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Cousins working together on our family owned farm with the aim of running a commercial modern farm producing high yielding, high standard crops while maximising wildlife diversity. Brian is said to be the farmer and conservationist, whereas Patrick is a conservationist and farmer. This mix has given a new direction for the farm, building upon the work that our fathers and grandfather has done to improve the overall success of the farm business. The farm has gone from strength to strength with the farm being recognised at a national level winning the coveted National FWAG’s Silver Lapwing Award for farming and conservation in 2009 and then Patrick and Brian were named Countryside Farmer of the Year by the Farmers Weekly in 2010.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Young Farmers’ Valuation Day

Winning Snr Team Hadleigh YFC With Sponsors Ensors & Lacy Scott and Knight

 A couple of weekends ago we hosted the Suffolk Young Farmers’ Farm Valuation day, this is an event for all the Suffolk clubs: senior, junior and associate members.  It is kindly sponsored by Ensors Accountants and Lacy Scott & Knight Land Agents.
This was the first year we have hosted the event and we were really interested to see what it was all about and also how we could put our own unique twist to this testing event.
The clubs enter teams of three members which are given questions on a number of areas of farm valuation and farming knowledge. This year the questions were based over 5 different areas: Machinery Valuation, Residential Property, Commercial Property & Accountancy, Species Identification and In-field Valuation.
Here are some example questions. See how you get on!
·     Calculate the cost of re-roofing the farmhouse roof (show your workings).
  • In the context of residential property, what does ‘Ag Tag’ mean?
  • Calculate a basic gross margin for this field, assuming the field is 20 ha (49 acres)
  • Estimate the average wheat yields (t/acre or t/ha) :- World Average, UK Average, Lodge Farm, Westhorpe, World Record
  • What is the annual investment allowance being reduced to for 2012/13?
  • In renewable energy, what does ‘FIT’ stand for?
  • Looking at the building used as a carpenters’ workshop, under what legislation could this tenant be protected?
·     Describe and Value this machines:
  • Name this Butterfly:

The Young Farmers all seemed to have a great day, the junior members found it difficult but this will be addressed next year so they have their own set of questions, but one Junior team did get their own back by describing our machinery as slightly rusty!
On the day, the newly formed Hadleigh YFC team won the event with a very reasonable 101 out of 150, beating Bury St Edmunds by 2 points. This was the first competition that Hadleigh had entered after the club was formed the week before, so well done them. The winning junior team came from Gipping Valley with a score of 86.

Winning Jnr Team Gipping Valley YFC with Sponsors Ensors & Lasy Scott and Knight
Young Farmers is a great organisation for all ages from 10 -26. You or your child does not have to be from a farming background, just need to be interested in what goes on in the countryside and want to meet some like minded people. The clubs host a number of social events throughout the year as well as have competition events between them every few weeks. More info can be found at http://suffolkyoungfarmers.com/ or http://www.nfyfc.org.uk/ 

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