Know How / Partnerships

While the most common business structure in UK agriculture is a family partnership, people are increasingly embracing other options. Read expert views on how to set up and manage different business structures including joint ventures, contract farming agreements, as well as traditional partnerships.

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SUCCESSION PLANNING

How a young farmworker helped solve a succession crisis

The owner of an upland sheep and cattle farm in South Wales has sorted out her succession plan by bringing her farmworker into the business as a junior partner and…

SHEEP

Q&A: Setting up a sheep/arable grazing agreement

For the past four years, arable farmer Ralph Parker has been including 150 acres of turnips in his rotation to provide winter grazing for sheep farmer Rob Hodgkins. With limited…

PARTNERSHIPS

How business collaboration can help farmers

Farmers should consider formal collaborative ventures to exploit opportunities and make businesses more resilient to volatile prices and trading changes post Brexit, says the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).…

PARTNERSHIPS

Dorset farmer sets up joint venture and overhauls dairy

It takes a brave man to sell more than a century’s worth of pedigree Holstein breeding, let alone put his faith in a 21-year-old to completely overhaul the family farm,…

PARTNERSHIPS

Share farming facilitates expansion to five dairy units

Rhys Williams milks 1,600 cows on four farms across north Wales and rears heifer replacements at a fifth unit. Drawing in high-calibre staff and offering them opportunities to build their…

PARTNERSHIPS

Contract farming agreement helps Welsh dairy business expand

A contract farming agreement has given Kim Petty the freedom to concentrate on his agricultural supply business while remaining an active farmer. Mr Petty farms Tyddyn-yr-Eglwys, near Llanfyrnach, a 263ha,…

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PARTNERSHIPS

Business clinic: Can uncle use partnership assets?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Thrings associate Robert James advises on a tricky partnership question. Q My…

SUCCESSION PLANNING

Business Clinic: Do wills override partnership agreements?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Thrings partner Mike Westbrook advises on how the provisions of a…

YOUNG FARMERS

Business Clinic: Share farming v contract farming

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Georgina Sweeting of Savills advises on the pros and cons of…

PARTNERSHIPS

Arable joint ventures bring much more than cost reduction

Joint ventures and partnerships could be the way forward for farms looking to convert losses into profits, writes Louise Impey. Minimising losses rather than maximising profits has become the norm…

YOUNG FARMERS

4 young farmers on setting up successful joint dairy ventures

Young farmers are successfully using joint ventures in the dairy sector as a way of developing their careers while increasing their net worth. Tony Evans, partner with consultant The Andersons…

PARTNERSHIPS

New farming agreements must cover Brexit policy changes

Agriculture is facing more uncertainty than many other sectors following the Brexit vote. The potential loss of some, or possibly all, the subsidies on which many farm businesses rely is…