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Farming Talk with Louise Taylor

6th FebruaryPosted by Louise Taylor

Industry Must Embrace More Techniques To Cut Emissions 

We’ve now seen the end of January and although I had hoped that 2019 might embrace a rather more leisurely pace, it seems intent on forging ahead at the break-neck speed with which 2018 departed.  The news, however, has changed little in the last few weeks with a daily focus on Brexit and the huge challenges faced by Government. My attention turns to Michael Grove’s Clean Air Strategy due to be published in the next couple of...

Ammonia and Change Management

1st FebruaryPosted by Louise Taylor

Clean air will come at a cost

It is nearly the end of January and although I had hoped that 2019 might embrace a rather more leisurely pace, it seems intent on forging ahead at the break-neck speed with which 2018 departed.  The news, however, has changed little in the last few weeks (and months), with a daily focus on Brexit and the huge challenges faced by Government. Whilst it might seem that the whole of Westminster is singularly fixated on this one, albeit extremely important,...

Moving forward with succession

4th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

Families can be complicated. Not always, but often and particularly where there is a family business involved. In such cases it is not unusual for the bulk of the family wealth to be generated by the family business, say widget production, and often families are able to draw down profit from the business to invest elsewhere. The offspring that want to make widgets do so, those that don’t are allocated other assets.  BINGO! Both succession and inheritance issues sorted. Easy.

Then...

Property market sees a flurry of activity

4th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

If I had started to write this article last week, as I probably should have done, I would have been saying that the rural property market remains fairly steady, with some residential property sitting on the books for a while before finding the right buyer.  In some ways this is still true but the last ten days have seen a real flurry of activity with viewings booked all over the weekend and this week starting in the same vein.  So what has changed? 

The properties are still the same,...

The secret to succession planning

4th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

Is the sale of land and farms the secret to succession planning?

The market for land and farms remains fairly buoyant in the West Midlands with strong competition for any reasonably sized blocks of land, either with or without buildings or farmsteads.  Traditionally we find that selling land, or any asset for that matter, goes against the grain for most farmers, particularly where farms have been in family ownership for generations and there is an imbedded desire to protect the land...

Is rural housing really a barrier to succession planning?

4th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

Earlier in the summer I was fortunate to be included in the Rural Housing Summit at Highgrove House. I wondered, as I am sure you are, what a housing summit would involve. Well, in short, it was a gathering of a wide variety of professionals all involved with the rural economy in some way.  The day, which was immensely interesting, was predominantly focused on the provision of housing for retired farmers in the future and was a wonderful forum for exploring problems, airing opinions, testing...

Why do pasture prices keep on creeping higher?

13th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

Read Mike Taylor's insights on the prices of pasture land in a Farmers Weekly article. 

King Lear, Willie Wonka, Harry Potter and the future of your farm

18th AugustPosted by Harriet

Talk about a strange headline – what can these have in common?  English literature shows us that planning for the future is not a new concept.  Shakespeare clearly appreciated the need for Succession Planning, writing in the 17th Century when Elizabeth I (the Virgin Queen) was on the throne with no obvious successor.  200 years later both Austen and Dickens pick up the succession mantle with Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and Jane Eyre. Moving forward in history and that magnificent story...

What next for UK farming after Brexit?

1st JulyPosted by Mike Taylor

The City may be in turmoil at Brexit but while the pound drops and interest rates fall, it may not be all bad for agriculture. While Westminster squabbles over leadership and share prices tumble, long term finance from AMC is at its cheapest in living memory and the weak pound has already shored up lamb prices and is likely to do the same for other farming commodities. Farming did well in the 2008 recession and it is likely to do well again now, it is just a question of at what cost to the...

Dairy industry angry at new Government eating guidelines

17th MarchPosted by Louise Taylor

The UK dairy industry has responded angrily to new Government eating guidelines that significantly reduce the recommended daily intake of dairy produce, reports the Farmers Guardian.

The new Eatwell guidelines published by Public Health England recommend that the intake of dairy products should be significantly reduced and should account for just 8% of an individual's daily food intake, down from 12%.  Dairy UK has commented that they are 'baffled' at the change and put the previous...

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