Business Briefing March 2021

Welcome to the March 2021 edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on Countryside Stewardship Agreement applications, Training Employees, Consultation on Transport of Livestock, Global Milk Price Trends, GDT Auction Results and the UK National Situation  and many more...

CSS Success - Steph Emmerson (Chippenham)

We are pleased to announce the success of our Countryside Stewardship agreement applications from the WhiteAvon Office.  The final agreements are in for our 2020 Countryside Stewardship applications, and we are delighted to have secured over £2,230,000 income and a further £1,180,000 in capital items for our clients!    Read more...

Environmental Permitting – EA Enforced Variations – Harry Edwards (Gloucester)

On 21st February the Environment Agency completed their consultation of the implantation of Best Available Techniques (BAT) compliance and have written to the majority of permitted pig and poultry farms to send out a copy of the updated permit which now includes conditions to operate to BAT. As part of this process operators will also have to pay the £380 fee.  Read more...

Training Employees is a Task every Farm Must Undertake… - Cari Beard (Chippenham)

If you were given the choice between two pilots, one trained and one not, which would you choose?   The same concept can be applied to agriculture.  Take spraying for example, a trained operator or a non-trained operator?  When weighing up the pros and cons, it is easy to see how trained will win every time. Read more...

Consultation on Transport of Livestock Now Closed – Harry Edwards (Gloucester)

 Did you complete a consultation response to the Defra proposals for tighter rules on animal livestock that was released in December?  There is hope that there will be a common sense approach to this following the end of the consultation period that closed on Thursday 25th February.  Read more...

Weighing Up The Future - Max Sealy (Chippenham)

Numerous articles have been written over time about the importance of weighing cattle, particularly dairy, youngstock and beef animals, but also more latterly dairy cows.  With changes in dairy cow genetics, both in terms of pure breeding and cross breeding herds, , it is really important to know the average weight of cows, so you can accurately ration the feed that you are giving them and be able to do this.  Read more...

Global Milk Price Trends, GDT Auction Results and the UK National Situation - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

At the ‘trading event’ of 16th February, the GDT price increased yet again, for the seventh auction in a row by 3%.  A substantial increase at the next auction due on 2nd March was then anticipated by the market, and indeed this occurred.  A dramatic rise of 15% resulted on that day.  Read more...

Are You Using Your Farm Data to Increase Long-Term Efficiency and Profitability? – Mark Yearsley (Sherborne)

FCG and Old Mill Accountants look at dairy cost of production figures predominantly in the Wessex region, but we need to take a step further and study the physical data that is recorded and stored on farm, highlighting opportunities for improvement.  Read more...

What Financial Issues Will Farmers Face As We Come Out of COVID19? - Ed Warren (Sherborne)

I recently read an article telling me that Metro Bank is already facing large write offs as a result of the economy being partly closed over the past year.  They are regarded as a Challenger Bank and why should this concern farmers?      As we start to come out of this crisis, we will probably see the main High Street Banks facing similar issues.  What will happen to their margins then?  Read more...

Flooding – Practical and Holistic Approach is Needed – Harry Edwards (Gloucester)

The last few weeks of wet weather have again highlighted the pressing issue of flooding and the seemingly continual cycle of restoring damaged land only for it to be under water in no time.  The issue of how to manage flooding and alleviate the problems caused are complex with many stakeholders involved from landowners and farmers,  Read more...

Zoom Consultancy One Year On - Max Sealy (Chippenham)

No-one needs reminding of what has happened to the country and the structure of our working lives in the last 12 months.  Needless to say, within our consultancy businesses, we have seen a great deal of change with how we communicate and work with our clients.   Read more...

Beware The ‘Standard Man Day’ - Holly Hawker (Chippenham)

When applying for planning consent for a rural worker’s dwelling, it is still commonplace for councils to require a functional and financial test.  This is a hangover from the 1992 Planning Practice Guidance and requires a business to prove that it is both financially sound and that there is an essential need for a dwelling (or an additional dwelling if this is the case) on the site.  Read more...

Agriculture is Full of Innovation - Don’t Miss Out on the Potential Cash Back To Which You Could Be Entitled - George Drewett (Chippenham)

For the last 20 years, the R&D Tax Relief scheme has awarded billions of pounds to companies that have spent time and money seeking advancements and overcoming unique scientific or technological uncertainties.  Many UK farming businesses are eligible for R&D tax credits but are missing out due to misconceptions that eligible activity is limited to laboratories and pharmaceuticals.  Read more...

Employment Matters – Nick Taylor HR Dept (Guest Article)

The last year has been an unprecedented one for most businesses.  Whilst one or two sectors have emerged relatively unscathed there is little doubt that the brave new business landscape that awaits is likely to be equally challenging and uncertain.     What we do know, from a staff perspective, is that two key areas will be well and truly be under the spotlight and are already causing major problems for the unwary and the unprepared.  Read more...

Breeding For Efficiency – On Farm Experience - Tom Malleson (Sherborne)

A spring-calving herd I work with, recently started weighing their milking cows.  They have then used this data combined with 305-day milk solids production to determine the efficiency of each cow, expressed as kilos of milk solids as a percentage of liveweight.  This will then be used as a primary selection tool for targeting sexed dairy semen to the most efficient cows.  Read more...

Cross-Fertilisation of Ideas - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

One of the main reasons why members of FCG value the Farm Consultancy Group so much is the opportunity to share ideas, to debate various aspects of farm management, and to learn from each other’s experiences and skills.  We operate our own practices under the umbrella of FCG.  Read more...

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