Farmer Focus: I won’t bother with the paperwork for £ 22 / ha


I’m not going to write a year in review because I’m not one to go back – no retirement and no surrender. Rather, I look forward to the issues that will affect us in the short and medium term.

British agriculture has been strangled in the past, but now we are a prisoner on the verge of breaking free.

Defra, with its Sustainable Agriculture Incentive (SFI) payments, which just adds up to “stupid change,” made my decision very simple.

I won’t bother with loads of paperwork and compliance for £ 22 / ha. The lower the monetary value attributed to the payments, the greater the benefit of continuing to grow food.

See also: Sustainable Farming Incentive 2022: What farmers need to know

About the Author

Doug Cher

Focus Farmer Editor

Doug Dear operates 566 ha (1,400 acres) of arable land growing wheat, spring and winter barley, corn and rapeseed and operates a contract feedlot, processing approximately 2,400 cattle per year near Selby, North Yorkshire. Most cattle are finished in 90 to 120 days for nine deadweight outlets, as well as for the Selby and Thirsk markets.


International politics are changing, with energy being used as a weapon. China is undoubtedly exercising its military muscles, while Iran could very soon become a nuclear power.

Before signing the Munich Agreement again and appeasing these countries, shouldn’t local food production become a priority rather than re-wild?

The average Joe only understands what he is told, which becomes more and more negative, or worse yet, he is fed fake news.

All unused agricultural resources must be invested in educating the public about the exceptional foods we produce. British agriculture should get rid of its nuts, not get kicked in all the time.

Inflation of agricultural products is rampant, but it is a double-edged sword as input costs have increased as a result. All parts of the agricultural sector must prosper together for the whole system to work.

Cattle must go hand in hand with arable land – no cattle means no consumption of feed grains.

UK farming does not need to force environmental agendas when cost and margin will play a much bigger role in innovation, be it regenerative farming or the application of bacteria nitrogen-fixing phyllospheres (aerial).

We really are a lion country ruled by donkeys right now, and until we figure that out, we have a problem – a government that doesn’t listen and an environmental agency that wields more power than government.

For anyone worried about methane and carbon dioxide, don’t. I will thin out the herd by eating more of our amazing British beef.


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