The Welsh Government announced on Monday that its new system of support payments for Welsh farmers will be postponed until 2022. The Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) was due to be transitioned to a new Land Management Program, but has been consistently delayed as a direct result, say the Government, of the UK’s delayed exit from … Continue reading More Delays For Welsh Farmers Support Scheme
New regulations to come into force for Welsh farmers in 2020 are being described as ‘disastrous’ for the sector, especially with the uncertainty of Brexit looming on the horizon. Announced in November last year, the regulations coming into force from January next year include measures such as nutrient management planning, sustainable fertiliser applications, protection of … Continue reading Anger at Welsh Government 2020 Plans
A new report analysing information from the recent Farm Business Survey outlines the key factors which separate high and low performers in the farming industry. The report, prepared by some of the industry’s major organisations, including Hibu Cyg Cymru, suggests that the top performing 25% of farming businesses in the UK could make a profit, … Continue reading How to Make Your Farm a Top Performer
Farmers who provide accommodation to their employees need to make sure that the rates they charge their workers do not push wages below National Minimum Wage or Agricultural Minimum Wage. If accommodation is provided to workers, the offset rate as provided by HMRC is £6.40 per day or £44.80 per week from April 2017. If … Continue reading Accommodation For Agricultural Workers
Following the announcement by Theresa May that there will be a general election in June, industry leaders in the food and farming sectors have called for all political parties to put agriculture at the fore-front of their policies. The Food and Drink Federation in particular are asking all concerned to make clear their vision for … Continue reading The General Election: What Will It Mean For Farmers?
Wales Rural Development Program have released the dates for the expression of interest in the new Farm Business Grant Scheme. The window will open on 2nd May and will close 30th June. The Farm Business Grant Scheme will offer grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to the successful applicants, in a bid to improve the … Continue reading Window for New Farm Business Grant Soon to Open
Pork from traditionally reared Pedigree Welsh Pigs has been awarded special status from the European Commission. Becoming the first of its kind in Wales, the pork has been granted Traditional Specialities Guaranteed (TSG) status. The new status means that pedigree Welsh pork can be produced anywhere in Europe, as long as the animals are pedigree … Continue reading Welsh Pigs Bringing Home The Bacon
The Rural Payments Agency has revealed that over 1,800 UK farmers have applied for the EU’s Dairy Aid Scheme. The voluntary scheme will pay producers the equivalent of 12.2p per litre to cut production over the next three months. The aim of the scheme is to reduce the milk supply across Europe and restore balance … Continue reading Big UK interest in Dairy Aid scheme
The UK’s biogas sector faces an uncertain future following the latest report from The National Non-Food Crops Centre. Past and current growth rates in the sector look set to plateau around late 2017. This will inevitably bring with it increased investor uncertainty and reduced backing from government groups. Statistics show over 450 sites are in … Continue reading Anaerobic Digestion – Leaving You Short Of Breath
They say an Englishman’s home is his castle, but in the case of a farmer, his home is usually more of a business centre. The Farmhouse is an essential part of any farm operation, serving as an office, a store, a boardroom, a make-shift veterinary clinic as well as a works canteen and restroom. As … Continue reading The Farmhouse – Not Just Where The Farmer Lives!