Soil is a farmer’s greatest asset, with a single teaspoon containing more living organisms than there are people living on earth. Yet what actually constitutes healthy soil is still to be fully understood.
Businesses are built on good teams; and teams are built on people pulling in the same direction. Creating an open culture where everyone is valued and heard is key to this. Gary Markham, director of farms and estates at Land Family Business, suggests five ways to create an open culture.
Looking after your employees will help keep your team and business strong. Part of that is knowing what to do if someone is showing signs of stress, how to handle it if they need to go off sick, and how to fill the labour gap. Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor at XpertHR, explains.
As a leader, your role is to set the direction of travel, then motivate your team towards those goals. To do this, you need to understand what makes you and your staff tick. Roger Pemberton, business coach at ActionCOACH, explains.
Farmers are used to battling on regardless if they feel physically or mentally tired. But downtime is essential to wellbeing and also good business sense. So how can you carve out time to better yourself for the greater good?
Looking after wellbeing and mental fitness is essential for dealing with stress and running a strong business, but what is resilience and how do you build it? The next few pages are packed with experience, advice and resources.
“Families can fall apart because you have not taken any steps to sort out the future; and that is disgraceful,” says third generation farmer Abi Reader, who runs a dairy farm in partnership with her father and uncle just outside Cardiff.
How do you negotiate the best deals for your business? Ged Futter, director and founder at Groceries Supply Code of Practice, is a former Asda buying manager and now trains suppliers on negotiation – he explains the art.
Award-winning sheep and beef producer Dafydd Parry Jones has been benchmarking for more than a decade. He says it has taught him how to cut costs, be more efficient and still have time left over for his family.
Whether you want to sell direct to the public, add value by creating a product, or produce for a commodity market, it is helpful to understand where the main areas of growth are and how people eat and shop.
The benefits of benchmarking are often talked about, but how many farmers are actually doing it and has it helped them? Our exclusive Farmers Guardian survey, commissioned by HSBC, asked you to share your experiences.