Over 100 local farmers gathered on Tuesday evening at a Farmers Meeting held in the Cavan Crystal Hotel in Cavan town.
The farmers in attendance ranged from dairy to beef farmers interested in the range of farming topics which the meeting intended to cover.The varied topics provided information to farmers interested in planning for the future of their farms from a tax, regulatory and planning perspective.
Tax & Succession Planning
Des Lowry, from Amatino Partners opened the event with a full break down of the proposed tax changes which may severely impact on farmers and farming families. He paid particular attention to the importance of succession planning to ensure tax liabilities are minimised and practical plans are in place to secure the farm for the future. Des explained how substantial tax savings can be made by planning now, to pass on the family farm and home to future generations. Click here to view the presentation.
Nitrate Regulation Changes
Oliver Crowe from CC Agricultural Consultants concentrated on outlining the significant changes to the Nitrate Regulations which came into effect in October 2010. He remarked that while the regulations came into place in October, many farmers are still unaware of how the regulations will impact on the day to day running of their farms. He highlighted the key points in these regulations and outlined the other key issues relevant to farmers from slurry spreading and tagging to burning bushes. The audience commented on Oliver’s informative and lively presentation which gave relevant advice to ensure farmers are compliant with both new and existing regulation. Click here to view Oliver's presentation.
With many farmers looking at ways to make the most of their land and livestock, Barry Lynch from AgriNet followed up with an interesting and forward thinking presentation on Grassland Management. Barry explained how efficient grassland management can maximise grass usage and match herd demand with grass supply in order to increase farm profits. Barry also indicated how the AgriNet Grassland Management software his company have developed can help farmers accurately plan for future feed requirements. Click here to view Barry's presentation.