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    Doesn't sound good

    I suppose private companies emptying septic tanks is the likely waste source?
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    There are various taxes and charges built into your monthly electricity bill which pay for all this greenery. You pay these, but the biggest energy users don't. For example, most big poultry outfits are eligible for 90% rebate on one tax element of the bill, but a small farm usually isn't. A...
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    Construction industry losing red diesel

    Rebate taxes surely provide more scope for fraud? The Export VAT merry-go-round was being pillaged for 30 years before they finally paid attention, from Richard Branson exporting fictional shipments of vinyl records in the 70s, all the way through until the early 2000s when the government...
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    Construction industry losing red diesel

    Very well said. If you take out unproductive things currently counted as GDP such as debt interest (apparently it's a service) , the UK economy goes from 6th largest to 22nd.
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    Farmers earn more from YouTube than their crops

    I've been watching Once a Day Farmer over in NZ. Worth a watch!
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    Farm Security - Gate Locks ?

    The Guard Dogs Act 1975 (1)A person shall not use or permit the use of a guard dog at any premises unless a person (“the handler”) who is capable of controlling the dog is present (7c).... "premises” means land other than agricultural land.
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    Recruiting New Staff

    You seem to be under the impression that taxes fund spending. That's largely true in the Eurozone where governments are enslaved to the commercial banks and must collect money in order to spend, not true in the UK as we are a sovereign currency issuer who spends first, and possibly collects...
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    Recruiting New Staff

    Good luck enforcing anything after someone leaves. These agreements are almost always unlawful or unenforceable. A good bluff against someone still around, not much use when they call it.
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    The on-going up hill battle that is agriculture.....

    Complaints about labour cost, but livestock scales up with labour much better than many industries. Perhaps someone can give some numbers. 200 sheep vs 4000. A 20x scale, how much extra labour?
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    The on-going up hill battle that is agriculture.....

    One's a hole in the ground you pour money into. The other's a hole in the water you pour money into. Just kidding really. My motivation to learn about farming here and elsewhere is because I actually (in my ignorance?) think there's potentially some money to be made.
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    The on-going up hill battle that is agriculture.....

    You can't afford trained staff or to train them, but neither can any other industry afford it any easier. The massive tax and cost burden placed on those who work or produce anything means there's little margin left, and labour is expensive. All very well explained here by Dr Michael Hudson.
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    No one ever forgets living through a mouse plague

    So the feral cats are a problem, but so are the mice 🤔
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    Recruiting New Staff

    That's the problem all UK industries face; massive, crippling overhead burdens of taxes, fees, and monopoly pricing make the UK labour force so expensive, nobody can afford to invest in training. Meanwhile in Asia, the government makes sure it doesn't cost a fortune just to exist as a worker...
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    Natural England knows best?

    What I'm thinking is, if the subsidy can't be easily captured by rent through an FBT like BPS can, that possibly incentivises the landlord to be nominally actively farming, using grazing licence agreements that require compliance. That could possibly result in large areas unavailable on anything...
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    Natural England knows best?

    Is it possible for a landlord to be in ELMS with an FBT tenant, or do they have to resort to a grazing licence?
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    National Trust destroys decades-old Bassenthwaite grassland

    .. You'll be pleased to hear the Police are drawing up lists. My brother's mate is some sort of mid level senior detective and mentioned that he'd been reassigned to Covid scheme fraud which is rife, including among quote "lots of seemingly respectable local business people", not just the...
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    Farmers earn more from YouTube than their crops

    The YouTube fans probably don't realise just how clever the warrior is even if they see some of it. I live nearby and according to my father, ginge was moved up a year at their school, went to Ag college instead of Oxford, and definitely didn't get his success from a gilded inheritance, being...
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    North country cheviot

    How many years would you expect get out of a broken mouthed Ewe put on lowland? Is it case of a certain number of lambings and cull or just see how far she goes?
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    Will we be ploughing for re seeding in the future?

    Is the direct drilling theory against discing too or just ploughing?
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    Steel shortage & scrap price .

    I'll hazard a guess. A low scrap price, but a shortage of finished product suggests a bottleneck in the recycling/ processing supply chain. Plenty of scrap available, nit enough being processed. Greensill Capital just went bust, and was a major source of finance for GFG, a major player in the...