Business Briefing February 2019

Welcome to the February edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on “Veganuary” and “Dry January”, Weighing Your Dairy Cows, How efficient is your herd?, What Are Your Cows Telling You? and many more.

Are You Managing Ryegrass for Optimal Plant and Animal Performance? - Tom Malleson (Sherborne)

Ryegrass maintains a maximum of three live leaves per tiller. Delaying grazing beyond the emergence of the fourth leaf results in a decline in pasture quality, wasted pasture and shading of the lower tillers. Read more...

Hugs From A Farmer - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

It is not often that I receive a hug from a farmer-client and his wife, but when it happens, it is hugely gratifying. I recently appeared at a planning committee to assist them in their application Read more...

Clear Vision & Strategy – Gerard Finnan

The most profitable businesses have clear goals and a strategic plan to implement their vision of where and how they wish to grow their business. This was one of the first and most important business lessons I learned in NZ. I Read more...

Going to Dairy Tech - 6th February? - Prue Waterton (Chippenham)

Dairy-Tech is great show, showcasing the very best of the industry and the new technology, products and services that are available. Alongside the usual dairy companies offering advice, sales pitches and free tea, coffee and a variety of Read more...

“Veganuary” and “Dry January” – Charles Holt (Lincoln)

Like, I suspect, many involved in agriculture, I have a number of friends and relations who have nothing to do with farming, and who are town or city dwellers. Many of them have been talking about “veganuary”, and a handful who have even tried it. Read more..

Thoughts from Oxford – William Waterfield (Andover)

Oxford is the place to head in the first week of the new year if you need to reset yourself after the holiday period, whether it’s to the Oxford Farming Conference or the Oxford Real Farming Conference which this year celebrated 10 years. As food producers 2 slides above all caught Read more...

How Can FCG Help My Farm Business? - Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

Over four years ago, we sat down with the Pickford family and they asked us that same question, read on to discover how FCG consultants Read more...

What Are Your Cows Telling You? - Andrew Jones (Sherborne)

Just like you and I, cows display sidedness behaviour. You might have noticed by the way a cow prefers to lie on a particular side, or more stand for milking on one side of a herringbone parlour no matter what you try! Scientifically this is referred to as laterality Read more...

“Peer To Peer Lending” – Charles Holt (Lincoln)

“Peer-to-Peer” lending has grown hugely in the UK in recent years. Information on the risks and rewards of it are widely available on line, with some of the most authoritative advice on the Martin Lewis website. The three most widely used such lenders Read more...

Purpose of Finance - Ed Warren (Sherborne)

I recently read an interesting article on farming finance by an Alternative Finance Provider, not a High Street Bank. In the commentary it said that many banks have reduced their number of managers which may be partially true, as many banks only have regular Read more...

Time to Look at Lucerne – William Waterfield

The 2018 drought has placed pressure on many forage systems and highlighted the need for more resilient forage production. Lucerne a very deep rooting and drought tolerant legume and has been a minor Read more...

Weighing Your Dairy Cows - Gerard Finnan (Sherborne)

I have always been a big advocate of weighing growing beef and dairy youngstock as a means of monitoring output and performance, but should you be doing this on dairy cows also? Is this not just more work and information overload? Read more...

Methaldahyde Ban As Of Spring 2020 - Prue Waterton (Chippenham)

Along with the multiple changes Brexit will bring to the agricultural industry, the recent ban announcement on the well-used molluscicide metaldehyde will be yet another blow. As of spring Read more...

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