Transition

Securing a sustainable future for your farm business

 

Johann Tasker
Editor, Transition

Welcome to Transition - a new initiative from Farmers Weekly aimed at securing a sustainable future for your farm business.

British farmers stand on the cusp of a new agricultural revolution. Farmers are expected to do much more than produce food: improving biodiversity, soil health, air and water quality, and storing carbon to help mitigate the impact of climate change.

All this means we must refocus our farms to ensure they thrive as businesses while looking after and enhancing the environment.

It is a huge journey but by pooling our knowledge here on the Transition hub – highlighting the pitfalls and sharing ideas that work – we believe we can make this transition together.

We are grateful to our Transition Farmers and to our Transition Partners who have agreed to share their experiences, expertise and advice.

Working side-by-side, as an industry, our goal is the same as yours: a sustainable future for British agriculture and for your farm business.

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AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

How to store, measure and sell on farm carbon correctly

Growing recognition that farmers have an important role in combating climate change is shining the spotlight on carbon management. Carbon is an important subject for farmers to understand for two…

BUSINESS

Towards Net Zero: How to reduce emissions and store carbon

Farming has been recognised for the key role it can play in helping the UK meet its net zero emissions target by 2050, with individual farmers being encouraged to do…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Velcourt boss urges caution in carbon offset ‘gold rush’

A carbon offset “gold rush” risks distracting UK farmers from the more important goal of reaching net zero, the head of farming company Velcourt has warned. Efforts to mitigate climate…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Government pledges to uphold farm standards in trade deals

The government has reaffirmed its commitment to uphold the UK’s high environmental, animal welfare and quality standards amid a raft of new measures launched to boost overseas trade. The pledge…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Soil health and hedgerow options prove popular in SFI pilot

Improvements to soil health are a key focus of Defra’s Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) pilot in England, with farmers choosing these options more than any other. In total, 938 farmers…

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Our Transition Farmers - follow them on their journey

James MacCartney Rutland

Farm size: 162ha

Enterprises
Beef and sheep

Transition goals
- Reducing disease in sheep
- Being better than net-zero
- Establishing herbal leys

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Vaughan Hodgson Cumbria

Farm Size: 144ha

Enterprises
Cereals (142ha), grassland (100ha), 120,000 broilers

Transition goals
- Supporting the next generation
- Replacing lost BPS income
- Adapting to uncertain weather

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Alan Steven Fife

Farm size: 138ha

Enterprises
Potatoes, Brussels sprouts, parsnips, malting barley

Transition goals
- Reducing cultivations
- Improving soil health
- More resilient rotations

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Rachel & Richard Risdon Brampford Speke

Farm size: 110ha

Enterprises
Grass-fed dairy (300 cows on 110ha)

Transition goals
- Securing adequate labour
- Better understanding ELMs
- Reducing carbon footprint

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Our Transition Partner Network

ABN

ABN

AHDB

AHDB

Arla

Arla

Barenbrug

Barenbrug

Bayer

Bayer
BNP Paribas Real Estate

Claydon

Claydon

Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs

Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs

Dunbia

Dunbia

Frontier

Frontier

GEA

GEA

Germinal

Germinal

Harper Adams University

Harper Adams University

Hybu Cig Cymru

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales

Hutchinsons

Hutchinsons

ICL

ICL

John Deere

John Deere

KW

KW

KWS

KWS

LEAF

LEAF

Morrisons

Morrisons

M&S Food

M&S Food

National Trust

National Trust

NFU

NFU

Oxbury

Oxbury

Pilgrim's UK

Pilgrim's UK

Farmplan

Farmplan

Promar International

Promar International

Savills

Savills

Shearwell Data

Shearwell Data

Strutt & Parker

Strutt & Parker

Terravesta

Terravesta

Tilhill

Tilhill

Trinity Agtech

Trinity Agtech

Kellogg's

Kellogg's

QMS

QMS

Agrifac

Agrifac

Omex

Omex

Timac Agro

Timac Agro

Cawood

Cawood
Conrad Energy
Catchment Sensitive Farming
Zoetis
Supply Chain In-Sites