Family farms make up about 80 per cent of Britain’s agricultural landscape but a lack of planning for the future is putting many at risk.
Supported by our industry partners: ABP, Farmers & Mercantile, NSF Agriculture and Volac, Farmers Guardian’s Year of the Family Farm series has been launched to address the issues facing family farms and identify opportunities which will help them become fit for the future.
Aside from buying farmland, investing in machinery is likely to be the most significant capital outlay facing family farms.
Fortunately, tyre-kicking and negotiation on price come naturally to a lot of farmers, but when it comes to financing the purchase, how many businesses truly evaluate all their options?
It takes an open-minded farmer to admit they could run their business better. In the relentless drive to improve efficiency, comparing how one farm business is performing against others can be a powerful tool in highlighting where costs can be cut.
Professional development should not be overlooked by family farms. According to Philip Wynn, master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, nurturing the skills of individuals within a family farming business has never been so important.
Listen to what dairy farmer James Wright has to say about benchmarking
Take a look at how Josh Dowbiggin makes the most of his opportunities
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FG’s Year of the Family Farm series will focus on the following topics.