Checking the efficiency of your current herd and flock may identify opportunities to offset falling BPS income.
- Forage for Knowledge | AHDB
- Planning grazing strategies for better returns | AHDB
- Growing and finishing lambs for better returns | AHDB
- Feed budget and rotation plan for cattle | AHDB
- Managing nutrients for better returns | AHDB
Although a number of the previous Rural Development Plan for England payment schemes closed in 2020, the Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme will remain open until 2024 when ELMs is expected to fully replace it. A new Countryside Stewardship Plus scheme will form part of ELMs in the coming years. You can read our Countryside Stewardship page for more detail about the current options.
ELMs has been launched and is gradually being implemented. It focuses on six categories of “public goods”:
- clean and plentiful water
- clean air
- thriving plants and wildlife
- protection from environmental hazards
- reduction of and adaptation to climate change
- beauty, heritage and engagement with the environment
Read about the scheme on our Environmental Land Management scheme (ELMs) page.
The Farming for a Better Climate website includes lots of information about new ways of farming including a podcast, Climate Change Focus Farmers, Optimising Livestock Performance, Soils, Fertilisers and Manures, and more.
The Farm Advisory Service Scotland biodiversity page has information topics including a Natural Capital podcast, the Thrill of the Hill podcast, Farm Management and Biodiversity, Insect Pollinators, Hedgerow Management, Boosting Biodiversity to Build Business, and more.
The Nature Friendly Farming Network have published a useful report: Nature Means Business – Establishing the balance between food production and improve nature. This short report sets out the environmental and climate challenges facing the UK, discusses public support for nature friendly farming, and provides a number of case studies from farmers already adapting the way they farm.
Farmers have been finding ways to diversify their farm income for many years, but it’s never too late to look again at the opportunities you might be able make or take advantage of. Talk to your family and friends about possible ideas. Diversification opportunities can also be a great way to start discussing farm succession planning with your family and help the next generation get excited about farm businesses.
Read our Farm Diversification page.
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Developing a plan to mitigate the loss of BPS
Step three: How to decide upon the best option available to you to offset the loss of BPS?
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