FG BUY&SELL        FARMERS WEATHER       ARABLE FARMING        DAIRY FARMER      FARMERS GUARDIAN        AGRIMONEY        OUR EVENTS        MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS        BLOGS        MORE FROM US
You are here: News > Insights
Search

You are viewing 1 of your 2 free articles

You’ll need to join us by becoming a member to gain more access.
Already a Member?

Login Join us now

Tony Shepherd and John Henderson: Share farming takes the Oxford limelight, with progress at last

Insights

Well I have to report that John came back from the Oxford Conference rather overexcited as share farming was mentioned repeatedly and positively.

Twitter Facebook

Particularly so in the Bidwells report, commissioned by the conference, on the outlook for the next decade, which suggests we need to find more flexible ways of combining land, labour, capital and enterprise.

 

All this fits neatly with the fact John is also helping the CLA update the advisory handbook on share farming. John, who helped launch it when is was written back in 1984, used it as the template for his first agreement with David Coates that year and then with me in 1992.

 

We repeatedly say share farming is not necessarily the answer for everyone, but we are also clear its flexibility can be suitable for a variety of situations and it is important the mechanics are better understood.

Accounts

John’s farm account year end was January 31, so we had CCM Auctions’ Ted Ogden calculating a stock valuation so John’s share can be put in his accounts. This highlights our separate businesses which have contracted to ‘share’ the farming at St Helen’s.

 

We resolved the problem of the fattening cattle not eating enough by replacing some of the barley with a beef nut - it turns out the barley is too finely milled rather than rolled.

 

The cattle are more content and, importantly, are now performing as they should. Finishing cattle is a new venture for us and has provided interest as well as extra work. We had to buy a new cattle crush to trim the bellies for slaughter and unfortunately, as our cattle are getting fat, the beef price is falling. One of the ‘joys of farming’ John points out.

 

This, of course, means John’s share from the fat cattle sales will be lower, but good for me as we are sharing the risk of the ups and downs of the farming cycle.

 

Sometimes when we meet up we will also have a ride around the farm to see how things are looking and how the stock have performed. At our last meeting, I was keen to show John some stores he last saw when they first arrived in April.

 

They came as small hard-farmed cattle but have done well and shaped up nicely. They will be a pleasure to look at this summer, with most of them hopefully going off the farm as fat cattle in late summer.

Twitter Facebook
Rating (0 vote/s)
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

More Insights

Livestock and vegetables are a good mix for Suffolk farm business

Dorset sheep, pigs and beef cattle play an integral part in the sustainability of intensive vegetable production for one farming enterprise in Suffolk. Jennifer McKenzie reports.

Handy Hints: Tackling weeds in grassland

Keeping on top of grassland weeds can be frustrating. Chloe Palmer seeks the best advice for minimising weed incidence and effective control.

New entrants hatch successful Happy Hen enterprise

First-generation farmers Alaistaire and Fiona Brice started their free-range egg business in 2003 with just 300 hens in a converted pig hut on rented land. Since then they’ve expanded their flock hugely and created a successful brand supplying 740,000 eggs a week to more than 600 retailers across the region. Clemmie Gleeson finds out more.

Tackling lameness brings other benefits for Welsh sheep producer

Using the five-point sheep lameness reduction plan has helped Welsh sheep farmer improve productivity. Farmers Guardian reports.

Apples aid survival of rural village

Village communities are an integral part of farming life and, with many facing their own challenges, one rural village has joined together to help preserve its future. Marie Claire Kidd finds out more.
FG Insight and FGInsight.com are trademarks of Briefing Media Ltd.
Farmers Guardian and FarmersGuardian.com are trademarks of Farmers Guardian Ltd, a subsidiary of Briefing Media Ltd.
All material published on FGInsight.com and FarmersGuardian.com is copyrighted © 2016 by Briefing Media Limited. All rights reserved.
RSS news feeds