Tonight I talked to James and Katie Allen about how they got from civil engineering, software developing, and graphic design, to finding each other again and farming together in the Cotswolds, and the many challenges they've overcome along the way.
With special guest appearance from baby Jack..
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Live exporter charged with animal cruelty over deadly Awassi shipment
Written by Calla Wahlquist
Emanuel Exports and two former directors charged after more than 2,400 sheep died of heat stress on voyage to Middle East, leading to federal crackdown
Live export company Emanuel Exports has been charged with breaching animal welfare laws in a deadly shipment that was filmed by whistleblowers and led to a federal crackdown on the export of live sheep to the Middle East.
In an unprecedented move, the decision by the former Secretary of State for the Environment to ban metaldehyde slug pellet products has been declared unlawful.
In December, Defra ruled to withdraw all products containing metaldehyde with immediate effect.
However, the High Court has approved an order, agreed this week by the company that’s challenged the legality of the ban, that formally overturns that.
“Metaldehyde is back on the market and we’ve reverted to where we were eight months ago,” confirmed Philip Tavener of Chiltern Farm Chemicals who took the legal action to bring Michael Gove’s decision before the High Court.
Following The Supreme Court’s decision today to rule in favour of Frank Smart & Sons Ltd regarding VAT repayment on the purchase of farm entitlement to CAP subsidy, HMRC will find it more difficult to restrict VAT recovery
Frank Smart & Sons Ltd, a family owned farming company in Aberdeenshire today won its case against HMRC regarding the claim for the repayment of VAT on the purchase of 34,477 units of Single Farm Payment Entitlements.
HMRC refused the claim on the grounds that there was a direct link between the purchase of the entitlements and the receipt of subsidy. As the subsidy was outside the scope of VAT the claim for VAT repayment failed the test that...
A new campaign has been launched today (July 31) at the UK’s border to help keep the deadly pig disease African Swine Fever (ASF) out of the country.
Although the disease poses no threat to human health, it is fatal for pigs and has already spread widely across Asia and parts of Central and Eastern Europe. Cases have also been reported throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
So far, ASF has led to the deaths of over 800,000 pigs and wild boar in Europe and an estimated four million pigs in Asia, causing global pork prices to rise.
If the disease was found in the UK, it could have a devastating impact on the British commercial pig stock of five million pigs, as well as...
Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, has reacted to the Prime Minister’s visit to Wales today to meet with rural communities and discuss the impact of Brexit on agriculture. The company’s rural division advises farmers and landowners across England and Wales.
Mark Charter, partner, Carter Jonas, said: “It is significant that Boris Johnson has made early visits to both Wales and Scotland, as he is tackling the two most contentious areas facing him from an agricultural context head on. A no deal Brexit will have far reaching consequences for the farming industry, but certain sectors will be more affected than others.
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The land totals approx. 104.19 acres (42.16 hectares) and comprises 4 arable fields, 2 areas of woodland, and a recently formed area of yard/hardstanding.
The arable area extends to a total of about 98.68 acres (39.93 hectares) which is all registered on the RPA as eligible for Basic Payments.
The land is undulating, falling towards 2 water courses running northwards to discharge into the River Stour.
The land is designated by DEFRA as Grade 3. Soils are of the Wix Association suggesting deep permeable coarse loamy soil, ideally suited for the production of cereals, sugar beet and other arable crops as well as...
Tractor sales for the first half of 2019 are down by 5% from the previous year but fell by a sharp 13% in the month of June. Tractor sales are a traditional indicator of farmers’ confidence to invest in their businesses. The Agricultural Engineers’ Association (AEA) reports that 6,198 units of 50 horsepower and above […]
Detectives have launched an investigation after a man was shot and firearms stolen during an armed robbery on a farm in the UK.
Taking place in Lancashire, England, police were called around 9:40pm yesterday, Sunday, July 28, to a report a man had been injured during a robbery at a farm on Back Lane, Aughton.
“Officers, including armed police, attended the address and found the man, aged 65, had been shot to the ankle and knee with what is believed to be a firearm,” Lancashire Constabulary said in a statement.
He was taken to hospital for treatment and is to undergo surgery for his injuries.
Detectives believe a number of men wearing balaclavas or face...
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Farmers face potentially significant changes to Inheritance Tax (IHT) after proposals released earlier this month from the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS), according to rural accountant Old Mill.
The OTS review could result in a number of revisions to IHT, with both positive and negative impacts for farms, says head of rural services Andrew Vickery. “There are two proposals in particular which could have quite an impact upon farms and rural businesses, should the Treasury decide to implement them.”
The first proposal would be fairly positive as it involves possibly aligning the IHT treatment of furnished holiday lets with that of Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax...