FCG Business Briefing June 2021

Welcome to the June 2021 edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on Recent £300k Grant Success, £150/Cow Extra Profit in 75 Days!, BPS Removal, Discussion Groups and many more...

Recent £300k Grant Success - Harry Edwards (Gloucester)

Over the last couple of weeks, the Gloucester office has had a further two Countryside Productivity grant approvals.  Grant awarded for Crisp Processing plant - £252,000.  Grant awarded for on farm container storage - £79,000. Read more...

Is There a Reason for Change? - Mark Yearsley (Sherborne)

We all become “Creatures of Habit” and farmers are no different.  As Einstein’s definition of madness was …..”Continuing to do the same thing and expecting a different outcome”!  Part of our job is to give farming businesses the direction and confidence to create new opportunities.  Read more...

£150/Cow Extra Profit in 75 Days! – Gerard Finnan (Sherborne)

If you were given a 2ppl milk price increase and could pocket the annual cashflow benefit in the first three months, would you be interested?  This is what one of my clients did this spring by turning his 7500 Litre autumn calved herd out to grass one month earlier.   Read more...

BPS Removal – Charles Holt (Lincoln)

We are all too aware of the imminent disappearance of the BPS, and the arrival of the much-heralded ELMS scheme.  BPS will be approximately halved by 2024, and it will disappear after the last payment is made in 2027.  The requirement to farm the land after 2024 will also go.  The serious detail of the ELMS scheme is still awaited.  Read more...

Building Fully Functional Soils – William Waterfield (Andover)

Much of the talk around soils is currently focused on their ability to provide Public Goods such as carbon storage and flood alleviation.  Agriculturally soils perform several more important roles including water retention and drought prevention but also provide a reservoir for plant nutrients and an environment in which a host of microorganisms can convert the plants simple sugars into plant available nutrients.  Read more...

Discussion Groups – A Passion and Inspiration - Tom Malleson (Sherborne)

In my early days after University, I worked as a Herd Manager in Staffordshire and was lucky enough to work for an employer who involved me in two excellent dairy discussion groups.  The inspiration and motivation of these groups, run by Tom Phillips and FCG’s Ian Browne, provided me has contributed hugely towards my career in agriculture.  Now running my own dairy business in Dorset  Read more...

Sward Repair – Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

With the wet/cold weather hopefully behind us now, attention needs to focus on repairing damaged swards caused by grazing stock in less than ideal conditions.  Damaged swards can produce >20% less dry matter (DM), in a year compared to a sward in good health.  A healthy sward should produce 12 tonnes per hectare of DM per annum, so a 20% drop in production equates to 2.4 tonnes of DM per hectare less. Read more...

CSS Grant and Regenerative Farming – William Waterfield (Andover)

One of the major issues for a lot of farmers looking to move into regenerative arable production is that there is a significant financial risk arising from changing cropping and practices.  This is especially true in the first few years before savings can be made to overheads or variable costs.  Countryside Stewardship grants can help to reduce this risk in a number of ways.  Read more...

Lack of Data - Charles Holt (Lincoln)

I have recently taken on a new client.  They came to me as a result of an introduction from their bank. I have been severely hampered in the help I can give the client, as there is such a lack of data and figures available.  As the old saying goes “if you don’t measure it, you can’t manage it”, and that is certainly a problem here.  Read more...

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