Business Briefing September 2020

Welcome to the September 2020 edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on Government Support, Bounce Back Loan Scheme, Post Milking Disinfection, Biodiversity Plans and many more.

Government Support – Charles Holt (Lincoln)

The Government’s self-employed support scheme (SEISS) has re-launched, with an end date of 19th October. The good thing about it is that it is a grant, not a loan. Applicants must have been adversely affected by the pandemic since 14th July.  Read more...

Bounce Back Loan Scheme - Should You Apply? – Harry Edwards (Gloucester)

Although most are already conscious of the available support, a surprising number of businesses are still not fully aware of what is available or how best to utilise the loan to benefit the business.  Read more...

Another Success - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

Working with an architect, who instructed me, I am delighted to say that we have obtained a successful decision from the planners for a third house on a farm to support the operation of an irrigation reservoir. Read more...

FCG Response to ELMS Consultation - William Waterfield (Andover)

The reduction in Basic Payments Scheme will start next year and a new era of agriculture support is imminent. The BPS replacement system known as Environmental Land Management Scheme ELMS is starting to be brought together. Read more...

Post Milking Disinfection – Mark Yearsley (Sherborne)

Post milking teat disinfection is especially effective against the contagious pathogens Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus agalactiae. Teat disinfection is less effective in reducing the new infection rate of “environmental” pathogens such as Coliforms and Streptococcus species other than Streptococcus agalactiae. Read more...

Fertiliser Safe Storage - Tom Malleson (Sherborne)

The recent horrific event in Lebanon brings the storage of Ammonium Nitrate fertiliser into sharp focus. With a close family member living in Beirut (thankfully unhurt) this has been foremost in my mind recently.  Read more...

What is The Rural Community Energy Fund? – Max Sealy (Chippenham)

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is being delivered by the five Local Energy Hubs in England on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Read more...

Biodiversity Plans - Cari Beard (Chippenham)

With about 70% of land in the UK being used for agriculture, the Agroecosystem (farmland habitat) is arguably the most important environment in the UK. A diverse agroecosystem is essential for productivity, function and stability of the environment.  Read more...

Round Two Self Employed Support – Harry Edwards (Gloucester)

The second round of support under the government Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has now opened. This offers a one-off grant payment of up to £6,750. This is open to all self-employed including partners within a farming business. Read more...

How to Stop the Dairy Farmer Exodus - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

It continues to be fashionable to exit dairy farming. Ever since I first worked as a farm consultant, the numbers of both all UK farmers and (specifically) dairy farmers has continued to fall. I just hope dairy farming doesn’t go the way of coal-mining in the country, which has now (I hear) ceased completely. Read more...

Banks Reopen for New Business – Ed Warren (Sherborne)

Great News! All the main banks appear to be open again to look at new deals for non-customers. It has been very difficult to get competitive tendering for deals, as Banks were reluctant to look at New Customers because of Covid 19. Read more...

The Proof of The Changes Are in The Results! - Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

Over the last five years we have been working with one of our clients to improve the milk quality and production efficiency. The table below summaries the improvements achieved over the last five years:  Read more...

Is It Time for Rent Review? - William Waterfield (Andover)

Many tenants are reluctant to seek a rent review for fear of upsetting a longstanding relationship with their landlord. Many Agricultural Holding Act Tenancies and Farm Business Tenancies only Read more...

Home Grown Grain - Max Sealy (Chippenham)

On our own farm we grew 50 acres of spring barley this year. We originally intended to grow wheat but were unable to plant due to the wet weather last autumn, so we switched to spring cropping. The majority Read more...

Dairy Beef Collaboration – Update - Tom Malleson (Sherborne)

Following on from my article in February last year, we now have some data from dairy cross beef animals from several sources. It is too early to draw significant conclusions but at around 16 months old, Read more...

Forage Crops in Arable Rotations - Max Sealy (Chippenham)

With the virtual demise of oilseed rape on many arable farms we are seeing an increasing interest from arable and dairy farmers to work closer together to grow forage crops. In the past this has often Read more...

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