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CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Uncertain China demand unnerves crop markets

All eyes are on China’s unpredictable demand, complex trade talks and the uncertainty over coronavirus, says COFCO UK trading director Stuart Shiells. Despite the relative calm of global weather and…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Dismay at government plans to tighten immigration rules

Government plans to control the availability of skilled and unskilled migrant labour have been met with concern and dismay by the food and farming sectors. For skilled workers, home secretary…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Wheat and OSR cropping area revised sharply down

Arable farmers have planted the smallest winter cropping area in decades after relentless rain kept wheels from turning across many parts of the UK. Just 1.5m ha of winter wheat…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Dairy farmers could see small milk price increase soon - Arla

Farmers could see a slight rise in milk price very soon, said Arla Foods chief executive Peder Tuborg at a briefing on the co-op’s accounts. This follows a record 14…

LAND MARKETS

Find out average farmland prices where you live

Find out what the average price is for arable land and pasture in English and Welsh counties on our land map. It shows a full breakdown of average values on…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Countryside stewardship: What to consider before applying

Farmers should consider Countryside Stewardship (CS) carefully as there are options which can prove beneficial on a practical and financial level, as well as delivering for the environment. George Hoyes,…

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CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Wet weather depresses EU crop prospects

The EU-27 cereal harvest combined with the UK crop is forecast to fall slightly to just under 303m tonnes in 2020. European grain trade organisation Coceral estimates wheat production excluding…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

NI proposes 5% pay increase for farmworkers

Farmworkers in Northern Ireland are set to get a 5% pay rise from April to keep them ahead of increases to the National Living Wage. The Agricultural Wages Board (AWB)…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Prime beef prices edge up as supplies tighten

Prime beef prices have risen amid tightening UK supplies and a good export trade, according to AHDB figures. All prime average prices rose by 1.4p to settle at 333.3p/kg in…

BUSINESS

Defra online upgrade will block older farm computer systems

Farmers with older computer operating systems could find that access to the Cattle Tracing Service and other Defra online tools is blocked from 1 April. Defra warned users that upgraded…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Landlords should show leniency on rent payments - TFA

The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) is asking landlords to consider offering their tenants rent abatements to help them cope with the effects of months of poor weather. An abatement can…

BUSINESS

Farmers urged to take HS2 preparations seriously

The UK government’s decision to continue with high-speed railway project HS2 means farmers must take action to protect themselves during the compulsory purchase process. Prime minister Boris Johnson announced on…

BPS

Swift decision needed on three-crop rule relaxation

A decision is needed in the next week to 10 days on relaxing the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) three-crop rule, so that claimants can avoid trying to establish crops in…

BUSINESS

Cranswick buys Buckle family’s pig farming business

UK food producer Cranswick has bought the Yorkshire-based Buckle family’s indoor pig rearing business. The company has also bought the family’s 50% share of the White Rose Farms pig production…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Days left to apply for 50% Glastir loan

Welsh farmers have until the end of the week to apply for an interest-free loan if their 2019 Glastir agri-environment scheme payment has been delayed. The Glastir Entry and Advanced…

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ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Tips for applying for Countryside Stewardship in 2020

With key elements of Countryside Stewardship opening for applications last week, Alice De Soer from the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) explains why and how to apply in 2020.…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Countryside stewardship: What to consider before applying

Farmers should consider Countryside Stewardship (CS) carefully as there are options which can prove beneficial on a practical and financial level, as well as delivering for the environment. George Hoyes,…

DIVERSIFICATION

Diversified farmers’ guide to using social media

Diversified businesses looking to bring in new customers need to create a social media strategy that is narrowly focused on their target audience to avoid wasting time and money. That’s…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Should I hold on to 2019 crops?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Mark Chatterton of Duncan & Toplis advises on a tax question that…

FINANCE

Arable finances: What to consider after tough winter

Arable farmers with undrilled or poorly performing winter crops should consider fallowing marginal land to ease cashflow problems, say farm advisers. With more spring crops expected to be planted across…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Have I missed out on employment benefits?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Natalie Ward, senior associate with Thrings, advises on the increasingly common issue of…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Changing holiday lets to residential lets

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Holiday lets can be challenging to market and manage. Stephen Richards of Carter…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

How to protect farm businesses against extreme weather

Increasingly unpredictable weather has added to market volatility in recent years, we look at how you can reduce your farm business from these risks. For the most part, the financial…

SUCCESSION PLANNING

6 tips on aiding succession on your farm

Succession can be a difficult process and involves many practical business considerations. Rob Hitch of Dodd and Co Accountants offers the following six tips to help your succession plan go…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

How to manage radiation exclusion zones for phone masts

Farmers with telecoms masts on their land must fully understand radiation exclusion zones to safeguard people’s health and protect against potential liability claims. Significant levels of exposure to the radio…

COMPLIANCE

Guide to 2020 farming cross-compliance dates

Defra and the agricultural departments of the devolved administrations have released the key dates in 2020 to help farmers avoid breaching cross-compliance rules. The rules apply to all Basic Payment…

TAX

Q&A guide to claiming tax relief on energy-efficient kit

There are just two months left in which to take advantage of a government scheme encouraging businesses to invest in energy efficient equipment. The Energy Technology List (ETL) covers a…

GRANTS

Grant scheme myth buster: How hard is it to acquire funding?

Farmers are missing out on thousands of pounds worth of useful grant funding because many have misconceptions about what’s involved when it comes to applying for and signing up to…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Farming carbon: How to make money from new woodland

A government-backed scheme to reward farmers in England for storing carbon by converting farmland to woodland is set to offer landowners a guaranteed income for up to 35 years. A…

DIVERSIFICATION

Field to plate - diversification on Japanese farms

Japan’s food culture is built on strong regional associations and loyalties, alongside superb quality and freshness.  However, accelerating rural depopulation, falling farm incomes, concerns over food security and a crippling…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Can I recover VAT on farmhouse expenditure?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Liz Jones, a partner with Baldwins, addresses the issue of reclaiming VAT on farmhouse expenditure.…

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BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Should I hold on to 2019 crops?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Mark Chatterton of Duncan & Toplis advises on a tax question that…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Have I missed out on employment benefits?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Natalie Ward, senior associate with Thrings, advises on the increasingly common issue of…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Changing holiday lets to residential lets

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Holiday lets can be challenging to market and manage. Stephen Richards of Carter…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Can I recover VAT on farmhouse expenditure?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Liz Jones, a partner with Baldwins, addresses the issue of reclaiming VAT on farmhouse expenditure.…

 

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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…

LAND MARKETS

Land in your area: South-east England

The south-east of England has seen more cash buyers and people with rollover funds join the pool of interested parties in a mixed farmland market. In alignment with the national…

LAND MARKETS

Land in your area: Yorkshire and Humber

Acres launched to the open market in Yorkshire and Humber this year have halved compared with 2018, with those farms that have changed hands achieving strong prices. Private sales, which…

LAND MARKETS

Land in your area: East of England

Buyers and sellers seeking certainty may now feel more confident about making long-term decisions in the land market following the recent decisive general election, say agents. Throughout 2019, just 10,788…

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CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Wet weather depresses EU crop prospects

The EU-27 cereal harvest combined with the UK crop is forecast to fall slightly to just under 303m tonnes in 2020. European grain trade organisation Coceral estimates wheat production excluding…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Prime beef prices edge up as supplies tighten

Prime beef prices have risen amid tightening UK supplies and a good export trade, according to AHDB figures. All prime average prices rose by 1.4p to settle at 333.3p/kg in…

TAKING STOCK

Stirling: Angus hit 25,000gns

Angus bull averages remained above £5,800 for the second year running at Stirling this week (2-3 February), with a 25,000gns call taking the headlines. Taking the top call was Gordon…

TAKING STOCK

Stirling: St Fort Lincoln Red herd hits 7,500gns

A Lincolnshire Estate secured the services of a rare breed pure Lincoln Red bull from the St Fort herd at Stirling this week (3 February). The hammer fell at 7,500gns…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Stirling: Big prices lift Beef Shorthorn average by £104

Two 20,000gns calls lifted Beef Shorthorn bull averages at the breed society’s annual spring sale in Stirling on Monday (3 February). Trade levelled £104 higher for 30% more sold (12…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Milk prices rise at Meadow Foods and Freshways

Dairy farmers on some of the lowest price contracts have had a positive start to 2020 after two processors increased their payment rates. Meadow Foods has increased its milk price…

TAKING STOCK

Tight supply tipped to stem seasonal beef drop

Finishers are hoping strong manufacturing beef demand and understocked feedlots will support cattle values through the difficult post-Christmas period. Consumer belts have already tightened this month, taking 5-6p/kg off Ahdb’s…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

UK sheep exports rise as NZ targets Asia market

UK lamb exports to France and Germany rose last year, filling a gap left by a reduction in product from New Zealand, AHDB figures show. In France, production over the…