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Cranswick half-year profits soar

Meat processor Cranswick has posted a 31% increase in half-yearly profits to almost £61m. The Hull-based company exports pigmeat and supplies chicken and pork products to British retailers.   Figures…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

New code to help achieve fair farm rent reviews

Rent reviews for agricultural holdings should be conducted as a negotiation and not with a "take it or leave it" approach, says a new rent review code for Scotland. Published…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Last-minute Brexit talks to prevent UK-Ireland fresh meat ban

The flow of fresh meat between the UK and EU will come to a halt from 1 January unless agreement can be reached on how products can be certified, industry…

FARM ENERGY

Farm hydro sector in Wales threatened by loss of key grant

Farmers in Wales with hydropower diversifications are appealing to the Welsh government not to scrap a business grant that will cause some of the sector to become unviable. The grant…

BUSINESS

Farmers set for High Court hearing on fixed rate loans

Farmers and their suppliers are included in a group claim alleging that Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank acted illegally in relation to fixed rate or tailored business loans sold between…

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MARKETS AND TRENDS

UK and Canada agree temporary rollover of EU trade terms

The UK and Canada have agreed to maintain their £20bn trading relationship after the UK leaves the EU, the Department for International Trade (DIT) has said. The agreement includes tariff-free…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

HS2 report 'useful but fails to address important areas'

A review of HS2’s land and property acquisition operation contains useful recommendations, but misses fundamental points on dispute resolution and advice, according to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).…

FARM ENERGY

Renewable energy grants offered for upgrades to protect grid

Farmers who generate renewable energy for the National Grid could face a big bill to keep their systems compliant if they don’t grab free upgrades while they last, consultants have…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Coronavirus: Unemployed Brits can fill farmworker vacancies

British farmers should consider recruiting home-grown workers before they employ overseas staff after Brexit, government officials have said. Home Office undersecretary Kevin Porter emphasised the point during an Environment, Food…

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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Finalists line up for 2020 Nuffield Bullock Award

The Stephen and Gill Bullock Award, and its £1,000 cash prize, is presented to the Nuffield scholar judged to have done the most with their Nuffield experience 10 years after…

LAND MARKETS

How farmers can sell small blocks of land for a big return

Owners of small fields delivering limited returns from agriculture could benefit from cashing in on the general public’s growing demand for land. The Covid-19 lockdown experience has changed buyers’ priorities,…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Rule reminder – how to store fertiliser safely

The use of ammonium nitrate (AN) fertiliser is commonplace on British farms, but it is important to be clear about where and how it should be stored. AN fertilisers are…

BUSINESS

Common land disputes explained – and how to avoid them

Land disputes can be complex, costly and contentious, and unfortunately are a common occurrence. Such disagreements, whether they involve a neighbour, government body or stranger, often cause distress and frustration…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Claiming VAT on building conversion costs

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Craig Tolliday, associate with accountant Azets advises on how trusts can protect…

BUSINESS

Business Clinic: Selling farm with solar and buildings leases

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Andrew Chandler of Carter Jonas advises on farm sale considerations when…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business clinic: How to regain possession of inherited land?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Duncan Sigournay of Thrings advises on the tricky but not uncommon issue of…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Abattoir complaints: How to make your voice heard

Most livestock farmers who sell direct to slaughter have a tale or two about a time when their kill sheet threw up a few surprises, leading to penalties they weren’t…

BUSINESS

Tax relief on equipment spending to be slashed in 2021

Farmers will not be able to offset as much equipment expenditure against tax from the new year, accountants have warned. The annual investment allowance (AIA) allows businesses to set off…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Tips to help keep walkers on the right footpath on farmland

The lockdown has brought greater use of rights of way and interest in rural areas generally. It has also highlighted growing issues with maps. Walkers veer off designated footpaths for…

SUCCESSION PLANNING

How discretionary trusts can help farm succession plans

Succession discussions can be difficult for any family, but particularly so for farmers with high-value assets often intertwined with a long-term lifestyle choice. Obstacles include people finding it difficult to…

AWARDS

Farmers Weekly Awards: Farm Innovator finalists 2020

The best farms never stay the same and the best farmers never stand still. Whether integrating new technologies and techniques, or finding new ways of working and business arrangements, the…

DIVERSIFICATION

How farm retailers are retaining lockdown customers

According to a Farm Retail Association (FRA) survey, 92% of members saw a significant rise in customer numbers after lockdown rules were imposed in March. Almost 80% had introduced a…

COMPLIANCE

Safe farms, safe staff and visitors – a guide to legislation

While agriculture employs just 1.5% of the total UK workforce it accounts for almost 20% of all workplace fatalities in Britain. Aside from the devastating impact on families, friends and…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

One year on: Britain’s youngest council farm tenant

Britain’s youngest council farm tenant has survived a difficult first year by working hard, utilising his local community, remaining flexible and taking up diversification opportunities. Joe Rabicano was just 18…

AWARDS

Farmers Weekly Awards: Environmental Champion finalists 2020

Farming is more than just a business. Farmers are caretakers of the land and always aim to leave it in a better state than they found it. This year, farmers…

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Business Clinic: Claiming VAT on building conversion costs

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Craig Tolliday, associate with accountant Azets advises on how trusts can protect…

BUSINESS

Business Clinic: Selling farm with solar and buildings leases

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Andrew Chandler of Carter Jonas advises on farm sale considerations when…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business clinic: How to regain possession of inherited land?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Duncan Sigournay of Thrings advises on the tricky but not uncommon issue of…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Should I use a trust to bequeath farm?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Chris Thorpe of Moore Scarrott advises on how trusts can protect…

 

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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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MARKETS AND TRENDS

UK and Canada agree temporary rollover of EU trade terms

The UK and Canada have agreed to maintain their £20bn trading relationship after the UK leaves the EU, the Department for International Trade (DIT) has said. The agreement includes tariff-free…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

China, currency and weather are global grain market drivers

The outlook for UK prices is expected to be influenced by Chinese demand prospects and currency volatility in the next few weeks, says Cofco UK trading director Stuart Shiells. The…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Covid-19 pandemic hits Scotch beef and lamb exports

The coronavirus pandemic has hit the value of Scottish beef and lamb exports, which fell from £82m to £75.5m in the year to the end of July 2020. Quality Meat…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Red meat levies to be returned to home nations from 2021

Scotland and Wales will each receive an estimated £1m/year in red meat levy money currently being collected by English abattoirs, starting from April 2021. The passing of the Agriculture Act…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Sainsbury's deli closures a blow for specialist cheesemakers

Sainsbury’s decision to axe in-store delicatessens has come as a shock to specialist cheese suppliers. The retailer's decision was announced as part of cost-cutting measures in response to a £137m…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Covid-19 forces closure of Welshpool market

Welshpool Livestock Market will close next week after an outbreak of coronavirus among members of staff. The Powys market, which regularly sees the largest weekly sale of fat lambs in…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Roundup litigation contributes to Bayer £8bn loss

Higher-than-expected costs for the ongoing Roundup court cases have contributed to a pre-tax loss of €9.4bn (£8.45bn) in the third quarter of 2020 for agrochemical giant Bayer. A weaker demand…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Barbers latest to push up milk price amid dairy market calm

Milk processor Barbers has announced its second farmgate price increase in three months following the recovery of cheese prices. The firm will add 1p/litre to its December price to bring…