Business Briefing February 2020

Welcome to the February 2020 edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on the Agricultural Bill, Forward Market Performance, Cubicle Bedding, Risk Register and many more...

The Agricultural Bill – Charles Holt (Lincoln)

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, read more...

Forward Market Performance (FMP) - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

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, read more...

Cubicle Bedding Options – Gerard Finnan (Sherborne)

Last year we surveyed our dairy farming customers on the quantities of bedding material used for milking cows while cubicle housed 24 hours per day.  Some farmers had mattresses/mats, some had concrete bases, some stone/chalk bases Read more...

Empty Fields, 2020 Purchased Starch Costs, Why Not Grow More Maize? – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

Spring maybe a few months away but planning is an essential ingredient for performance.  With the rain disrupting cereal and wheat plantings, cereal tonnage nationally will be down.  This will disrupt home grown starch sources and increase starch energy prices.  Read more...

What’s on Your Risk Register? Do You Even Have One? - William Waterfield (Andover)

I am a Trustee for a small charity that specialises in providing education opportunities in connection with Farming Food and the Environment.  One of the key accountability of the Trustee is the ability to show the Charity Commissioners that they are managing the risks to the business in a professional manner and with due diligence.  Our risk Read more...

Keeping Up to Date, So That You Are Up to Date!! - Gerard Finnan (Sherborne)

The FCG Sherborne Office is a growing small business with a team of 13 of us.  People are our biggest asset and we are continually investing in their training and development.  We want the team to grow and develop as the business grows. Read more...

Why Weigh? - Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

Most farmers are used to weighing beef cattle, pigs or finishing lambs to monitor growth rates and determine fitness for slaughter.  But how many dairy farmers weigh the milking cows regularly through the year. Most milk buyers now require farmers to monitor condition score (CS) of cows Read more...

Staff Housing on Farms - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

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, Read more...

Nitrogen Planning 2020 - William Waterfield (Andover)

The Met office recently released the data for autumn rainfall compared to the 30 year average and whilst it’s no surprise that most parts of the country have had at least 130% of their average autumn rainfall, making a prediction on the impact that this will have on nitrogen available for the 2020 crops is much more difficult.  For many areas, Read more...

2019 Winter Forages, What Have We Seen So Far? – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

A lot of talk has been made about excellent forage quality this season, backed up by some interesting forage analysis.  Whilst some forages are very good some silage sampling is over valuing forage qualities, it is important to recognise that most is done via the cheaper NIR method which is not fool proof.  Read more...

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