Guide to diversifying your farm business

In the volatile world of farming, in which traditional farm businesses are sensitive to input prices and extreme weather, more and more farmers are now choosing to diversify. This strategy not only helps protect farm owners incomes during turbulent farming periods but it also helps them to become more profitable. In fact, 62% of UK farms are reported to [...]

Celebrating 100 years of farming at Hermitage Farm

This year marks an important milestone for our MD, Andrew Cotterill, and his family – they are celebrating 100 years of farming at Hermitage Farm in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield. Farming for centuries Farming has been in Andrew’s family for centuries. His great-grandparents relocated to Hermitage Farm in 1919 after selling their previous home, Bricklyn Farm, also in Wishaw. Back then, Hermitage [...]

Please keep safe on your farm

Safety is the highest priority of our business. It’s something we feel extremely passionate about. That’s why we’re keen to join in and help promote Farm Safety Week.  Our background is in farming Our background is deep-rooted in farming – our business is based on a farm and our MD is a third-generation farmer. We also sell to farmers – over [...]

How to safely store silage?

After experiencing the wettest June on record, farmers are now taking advantage of the drier weather conditions and harvesting silage. But what are the regulations when it comes to storing silage safely? What is silage? Silage is grass or other green fodder that is compacted and stored in airtight conditions, without being dried beforehand, and used as animal feed in the [...]

How to minimise the impact of a potential water shortage?

After a record-breaking Easter with temperatures hitting an unseasonal 25C in some parts of the UK, there are growing concerns over the continued lack of significant rain and low river flows. According to a recent survey by the NFU, some farmers are putting in place measures to minimise the impact of another potential dry summer. Cumulative rainfall totals during April [...]

LAMMA 2019 (8th and 9th January)

At the start of January, we exhibited at the LAMMA 2019 show at the Birmingham NEC. It was the first time this farming event had been held indoors and it was considered a massive success with its visitors. For us, it was simply a great opportunity to catch up with old and new customers. Our farming background gives us a [...]

What’s your farming new year’s resolution?

With the new year beginning now’s a great time to take stock and evaluate your goals for the year ahead: Embrace New Technology With advancements in technology occurring all the time it could be time to embrace the latest innovations and incorporate them into your practices. Whether that’s using farming apps or adapting and using drones in your farming practices – [...]

Come see us at LAMMA 2019!

To get 2019 off to a great start, we will be exhibiting at LAMMA. Held at Birmingham’s NEC on 8th and 9th January. It will be the perfect place to see us and over 700 exhibitors from all sectors of the agricultural market – pulling in farmers from all over the country. It is the first time LAMMA has [...]

Farm Business Innovation Show (7th-8th November)

Last week we exhibited at the Farm Business Innovation Show at the NEC and it was a huge success. Over the two days we met some fantastic people and gained a real insight into what people want to achieve with their businesses and how we could help them to diversify. There was a lot of interest in many of our [...]

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