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DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

GB milk production returns to expected pre-Covid-19 levels

GB milk production looks to be roughly back on track, just above the level at which AHDB Dairy estimates it would have been had producers not had to make coronavirus…

FINANCE

Extending year-end date could ease cashflow pressures

Farmers who have experienced difficult trading conditions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic could ease cashflow pressure and save tax by changing their year-end dates. Mike Butler, partner at…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Biggest planning shake-up in years needs farmer involvement

Government housing secretary Robert Jenrick’s white paper – Planning for the Future – was released last week, alongside the launch of a public consultation on the issue. The unveiling was…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: What to know when renting out cattle housing

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Jack Mitchell of Carter Jonas advises on letting surplus buildings for…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Grain prices under pressure in mixed harvest news

Grain prices have weakened this week in a mixed picture for harvest outlooks and results. The 2020 London November feed wheat futures contract was at £163.25/t at lunchtime on Friday…

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FINANCE

Profits and lending up at AMC

AMC lent 9% more money to farmers and landowners in the year ended December 2019 than in the previous year. The organisation, which is owned by Lloyds Banking Group, lent…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

AHDB marketing campaign helps drive pork sales spike

A nationwide marketing campaign which urges consumers to eat more home-produced pork has triggered a spike in sales of this versatile meat, new figures reveal. The AHDB’s Love Pork Mix…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Five-year Yorkshire tenancy on offer for young farmers

Yorkshire Water has put an 84ha holding up for tender as part of an initiative to support young farmers. Scow Hall Farm, in the Washburn Valley, will be let on…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Buyers and sellers stay quiet in uncertain grain market

Wheat prices came under pressure again this week, with both buyers and sellers holding off in an uncertain market. While prices are in a wide regional range, the midweek August…

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BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: What to know when renting out cattle housing

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Jack Mitchell of Carter Jonas advises on letting surplus buildings for…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Can my farm be sold tax-free after inheritance?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Elizabeth Jones, partner with accountant Baldwins, addresses a question on the tax liability following…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Is mountain bikers' use of woodland a risk?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Ken Kaar of Thrings advises on a landowners' concerns about use of their woodland…

AWARDS

Farmers Weekly Awards: Diversification finalists 2020

This year’s three finalists have all developed sound businesses to keep the farm afloat and provide a succession platform for future generations. The diversifications include a fruit farm selling direct…

PARTNERSHIPS

Sharing kit with your neighbours: Advice on getting started

Pooling machinery and even labour between neighbouring farms may sound like a daunting step, but it could be one that puts you on a path to a happier and more…

BUSINESS

Coronavirus: Diversified business pointers for safe reopening

Farm attractions should complete a documented health and safety risk assessment and operate a phased reopening after the coronavirus lockdown. The advice is among pointers provided by farm and estate…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

How to make the most of wool in a depressed market

The wool market has taken a dramatic downturn since 2014, with the continued growth of synthetic fibres, supply chain consolidation, US tariffs on Chinese products and Covid-19 all having an…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Advice on gaining planning permission for listed buildings

Owners of buildings with special interest must fully understand their assets and their options before applying for planning permission to avoid being stymied by their status. The team at Berrys…

LAND MARKETS

The land opportunities for farmers in a post-lockdown world

At a time when the public has grown a greater appreciation for the countryside, local food and new activities, farmers should be seeking chances to benefit. The Covid-19 pandemic and…

BUSINESS

£30bn support package: What it means for farmers

Farm industry leaders have welcomed chancellor Rishi Sunak’s £30bn support package, but have called for more information on how it will work in rural situations. The chancellor’s Summer Economic Update…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Rule reminder: Best practice when trading livestock remotely

Farmers who purchase livestock in private trades should find out all they can about the animals before agreeing to a sale to maximise their chance of a refund if they…

DIVERSIFICATION

So you want to… get paid for having dogs on your land?

Dog walkers and farmers haven’t always been natural allies, but that could be about to change after some landowners have begun to profit by renting out safe countryside spaces by…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How to avoid boundary disputes when fencing

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Chris Anderson, a Carter Jonas associate partner, tackles the rules and conventions…

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Business Clinic: Has Covid-19 put us in breach of contract?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here Kate Westbrook, one of Thrings' leading commercial lawyers, sets out when…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Are contract farming agreements fit for the future?

Contract Farming Agreements (CFAs) have been the go-to model for arable collaboration for a number of years but, as the farming industry faces a period of significant change, questions are…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Get ready for harvest: How to carry out a safety induction

Farmers who take on staff to help them over the harvest period should make sure all workers are given a clear health and safety briefing before they start work. It…

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Business Clinic: What to know when renting out cattle housing

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Jack Mitchell of Carter Jonas advises on letting surplus buildings for…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Can my farm be sold tax-free after inheritance?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Elizabeth Jones, partner with accountant Baldwins, addresses a question on the tax liability following…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Is mountain bikers' use of woodland a risk?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Ken Kaar of Thrings advises on a landowners' concerns about use of their woodland…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How to avoid boundary disputes when fencing

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Chris Anderson, a Carter Jonas associate partner, tackles the rules and conventions…

 

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LAND MARKETS

Land in your area: Wales

With almost 3,000 fewer acres launched to the land market in Wales in 2019 compared with the previous year, but an increase of five holdings made available, it seems large…

LAND MARKETS

Land in your area: Scotland

The 2019 Scottish farmland market held up well with 100 holdings marketed throughout the year, in line with the five-year average of 102. One best-in-class arable example reached £16,000/acre, on…

LAND MARKETS

Land in your area: West Midlands

The 2019 land market across the West Midlands has closely mirrored that of the national picture, according to agents working in the region. As of September this year, the area…

LAND MARKETS

Land in your area: East Midlands

Land remains a strong investment option for farmers and non-farmers alike, as values over the year have been steadfast despite a tumultuous background. Current uncertainty is less of an issue…

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LAND MARKETS

Scarcity of land drives demand in Northern Ireland and Wales

The uncertainty of the global pandemic and the Brexit transition period has resulted in significant low supply in Wales and Northern Ireland’s land markets. Similarly to the rest of the…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

AHDB marketing campaign helps drive pork sales spike

A nationwide marketing campaign which urges consumers to eat more home-produced pork has triggered a spike in sales of this versatile meat, new figures reveal. The AHDB’s Love Pork Mix…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Buyers and sellers stay quiet in uncertain grain market

Wheat prices came under pressure again this week, with both buyers and sellers holding off in an uncertain market. While prices are in a wide regional range, the midweek August…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Potato processor's £25m improvements include farmer grants

Growers supplying potato processor McCain are being awarded grants by the firm to help them buy machinery and equipment ranging from irrigation to harvesters. The grants are part of a…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Dairy hardship fund deadline extended to 11 September

Defra’s Dairy Response Fund application deadline has been extended to 11 September. The fund was established to provide up to £10,000 each in cash support to milk producers who lost…

BUSINESS

Livestock auctioneers warn of risks of private sales

Private sales of livestock can leave farmers exposed to unfair pricing and payment dodgers, according to the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS). Private selling is on the…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Challenge for lamb sales in 2020 market

A sharp drop in demand for lamb due to the coronavirus pandemic has reversed earlier predictions of firm prices throughout 2020. Prospects for lamb had been good at the start…

TAKING STOCK

Early breeding sheep sales up £10-£20 on year

Early breeding sheep sales have been buoyed by sheep farmers investing profits from dearer prime and store lamb trades.    Analysts said global sheepmeat supplies are tight, however the UK…