Event in Northumberland aims to help farmers plan for 2015

Meeting in Wooler will discuss a range of issues for the agricultural sector

Simon Bainbridge
Simon Bainbridge

An event being held in Northumberland later this month aims to give farmers information on how to plan for 2015.

The meeting at the Tankerville Arms in Wooler on November 25 has been organised by specialists from SAC Consulting and will focus on the CAP, opportunities in the market, investment, expansion and business pointers.

Taking part in the event will be farmer Simon Bainbridge, who will explain what impact his experience as a monitor farmer, where he opened his farm to the scrutiny of neighbours, has had on his business.

The evening will begin with Richard Jeffreys from SAC Consulting’s Wooler office, who will explore how much the reforms of the CAP and the approach being taken by rural ministry Defra may change plans.

His colleague Julian Bell, a rural business consultant, will give his assessment of the UK grain market, the impact of world prices and where the opportunities are in 2015.

For livestock farmers, SAC Consulting’s Paul Heyhoe will address questions around whether poor returns for beef and sheep this autumn will continue into 2015 and whether this can sustain the price of herd or flock replacements, business re-investment, expansion or even the status quo.

And Barclays agricultural manager Nick Sheffer will update the audience on investment in the agriculture sector, why this remains a priority for Barclays and what the bank is looking for in a business which is looking to expand.

A spokesman for the event organisers said: “Undoubtedly for many farmers the main attraction will be hearing the personal experience of farmer Simon Bainbridge of Donkin Rigg, who was a monitor farmer from 2010-2013. He will discuss what it feels like to have the way you do things closely examined by neighbours, however well meaning. He will outline the changes the process brought to his business and explain the thinking behind his steps to increase business output, maximise efficiency and capitalise on the opportunities available.”

The event is free and food will be available.

To reserve a place, telephone SAC Consulting’s Wooler office on 01668 283363.

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