Business Briefing November 2017

Welcome to The Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter for November 2017. 

Introduction – Andover Office

The Andover office of the Farm Consultancy Group offers a range of services to clients across the Home Counties and South East.  A key aspect of our service is helping businesses develop into profitable businesses that can adapt to challenges. Our clients include the full range of dairy businesses from those on aligned contracts to Read more

BREXIT Preparing for the Unknown – William Waterfield (Andover)

Irrespective of your views on Brexit it is most likely to result in significant challenges and opportunities for UK agriculture.  At this stage of negotiations any opinion can only be a guess, however this uncertainly should not stop you from preparing plans for the future on the basis of the best information available. Read more

Meetings - William Waterfield (Andover)

November is gearing up to be a busy month for the Andover Office. We are part of the AHDB Beef and Lamb Strategic Farms for Beef program, part of the wider Farm Excellence Platform. The project aims to demonstrate clear advances in on-farm productivity, where each of the 10 host farmers is holding an initial farm walk before Read more

Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer Of The Year - Gerard Finnan (Sherborne)

Congratulations to Neville & Sue Loder who were awarded the coveted Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer Of The Year 2017.
The 2008 South West Dairy Farmers of the Year winners, from Sherborne, Dorset, eclipsed their previous success nine years later to the day when they won the top accolade in early October.  The Loders Read more

Cross Compliance: A Note for Livestock Farmers – Steph Emmerson (Chippenham)

Annual Sheep and Goat Inventory
If you are a registered sheep and goat farmer you should receive your sheep and goat annual inventory forms in the post along with a pre-paid envelope or via email from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) at the end of November. This must be completed Read more

Organic – Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

We have had several dairy businesses enquire about organic conversion in the last couple of months, looking at converting their farms to organic production. With a milk price of around 40 ppl and conversion grants ranging from Read more

Forward Market Performance – Charles Holt (Lincoln)

Forward Market Performance (FMP) is AHDB’s market indicator which tracks the difference between current market prices and prices of the small amount of dairy product traded on futures contracts. The table below indicates that the FMP calculations suggest that the milk price trend has turned sharply downwards as from September 2017 Read more

Improving Soil Fertility: Take it in Small Steps – William Waterfield (Andover)

For FCG, training has always been an important part of what we do, ensuring that our colleagues are keeping up to date and well informed. We recently arranged a training day on Improving Soil Fertility and. whilst the subject is very complex, the importance of soil biology and the role of plant photosynthesis in returning nutrients to the soil biology is now fully realised. It is Read more

For more articles follow the links:

Woodland Creation Grant: CSS 2018 – Prue Waterton (Chippenham)

P and K Usage – Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

Clamping Soya Hulls with Fodder Beet – Wesley Habershon (Chippenham)

Marathon and Milk – Charles Holt (Lincoln)

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