...

CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) – George Drewett (Chippenham)

Within our role as farm business consultants we carry out a number of agricultural justification reports and work closely with planning consultants.

A planning consultant recently advised that most local planning authorities have adopted CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) to raise money for new infrastructure. Each local Read more...

Grant Completion Deadline Looming– Don’t Panic! - Emily Wynder (Sherborne)

Following a wet couple of months, those of you with a Capital Water Grant or an Environmental Stewardship deadline looming on 31st December 2019 may be concerned that you are not going to be able to get the work done in time. Read more...

Milk Quality or Litres? - Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

This autumn we are seeing cows with much higher butterfat and protein levels, but reduced milk yields. A number of clients have queried this wondering if the cows should be milking better, i.e. producing more litres.
It is important to remember that as milk quality increases the energy requirement also increases. Read more...

Have You Kept Up to Date with the Making Tax Digital Legislation? - Charlotte Male (Sherborne)

Making Tax Digital (MTD) has now been live since 1st April 2019. The requirements state that any business with a taxable turnover over £85,000 should be signed up for MTD on or after the 1st of April 2019. Since April there has been an opportunity for both quarterly and monthly VAT submissions to be completed through MTD.  Read more...

FCG Client Wins Best Producer at the Prestigious Observer Awards - Andrea Leach (Chippenham)

Jess and her Dad Mike have been clients of FCG since the late 90’s first with Phil Cooper then with Max Sealy when they started bottling their own milk.
Jess said “Max has been instrumental in driving our business forward, supporting and advising us through the various challenges and shifts in direction that our business has seen over the years, Read more...

Reducing Methane via Legumes and high-quality grass – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

Following on from my previous article on the role of UK Agriculture on reducing its methane contribution and achieving Carbon Zero I look to the role of Legumes and high-quality grass.   Read more...

Investment Appraisal – Charles Holt (Lincoln)

When reading about Nottingham University’s investment in a major upgrade and expansion of its dairy unit, it occurred to me that an economic assessment would be interesting. For instance, they replaced their ‘old’ robotic milkers, that were just fifteen years old. This is quite a young age for dairy fixed equipment, but maybe not surprising. An investment appraisal may well have been done  Read more...

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