The Worshipful Company of Farmers The latest news from The Worshipful Company of Farmers. en-GB Tue, 27 Feb 2018 19:41:00 +0000 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 19:42:18 +0000 Texan Christiana Wyly Musk wins the WCF Prize at City University Tue, 27 Feb 2018 19:41:00 +0000
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WCF Prize winner at City University Christiana Wyly Musk

City University have selected Christiana Wyly Musk, a student from their MSc Food Policy 2016-17 cohort for the award of the 2018 Worshipful Company of Farmers’ Prize for the best dissertation of relevance to the food and farming sector. 

Christiana dissertation was entitled 'Sustainably Addressing the Demand for Animal-Sourced Foods: A Discourse Analysis of Expert Narratives Representing Three Competing Policy Paradigms'. It can be downloaded here Farmers Prize 2017 18 Dissertation Summary C Wyly Final

WCF Oxford Farming Conference Scholars Reports Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:52:38 +0000

WCF - Oxford Farming Conference Scholars

The Company once again this year sponsored two senior members of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs to attend for the duration of the Oxford Farming Conference.

After a tough selection process, Tom Wells and Emma Kelcher were the delegates put forward by the NFYFC, and once again this year they proved worthy winners who did the NFYFC and WCF proud.

Emma described the OFC as “A fantastic way to look at the industry in a different light, hearing about the not everyday farming perspectives but what our wider industry does.”

Tom said The Oxford Farming Conference brings together experts from across the world, delivering some fantastic presentations on future trends, policy and technology but perhaps the greatest part is meeting and chatting with so many experts and industry leaders. You can ask the questions that really matter to you and your contacts list at the end will provide many opportunities down the line.”

You can read their full reports by following these links Ofc Report Emma Kelcher and Ofc Report Tom Wells

And now for something completely different Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:40:00 +0000
Andrew Brown - Stand-up
Andrew Brown - Liveryman, farmer and stand-up comic!

Andrew Brown wins charity Stand-up Challenge

We all know farmers are a multi-talented bunch - but even so, every now and again you hear something that surprises you. Liveryman and farmer Andrew Brown has done just that by winning a charity fundraising Stand-up Challenge in Leicester - despite never having been on stage before.

I can't think of many things more challenging than being asked to stand on stage and make people laugh - but if you have a look at this video you will see that Andrew pulls it off with aplomb.

The Beckett Scholarship supported Business Growth Programme prospectus released Wed, 17 May 2017 10:50:00 +0000

The Beckett Scholarship supported Business growth Programme 

For the first time in 2017 the Company will be supporting delegates who wish to join the Business Growth Programme at Cranfield. For those interested in finding out more the prospectus is available here Business Growth Programme Prospectus 2017. More details can also be seen here Business Growth Programme (BGP)

Major FRAgS/WCF Livestock Seminar to be held at Farmers & Fletchers' Hall on Tuesday 5th September 2017 Tue, 16 May 2017 08:04:00 +0000

Scale and intensity in UK livestock production

Throughout most of Britain, apart from hill and marginal areas, livestock production has changed completely since the end of WW2. We have moved from small-scale mixed farming to many fewer, much larger specialist enterprises, often keeping only one type of animal; laying hens, broilers, turkeys or ducks, pigs, dairy cows, dairy goats, dairy calves and heifers, lowland beef or sheep. Specialisation has embraced buildings, equipment, labour, disease control, nutrition, waste disposal, and management regimes. The results have been huge reductions in real retail prices to consumers, and year-round availability of a wide range of hygienic products to meet the increased demands of a larger, more prosperous population.

While these developments are more advanced in Western Europe and North America, similar changes are occurring worldwide.

Agriculture fed 2 billion people in 1900, 3 billion in 1950, 7 billion in 2000. Many of these are incorporating more livestock-derived components in their diets at the same time as they embrace all the other material components of life. And world population is expected to increase further, at least to 9 billion by 2050.

But this expansion of living standards has been fuelled by non-renewable 'natural capital': coal, oil, gas, iron, copper, and other minerals. And it has resulted in pollution and habitat destruction on a wholly new scale. Nothing has been left untouched: air, water, and land. In addition, we have sometimes abused the welfare of our livestock, and continue to do so in the views of some of our consumers. We have misused medication regimes. And our success in reducing food costs (relative to incomes) has led to people undervaluing food, and wasting too much.

In looking ahead towards a future food policy for the UK, with the greater independence implied by BREXIT, we cannot expect to continue 'business as usual'.  Lessons from the 20th century will be taken on board at different rates around the world, but the signs are that the UK will be an early reactor. Far from the naive hopes of freedom from excess EU regulations, we must surely expect our agriculture to be more controlled by the society we service. Farmers may have to accept more limits on their use of the 'natural capital' which they control, and to internalise some of the costs which they have been allowed to ignore (air and water pollution, fuel taxes, biodiversity reduction). To compensate, we may see new payments for provision of 'public goods'.

As a contribution to the evolution of a new national policy, the WCF and FRAgS has decided to jointly produce a report giving a perspective on the future developments in the livestock sectors. A number of contributors have agreed to produce short summaries on different aspects: historical development and economics, animal welfare, poultry, pigs, dairy cattle, consumer and retailer perceptions. These will be discussed at a general meeting in London on 5 September. We hope that as many Fellows and Associates with an interest in this area will attend and make their views known. The Report will then be based upon the contributors' background material and the proceedings at the meeting.

RAF Silver Salver Awarded Mon, 15 May 2017 10:20:06 +0000

The Master presented the Company's Livery Salver to Mr Spen Dawes, Master Air Crew and the Air Electronics Officer, 14 Sqn, who accepts it on behalf on Flt Sgt Chris Angell, 14 Sqn who is currently on attachment in the Middle East. Liveryman Tony Ireland presented the Keepsake to Flt Lt Nick Smith, 14 Sqn, the sponsor of F/S Chris Angell.

Master present the 2017 Silver Salver
The Master present the Livery Silver Salver at RAF Waddington
Golf match report: The Worshipful Company vs The Farmers Club Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:27:00 +0000

Liveryman Martin Taylor writes:

On June 10th the annual golf match between the Worshipful Company of Farmers and members of The Farmers Club took place at Badgemore Park Club near Henley on Thames. The competition was a Four Ball better Ball match and the good news was that the Farmers won again by four and a half to one and a half. There were notable performances from Liverymen Andrew Slack and John Alliston but the stars of the team were the pairing of Past Master Graham Wilkinson and his wife Hilary who triumphed over two seasoned Farmers Club members.

It was particularly good to have Hilary playing for us and was the first lady to represent the Livery. With the agreement of The Farmers Club the format of next year's match will remain the same but would like to have a much more mixed entry following in Hilary's impressive entry. For anyone interested in playing golf for the Company please contact Martin Taylor The photograph however is of the 2012 team who drew with the Framers' Club!

Launch of a Report on ‘No-till’ Arable Systems Nov 4th at Harper Adams Tue, 04 Nov 2014 11:15:00 +0000
Launch of a Report on ‘No-till’ Arable Systems Nov 4th at Harper Adams

The Worshipful Company of Farmers through its Education Committee is supporting projects which review research and practice in farming production systems with future potential for development in the UK.

It plans to launch the next report by Professor Dick Godwin on ‘Potential of No-till Systems for Arable Farmers’ at Harper Adams University on Tuesday November 4th.The report examines the potential for no-till systems in the UK, uses UK farm case studies, and identifies gaps where further R&D is needed.

You can read the full report here.

Large Livestock Units Research Report Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:37:00 +0000

In 2012 the Company commissioned a research study into the viability and impacts of housing cattle in large units.

You can download a full copy and summary copy of the report.