Farming News

Log Cabins for farm accommodation diversification

Log cabins

Agrismart are pleased to announce a partnership with Lancashire Log Cabins to support farm diversification projects. This is a very exciting opportunity to offer a solution for farmers looking at the opportunity of diversifying into farm accommodation for farm stays. Farm stay holiday lets are a popular choice for farmers, for one thing farmers prime asset is agricultural land in a scenic setting. The other thing that makes holiday accommodation as a farm diversification popular is that it provides an…

Glamping – Equine or Farm Business Diversification

Glamping - Pods - Luxury pods - Log cabins - Yurts

Glamping Diversification Glamping is a popular option for Equine and farm businesses diversification. Equine and farm businesses typically have barns and outbuildings on their agricultural land, this opens up the opportunity for diversifying into farm stay accommodation, farm shops, farm parks, farm cafe’s or wedding venues. The issue with these equine or farm diversification projects is the cost associated with barn or derelict building conversion is exhaustive, unpredictable and the return on investment can amount to several years. This can…

Lambing losses causes lamb value increase

Lambing Losses - Sheep - Ovine

This years wet weather has caused higher lambing losses than usual and the AHDB’s forecast lamb rear rate has been revised to 3% down this season compared to 2017. This years lamb losses have caused high lamb prices which early lamb producers of 2018 will benefit from, UK supplies will be low as will imports.…

Water Supply – There’s something in the water

Water Supply - contaminated livestock water - water treatment

In the UK we take water supply for granted and expect to have a clean, cheap and secure water supply.  The problem with this thinking is we forget the real costs and problems with this resource.  For farm and equine businesses, it was calculated from a UK wide agricultural business survey that on average businesses pay between £1.40 and £2.00 per 1000 litres of water and use 2500 litres of water supply daily costing between £3.50 and £5 per day…

Ruminants feed conversion and water treatment

Ruminants digestive system

Water is the main constituent of ruminants and all animals, averaging 50% to 80% water depending on age and fat content. The importance of water and it’s quality is typically overlooked and yet the prevalence put on food quality in finishing animals and animal health is a hot topic. Unfortunately, this is an oversight as an animal can survive after losing 50% of its body protein and yet if a ruminant or other animal loses just 10% of its body…

Water Industry – Ageing Infrastructure Poses Challenges

Water Industry - Water Management

Aging infrastructure in the water industry is posing a massive challenge according to a report from Black & Veatch, an engineering consultancy firm. A different approach to business as well as new investment in the water industry will be essential in narrowing the gap between what consumers expect and what the services actually cost.…

Holiday Accommodation Diversification – Share your Experience

Holiday accommodation - Farm Diversification - Farm Lodges

If you’ve diversified into holiday accommodation please tell us your experiences, whether you’ve just started or been at it for years, share the pros and cons and what you’ve learnt along the way. If you would like to help others with their farm diversification research please answer our questions below, feel free to discuss what you feel is most relevant and add on any information you like. Agrismart will feature your story on our website and place a small ad…