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Report on New Farming Starter Opportunities on Publicly Owned Land

Published: 23 Nov 2016
Part of:
Farming and rural
ISBN:
9781786522955

This report shows the steps all public bodies who possess land can take to open up farming to a new generation.

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Contents
Report on New Farming Starter Opportunities on Publicly Owned Land
Annex 4

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Annex 4

Starter Farm Application and Scoring Template

(i) This template can be amended to suit the needs of the particular Public Body. This can include amending the desired outputs and the weighting of the scoring categories.

(ii) The template is designed as such that it does not exclude established businesses should a suitable New Entrant not be identified.

Your Organisation

Agricultural Grazing Opportunity

Land at:
XXXXXXX

Introduction

This section to be amended to suit individual organisations

Forest Enterprise Scotland, which is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland, manages the National Forest Estate ( NFE) on behalf of Scottish Ministers.

The National Forest Estate is one of Scotland's greatest assets, providing economic, social and environmental benefits to the people of Scotland and FES, amongst many other things, have a duty to protect and enhance our environmental features. We will also take opportunities to increase agricultural use of the Estate where this is consistent with environmental objectives.

We work with the Scottish Government to deliver the Scottish Forestry Strategy and also contribute to many aspects of wider Scottish Government policy such as energy, environment and climate change, biodiversity, healthy living, rural transport, tourism and education.

More information is available on our website at www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

Scottish Government has a desire to see publicly owned land used to give opportunities to New Entrants to Agriculture and those progressing from New Entrant status. Forest Enterprise Scotland has already contributed to this by the creation of a number of Starter Farms. It has now been recognised that the first foot on the farming ladder is a level below the FES model of Starter Farms and therefore public bodies are being asked to give consideration to New Entrants on other agricultural land letting opportunities.

We will do this by weighting application in favour of suitably qualified New Entrants and Progressors wherever we think they can contribute to our wider objectives.

Grazing Opportunity.

Land at Someplace, Town,.

We are offering an agricultural opportunity at Someplace where Organisation consider that their environmental (amend as appropriate) objectives can be met by way of low input/output farming methods and invite proposals from parties who would be interested in undertaking complimentary grazing over these areas, subject to the following conditions.

The area(s) will be offered initially on a 5 year SLDT.

Subject to satisfactory performance FES retain the right to negotiate with the winning bidders with a view to converting the lease to a 10 year (total) LDT. (remove if necessary)

Organisation considers that fencing and other fixed equipment to be in suitable condition for the purpose of the lease, however bidders are to satisfy themselves of this and will be responsible for maintaining the fixed equipment for the duration of the lease.

Where bidders consider that additional fixed equipment is required then they should make that known in their application.

Farming methods must be low input/output in order to encourage and promote desired flora and fauna.

This is expected to include. Adapt to fit the opportunity in question

  • All grassland must remain as pasture. No reseeding by any means will be permitted.
  • No artificial fertilisers to be applied.
  • No organic manures to be imported from off the holding.
  • Grazing will be by sheep only and must be hardy native breeds.
  • Grazing will be at a maximum of 0.3 Livestock Units per Hectare (equivalent to 54 ewes).

Cutting, burning or any other mechanical intervention will not be permitted, unless authorised in advance in writing.

The Area

The grazing area extends to approximately XX.XX ha as is marked in pink on the attached plan.

Please note that the hatch area on the plan is specifically excluded due to FES's desire to encourage natural regeneration of woodland fringe

Application Form

Scoring

Proposals will be scored against environmental & agricultural objectives and rental offer using the undernoted matrix.
Please start to type in the grey box and it will expand to fit as required.

 

Scoring range Score
ORG USE ONLY
1. Grounds for mandatory rejection    
1.1 Animal welfare Are you currently banned from keeping livestock or have you been subject to an animal cruelty conviction.  
1.1 Answer Yes/No Pass/Fail
1.2. Insurance Do you have or will you obtain prior to entry suitable Public Liability Insurance cover Min £5m)  
1.2.Answer Yes/No Pass/Fail

2.1 New Entrant Status
We will give preference to New Entrants and Progressors, although others may apply for this opportunity. We are looking for applicants with some agricultural experience, but that currently have no permanent land holding. Applications from existing farm businesses will not score highly in this section. The applicant could however be related to an active farmer but their tenure at this opportunity must not be connected to any other business. The applicant will need to demonstrate how this opportunity allows the development of a new agricultural unit. We recognise the value of having built some business capital and experience and therefore it is also feasible that the applicant may undertake existing limited agricultural activity, on seasonal grazings for instance.

0 - 5 - No response or totally inadequate
6 - 10 - Major Reservations or constraints
11 - 15 - Some Reservations or Constraints
16 - 20 - Fully Compliant
21 - 25 - Exceeds Requirements

 

2.1 - Please explain you current farming status & experience and how it fits with our desire to help New Entrants

2.2 Exit Strategy
For us to continue to offer the Starter Unit as an opportunity in the future we need to understand how you plan to consolidate your start in farming and move on to a new opportunity.

0 - 5 - No response or totally inadequate
6 - 10 - Major Reservations or constraints
11 - 15 - Some Reservations or Constraints
16 - 20 - Fully Compliant
21 - 25 - Exceeds Requirements

 

2.2 Please explain how you intend to consolidate and progress in your farming career.

2.3 Farming System
Please outline the farming system you will employ. This will include making reference to the breeds and class of livestock, supplementary feeding methods and how you will manage the stock on a day to day basis
You should include narrative on how these practices will fit with our environmental objectives.
You should include a brief description of your farming experience, which should include reference to other conservation work you have undertaken.
You should include in this section any requests for fixed equipment improvement or replacement.

0 - 5 - No response or totally inadequate
6 - 10 - Major Reservations or constraints
11 - 15 - Some Reservations or Constraints
16 - 20 - Fully Compliant
21 - 25 - Exceeds Requirements

 
2.3 Please describe the Farming System which you propose giving details of the ancillary facilities which you have to help deliver this:

3 Rent
This section will be judged against realism, affordability, flexibility and any other justification you have provided.

0 - 5 - No response or totally inadequate
6 - 10 - Major Reservations or constraints
11 - 15 - Some Reservations or Constraints
16 - 20 - Fully Compliant
21 - 25 - Exceeds Requirements

 
3.1. Rental amount: Please insert rental offer. This should be the total per annum. £
3.2. Rental Justification:
Total Score ( Org use only) Maximum 100 points

Answers may be continued on a separate sheet but must be cross reference to the paragraph numbering used above.

Interviews - Org reserves the right to call a shortlist of candidates to interview. Should interviews be held scoring may be amended according to interview performance.

Should interviews be required these will be held on XXXXX at the address below.

Applications to be sent to:
Organisation
Address

Applications to be received by 5p.m. on xx/xx/xxxx and marked “Application for xxxxxxxxx Grazings, not to be opened until 9a.m. on xx/xx/xx

An exert from this document follows which indicates the scoring system used by FES

B 1

What is your motivation? Please provide details of relevant experience and qualifications which have led you to decide why you want to set up a new farming business. What skills do you bring which will allow you to overcome the challenges and demands this new business will involve?
Where there may be any cause to doubt your eligibility as a new entrant it is your responsibility to fully justify to us that you do not have opportunities elsewhere.

0 - 35

0 No response or totally inadequate

1-9 Major Reservations or constraints

10-18 Some Reservations or Constraints

19-27 Fully Compliant

28-35 Exceeds Requirements

B 2 Please provide information on how you plan to source any additional income, integrate this into and compliment your farming policy. Think about balancing farm and supplementary income streams, the diversity of sources, and any changes over time. 0 - 30

0 No response or totally inadequate

1-7 Major Reservations or constraints

8-15 Some Reservations or Constraints

16-23 Fully Compliant

24-30 Exceeds Requirements

B 3

Applicants might include in the answer the requirements of the tenancy agreement, provision of information, and public access. We are also prepared to consider directly funding some activities.

0 - 20

0 No response or totally inadequate

1-4 Major Reservations or constraints

5-9 Some Reservations or Constraints

10-15 Fully Compliant

16-20 Exceeds Requirements

B 4

Include in the detail explanation of how you will liaise with FES and reference the requirements of the LDT. Provide relevant references to training in relation in pest control, firearms or shotgun licence, safe use and storage of any weapons or pesticides. FES is interested in detail on the range of controls you will use and any hierarchy with which they will be employed. Note that use of firearms will be solely at the discretion of FES. Any such use will require prior written permission and must abide by the FES firearms policy.

0 - 10

0 No response or totally inadequate

0 No response or totally inadequate

1-2 Major Reservations or constraints

3-4 Some Reservations or Constraints

5-7 Fully Compliant

8-10 Exceeds Requirements

B 5

Think about how you could help FES in sharing good practice about starter farms and any examples of your experience in publicity or open days

0 - 15

0 No response or totally inadequate

1-4 Major Reservations or constraints

5-7 Some Reservations or Constraints

8-11 Fully Compliant

12-15 Exceeds Requirements

B 6 FES is interested in expenditure and employment locally, while we understand opportunities will be limited, innovation, part time work, work experience, apprentice work, might all be possible. 0 - 20

0 No response or totally inadequate

1-4 Major Reservations or constraints

5-9 Some Reservations or Constraints

10-15 Fully Compliant

16-20 Exceeds Requirements

B 7 The Health & Safety Executive web site has guidance on good health and safety practice on farms, your answer should explain what will be relevant to your farming proposal. 0 - 20

0 No response or totally inadequate

1-4 Major Reservations or constraints

5-9 Some Reservations or Constraints

10-15 Fully Compliant

16-20 Exceeds Requirements

B 8 Explain how your training will allow you to undertake the required farming activities. Is there a new activity that you will need to undertake training to do?
Interview candidates will be asked to provide certificates.
0 - 30

0 No response or totally inadequate

1-7 Major Reservations or constraints

8-15 Some Reservations or Constraints

16-23 Fully Compliant

24-30 Exceeds Requirements

B 9 We will look favourably on any specific projects that reduce environmental impacts and also any that favour the biodiversity and habitats found at this location. Consider what support, such as future SRDP and LMO programmes, may be available and is applicable to the farm location. This is also an area where FES will consider funding directly innovative ideas. 0 - 20

0 No response or totally inadequate

1-4 Major Reservations or constraints

5-9 Some Reservations or Constraints

10-15 Fully Compliant

16-20 Exceeds Requirements

B 10 Your business plan will inform how you will consolidate and move on. Please explain clearly the duration you anticipate the tenancy lasting. What steps will you take prior to vacating the starter farm and how you propose to manage the handover of the unit to the following tenant. 0 - 20

0 No response or totally inadequate

1-4 Major Reservations or constraints

5-9 Some Reservations or Constraints

10-15 Fully Compliant

16-20 Exceeds Requirements

B 11

Detailed farm policy and business plan:

Detail how you intend to farm the starter farm, the type of farming system(s) you wish to implement, and link this to your existing experience. Explain the use of the buildings and any additional equipment you would need to be provided as part of the tenancy. FES will have primary concern for the realistic nature of the capital investment required, favour innovative and diverse ideas, particularly where they support other income or interaction with the public and forestry. It is important however that you fully understand and can justify any such ideas. Include cropping plans, sourcing inputs and outlets for your product(s). Please explain how you see your farming policy developing over the period of the tenancy. Your farming policy should integrate into both your Application Form and Gross Margin/Budget Summary submission. You can use example cropping sheets we provide or any of the widely available financial programs available in the market and we welcome the use of these in the submission.

0 - 100

0 No response or totally inadequate

1-24 Major Reservations or constraints

25-50 Some Reservations or Constraints

51-75 Fully Compliant

76-100 Exceeds Requirements

B 12

Gross Margins and Summary Annual Budget:

Please produce Gross Margin Budgets for each proposed enterprise, a Summary Annual Budget and year on year cashflow covering a period of five years, to show your cropping/stocking plans and financial appraisal of the farm.
Applicants should ensure that budgets make full recognition of all items noted in foregoing sections, including diversified income and environmental measures.

If using published data from the likes of SAC or John Nix applicants are advised to remember that all farms differ in nutritional status and productivity.

0 - 50

0 No response or totally inadequate

1-12 Major Reservations or constraints

13-25 Some Reservations or Constraints

26-38 Fully Compliant

39-50 Exceeds Requirements

B 13

Rental Offer

Please provide justification of your rent. This section will be judged against realism, affordability, flexibility and the justification you have provided.

0 - 50

0 No response or totally inadequate

1-12 Major Reservations or constraints

13-25 Some Reservations or Constraints

26-38 Fully Compliant

39-50 Exceeds Requirements

Total Available B.1 - B.13 420

Note to candidates selected for interview:-

We will revise our scoring of the applications sections 3.1 to 3.13 based on the interview and the ability to answer questions regarding the application form and business plan submitted. The marking system above will remain valid.


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