Countryside Productivity Scheme (small grants) 2019 2nd round

A new capital grant scheme has emerged that will close mid on the 3rd of September 2019

Minimum farm expenditure £6000, minimum received as grant £3000

Maximum grant paid out £12,000 therefore maximum spend overall £24,000

If you have received the full grant before or if you received greater than £9,000 last time in round one you are ineligible to claim this time round.

For details of what available see handbook online.

If you need help applying online (can only be done online) let me know



Prince’s Countryside Fund Resilience Programme 2019 for Cornwall based at Wadebridge

Prince’s Countryside Fund RESILIENCE Programme for Cornwall. We are looking to recruit farmers to a FREE programme of 7 workshops delivered by Nationally based consultancy. This is the third year running the programme has run in Cornwall, Launceston 2016/17, Penzance 2017/18. St Austell 2018/19.

The first 5 workshops will run from one per month from November to March ( dates to be confirmed) and be based in the Wadebridge Area . Farmers will be typical family farms, dairy, beef, sheep, mixed, arable, vegetables. Not small holders  or large agri-businesses. We would encourage the whole family to attend.


Workshop 1 – November 2019- Bench marking with Andersons Consultancy

Workshop 2 – December 2019- Cost Control with Kite Consultancy

Workshop 3 – January 2020 – Understanding Accounts with Promar Consultancy

Workshop 4 February 2020- Managing business Change with Savills

Workshop 5 March 2020 – Succession Workshop  with Saviour Associates

Workshop 6 Autumn 2020 – Managing the Environment TBC

Workshop 7 Autumn 2020 – Farmer Choice –


For further information follow link below

If your are interested

Contact Edward 07775667825 or email

Straw Prices

Straw Prices

Have now eased and as of September I hear prices of £95-110 delivered.

We have also been informed that quantities baled “up country” are larger than in previous on the back of a predicted straw price hike and a good summer in which to bale straw, I suspect.

LEADER Funding West Cornwall

As of today 5th of July 2018 applications for LEADER funding for West Cornwall are closed. However you can make Expression of Interest Applications (EOI)  should you wish but you need to state in your email application to West Cornwall LAG that this “project is for the reserve list”. Should extra funds be available, that is funds under spent  from other regions then those projects from the reserve list will be considered.

WATER – are your animals getting enough?

According to Truro Weather Map we have no rain of any discernable amounts since the 18th of June, in Penzance we 1.8mm on Saturday Night (30th of June/1st of July).

However on these very hot days it is important that cattle have access to water, unfortunately a cow is herding animal and will choose to drink when others do. Please make sure cows have access to sufficient water a dairy cow under normal heat periods will consume 60-80 litres per day (13- 17 gallons) in this very hot weather it can increase by 25%. If necessary add an extra water trough or top up with a bowser.

If you have pigs outside make sure they have access to a WALLOW, a shallow mud bath regularly filled with water as the mud acts as a sun screen as pigs can get sun burnt.