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Herefordshire Hub Rural Business Day 2014

After the success of last year’s event, Herefordshire Rural Hub are organinsing another Rural Business Advice Day on Wednesday 26th November 2014, 12.00noon to 7.30pm at the Three Counties Hotel (Belmont Road, Hereford, HR2 7BP). Entry is FREE – drop in any time between 12noon and 7.30pm

Lots of advice & information for farming and rural businesses, including

  • Specialist software for Farm Businesses
  • Business Management, Planning & Start Up
  • Grants & Funding opportunities
  • Business, Financial & Legal Matters for land based industries
  • Environmental Stewardship Schemes
  • Wildlife & Environmental Advice
  • Training opportunities, including funded training for small businesses
  • Computing / Broadband
  • Computer courses in your area to help your business grow
  • Apprenticeship schemes for land based industries
  • Renewable Energy options for businesses and communities
  • Cross Compliance
  • Cattle & Sheep Identification & Records
  • Farm and Rural Security
  • Mud on the road, and Footpaths issues
  • Advice on Management, Restoration & Grants for Ancient Woodlands
  • Find out how you stand for CAP Greening and Ecological Focus Areas


  • 1.00pm – Going into 2015 – Cross Compliance Update – Farming Advice Service
  • 2.00pm – Renewable Energy Systems & Community Projects – Harrison Clark Rickerbys and Caplor Energy
  • 3.00pm – Update on CAP Reform, Basic Payment Scheme Registration & the CAP Information Service – RPA
  • 4.00pm – Rural Crime Prevention & the “Stop That Thief” Campaign – West Mercia Police and NFU
  • 5.00pm – “Get down & dirty with your soil” – Wye & Usk Foundation and E & J Solutions – Managing Soils & Natural Resources to improve the sustainability & profitability of your farm
  • 6.00pm – How the FSB can help your rural business – Federation of Small Businesses (Herefordshire)

Drop-in clinics

  • Soil Protection Reviews
  • NVZ Records

NRoSO and BASIS points available

The following organisations and businesses who will be attending the RBA day to offer advice and information (in no particular order) :-

Farming Advice Service
Environment Agency
Wyvern Training Services
The Wye & Usk Foundation
Institute of Agricultural Secretaries & Administrators (Herefordshire)
Farm Community Network (Herefordshire)
National Farmers Union (Herefordshire)
Cross Compliance Solutions Ltd
Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors
Shearwell Data Ltd
The Hutchinson Partnership
Farmplan Computer Systems
Caplor Energy
West Mercia Police
Federation of Small Businesses (Herefordshire)
Women in Rural Enterprise (Herefordshire WiRE)
Natural England
Catchment Sensitive Farming
Fastershire (Herefordshire Council)
Economic Development Team (Herefordshire Council)
Redundant Buildings Grants (Herefordshire Council)
Harrison Clark Rickerbys Ltd
Countrywide Training (7Y)
PJE Driver Training & Consultancy Services Ltd
E & J Solutions Ltd
Campaign for the Farmed Environment
Animal Health Trading Standards (Herefordshire Council)
Thorne Widgery
Robin Turney Ltd
Draycott Consulting
Herefordshire & Ludlow College
Growth Accelerator
Country Land & Business Association
The Bulmer Foundation
Positive Environmental
Balfour Beatty – Herefordshire Public Realm Partnership
Energy Solutions Malvern
Woodland Trust (Ancient Woodlands Restoration Project)

For further information, contact: Frances Keogh, Herefordshire Rural Hub Administrator
Email: Hubhereford@hlcollege.ac.uk
Tel: 01432 870024

Maize trials in north Herefordshire

The Wye & Usk Foundation, Field Options Ltd, Cranfield University and E & J Solutions are hosting a maize trials event in north Herefordshire on Thursday 4th December.

The trial aims to compare cost-effective over-winter management options which are of benefit to both the grower and the environment. The event will be an opportunity to see the trial plots including:

  • Undersown Italian Ryegrass – how did it cope with traffic during maize harvest?
  • Rye sown post-harvest – how has it established compared to undersown IRG?
  • Cross slope cultivations – has this stopped run-off downslope?

If you’re interested in coming to the event, please contact Kate Adams on 07766 330959.

What is AD? How does it work?

MetNet have produced a short film explaining what anaerobic digestion is and how it works.

MetNet (Marches Environmental Technology Network) is a business network that supports environmental businesses (or business looking to diversify into the sector ) across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire. E & J Solutions is a member of MetNet.

Wye & Usk Foundation Grassland Day

E & J Solutions are proud to be supporting the Wye & Usk Foundation’s Grassland Day this year.

Held at Tan House in Abbey Dore, Herefordshire on 11th July, the day will cover a host of different topics including:

  • water provision
  • sward improvement
  • nutrient use
  • pesticide use

E & J Solutions will have a stand at the event and John will also be giving a talk.

To find out more and book your place, please contact Herefordshire Rural Hub on 01432 870 033.

WRAP on-farm AD grant

WRAP has recently launched it’s On-farm anaerobic digestion grant and loan scheme for farmers in England.

Providing a grant of up to £10,000 for a feasibility study has already encouraged farmers to look more closely at on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) plants and whether it’s for them. With our experience of working with farmers and small-scale anaerobic digestion projects, E & J Solutions is ideally placed to support them through this process with our anaerobic digestion services.

The loan scheme, offering farmers a loan of up to £400,000 will open in early 2014.

Leominster Ploughing Match results

The results of the 2013 Leominster Ploughing Match are as follows:

Class 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
World Style E Watkin R George A Davies A Morgan
Highcut R Irvine D Needham D Williams
Vintage Trailor G Harries J Milne J Hodges R Curtis
Hydraulic Vintage E Jones R Ingram R Prosser P Studley
Novice Vintage P Partridge D Chamberlain J Reece
Horses R Smith K Williams R Read
Classic M Childerley H Hoyle A Taylor
Ferguson K Williams M Newman J Hanscomb
Ride on Garden Tractors G Allen S Hitcham N Allen
Walk behind Garden Tractors T Pratt A Pomeroy B Reynolds


Special Awards
A & A Williams Shield G Harries, Tenby, Pembrokeshire
L J Williams Trophy E Jones, Caersws, Montgomeryshire
J Jones Memorial Shield M Childerley, Nottinghamshire
B Kington Trophy G Harries, Tenby, Pembrokeshire
Ferguson Cup K Williams, Kings Caple, Herefordshire
Brian Davies Trophy E Jones, Caersws, Montgomeryshire
Best turned-out Tractor & Plough (Roy Jenkins Shield) H Hoyle, Oxfordshire
Best turned-out Horses Kim Williams, Dymock, Gloucestershire
Overall Champion (Vivien Samuels Shield) Evan Watkin, Cefn Coch, Newmills, Montgomeryshire