Business Briefing May 2019

Welcome to the May edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on Grazing Your Higher Yield Herds More This Spring, Making Tax Digital (MTD), Red Clover the Protein Jewel in Rotation and many more...

Consider Grazing Your Higher Yield Herds More This Spring – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

With an increase in milk supply (2.5%+) this March thanks to an early turnout the milk price has reduced for some (i.e. Muller contracts 26.75ppl in April & May).  There is an read more...

Making Tax Digital (MTD) – The Hype is Over, and We Go Live! – Max Sealy (Chippenham)

The vast majority of our clients are now set up for Making Tax Digital through the FCG Accounting software in good time for the submission of your first VAT after 1st April. For most the quarter Read more...

Farming Trip to New Zealand - Max Sealy (Chippenham)

My wife Vicki and I were lucky enough to spend 4.5 weeks travelling in New Zealand in February and the first part of March. This was partly to visit our son, who was working for Gavin’s, a large agricultural contractor in the Waikato. Forage harvesting Read more...

Red Clover the Protein Jewel in Rotation – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

Lucerne, Red Clover & White Clover all offer cost effective returns especially where protein supplies are limited/expensive. It is well documented Read more...

Health and Safety Update - Cari Beard (Chippenham)

The statistics surrounding farming and health and safety are more than alarming. Year on year the number of people injured or killed on farms remains stubbornly high. The Health and Safety Executive Read more...

Value Stream Mapping - Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

I have recently written about Lean Farming and how this can help businesses identify areas of waste and eliminate them. As mentioned before there are eight areas of waste: Read more...

It’s Not a Crime to Take Time Off! - Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

Every farmer is very busy and in a lot of cases feels that they cannot take time off away from the farm as they “need” to be there. Taking time off is not a crime, in fact you could argue that not taking time off is a crime. Read more...

Digging Holes! – Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

The recent DEFRA survey “Farm Practice Survey” has revealed that 55% of farmers dig holes in fields to look at compaction, but more worryingly 45% do not. Digging Read more...

Making Tax Digital - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

FCG Accounting Ltd is our sister company, which produces an accounting package specifically for farms and rural businesses. It has now launched our MTD-ready accounts package. Read more...

Planning Permission Finally Granted After Appeal Lost - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

In mid-April I spoke at a planning committee meeting along with a client, to try to persuade a planning committee to grant permanent permission for an existing log cabin, that only had a temporary planning consent. It was first placed Read more...

Goals - Where Do You See You & Your Business in Ten Years’ Time? – Gerard Finnan (Sherborne)

The late 1990’s follow-up study of a group of Harvard students revealed that over a 10-year period the three percent of that group who had written personal goals were ten times more successful than the other ninety-seven per cent who had not. Read more...

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