Planning for the Unexpected

Click here or the below image to view November’s month of ‘Planning for the Unexpected’ as part of our Time to Plan project.


As part of our Time to Plan project, throughout the month of November we will be focussing on the topic of ‘Planning for the Unexpected’. Planning for the future can be a daunting process, especially in farming where we are experiencing so much change.

Preparing ahead for possible events is essential for a farm business. Planning for the unexpected ensures that farm businesses can return to normal after unforeseen circumstances with minimal damage and disruption.

We will be posting regularly from the FarmWell Twitter and Facebook pages.


Preparing for the Unexpected

  • Graham Redman, Author of the John Nix Farm Management Pocket Book discusses the importance of being prepared for unexpected events.
  • “Take time to think about the potential impact of policy change now. We have a few years to prepare for the transition, and that is for a reason.”
  • Click here or the image to view Graham’s piece.


Family issues in Farming – The Revd Canon Barbara Clutton

  • Family relationships in farming are usually much more complex than in normal families. FCN Trustee The Revd Canon Barbara Clutton examines why this is the case and offers suggestions to help avoid difficulties arising.
  • Click here or the image to read the full article.
  • Relate are the UK’s largest provider of relationship support, click here to access support through Relate.

Tales of the Unexpected…

  • Stephanie Berkeley, Manager of the Farm Safety Foundation (Yellow Wellies) outlines the importance of changing attitudes and behaviour around farm safety and highlights how to prepare a farm emergency plan.
  • Click here or the image to read the full article.
  • Click here to download the Yellow Wellies Farm Emergency Plan template.

Losing Capacity: The spiralling levels of legal uncertainty

  • The average age of a farmer in the UK is close to 60. At a time when many people are considering winding down to retirement, this is not on the cards for many farmers.
  • Richard Marshall, Senior Associate with law firm Hay & Kilner LLP, examines some of the issues to be aware of when working in later life and suggests how they can be pre-empted to avoid the farm and family being left in a vulnerable position.
  • Click here or the image to read the full article.

Dealing with bereavement

  • “Grief has many faces and affects people in different ways. It is important to share thoughts and feelings with those around you and who are hoping to support you through the grief you are experiencing.”
  • Glyn Evans, FCN’s Director for Training and Development & Regional Director (Central), opens up an important discussion around bereavement, loss and grief after losing a loved one.
  • Public Health Agency: Death and grief during the COVID-19 pandemic: supporting each other following the death of a colleague, click here.
  • Click here or the image to read the full article.

Preventing fraud in Farming – Barclays Bank

  • The Covid 19 situation has resulted in an increase in fraudulent activity. 
  • Get some tips from Barclays Agriculture to help protect yourself against financial crime, including being wary of impersonators, information seekers and unusual transactions. Click here.
  • There is also a wealth of information and support available via the Action Fraud website, click here.

React, Respond & Recover – Business continuity planning with AHDB

  • In this article on business continuity planning, Luke Harmer from AHDB outlines how to make a continuity plan on your farm and they key things to think about.
  • Click here or the image to read the full article.
  • You can find more support and guidance on producing a contingency plan, including a webinar and downloadable templates, here.

Planning for the Unexpected with Kite Consulting

  • In this piece from Kite Consulting, Becki Leach outlines some rules to follow which might help plan for the unexpected.
  • “The agility and energy to deal effectively with the unexpected relies on strategic planning and effective accounting, in all aspects of your business and life.”
  • Click here or the image to read the full article.

Being prepared for TB with Sarah Tomlinson, Westpoint Vets

  • “Bovine TB is a devastating disease for a farm business but also for the farm team, whether that is paid employees or family…By making a plan the impacts TB can have will hopefully be reduced.”
  • Sarah works for the TB Advisory Service (TBAS) and in her article explains the importance of making a plan to reduce the impact of TB.
  • Click here or the image to read the full article.
  • For further information on TB, visit our page on FarmWell: click here.

When the unexpected happens with RABI

  • When a trip whilst working on the farm led to complications, RABI was there to help. Read Norman and Debbie’s story and find out more about how RABI can help when the unexpected happens.
  • Click here or the image to read the full article.
  • Click here to visit RABI’s homepage.

Six Questions & Answers about Lasting Powers of Attorney

  • Rural succession planning expert and Accredited Facilitator Christine Malseed has provided an article answering six big questions about lasting powers of attorney and succession.
  • Click here or the image to read the full article.

Contingency planning during a pandemic with FCN

  • Planning ahead for possible events is essential for a farm business. Contingency planning ensures that farm businesses can return to normal after unforeseen circumstances with minimal damage and disruption.
  • With COVID-19, farmers and their families face the very real possibility of falling ill with the virus or symptoms of the virus, forcing self-isolation for the sufferer and their families. Having a contingency plan in place for the farm business will ensure the farming family is prepared for the possible unexpected situations they may face.
  • Click here or the image to read the full article.
  • Visit FCN’s website here.

Q&A with Guto Owen, Farming Connect Development Officer for Conwy

  • In this article Guto Owen answers some important questions around facing unexpected change and how Farming Connect can help support your farm business to plan ahead and for the unexpected.
  • Click here or the image to read the full article
  • Visit Farming Connect here.

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