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Pig prices reach new heights - September 23, 2016
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With the focus of farmers very much on farmgate prices at the moment, pig farmers have much to celebrate as prices have risen to their highest level since February 2015. The EU-specification Standard Pig Price (SPP) for the week ending 27 August has risen 1.29p to 137.30p/kg. Meanwhile, the Average Pig Price (APP) increased by … Continue reading Pig prices reach new heights


Only a quarter of Britons are pension-savvy, according to a new report - September 23, 2016
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New research has showed that some of Britain’s over 50s are holding back on withdrawals to pass on their pension tax-efficiently, but many are missing out. The latest figures show one in four over 50s with a private, defined contribution scheme and flexible drawdown, are planning to leave aroudn 45 per cent of their pension … Continue reading Only a quarter of Britons are pension-savvy, according to a new report


Farmers affected in government clampdown on extra dwellings - August 9, 2016
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The government’s clampdown on second homes is likely to affect famers and rural estates looking to diversify, according to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). The Association said that in the last few years they had seen an increasing tax assault on people with extra dwellings and warned that farmers needed to be aware … Continue reading Farmers affected in government clampdown on extra dwellings


Farm borrowing reaches record £17.8 billion - August 9, 2016
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A new report from the National Farmers Union (NFU) has shown that farm borrowing has risen to a new record of £17.8 billion in the year to the end of June. This is a 6.4 per cent increase and marks a rise of £208 million just in the month of June, which compares with a … Continue reading Farm borrowing reaches record £17.8 billion


It was 20 years ago ….. - August 9, 2016
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According to the Beatles, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play, ‘20 years ago today’, but as far as we know he didn’t provide the fanfare for the launch of MT Financial Management. It was indeed 20 years ago, in 1996 that MT Financial Management was launched in Spalding and since then it has gone … Continue reading It was 20 years ago …..


NFU lays out its Brexit priorities to government - July 7, 2016
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The National Farmers Union (NFU) has responded to the uncertainty of the UK’s agricultural sector post-Brexit by launching a consultation on the future of British farming and domestic farming policy. At an extraordinary NFU Council meeting held at the end of June, the organisation’s president Meurig Raymond said the government had to recognise the economic … Continue reading NFU lays out its Brexit priorities to government


Retailers expected to source more British food post-Brexit - July 7, 2016
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New research from a retail specialist has suggested that supermarkets that have cultivated good relations with British farms will do the best in the immediate aftermath of the UK’s exit from the EU. The new report from Kantar Retail has found that the price of fresh produce was likely to go up, at least in … Continue reading Retailers expected to source more British food post-Brexit


Is it time to reassess pension savings? - July 7, 2016
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The UK’s decision to leave the EU is likely to have an impact on a number of different areas of personal finance over the next few years, but one area of immediate concern for many will be their retirement savings. Most pension policies have so far remained relatively unaffected by the uncertainty following the referendum. … Continue reading Is it time to reassess pension savings?


Farmers still owed millions of pounds from Basic Payment Scheme, says NFA - June 7, 2016
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The National Farmers Union (NFU) has said that according to its calculations farmers in England may be still waiting for around £120 million in 2015 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) support – months after the government said the money would be paid. On 1 May the Rural Payments Agency announced that all farmers in England had … Continue reading Farmers still owed millions of pounds from Basic Payment Scheme, says NFA


Future dairy farmers need to know cost of production and knowledge of the market - June 7, 2016
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Mike King, chairman of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), has said the modern dairy farmer must know the cost of production on a rolling basis and understand the changing market. He said that moving forward dairy farmers needed to know these two key factors, and if they didn’t tally, in order to … Continue reading Future dairy farmers need to know cost of production and knowledge of the market


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