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CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Analysis: World stocks will cap how far grain price can rise

The relatively stable situation that largely defines global markets at the moment could not be in sharper contrast to the turmoil that UK grain production finds itself in. As if…

TAX

How to protect property relief if using a grazing licence

Farmers who let land out under a grazing licence are reminded of the importance of keeping records of their active role in managing the land, if they want their estate…

SCHOLARSHIP AND BURSARIES

£5,000 sustainable farming bursary opens to students

A £5,000 student bursary to promote sustainable farming has been re-opened for applications after a successful first year. The bursary supports students who want to pursue their knowledge of sustainable…

BPS

Advance payments made to 99% of Northern Ireland farmers

About 99% of eligible farmers in Northern Ireland have received advance Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money totalling £195.4m. The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera) began issuing payments…

LAND MARKETS

Land in your area: North-east England

The amount of farmland that has come on to the market in 2019 in north-east England is down on the previous year but values have remained broadly stable. Despite the…

BUSINESS

Drone pilots face tougher laws to curb dangerous flying

Farmers who operate drones have until 30 November to register with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) after new legislation was introduced to combat nuisance flights. The mandatory registration, which costs…

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DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Scottish milk production set to expand despite uncertainty

Milk volumes in Scotland will continue to grow as a third of dairy farmers are planning to expand, according to the results of a survey assessing current sentiment The Scottish…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Beef price uptick brings crumb of relief to finishers

Beef finishers have at last seen a modest improvement in prices after additional Christmas demand dragged values higher. Average deadweight steer prices for the week ending 16 November were up…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Support scheme deadline approaching for Scots sheep farmers

Hill farmers and crofters in Scotland have less than two weeks left to apply for the Scottish Upland Sheep Support Scheme (SUSSS). Online applications must be in before midnight on…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Free professional advice on offer at Business Clinic Live

Farmers looking for free professional advice on tax, legal, insurance and farm management issues are being invited to attend the inaugural Farmers Weekly Business Clinic Live. To be held at…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Graham’s dairy reports rise in pre-tax profits

Scottish milk processor Graham’s The Family Dairy made a pre-tax profit of £2.2m in the year to March 2019, with turnover growing by nearly 5%. The dairy, which has 110…

BUSINESS

Profits rise at feed and engineering firm Carr's Group

Pre-tax profits rose 5.2% to £16.3m in the year to 31 August at animal feed, rural retail and engineering firm Carr’s Group. Turnover for the year was up £700,000 on…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pig prices rise as ASF crisis forecast to last five years

UK pig prices have risen again this week as forecasts suggest China will take longer to recover from the African swine fever (ASF) crisis than first estimates suggested. Figures published…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Fram and AF both on hunt for new chiefs

Two of the UK’s largest farmer-owned purchasing co-operatives are on the hunt for a new chief executive, after both announced their departure in the same week. Suffolk-based Fram Farmers revealed…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Planning consent removal proposed for rural Scotland

Mandatory planning permission could be removed for certain types of development in Scotland as part of proposals to tackle rural depopulation and support local economies. The Scottish government is consulting…

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How to protect property relief if using a grazing licence

Farmers who let land out under a grazing licence are reminded of the importance of keeping records of their active role in managing the land, if they want their estate…

GRANTS

Clock ticking on £35m diversification grant scheme

Farmers have just three months to lodge their initial bids for funding under a new £35m rural grant programme. The scheme, run by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE),…

TAX

How farms can claw back cash through R&D tax credits

Farming businesses clawed back £20m from HMRC last year in the form of research and development (R&D) tax credits, but advisers say there is potential for more companies to claim.…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to be a food scientist?

The journey of food from farm to fork can be a complex one – even seemingly simple products need to be processed and packaged before they can appear on a…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Must buyer take whole crop under contract?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Ken Kaar of Thrings advises on what happens when a bumper crop causes contract…

DIVERSIFICATION

Top tips and advice on diversification from farmers

Farmers Weekly’s first regional diversification event in Somerset brought together farmers and advisers to share tips and experiences of planning and running alternative ventures. Andy Fussell, who runs a substantial…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Septic tank rules explained

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Angus Hudson of Carter Jonas advises on the rules around the approaching septic tanks…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: What are the rules on capital allowances?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Alan Taylor of accountant Baldwins answers three questions on how the Annual Investment Allowance…

LAND MARKETS

To lot or not to lot: How to market your farm

Making the decision to split up a farm that has been whole for generations can be difficult, but it could be the best option for building interest, encouraging competition and…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Am I insured for change of building use?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Nigel Wellings of Acres Insurance Brokers provides advice for those considering letting farm buildings…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Water deregulation: Farms ignoring opportunity to cut bills

It has been more than two years since the water market was deregulated in England, allowing businesses to pick their own water and sewerage supplier. This followed the lead set…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to run an agri-tech start-up?

UK farming is on the brink of a fourth agricultural revolution, with artificial intelligence, robotics and big data expected to transform the future of food production. As such, it will…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Not all insurance fully covers flock theft, farmers warned

Livestock farmers have been warned to check their insurance fully covers herds and flocks as the darker winter months prompt a spike in rustling and illegal butchery. Many farmers opt…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

7 expert tips for employing staff and staying legal

One area of staff management often overlooked is the importance of basic administration and personnel files.  In our latest article on staff management, Paul Harris offers seven quick tips to…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

How landowners will be affected if HS2 is abandoned

Farmers could have the opportunity to buy back land taken under compulsory purchase powers if the controversial high-speed railway project HS2 is abandoned. In August the UK government launched a…

DIVERSIFICATION

Why research is key to diversification success

Farmers looking to diversify should consider doing in-depth market research before taking the plunge, to be confident that they are giving potential projects every chance of success. Investing borrowed or…

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Free professional advice on offer at Business Clinic Live

Farmers looking for free professional advice on tax, legal, insurance and farm management issues are being invited to attend the inaugural Farmers Weekly Business Clinic Live. To be held at…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Must buyer take whole crop under contract?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Ken Kaar of Thrings advises on what happens when a bumper crop causes contract…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Septic tank rules explained

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Angus Hudson of Carter Jonas advises on the rules around the approaching septic tanks…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: What are the rules on capital allowances?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Alan Taylor of accountant Baldwins answers three questions on how the Annual Investment Allowance…

 

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DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Scottish milk production set to expand despite uncertainty

Milk volumes in Scotland will continue to grow as a third of dairy farmers are planning to expand, according to the results of a survey assessing current sentiment The Scottish…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Beef price uptick brings crumb of relief to finishers

Beef finishers have at last seen a modest improvement in prices after additional Christmas demand dragged values higher. Average deadweight steer prices for the week ending 16 November were up…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Graham’s dairy reports rise in pre-tax profits

Scottish milk processor Graham’s The Family Dairy made a pre-tax profit of £2.2m in the year to March 2019, with turnover growing by nearly 5%. The dairy, which has 110…

TAKING STOCK

Beef crisis hitting dairies with lower calf values

Rearing calf prices have fallen away sharply since the summer across England and Wales and are currently 24% back on the year. According to Livestock Auctioneers Association and AHDB market…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pig prices rise as ASF crisis forecast to last five years

UK pig prices have risen again this week as forecasts suggest China will take longer to recover from the African swine fever (ASF) crisis than first estimates suggested. Figures published…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Fram and AF both on hunt for new chiefs

Two of the UK’s largest farmer-owned purchasing co-operatives are on the hunt for a new chief executive, after both announced their departure in the same week. Suffolk-based Fram Farmers revealed…

TAKING STOCK

Wet autumn helps put £4-£6 on lambs

Torrential and prolonged autumn rain has helped put £4-£6 a head on finished lambs early in the week by limiting growth rates and tightening supply. Great Britain’s marts have seen…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

45% of dairy farm businesses lose value after tough year

Nearly half of dairy farm businesses are shrinking in value as the gulf widens between the best-managed enterprises and the rest, according to new research. Rather than increasing herd size,…

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