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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

How beef scheme aims to serve producer and consumer

A bid to improve the eating quality, production and environmental credentials of British beef has been launched by a group of West Country farmers. The Good Beef Index (GBI) aims…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

How to manage tree safety on farms to reduce risk and cost

During the pandemic, the desire for scenic walks and staycations has brought the British countryside – and its trees – into the spotlight.  Trees and woodland need to be managed…

SUCCESSION PLANNING

Lump sum decisions - wait until tax treatment is clear

Farmers are warned not to make any succession or retirement plans relating to Defra’s lump sum exit scheme until the full tax implications are known later this year. Gary Markham…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

High demand for best quality straw sees competitive bidding

Demand for standing straw continues to be strong, with the first major auctions in south-west England seeing winter barley straw average £110/acre as livestock farmers seek to restock barns. Greenslade…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Lamb prices rally after plunge in values

Lamb prices have had a very mixed week with sharp declines in live markets early on, followed by rises that helped values regain ground. AHDB figures for the week ending…

LAND MARKETS

7 things we know about the 2021 farmland market

Farmers are increasingly competing with non-agricultural buyers for land as forestry, environmental assets, outdoor space and privacy move up priority lists.  Conservation and climate change, additional income streams and lifestyle…

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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Future Farming Resilience Fund to launch in August

Defra’s Future Farming Resilience Fund offering free consultancy advice is due to be rolled out to farmers next month. The interim phase will run from August until March 2022 and…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Global Dairy Trade price index slumps back further

The Global Dairy Trade (GDT) price index fell by 3.6% in the latest sale this week. This is the sixth consecutive reduction, and prices averaged US$3,924/t (£2,844/t). The fortnightly GDT…

DIVERSIFICATION

Survey shows surge in farm diversification

The proportion of farmers with a diversified business jumped to 37% in 2021 from 31% last year, according to a survey by NFU Mutual. This annual increase is much greater…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Farmers warned of risks of fake ID for new EU workers

Farmers who employ new EU workers are being warned that they need to be alert to the possibility of people using fake ID papers to prove their right to work…

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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

How to manage tree safety on farms to reduce risk and cost

During the pandemic, the desire for scenic walks and staycations has brought the British countryside – and its trees – into the spotlight.  Trees and woodland need to be managed…

SUCCESSION PLANNING

Lump sum decisions - wait until tax treatment is clear

Farmers are warned not to make any succession or retirement plans relating to Defra’s lump sum exit scheme until the full tax implications are known later this year. Gary Markham…

ENVIRONMENT

Tree and hedge planting - a farm's return to sustainability

Robert Moore has made it his goal to leave his 356ha arable unit in a better condition than when he took it on in 1988. He and his sister Janet…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Phosphate issues cause long delays for planning applications

Thousands of planning applications are being held up across the UK by the need for information on the phosphate levels resulting from proposed development. Where more phosphate will be produced…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Does a farm shop need planning permission?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Diana Miller, solicitor, Thrings, looks at the planning considerations when opening a…

DIVERSIFICATION

So you want to… offer shared rural workspace

Millions of people have spent the past 15 months working from home and have appreciated not having to spend time and money on a daily commute. However, for some, home…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Do we need planning for worker housing?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Nicola Quick, rural planning expert at Carter Jonas, advises on the planning…

PARTNERSHIPS

How two brothers and historic estate got into share farming

A new share farming agreement in Cambridgeshire has provided a business opportunity for two first-generation farmers and an exciting venture for a charitable trust. Share farming generally involves landowners joining…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Overseas staff: Tips to ensure eligibility to work in UK

About 20% of migrant workers on farms are yet to apply for for EU Settlement status, a Farmers Weekly poll has found. With the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Top tips on saving money by controlling overheads

Controlling the myriad of small outgoings categorised under general overheads might not seem like a priority, but a regular review can be well worth the trouble. Modern farms supplying commodity…

LAND MARKETS

Sales of land in support schemes: What farmers should know

Land that has been included in a farm business’s support scheme application or agreement is subject to specific rules that must be followed during the transaction process to avoid financial…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Can we fell overgrown Christmas trees?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Marc Liebrecht, arboriculturist and forestry manager at Carter Jonas, advices on the…

PARTNERSHIPS

Farm partnerships - why a written agreement is essential

The value of a well-drafted partnership agreement becomes apparent when there is a dispute, or when a partner leaves, retires or dies. A partnership agreement can be thought of as…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Can I claim tax on my new dairy unit?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Simon Tapp of Moore Scarrott advises on how care is needed to…

DIVERSIFICATION

Benefits and pitfalls of holding an on-farm temporary event

Government incentives to boost the rural economy during the Covid-19 pandemic have accelerated a shift towards diversification into temporary public events on farmland. There was already an upward trend in…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How can I get others to sell shared land?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Jonathan Thompson, a senior associate at law firm Thrings, sets out how…

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Business Clinic: Does a farm shop need planning permission?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Diana Miller, solicitor, Thrings, looks at the planning considerations when opening a…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Do we need planning for worker housing?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Nicola Quick, rural planning expert at Carter Jonas, advises on the planning…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Can we fell overgrown Christmas trees?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Marc Liebrecht, arboriculturist and forestry manager at Carter Jonas, advices on the…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Can I claim tax on my new dairy unit?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Simon Tapp of Moore Scarrott advises on how care is needed to…

 

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DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Global Dairy Trade price index slumps back further

The Global Dairy Trade (GDT) price index fell by 3.6% in the latest sale this week. This is the sixth consecutive reduction, and prices averaged US$3,924/t (£2,844/t). The fortnightly GDT…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Rising confidence sees tractor sales hit 10-year peak

The surge in new tractor sales has continued, with the highest June sales figure recorded for a decade. Statistics released by the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) showed 1,473 tractors were…

TAKING STOCK

Stores £40-£50 dearer as processors pay £4/kg

Several English meat buyers have lifted base prices above £4/kg for continental cattle this week, meaning red-hot summer prices in the store ring. Industry expectations are for tighter cattle numbers…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pig weaner market undermined by high feed prices

EU pig weaner prices have fluctuated in recent weeks as high feed costs deterred specialist finishers from entering the market. According to AHDB figures, weaner prices peaked at €56.65 a…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Global grain forecast points to tiny surplus

Global grain production forecasts for 2021 have increased, shifting the market into a surplus for the first time in five years. The International Grains Council (IGC) projection has suggested a…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

AF Biomass operation in administration

AF Biomass, a wholly owned subsidiary of the farmer-owned AF Group, has been put into administration by its directors.   The company is a nationwide straw merchant whose services include…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

CNH adds precision ag capability with Raven Industries deal

Machinery giant CNH Industrial is expanding its precision agriculture capabilities by buying technology firm Raven Industries for $2.1bn (£1.5bn). This is a 33.6% premium to Raven Industries’ four-week average share…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Political rumour and the weather combine to hit OSR values

Oilseed rape prices have dropped, driven down by improved weather prospects in key growing areas and rumours over US president Joe Biden’s intervention in the biofuel market. Paris Matif rapeseed…

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