Business Briefing July 2020

Welcome to the July 2020 edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on Scholarships, Slurry separation, Reducing the Risk of Breaching Cross Compliance Rules  and many more...

Are Cows, Milk and the Dairy Industry Your Passion? If so, why not consider applying for a dairy scholarship? - William Waterfield (Andover)

Every year the Trehane Trust sponsors dairy-related scholarships through the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust.  They provide an opportunity for anyone aged between 22 and 45 years old and involved in any part of the dairy supply chain to study a dairy related subject at home or overseas, or a combination of both.  Read more...

Slurry Separation – Good Investment? - Mark Yearsley (Sherborne)

Mechanical separation of slurry improves the application and fertilising qualities of the separated slurry vs original slurry.  Separating slurry also reduces the amount of storage needed by up to 30%.

Separated Liquid - By separating the liquid from the solids:  Read more...

Save Time & Money with 5S - Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

5S is one of the tools used in Lean Farming.  It is used by Toyota to operate their Just in Time system to ensure people are not wasting time waiting for something or looking for something.

5S refers to the five “S” words used to help create an environment where your team is more productive and does not waste time, reducing business costs.  Read more...

Successful Succession - Dan Knight (Evolution ABS)

Having experienced a number of different challenges over recent months, many of us are thinking about our families and plans for the future.  There has been a lot of reflection regarding succession planning, which can be an emotive subject and one where it is difficult to know where to start. Read more...

Government Support for Dairy - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

The Government’s Dairy Response Fund is now open for business.  It is to be administered by the RPA and is there to assist dairy farmers who have been most affected by the pandemic.  The cap is £10,000 per business.   Read more...

Erratic Grass – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

Grazing can be as erratic as the weather, especially where strict grazing disciplines do not exist.    Take the following grass analysis we have seen over the last few months noting that both oil and crude protein have been all over the place.  Read more...

The Green Revolution - Max Sealy (Chippenham)

As the country emerges from Lockdown, the government’s free market ideology is going to be put into practice to bring forward a decade of investment largely driven by a carbon zero and green agenda.

Farming has a massive role to play in this whether it be solar, wind,  Read more...

Future Milk Price Update – 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 above shows that the price predicted by this analysis is now increasing again from August 2020.  As always, the absolute figures must not be used as predictions  Read more...

Zooming Good Training - Gerard Finnan (Sherborne)

One of the functions of The Farm Consultancy Group (FCG) is to provide group training for 25 consultants and rural business professionals every 6-8 weeks.  Pre Covid 19 we would meet for a day centrally in England and invite external experts or use within FCG colleagues to provide updates and training.   Read more...

New Income Streams for Farmers - William Waterfield (Andover)

The Government has announced that the current Basic Payment scheme will end in 2028.  The proposal for an enhanced Environmental Stewardship Scheme, in the form of Environmental Land Management (ELMS), is still some way off.   Read more...

Reducing the Risk of Breaching Cross Compliance Rules - Emily Wynder (Sherborne)

It is important to reduce the risk of any breaches or mistakes which can cause penalties on your farm support payments (including BPS).

Here are the Important Management Practices to be aware of for August 2020: Read more...

Grow More Grass with Sulphur - Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

Sulphur is an important element for plant growth and development.  It impacts on dry matter yield and protein levels in grass.  Sulphur has a close interaction with Nitrogen.  The aim should be to have an N:S ratio of 13:1.  Most detailed soil analysis will provide you with this information.  Read more...

New Employee & Worker Right - Gerard Finnan (Sherborne)

Employment law was updated in April.  Up to April 2020, employees who have been continuously employed for more than one month must have been provided with a written contract of employment within two months of employment commencing.  From 6 April 2020, all new employees and workers will have the right to a contract of employment or a statement of particulars from their first day of employment. Read more...

Are Your Contract Farming Agreements Fit for Purpose? - Max Sealy (Chippenham)

Some things to consider if this is you:

 Scrutiny - Changes in taxation rules and the volatility in the market may require changes in the agreement or working practices behind them.  Read more...

FCG Training in Lockdown - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

One of FCG’s jobs is to train and refresh all of us with regard to issues occurring on farms.  Succession for the next generation is frequently a mighty issue in a farm business.

When transferring a family business from one generation to another, we have to consider many factors, including: Read more...

Planning Permission in Lockdown - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

While I am finding that all planning departments that I have been in contact with are still working reasonably normally, inevitably there are delays in the planning process.  Planning Appeals, too, are taking a while to organise.  Read more...

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