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Can supplying the public sector work for farmers?

One of the advantages of leaving the EU, it has been claimed, is the opportunity it presents to increase the amount of home-produced, British food used in the public sector.…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

HMRC will claw back ‘wrongly claimed’ Covid-19 grants

Farmers who put in a claim for previous rounds of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) are being warned they may find themselves under scrutiny from HMRC. Accountant Saffery Champness…

BUSINESS

High demand pushes up second-hand farm kit values

Second-hand tractor and equipment prices have hit record highs, according to auctioneers across the UK. Prices have been driven up by buoyant demand and a combination of high costs for…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Medina Dairy plans for July milk price rise

Medina Dairy has announced a 2.7p/litre increase in its core Watsons milk price from 1 July 2021, which will take its standard litre price to 28.24p/litre. The company attributed the…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

ABP Food Group to buy remaining 50% of Linden Foods

ABP Food Group has announced that it has reached an agreement with Fane Valley Co-op to buy the remaining 50% of the Linden Food Group it does not currently own.…

DIVERSIFICATION

Research highlights key trends in farm-based holidays

People in their mid-20s to mid-30s are driving growth in the farm tourism market with bookings for farm holidays and rural stays 45% higher than in 2018, according to research…

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STAFF MANAGEMENT

Deadline looms for settled status applications

Time is running out for thousands of foreign farmworkers who are yet to apply for permission to remain living and working in the UK. Following the UK's exit from the…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Scots grain merchant Alexander Inglis & Son in administration

Many farmers are owed large sums by East Lothian grain merchant Alexander Inglis & Son, which has gone into administration. Tom MacLennan and Chad Griffin, partners with business advisory firm…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Scots tenants asked to complete rent review survey

All Scottish tenants should take the time to complete an important rent review survey supplied by the government, say farm groups. The form has been sent by post and must…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Northern Ireland plans £75m cull sow processing plant

Planning proposals have been submitted for a £75m pig processing plant near Ballymoney in Northern Ireland. The proposals lodged by family-owned meat processor Bann Side Foods include a plan to…

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STAFF MANAGEMENT

How to find, keep and manage good farm staff

With factors such as the weather, commodity prices and the general public’s actions outside of the sector’s control, it is vital for farmers to achieve their very best when it…

TAX

Digital tax records: Next step for VAT-registered businesses

VAT-registered farm businesses should switch to electronic record-keeping without delay or risk being caught by HMRC’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) legislation, say accountants. The move is the latest step towards…

FINANCE

CFAs need new approach in light of BPS phase-out

Contract farming agreements (CFAs) need to change to account for the impact of Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) cuts and the move to Environmental Land Management (ELM), says Gary Markham of…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Must I give mobile operator survey access?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Paul Williams of Carter Jonas advises on how to handle an…

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Business Clinic: Help needed with unpleasant land issue

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Ken Kaar of Thrings addresses a complex problem for a reader.…

DIVERSIFICATION

How farm wedding venues can make the most of market trends

The wedding industry has been one of the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with an estimated 200,000 weddings postponed or cancelled since March 2020. Venues across the country have…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Holistic farmer wellbeing health check: How are you really?

Farmers are notorious for spending more time thinking about their livestock, costs and crops than their own happiness and wellbeing. This is perhaps best explained by agriculture’s long history, slight…

DIVERSIFICATION

How mixed farm award winners diversified into apple market

Ballingham Court Farm in Herefordshire is the home of 20,000 apple trees, where Henry and Esther Rudge have supplied fresh, juicy fruit to British drinks brand Copella for nearly 15…

PARTNERSHIPS

Farm collaboration: Examples and tips for success

As the strain on businesses grows, advisers are experiencing a greater interest in farmers working together. They stress that this does not have to be an all-or-nothing commitment, also that…

PLANNING PERMISSION

10 points to consider before converting farm buildings

More and more farmers are exploring opportunities to convert ageing or redundant buildings in a bid to raise revenue as BPS support falls. There are opportunities aplenty, but beware the…

LAND MARKETS

Sussex farm weighs pros and cons of biodiversity pilot scheme

The concept of biodiversity net gain (BNG) will become increasingly familiar over the next few years as developers look for land on which to offset their environmental obligations.  Doing a…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How do we challenge fence on our land?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Geoff Kenney, senior energy specialist at Carter Jonas, advises on a an…

DIVERSIFICATION

How to make your farm B&B appeal to the staycation market

The coronavirus pandemic hit the UK bed and breakfast (B&B) market harder than other forms of staycation such as camping, glamping and holiday lets.  Social distancing between groups within one…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

How to recruit and get the best from your harvest students

Employing a harvest student should be a rewarding experience - for the employer and the student - but many farmers report that recruitment is getting tougher, with fewer applicants coming…

LIVESTOCK

How to apply for settled status and skilled worker visas

Any farmers with EU, European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss citizens working for them, who were already living in the UK as of 31 December 2020, and haven’t yet applied…

DIVERSIFICATION

How to make your farm attractive to the glamping market

Meeting the developing demands of customers and ensuring the business is on a firm footing must be priorities for those planning to enter the glamping market. The glamping market evolved…

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Business Clinic: Must I give mobile operator survey access?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Paul Williams of Carter Jonas advises on how to handle an…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Help needed with unpleasant land issue

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Ken Kaar of Thrings addresses a complex problem for a reader.…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How do we challenge fence on our land?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Geoff Kenney, senior energy specialist at Carter Jonas, advises on a an…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Can court force farm sale in divorce?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Hannah Jenkins, a family solicitor at Thrings, sets out how assets are…

 

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CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Scots grain merchant Alexander Inglis & Son in administration

Many farmers are owed large sums by East Lothian grain merchant Alexander Inglis & Son, which has gone into administration. Tom MacLennan and Chad Griffin, partners with business advisory firm…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Strong demand bolsters liveweight lamb prices

Liveweight lamb prices have risen again, with new season (NSL) values more than £1/kg higher than the same time a year ago. In the week ending 5 May, NSL SQQ…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

British Wool scraps onward carriage fees for this season

British Wool has announced plans to scrap its producer haulage charges ahead of the 2021 shearing season to help sheep farmers affected by poor wool prices. Normally, producers are charged…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

New-crop oilseed rape prices continue to break records

New-crop oilseed rape prices continue to rise with record-breaking values chalked up every day, according to market analysts. Rapeseed prices on the Paris futures exchange (Matif) for August 2021 broke…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

First Milk delivers June farmgate price rise

First Milk’s members will be paid 0.5p/litre more from 1 June. This puts the co-op’s manufacturing standard litre price at 29.93p/litre, including the member premium, for milk with 4.2% butterfat…

MILK PRICES

Muller announces 1p/litre rise for Advantage scheme suppliers

Dairy processor Muller has announced a 1p/litre milk price rise amid strong retail demand and lower-than-forecast supply due to cold weather. The increase will take Muller’s milk price to 28.25p/litre…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Retail demand drives up finished cattle prices

Deadweight cattle prices have continued to rise above the £4/kg mark with strong retail demand driving up values, AHDB figures show. In the week ending 24 April, the GB all-prime…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Deadweight lamb values up again but live prices dip slightly

Deadweight lamb values have continued to rise, with supplies of old-season stocks dropping and the main flow of the 2021 crop yet to kick in. Although the low ebb between…

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