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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 JCP On Wednesday, 6th August 2014

Joio yn y 'Steddfod - dewch i'n gweld yn y Neuadd Arddangos. Weloch chi ni ar y BBC neithiwr?!

We are enjoying our time in the Eisteddfod this week. If you are visiting come and see us in the Exhibition Hall. Who saw us on BBC Wales last night?!

If you missed it you can watch again here, and if you don’t want to see the whole thing, you can see our Welsh Co-ordinator and Partner Meinir Davies around 1 minute 33.



By Rory Hutchings On Thursday, 17th July 2014

We are once again proud to be sponsors of the Royal Welsh show.

We are also delighted to have a new stand at the Show for 2014.

If you are attending the Show please pop in and visit us for a cold drink or a cup of tea.

We can be found opposite the NFU Pavilion, behind the main ring, or in grid E4 on the official show map.

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 Bowen 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 Bowen 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 Bowen 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 Bowen 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.

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