Business Briefing January 2020

Welcome to the January 2020 edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on New Year's Resolutions, Are your silages performing this winter,  Planning Appraisals and Complexity, Lean Farming – Reduce Waste and many more....

New Year’s Resolution – Three Things to Implement in 2020 - Cari Beard (Chippenham)

As we all know, farming has THE worst health and safety record out of all other industries. As we enter the new year, a few simple changes could help to save a life!  Read  more....

Success - A Legally Binding 106 Agreement is Removed for Agricultural Planning Permission – William Waterfield (Andover)

Legally binding 106 conditions are quite commonly attached to planning permissions, and over time they can have serious impact on the ability to develop the business and reduce the core asset value. We were recently asked by a client to argue the agricultural case for the removal of a 106 condition that had been applied to a parcel of land when permission was granted for a new farm workers cottage in the 1980’s.  Read more...

Flooding and ‘Exceptional Events - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

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 run-off, you should contact the EA.  Read more...

Are Your Silages Performing This Winter? - Andrew Jones (Sherborne)

Despite many people having excellent stocks and nearly all samples showing encouraging feed quality, many farmers are reporting that grass silages are not milking as well as expected. Why is this and what can be done to improve performance for the rest of the winter? Read more...

Soil, Nutrient and Biodiversity Management Planning - Emily Wynder (Sherborne)

Recently I was asked to complete a soil, nutrient and biodiversity management plan for a client who required it for their milk buyer. It was a great opportunity to be able to discuss management of land to reduce the risks of soil runoff, erosion, nutrient leaching and biodiversity damage through improving cropping, fertiliser, sprays and livestock management.  Read more...

Planning Appraisals and Complexity - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

As many readers of this newsletter know, I have been involved in a considerable number of planning permission applications in recent years, many of which need a Planning Appraisal to accompany them. Sometimes they can be quite simple, and merely state the current situation on a farm, and why a new building, full development or occupational dwelling is required. In other cases, they can be very complex.  Read more...

Lean Farming – Reduce Waste! - Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

One of the key tools in Lean Farming is identifying waste. There are eight forms of waste that can be remembered via this acronym:  Read  more...

New Year Resolution – Building Healthy Soils - William Waterfield (Andover)

New year resolutions are seldom kept beyond Burns Night and normally involve giving up something that you like. So how about one for 2020 that will commit you to taking soil samples in January? Read  more...

Red Tape & Regulations – Health and Safety ‘Gone Mad’?! - Cari Beard (Chippenham)

We often read and are told about all the outrageous rules and regulations imposed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Whether ‘conkers banned in schools’ or ‘no flying kites on the beach’; it can leave us wondering how we are supposed to get anything done. However, Read more...

Identify Early Reabsorption with These Five Easy Steps - Mark Yearsley (Sherborne)

Every producer knows that dreaded feeling when you find a cow who once was pregnant suddenly shows up as “open.” Not only is this a discouraging feeling, but the loss of pregnancy can snowball into having a financial impact too. Read more...

Meeting the Red Tractor Dairy Standards – Synergy Calf Discussion Group - Emily Wynder (Sherborne)

In early December, Mark and I were invited to join Tom and Josh of Synergy Vets at one of the calf discussion group meetings to discuss compliance in calf rearing, especially with reference to The Red Tractor Standards. This month I will be looking at points raised at this event and actions to take to ensure you meet compliance rules. Read more...

Woodland Creation Grant - Sophie Cahill (Sherborne)

Every producer knows that dreaded feeling when you find a cow who once was pregnant suddenly shows up as “open.” Not only is this a discouraging feeling, but the loss of pregnancy can snowball into having a financial impact too. This grant Read more...

Fit for Farming? - Gerard Finnan (Sheborne)

One Careful Owner, this high-performance machine will run smoothly for a lifetime with a little care and attention. Minimal spare parts and basic maintenance required. Read more...

BREXIT Certainty? – Charles Holt (Lincoln)

The only thing that is certain following the election result is that we will be leaving the EU (legally) on 31st January, that we will still be subject to all rules and regulations until December 2020, and that after that, little is known. Trade negotiations, labour availability and domestic agricultural policy is still up in the air. Read more...

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