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Young Farmer Focus: Nick Grayson, Nether Haugh, Rotherham

Nick Grayson, 27, farms a mixed enterprise on rented land on the outskirts of Sheffield in Rotherham.

Harvest: ‘UNDERWHELMING’ would be my one-word review of harvest this year.

 

Harvest 2016 has come and gone with no real impact or lasting impression.

 

By the time you are reading this, I hope to be finished with autumn cultivations and drilling – a job which seems to have been plagued by breakdowns this year.

 

What have I done to deserve three punctures in one weekend? I will never know.

 

The cows are still out, but being buffer fed until I get my act together on the construction of a new outdoor feed passage for them to enjoy this winter.

 

Investment: I am hopeful this will allow me to house and feed more and, with an inclusion of a new race, it should make handling a much safer job.

 

It is difficult at the moment in agriculture to try and move forwards and make any substantial investments.

 

With current poor prices on top of the uncertainty which continues to hang over us regarding Brexit, it continues to make agriculture an unstable business.

 

Brexit: I am yet to understand any positive effects which may come out of Brexit and remain curious to see if any of the promises are fulfilled.

 

I think we all need to take a closer look at our own businesses and ask ourselves whether our businesses would survive if the comfort blanket of our BPS cheque were taken away?

 

I would say we all need to prepare ourselves for a vast reduction in the level of support we receive at the very least. In the meantime, I am trying to make my business resistant to any changes we may see.

 

A good friend of mine said to me recently ‘the removal of BPS could be a disaster for the average farmer, so make sure you aren’t average’.

 

This got me thinking – what is average? I only have one gate which needs tying shut with baling twine? That is better than average, right?

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