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DAIRY

6 lean management techniques to improve dairy efficiency

Applying lean management principles to running a dairy farm has reduced wastage and increased efficiency at Tyddyn yr Eglwys, near Llanfyrnach in Pembrokeshire. Dylan and Hannah Harries have been working…

PIGS

How staff training is benefiting performance on pig unit

A varied, extensive training programme has helped maintain and improve employee knowledge at one of the largest family-run pig genetics businesses, Rattlerow Farms. The programme has also improved staff motivation…

TECHNOLOGY

Contracting app cuts down time spent on workers' timesheets

An innovative app is helping contractors and farmers reduce the tedious paper trail associated with job recording and workers' timesheets. HarvestYield cuts down on paperwork by sending information straight to…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

How Gold Cup winners are managing staff

Teamwork, staff management and new technology are the three secrets to running a successful business, says Philip Metcalfe of Metcalfe Farms. Last year the farm scooped the NMR/RABDF Gold Cup…

DAIRY

How to run a successful multi-site dairy business

The Pilkington family have taken their passion for simple grass-based dairying and developed it into a successful multi-site business. Driven by a clear succession plan with their son Matt returning…

NEWS

How a post-Brexit staff shortage could affect horticulture

When award-winning vegetable grower Joe Rolfe needs his brassicas weeding, an army of people descend by the busload on the farm. Horticulture is notoriously labour intensive – and even more…

Practical advice

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STAFF MANAGEMENT

Overseas staff: Tips to ensure eligibility to work in UK

About 20% of migrant workers on farms are yet to apply for for EU Settlement status, a Farmers Weekly poll has found. With the deadline for the EU Settlement Scheme…

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…

POULTRY

What Lion Training Passport scheme means for poultry staff

Until recently, it has been possible for farms to diversify into free-range egg production as long as the required land area was available. This opportunity has seen a rapid growth…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Tips for engaging staff in herd health meetings

The two areas farm owners and managers struggle to find time for are routine tasks and business analysis, according to feedback from one farmer discussion group. Sally Dixon, from Sandstone…

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…

Insights

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STAFF MANAGEMENT

Farm apprenticeships: Everything you need to know

Apprenticeships are mutually beneficial arrangements between an employer and an employee that allow practical skills to be built up alongside an educational programme. Employers enjoy being able to mould young…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Study reveals what a farm manager is worth

The average farm manager earns £49,523 including any bonuses and profit share payments. In addition to this, they receive an estimated £8,368 in non-cash benefits such as housing, vehicle use…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Outlook 2019: What Brexit uncertainty means for farm profits

The UK has high employment rates but a challenging economic background. Across the wider economy, a very free labour market offers confidence to employers to take on workers. However, many…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Farm manager salaries stagnate but benefits rise

Farm managers earned an average of £52,268 in 2017, just £30 more than two years earlier. This was made up of a £48,760 gross salary plus an average £3,508 bonus…

NEWS

Shocking extent of modern slavery in agriculture revealed

The shocking extent of labour exploitation and modern-day slavery in agriculture has been laid bare in a new report by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA). Drawing on its…

BUSINESS

What the EU agreement on citizens’ rights means for farmworker...

Last week the government announced to great fanfare that it and the EU had come to an agreement about citizens’ rights post Brexit. This will have a big impact on…

BREXIT

Analysis: Access to farm labour if the UK left the EU

Migrant labour plays a key role in agriculture – but could farmers, especially in the horticulture sector, access enough labour if the UK voted to leave the EU? Under the…

BUSINESS

Analysis: How the new wages rise will hit horticulture hard

The UK’s horticulture sector wakes up today, Friday 1 April, to what some predict will be the biggest upheaval in a generation – the introduction of the national living wage…