FCG Business Briefing Newsletter May 2020

Welcome to the May 2020 edition of the Farm Consultancy Group Business Briefing Newsletter.   In this issue you will find articles on the Omsco, Covid 19 & Banking, Milk Production Less Losses and many more...

Organic Milk Prices Sector Outlook – William Waterfield (Andover)

The coronavirus pandemic has caused turmoil in some sectors of the milk market and the organic sector has not escaped entirely. For those who supply the food services sector demand dried up almost overnight.  Read more...

Covid 19 and Banks - Ed Warren

All of you will have read the press recently with great interest around the support that was promised by British Banks for businesses struggling with adverse conditions.  Read more...

Cut Milk Production with Less Losses! - Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

A number of milk processors have asked farmers to reduce milk output and some have introduced a two-tier pricing structure with B milk being very low in value as sold on the spot market. People forget that it is not as simple as turning off a tap to reduce milk volumes.  Read more...

Planning Permission and Time Limits – Charles Holt (Lincoln) A4

One issue that anyone with an existing planning permission needs to bear in mind is actually starting it. Planning permission usually comes with a three-year time limit for beginning the works. With the lockdown, there is now a real possibility that you will not be able to implement the permission in time  Read more...

Are You Making the Most of your Milk Recording Data? - Andrew Jones (Sherborne)

With the current social distancing measures in place and Vets recommending that their members only see animals on an emergency basis, is now the time to be maximising the use of the data you have available from your milk recording?  Read more...

Soil Quality and Infiltration Rate - William Waterfield (Andover)

I am quite regularly asked by colleagues and farmers to offer an opinion on some more complex soil analysis reports. It may be a soil audit that includes Cation Exchange Capacity and total nutrients or a REAMS test.  Read more...

Reducing Milk Production without Culling? - Mark Yearsley (Sherborne)

As dairy producers are asked to reduce milk production due to Covid 19 and the spring flush, culling cows could be seen as taking the easy route shorter term. This will have longer term lower production implications for the herd and cause a bigger drop in cow prices short term.  Read more...

Stewardship Hedgerow Payments - William Waterfield (Andover)

There is an increase in the number of standalone capital payments allowed under stewardship agreements and there is a number of capital items no longer need to be applied for with a full stewardship agreement.  Read more...

How to Treat Your Lender in a Difficult Time? – Charles Holt (Lincoln)

There are many tales around of lenders taking calls from their borrowers asking for mortgage ‘holidays’, in the face of the pandemic. However, it is also clear that many of these applicants are not raising legitimate concerns, purely as a result of Covid 19.  Read more...

Red Tractor Remote Assessments - Emily Wynder (Sherborne)

Red Tractor announced on the 15th April that they were to start using a remote assessment method to replace the usual farm audits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more...

Cover and Catch Crops - William Waterfield (Andover)

What you are trying to do with your cover or catch crops will determine what you should be sowing. The list of options being touted by seeds merchants is almost endless. The key questions that need answers are: Read more...

Grazing Management (30th April) - Phil Cooper (Sherborne)

As I write this article it is pouring with rain for the second day. We have had around 30 mm of rain in the past couple of days which is well needed.  This rain will have several impacts on grazing:   Read more...

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