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    Livestock marts: market update and coping with the pandemic

    Livestock marts: market update and coping with the pandemic

    What does the future look like for the livestock and property sectors?
     
     Show Notes:
     
    This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking about two sectors which have seen a flying trade in the last 12 months – livestock and property. Both markets have been achieving some heady prices, both buoyed by tight supply and high demand.
     
    With the UK just having celebrated Easter with the traditional lamb dinner, the trade at marts for both spring lambs and hoggets has been flying. The cattle markets have also seen prices hitting historical highs since the New Year as the live markets continue to thrive, despite Covid-19 restrictions remaining in place. 
     
    Farmers Guardian business reporter, Alex Black speaks to Stewart Hamilton of Boulton and Cooper auctioneers and estate agents who give his predictions for the next 12 months.
    To find out how the marts have kept going despite the challenges of the pandemic, Alex speaks to auctioneer Russell Steer at Kivells and Chris Dodds, at the Livestock Auctioneers Association.
     
    Links: 
    Read our take on auction marts and the pandemic: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/pandemic-highlights-value-of-auction-marts-115776
    Find upcoming sales: https://www.auctionfinder.co.uk/
    Find out more about the Livestock Auctioneers Association: https://www.laa.co.uk/
    Find out more about Kivells: https://www.kivells.com/
    Find out more about Boulton and Cooper: http://www.boultoncooper.co.uk/

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    Biodiversity Net Gain – a new income for farmers?

    Biodiversity Net Gain – a new income for farmers?

    The world is facing a biodiversity crisis, but farmers can - and many want to - help. 
    New UK legislation is set to open a new market and income opportunity for farmers and landowners through the delivery of Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG). When the Environment Bill passes through parliament later this year, it will require all developments to demonstrate a BNG of 10%. Thousands of hectares of land dedicated to biodiversity will be needed, which could mean a new income stream for farmers. Already, developers, land agents, charities, brokers and local authorities are preparing themselves and even entering agreements. So, how can farmers prepare for this new market opportunity? 
     
    To find out more, Jez Fredenburgh is joined by Teresa Dent, chief exec of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, which has been working on biodiversity agreements with farmer clusters, and David Hill, founder of Environment Bank, a UK company which is at the forefront of biodiversity accounting and offsetting agreements. 
     
    Links: 
    Find out more about Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust: https://www.gwct.org.uk/
    Find out more about Environment Bank: https://www.environmentbank.com/

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    Is the Sustainable Farming Incentive really going to do what it says on the tin?

    Is the Sustainable Farming Incentive really going to do what it says on the tin?

    As farming begins to move away from the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) towards new policies that will be co-designed and tested together with farmers, land managers and experts, we're looking at the Sustainable Farming Incentive.
    What does it mean for growers and, will it actually do what it says on the tin?
    The Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) forms part of the ELM scheme, which will open up to farmers in 2022. 
    SFI will pay farmers to take actions that deliver desired environmental outcomes, such as boosting levels of organic matter in soils or planting hedgerows to provide year-round food, shelter and breeding cover for birds and insects. With some farmers across the country deciding to enter the pilot scheme we're putting it under the spotlight to understand it in real terms.
     
    To find out more about SFI, Farmers Guardian Chief Reporter Abi Kay is joined by NFU Vice President Tom Bradshaw and AHDB’s Strategic Insight Manager Sarah Baker.  
     
    Links
    To learn more about AHDB's take, visit their EU Exit Perspectives blog: https://ahdb.org.uk/eu-exit-perspectives-blog
     
    Find out more about the sustainable farming incentive:
    https://www.nfuonline.com/cross-sector/environment/agri-environment-schemes/agri-environment-news/what-is-the-sustainable-farming-incentive/
     
    Read our take on SFI: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/concerns-raised-over-sfi-pilot-as-defra-publishes-details-of-scheme-117564


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    What is the most important asset to your farm?

    What is the most important asset to your farm?

    We often talk about mental health, but physical health is just as important. Farming is one of the most demanding jobs, yet farmers rarely take time to notice any changes in their bodies or habits.
    This week on Over The Farm Gate, we’re talking about bowel cancer. Each year over 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer, and around 268,000 people in the UK have had a diagnosis at some point in their life. Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.
    Hannah Binns, Farmers Guardians’, Senior Livestock Specialist speaks to livestock farmer Wayne Smith, a bowel cancer survivor. Wayne opens up about his battle with cancer, and his road to recovery in the hope to help and encourage the rural community to prioritise their health.
    Links
    Find out more about bowel cancer: www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk
    Read Wayne’s journey to recovery: beyondbowelcancer.wordpress.com

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    Net Zero: What does it mean for retailers and UK farming?

    Net Zero: What does it mean for retailers and UK farming?

    Show Notes: 
     
    This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking sustainability. 
    In recent years, there has been growing concerns about climate change, and we have seen more consumers make conscious choices about the types of food they eat. With red meat and dairy products facing increasing criticism for greenhouse gas emissions - what does this mean for retailers and the farmers producing them? 
    In 2019 the NFU pledged the industry to be net-zero by 2040. This week, Morrisons pledged to be the first supermarket to be completely supplied by ‘net zero’ carbon British farms by 2030.
    To find out more about Morrisons and what this means for UK farming and retailers, we’re joined by Sophie Throup, Head of Agriculture at Morrisons, Richard Findlay, NFU Livestock Board Chair and Tim Bonner, Countryside Alliance Chief Exec 
     
    Links
    Find out more about Morrisons' pledge to 'net zero': https://www.fginsight.com/news/morrisons-to-be-completely-supplied-by-net-zero-carbon-british-farms-by-2030-117409
    Find out more about the NFU’s pledge: https://www.nfuonline.com/news/latest-news/achieving-net-zero-meeting-the-climate-change-challenge/
     

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    • 26 min
    Livestock marts: careers and trade chat

    Livestock marts: careers and trade chat

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking livestock, from market analysis to the women in making great strides in auction marts.
     
    Over the last month, prime cattle prices have dropped but remain historically high for this time of year, despite reduced slaughter numbers. Our sister company Urner Barry has been delving into the UK beef markets in their beef chats podcast, with discussions on supply, social distancing at plants, and the winter weather.
     
    With this in mind, as it's National Careers Week with International Women’s Day approaching, we’re focusing on the remarkable women working in live auction marts and how we can encourage more young people to consider a career in the sector.
     
    Jez Fredenburgh speaks to Sam Hogg, a Qualified Auctioneer at C&D Auction Marts and Judith Cowie, a livestock Office Manager at Wallets Marts. Both women have forged successful careers working in live auction marts, and we're finding out how they have done it. 
     
    Links
    Check out Urner Barry’s UK beef chats podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/show/urner-barry-podcasts
    Find out more about C&D Auction Marts: http://www.cdauctionmarts.co.uk/
    Find out more about Wallet Marts: https://walletsmarts.co.uk/

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