AgreedEven those of us who knew it wasn’t going to be a replacement for BPS cannot get enthusiastic for such a complicated and unrewarding scheme as the current proposals are.
To understand the effect the change from BPS to ELMS will have on a business you need to compare what you have been receiving from BPS with what you can realistically expect to receive from ELMS. For us it would be maximum 40%, but more likely 30%. Then you need to account for taking 5-10% out of production, with the costs for managing it for the prescribed outcomes, along with other costs like nutrient mapping etc. It doesn’t even really look like being a replacement for Mid-tier stewardship.
I think that the key for farmers is to start from the understanding that all payments are going. From there we just have to look at what's on offer & if it doesn't add up simply walk away.... that's what most people do with a business proposition