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By Ian Fudge On Tuesday, 7th January 2014

Fly grazing is the term that has been adopted to describe actions by irresponsible owners who allow animals to graze on land where they do not have the consent of the landowner.

By Aled Owen On Tuesday, 7th January 2014

Diversification in farming has taken many forms over the years but none has been as successful in West Wales as the move by farmers into commercial dog breeding. Polarising opinion in the media but providing a large sustainable source of revenue, they have also given work in rural communities and provided additional work in other sectors such as foods, veterinary care.

By Aled Owen On Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

In times gone by the killing of the farmers own stock for his family was one of the great things of living directly off the land. The memories of a farmer drinking his own herds milk or killing an animal in an outhouse for his family is something which may be remembered with some fondness. The fact that fewer do this is certainly not down to the fact that these are prohibited by law, in fact it is quite the reverse with the European regulations giving a clear exemption for homekill and the food standards agency providing limited guidance on the issue.

By Beverley Jones On Wednesday, 26th March 2014

After last week’s Budget announcements David Cameron has confirmed that he would still like to look at increasing the Inheritance Tax threshold.

By Beverley Jones On Friday, 21st March 2014

Wednesday 19th March saw George Osborne announce his 5th Budget as Chancellor. There was little news regarding Inheritance Tax.  It was announced in the 2013 Budget the threshold for inheritance tax is to be frozen at £325,000 until the tax year 2017-2018 and this budget confirmed this.

By Beverley Jones On Monday, 10th March 2014

Many farmers will assume that the answer to this question is yes.  That may not be the case.  It is possible for the farmhouse to qualify as agricultural property for the purposes of claiming agricultural property relief, this is however not certain.  The Revenue closely scrutinises whether a farmhouse can qualify for relief and many of my clients are surprised when I point this out.

By Beverley Jones On Monday, 3rd March 2014

Mum, Dad and son are all partners in a farm where the farmland is owned 50% by Mum and 50% by Dad.  Mum and Dad make Wills under which they pass their respective partnership shares to their son on first death but the remainder of the estate is to pass to the surviving spouse.  Dad passes away first and Mum believes that the farmland (including her house) has passed to her.  However, the farmland was actually held as a partnership asset within Mum and Dad’s capital account of the balance sheet.  Therefore when dad left his share of the partnership to the son this included Dad’s 50% of the farmland.  This may not have been what was intended and could cause problems and in a worst case scenario expensive litigation.

By Aled Owen On Friday, 21st February 2014

Believe it or not, it is twelve months since the horsemeat allegations or the “horsemeat scandal” as the press called it. How much of a scandal it was is still to be ascertained, but now twelve months since the start of the investigation the hygiene regulatory type of offences will be now time barred. What is left in terms of any possible prosecution is to be considered over the next few weeks but there are signs that the European Union is reacting.

By Aled Owen On Wednesday, 19th February 2014

The weather has left us all battered and bruised in the past few weeks, however if you are a dairy farmer, your concerns may go beyond broken fences and flooded fields.

The filling of slurry pits with substantial amounts of water and the destabilising effect of the wind is such that farmers may now risk allegations relating to pollution.

By Aled Owen On Friday, 10th January 2014

We are all familiar with Aberystwyth's historic Victorian sea front and were shocked to see the devastation visited upon it by the storms last week.

Whilst the effect upon the town has been immediate what has been forgotten is the effect upon the agricultural community as sea walls were breached.

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