Business Briefing June 2019

Welcome to the June edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on The Importance of Planning a Stewardship, Top Tips for staying safe at Silaging, Bank Pressure – Case Study, Big 300-350 Miles, Dairy Opportunity and many more...

The Importance of Planning a Stewardship – Chloe Dyche (Gloucester)

With the Mid-Tier Stewardship application deadline only 2 months away it is time to begin thinking about annual options and capital items. Due to the different rules and regulations that come with holding a stewardship agreement, it is hugely important to plan ahead and ensure that all the options selected can be easily managed thus not creating further read more...

Silaging Safety - Cari Beard (Chippenham)

Top Tips for staying safe at Silaging:
1. Ensure all tractors and equipment are maintained, in a good condition (including all guards in place) and only operated by competent persons.
2. Switch the machine off and allow time for it to stop before clearing blockages. read more...

Pressure from the Bank - A Case Study - Kevin Edwards (Gloucester)

We have noticed increasing pressure from Banks towards some clients for whom we work with. I have summarised below a situation that has recently occurred.

My client is unmarried, living at home with his unmarried brother and father. They own their farm and gave up dairy farming four years ago and changed their business model to heifer read more...

Big 350 – 350 Miles in 50 Hours Non-Stop – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

So, we completed our challenge from the Lake District to Devizes in the required time and quite frankly this was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. The physical aspect was a challenge but the mental torture of no sleep whilst walking 3.5mph average was even worse. Read more...

JV Dairy Opportunity Dorset – Gerard Finnan (Sherborne)

An exciting opportunity to contract dairy farm has arisen in Dorset with a 1st October start. The suitable person would initially manage the herd for one year, with the intention of taking on a formal contract farming arrangement for an initial five-year period. The read more...

Making Tax Digital - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

Those of you involved with business administration may well be in the throes of registering your business for MTD and negotiating various software changes. Such changes should enable your VAT returns to be submitted digitally to the Revenue. Read more...

US Soya Beans versus Maize Plantations and the Market Effects – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

Soya has rallied up from £280/t mark to £320/t (31.05.19). This is predominantly due to the US-China trade wars and the record soya plantations last year. Surprisingly prices read more...

Reminder to Re-Register for Waste Exemptions – Harry Edwards (Gloucester)

Many farmers will need to re-register for waste exemptions over the next couple of months as current exemptions for many are due to expire. Waste exemptions last three years and the Environment read more...

Brexit & Currency Exchange Rates - Gerard Finnan (Sherborne)

How could your business cope with a 10% increase in the value of sterling vs euro/dollar? By voting to leave Europe nearly three years ago, the opposite happened. Sterling actually fell in value by 20%. This had the effect of increasing your milk, read more...

Planning Permission Grant and Second House Built - Charles Holt (Lincoln

It was very good to receive an email recently, with a photograph of a new farmhouse built on a dairy farm in Buckinghamshire. This was a case I dealt with a little while ago. Read more...

Mixed Messages from the Organic Dairy Sector - William Waterfield (Andover)

After a period of steady growth and relatively stable prices, the organic sector is starting to send out mixed messages. Against a background of a sector growth across Europe up 6.4% in 2016-17, the UK managed a meagre 1.5% growth read more...

Take The Guesswork Out Of The Crap! - Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

We are supposed to be operating in a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way, but so many farmers apply slurry in a very haphazard and very inefficient way! I still read more...

Eat More Healthily & Get Cheap On Farm Feed Dry Matter Results - Mark Yearsley (Sherborne)

This is from an article I picked up from Progressive Dairyman whilst at Dairy Expo last year.
The dry matter (DM) of your cow ration/silages will have a huge impact on cow intakes. This is a quick, cheap and effective way to test silage and TMR diets to find out their DM value using a household Air Fryer. Read more...

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