Our family farm rescue Ch5

Spuddler

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Summer set
If it’s the smoked lamb episode, It hit hard for me as I could relate to some of his difficulty’s and is of a similar character to me. Lovely couple, not afraid of graft, hope they do well.
 
I thought the women on the show were really proactive in making a go of the barn in the yoga episode. I did feel like in the edit that the men were kind of sidelined, but no one really knows how a tv show is made. I think if it was me and i was running that location id have weddings in the "barn" then a ho down in the donkey shed, ive been to lots of writings in sheds and with the right dressing any half decent shed can look amazing , this would also increase capacity x 5! barn day and more evening guests and eventually £££. the donkeys were cute tho, id have them in a shelter in the field utilise the space. the young woman with the kids needs to be the face of the operation as she was the keenest, if its successful the build another farm shed further up the field. fair play its tough doing big decisions especially on tv well done to them all
 

Drillman

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Mixed Farmer
The programme lacks a bit of something imo,

Maybe Adam Henson isn’t the right person to front it,

just sorta expected a bit more of a business person with facts and figures putting the farmer right.

As it was it was more Adam following the farmer observing his/her new venture.

The smoked lamb idea did seem to be a good one though,

biggest issue I could see was the couple appeared to be bogged down in a daily grind and couldn’t see the wood for the trees,

Did look to end well though👍

The party barn in the previous episode though I wasn’t convinced about at all, They had a venue but don’t think they really knew what to do next.
 

Daddy Pig

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Location
dorset
I've just watched the smoked Lamb episode, that poor chap had certainly been through some very tough times, was good to see him come out of the other side with what looks like a successful venture. Cant really work out how they managed to have losses of over £100 000 a year at one point on a farm that size yet still have savings to plough into a new venture.
 

wrenbird

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Livestock Farmer
Location
HR2
I've just watched the smoked Lamb episode, that poor chap had certainly been through some very tough times, was good to see him come out of the other side with what looks like a successful venture. Cant really work out how they managed to have losses of over £100 000 a year at one point on a farm that size yet still have savings to plough into a new venture.
I wondered if there were siblings to pay out when they took over the farm?
 

harrow

Member
I watched the first episode and was concerned that the farmers would have trouble with planning permission and change of use of the building, no longer being strictly farming. :unsure:
 
I've just watched the smoked Lamb episode, that poor chap had certainly been through some very tough times, was good to see him come out of the other side with what looks like a successful venture. Cant really work out how they managed to have losses of over £100 000 a year at one point on a farm that size yet still have savings to plough into a new venture.
that must have bn when they had the dairy? impossible to loose that with 70 cows and 40 ewes
 

7610 super q

Member
Arable Farmer
It's OK. I tend to get bored when the diversification bit kicks in though. Yoga ? Weddings ? smoking kippers ? Must try and embrace the modern world......
It also clashes with " Born mucky, life on the farm " on Quest, which frankly I find more interesting.
 
I watched the first episode and was concerned that the farmers would have trouble with planning permission and change of use of the building, no longer being strictly farming. :unsure:
Diversification and de minimus are the key terms here.
If it is a full-time venture that will take more than 28 days in a year then they would need to apply for planning permission for a diversification enterprise on the farm. Providing it doesn't cause negative impact on anyone then generally these sort of things are acceptable.
If it is is something like the smokery then it is a sideline to the main farming enterprise and would not need planning permission.

I do hate when programs glaze over planning issues and makes it look like it is very straightforward. DIY SOS and the like are terrible at it, how can they say they have just turned up at somebody's house because somebody called them m&n start building an extension that would have required planning permission and that would have taken over 8 weeks. Plus if they've gone through the right procedure they couldn't surprise the person because if they made the planning application they would need to legally notify the homeowner.
 
Back to the program itself, I think it is a really good show but I think Adam needs a business person to front it with him to give it some credence.
I really feel for these families that are struggling, keeping a family legacy going seems to be a trend so far and to hear that it is driving some people to depression and suicide is hard to watch. You will see I support Farming Community Network and that is mainly because of their support of farmers in these situations. I am not afraid to say I have been down that dark tunnel but I was working in an office environment where I was checked on, god knows what would have happened if I had been out in a field on my own.
 
I do often wonder id we could ask are grandfathers or great grandfathers if they would be happy farming for the money /work on offer nowadays would they have chosen to do it? its an odd thing its nice to carry the generation thing on but it can weigh heavy at times
 
I've just watched the smoked Lamb episode, that poor chap had certainly been through some very tough times, was good to see him come out of the other side with what looks like a successful venture. Cant really work out how they managed to have losses of over £100 000 a year at one point on a farm that size yet still have savings to plough into a new venture.


I wondered if there were siblings to pay out when they took over the farm?

We wondered on inheritance tax as father passed away quite suddenly? Certainly paying out siblings as per badly worded will, can cripple a farm.
 
The programme lacks a bit of something imo,

Maybe Adam Henson isn’t the right person to front it,

just sorta expected a bit more of a business person with facts and figures putting the farmer right.

As it was it was more Adam following the farmer observing his/her new venture.
I think that it is meant as an entertainment TV rather than a hard business programme.
Anything more than they are working long and hard for little money, I'm not sure the Farmers (on the first episode at least) would be able to have a robust business type discussion.

I do think that it has missed a trick. There is going to have to be a lot of coming to realise that - small farming isn't want it was and probably aren't viable commercial farming enterprises in the future - required pretty soon. Seeing old farmers coming around to that realisation might make great 'pulling on the heart strings' type telly.

Big respect to the family in the second episode going on national telly talking about struggles with mental health.
 

NI agri-food stakeholder groups discuss climate change bill with committee

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) recently submitted oral evidence to members of the Stormont Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (AERA) committee on the content and potential impact of the Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill (No.2).

This draft legislation was recently introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in conjunction with agriculture minister, Edwin Poots.

“We were accompanied by representatives from a wide range of food industry bodies, including the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters’ Association,the Ulster Farmers’ Union [UFU], Northern...
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