Research Papers and Reports

Reports into various aspects of farming and farmer's welfare

The Worshipful Company of Farmers is pleased to able to sponsor, contribute to and promote debate about, the aspects of the industry that most concern its members and the wider agricultural community. You can find copies of recent reports via the following links:

Master's Research Paper 2019 - BREXIT 2 by Professor Allan Buckwell

This is a follow-up to Professor Buckwell's earlier BREXIT report and was commissioned by then Master, David Bolton in 2020. You can read Professor Buckwell's report here:-

and download a pdf copy here :-

Report Brexit 19 10 20 Single

Master's Research Paper 2018 - Farming in the Digital Age - Dr Shamal Mohammed Agri-EPI Centre

In line with her theme for her year of 'Evidence based decision making' the Master for 2018/2019 Rosie Carne commissioned the Agri/EPI Centre to prepare a report on the current state of Digital integration in UK farming. The report by Dr Mohammed covers a number of key topics in this area of agri development, from the current state of precision application technology in agriculture, through the data explosion that has swept through the industry to the rapid adoption of AI and Machine Learning as robotic and autonomous systems are developed.

You can download a pdf copy of the report here:- Wcf Farming In The Digital Age 02 20

Joint WCF & FRAgS Report into Intensive Livestock Production in the UK

This report, jointly authored by WCF Past Master, Philip Wynn and Maurice Bichard of FRAgS, records the discussions and conclusions of a panel of experts, brought together to discuss intensive livestock rearing in the UK, at a workshop held at Farmers & Fletchers' Hall on September 5th 2017.

The meeting heard submissions from a number of prominent contributors including

  • Prof Richard Bennett ARAgS
  • Peter Jinman ARAgS
  • Patrick Hook NSch
  • Meryl Ward FRAgS
  • Robert Craig NSch,
  • Andrew Humphries FRAgS
  • Teresa Dent FRAgS
  • Amy Jackson NSch.

In the afternoon the delegates, approximately 50 attended, had the opportunity to participate in an extended discussion chaired by Prof David Leaver FRAgS.

The Report is be based upon the contributors' material and the opinions expressed during the Workshop and the organisers hope that it will influence future planning by government, individual producers and indeed all components of our livestock industries.

Bichard Final Report Copy