Latest Blog Posts

Latest Blog Posts

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:25

A £13 million fund to help landowners plant more trees to protect wildlife, boost the timber sector and reduce flood risk will soon open for applications, Forestry Minister Thérèse Coffey confirmed today.

Farmers, foresters and land managers across the UK will be able to apply for up to £6,800 per hectare to plant, weed and protect more trees when application forms for the next round of the government’s Woodland Creation grant are made available in September.

The fund – part of the Countryside Stewardship scheme – will help plant more than 3 million trees, creating 1,900 hectares of new woodland and contributing to the government’s ambition to plant 11 million trees, with a further one… Read More

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:23

Having attended a recent open day on a trial farm in Hampshire growing commercial soya, it is clear that the interest and scope for growing the crop in the UK is growing considerably. The area has grown from 8Ha to 5,000 Ha in the last five years, with current estimations of 10,000 Ha to be grown next year in the UK.

The crop is traditionally grown in North & South America where the climatic conditions are suited towards growing large areas of the crop. However, due to big advancements in varieties over the past five years, species are now available which are more suited towards the UK market. The biggest difference is the strength of the stem of the plant, allowing the crop to be combined more… Read More

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:22

Some of the key areas strengthened have been outlined below. Not every change is listed


Standards affecting the use and recording of antibiotics have been bolstered across all livestock sectors, demonstrating the UK farming industry’s commitment to playing its part in tackling antimicrobial resistance. Further changes will be made in 2018 after the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) target recommendations and other industry initiatives are published to ensure the industry is fully aligned.

Animal medicines

A recommendation has been added that the highest priority critically important… Read More

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 11:43

The Government have recently announced £200m of RDPE funding to support rural businesses including farmers. One package is for funding available under the Countryside Productivity Scheme. This scheme is made up of three elements Water Resource Management, Improving Forestry Productivity and Animal Health and Welfare.

Below is a summary of the Water Resource Management grant scheme.

If you feel this would be of interest to your business please do not hesitate to contact one of the consultants in the office to discuss your idea further. 


Water Resource Management:


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Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 10:27

DEFRA have now partially clarified how they will implement the new EU Greening requirements for the 2018 Scheme Year in England.

The key changes expected are:

There will be a ban on the use of Plant Protection Products on EFA Fallow Land, Catch & Cover Crops and Nitrogen Fixing Crops. This ban is expected to apply to the full lifecycle of the crop (or 1st January to 30th June in the case of Fallow) and will include a ban on seed treatments.

Further details… Read More

Friday, July 21, 2017 - 13:15

On the 12th of July, we hosted our first ever Dairy Training Day aimed for knowledge exchange amongst professionals with regards to the challenges faced by our Dairy farming clients and their consultants!

Thanks to Andrew Bristol for hosting the event on his Dairy farm in Somerset. Working sessions included ‘Ration assessment’ by Barrie Audis, Andrew’s consultant, ‘Grazing Management Plan’ by AKC Consultant James Berry and ‘Planning Considerations for Industrial Agricultural Buildings’ by Paul Oakley of OPAC Ltd.

In the afternoon having also had a tour of the facilities, the working groups were encouraged to give their thoughts and views on the grazing management, sharing their thoughts with… Read More

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 09:57

As you may be aware the greening requirements under the Basic Payment Scheme have undergone a recent review. This was badged as making greening simpler however as you will see below this is not the case!


The EU decision makers have brought in a series of changes which will have an impact on a significant number of businesses.


We have summarised these changes below, with the details which are known to date:


Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 10:34

Defra are making changes to the way keepers can register their holdings in England for the purpose of recording and reporting livestock movements.

For some farmers, this may simplify how the holdings are registered and reduce the number of livestock movement reports that need to be submitted.

The new system is expected to be completed by summer 2017.

You may be affected by the changes if you keep cattle, sheep, goats or pigs.

If you are directly affected by any of these changes, you should receive a letter from Defra before July 2017. That letter will detail what the changes mean, the options available to you and… Read More

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 09:47

We are barely past the deadline for the 2017 BPS submissions, but planning must start for the 2018 BPS form.

The big changes which has prompted this blog is that the commission is reviewing and look set to implement a ban on pesticides on greening land. This is going to affect peas and beans and make them virtually impossible to use, but it will also affect the traditional fallow fields as Blackgrass will not be able to be controlled by Glyphosate until July 1st.

Many clients use protein crops as greening, or fallow to assist with blackgrass control, please email us to discuss these changes and possibly arrange a meeting. We can then review other options for… Read More

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 13:49

We attended the North Somerset Show this Year, and were pleased to have the opportunity to catch up with a number of existing clients on our stand and also discuss the services that we offer to lots of others.


See below for the up and coming shows in 2017:

Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show - 16th August,

Bath & West, The Dairy Show - 4th October, 

Frome and Agricultural Cheese Show - 9th September,

www.… Read More

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