Business Briefing Newsletter – October 2019

Welcome to the October 2019 edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on .... Brexit planning, giving your business 'health check', business planning  and banking services, BPS 2020 and Greening, calf performance, farm safety and more.

 

What is Your Plan? – Ian Browne (Stafford)

In these uncertain times where confusion seems to surround us, we need to regain our focus.  There is an awful lot of rubbish being talked and rumours circulating that can become very negative.  On the 1st November we will all wake up and get on with our lives as we have done for many years!  Read more ...

 

Time For A Business Health Check? – Ian Browne (Stafford)

Now would be a good time to review your whole business and life and effectively carry out a “Business Health Check”.  Where should one start?  For most people this is one of the hardest areas to define.   To achieve a good conclusion, one must know where you are striving to get to.  By definition, this implies that you have a long-term plan or set of goals to achieve.  If this is not the case, then start and develop a clear set of goals that will guide the business strategy.  Strategy is the method that will be adopted to achieve the goals i.e. the way you tackle the business of farming or any other wealth generation.  Read more ...

 

Banks – Better The Devil You Know? - Andy Dodd (Chippenham)

Over the past 12 months, we have been busy putting business plans together for clients looking to borrow money for various on-farm projects; this has ranged from cubicle sheds, parlours, bridging loans for grant funded projects and more general re-financing of existing borrowing.  Read more ...

 

BPS 2020 and Greening - (Sophie Cahill)

It may seem a little early to be thinking about next year’s Basic Payment Scheme application, however, now is the time to start checking your cropping plans against the current BPS greening rules.

Any BPS applicant with more than 10ha of arable land must consider the greening rules when thinking about their cropping for the next year.  Read more ...

 

How Are Your Calves Performing? - Mark Yearsley (Sherborne)

Calf management is as important as managing your cows, they are the future herd therefore they need looking after.  It costs on average £2,000 to rear a heifer to calve at two years therefore providing the best start is very important.  Disease will not only hit growth rates but loss in performance throughout their lactations.  One area that is often neglected as usually investment is needed, is housing.  Read more ...

 

Farm Safety – Charles Holt (Lincoln)

At a recent FCG training meeting, our colleague Cari Beard spoke to us on farm safety.  I want to highlight one crucial point.  Every employer has to have a Health & Safety policy – no ‘ifs’ and no ‘buts’. If you have 5 or more staff, it has to be written down.  By implication, if you have 4 or fewer staff members, it does not have to be written.  Read more ...

 

The Amazon is Alight! And You Guessed It, We Are Responsible! – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

“Every meat-eater on the planet is helping to fuel the Amazon forest fires – here’s how”

Alex Lockwood (Friday 23rd August; The Independent)

Sorry to bring the doom and gloom articles but I believe it is part of my job to see what the world, UK or customers/prospective customers are being fed by the media, so that we producers, advisors and nutritionists can provide counter arguments to these one sided articles often with vested interest.  Read more ...

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