Farm Man­age­ment Hand­book – new edi­tion pub­lished

The Oban Times - - Public Notices -

THE LAT­EST edi­tion of the Farm Man­age­ment Hand­book has just been pub­lished. In an in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult cli­mate for farm­ers, the ed­i­tors of the 36th edi­tion have recog­nised the need to add the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on CAP re­form as well as ded­i­cat­ing space to as­sess­ing ma­chin­ery costs many of which are now un­sus­tain­able in this un­cer­tain eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion.

Se­nior ru­ral busi­ness con­sul­tant, Ju­lian Bell, said: ‘With wide­spread changes to CAP pay­ments com­ing into ef­fect this year, cou­pled with a down­turn in al­most ev­ery com­mod­ity sec­tor, farm busi­nesses are fac­ing huge chal­lenges. SAC Con­sult­ing pre­dict the pace of busi­ness re­struc­tur­ing and shifts in pro­duc­tion sys­tems will ac­cel­er­ate this year as farm busi­nesses adapt to the new en­vi­ron­ment. The up­dated hand­book will help sup­port this process.’

The hand­book, which is up­dated ev­ery year, is an es­sen­tial tool for any pro­gres­sive farm busi­ness, pro­vid­ing a com­pre­hen­sive and up-to- date source of in­for­ma­tion for farm­ers, ru­ral pro­fes­sion­als, stu­dents and con­sul­tants.

To help this de­ci­sion making process the new hand­book pro­vides de­tailed guidance on de­ter­min­ing ma­chin­ery costs on a per hectare/ per acre ba­sis. This re­quires in­for­ma­tion on the costs of ma­chin­ery pur­chase, ser­vic­ing, fuel use and work rates to gen­er­ate an ac­cu­rate fig­ure to com­pare against con­trac­tors’ charges.

In ad­di­tion, the 2015/16 hand­book con­tin­ues to pro­vide the fol­low­ing up­dated in­for­ma­tion:

De­tailed gross mar­gins for live­stock, arable, for­age and or­ganic en­ter­prises.

In­for­ma­tion on re­new­able en­ergy, di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion projects and or­gan­ics.

Whole farm data for English and Scot­tish farms.

In­for­ma­tion on labour, ma­chin­ery, ru­ral aid, tax­a­tion, con­tract­ing charges, build­ings, forestry and credit.

Key ref­er­ence data such as resid­ual val­ues of fer­tilis­ers.

Con­ver­sion and in­put prices.

Use­ful dates and tim­ings for key farm op­er­a­tion and man­age­ment events.

De­tails of rel­e­vant con­tacts and fur­ther sources of in­for­ma­tion.

To or­der, or for de­tails visit www.sruc.ac.uk/ fmh; call 0131 603 7525.

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