News

Solar Panels

We’ve expanded our green energy production at Stanford Bridge Farm. Additional solar panels have been installed, supplementing the green energy already generated by our existing solar panels and our biomass heating system. The electricity produced by the solar array is completely utilised by the farm. We are pleased to be able to increase our use…

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Stanford Bridge Beef Boxes

Boxes of sustainably reared beef from our red tractor assured farm in Pluckley, Kent, our cows and calves are turned out to grass pasture all summer. Aged for 3 weeks our quality beef is vacuum packed ready for cooking or freezing. 5kg box – £55 collected 10kg box – £110 collected Depending on weight each…

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Kiss the Ground – 2020

It’s rare to see a documentary about global warming that actually provides solutions to the problems in the world but here it is. Ground-breaking Netflix documentary Kiss The Ground explores how we can potentially reverse the effects of global warming by drawing carbon from the atmosphere back into plants and soil.   Biosequestration: Biosequestration is…

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Photo Competition 2020

The FGS Team were busy snapping away at work hoping to win our photo competition. We had some fantastic entries from the staff. Here are some of the best photos from our recent staff photo competition. Thanks to all that entered, it is always great to see our operators and machines in action. Congratulations to…

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Covid-19 Update

  We hope that you, your families and colleagues are all well and doing what they can to get through the current situation whilst keeping an eye out for elderly or vulnerable people around you. In spite of the unfolding Coronavirus crisis farming carries on. As such FGS Agri is operationally ready for as normal…

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Love Lamb Week

Love Lamb Week

British farmers are throwing their support behind a week-long campaign for British lamb. The campaign, which will run from 2nd –  7th September, encourages both shoppers and retailers to back British lamb. Love Lamb Week is now in its 5thyear and continues to highlight the work that farmers put in behind the scenes of one of the…

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FGS Agri successfully achieves UKAS accreditation

We are pleased to announce that FGS Agri Ltd, working with UKAS accredited certification body NQA, has successfully integrated its Quality and Environmental Management Systems and achieved UKAS accreditation to the internationally recognised standards ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015 for Quality and Environmental Management. This achievement assures our clients and other interested parties that customer…

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New poultry apprenticeship launched

The British poultry industry launched a new apprenticeship at the British Pig & Poultry Fair earlier this summer. The new poultry apprenticeship scheme has been designed to bring skilled workers into the sector. It also aims to develop the existing skills and talent of those already working in the industry. The scheme was launched by…

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Farm Safety Week

This week is Farm Safety Week (16-20 July). Follow #FarmSafetyWeek for practical advice and guidance. Here are their top tips for staying safe on the farm. Top Tips for Staying Safe on the Farm You can’t work safely unless you know how to – make sure someone experienced shows you what to do or that…

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Planning Rules Relaxed for Farm Buildings

Planning Rules Relaxed for Farm Buildings

Recent changes to permitted development rights (PDRs) mean that farmers will be allowed to increase the size of buildings on their land and convert more buildings to housing. PDRs allow particular building works and changes to be completed without the need to apply for full planning permission. Announced by Dominic Raab, Housing Minister, last month,…

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UK AgriTech Companies on the Rise

Agriculture technology, also known as agritech, is a fast-growing industry focused on improving traditional forms of farming through technology. The industry is particularly appealing to investors and very much an on-trend area of investment. According to UK Government figures, the agritech industry currently generates over £14 billion in turnover and employs more than half a…

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40% of UK Farmers to Invest in Animal Welfare in 2018

40% of UK Farmers to Invest in Animal Welfare in 2018

According to research commissioned by fast-food giant McDonald’s, almost half of UK farmers are prioritising animal welfare over other investments. Retailers and consumers are increasingly demanding high-welfare food and becoming more interested about where their food comes from and the farming practices used to produce it. The survey, carried out by the National Farm Research…

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PM Theresa May Visits Dairy Farm

PM Theresa May Visits Dairy Farm

Prime Minister Theresa May visited Fairview Farm, a dairy farm in Bangor this month. She was shown by owners Stephen and Susanne Jackson. After her tour of the farm, Mrs May met with representatives of the Ulster Farmers’ Union for lunch in the farmhouse. They discussed their concerns within the agriculture industry and talked about…

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FGS Agri staff help tidy-up

FGS Agri staff at Kemsley Mill, Sittingbourne gave back to the local community by helping with a clean-up event. The employees from FGS Agri joined forces with employees from DS Smith Kemsley Mill,members of the public and Swale Borough Council to spend a morning tidying up their area. They cut back hedgerows and collected litter…

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Cold Winter Ahead

Temperature are dropping! FGS Agri’s gritting team are on hand to keep businesses safe across the South East. Our winter gritting and snow clearance service is tailored to the needs of commercial, industrial and personal premises. We monitor national weather conditions, notifying clients of potential risks in their area and gritting each site or clearing away any snow…

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Dairybed – Alternative Livestock Bedding

Through our recycling of materials from various clients, FGS Agri have developed Dairybed, an alternative product from recycled paper which is suitable for use within the Livestock Bedding market. Through our trial work and feedback from existing customers we have discovered many benefits from the use of this material. For further information visit: www.dairybed.co.uk or…

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40% of UK Farmers to Invest in Animal Welfare in 2018

More UK Pork Cleared for China

Seven additional meat processors across England and Northern Ireland have now been cleared by the Chinese to export their pork to China. This announcement follows a long and thorough accreditation process which involved Chinese inspections of plants by China’s Certification and Accreditation (CNCA) agency and visits to China by several agriculture ministers from Northern Ireland.…

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The Rise of Drones in UK Agriculture

While the use of commercial drones has recently generated interest in the national press, the increasing use of drones in UK agriculture has largely flown under the radar. Agricultural businesses are utilising drones for a wider range of purposes than ever before. From soil and field analysis to the monitoring of arable and pastoral stock,…

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Herds of Women Taking up Farming

Recent figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show that the number of women running farms in the UK jumped by nearly 10% between 2010 and 2013. This trend has continued in the years since and now over 25,000 UK farms are now run by women. What’s more, 28% of the…

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UK Pig Farmers Reduce Antibiotic Use

UK Pig Farmers Reduce Antibiotic Use

The UK pig sector is making ‘significant’ strides in reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock. Figures released show that less than 18% of all feed for young pigs in 2016 contained antibiotics, compared to 37% in 2014. The Pig Veterinary Society has applauded the news and praised the efforts of vets who work with…

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Ashford Cattle Show

  FGS Agri were proud to sponsor the cattle championship at the recent Ashford Cattle Show. Congratulations to Charlotte Husk, Dover, whose Limousin steer won the overall champion beast. The overall reserve champion went to another Limousin steer shown by the High Weald Academy Young Farmers Club.

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MegaGrowth50 Runner Up

  FGS Agri were delighted to be included in the KM’s MegaGrowth 50 list of the fastest-growing private companies in Kent by turnover growth over the last four years. Managing Director, Jonathan West and Farm Manager, Alan Higgs enjoyed a presentation breakfast at Turkey Mill, Maidstone on Wednesday 2 November where FGS Agri was recognised…

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FGS Agri invest in new Vernaet spreaders

  Following the renewal of our spreading contract with Thamas Water we have recently taken delivery of two new Vervaet Hydro Trike self-propelled spreaders. The new Vervaet machines are powered by 510hp DAF engines and are fitted with specially designed integral 18-tonne Panien spreader bodies. Large tyres spread the weight evenly over a 4.50m width…

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Thames Water contracts renewed

  FGS Agri are pleased to announce that we have renewed our two existing contracts with Thames Water which will be effective from 1st November 2016.  The first contract renewed is for the “Biosolid Spreading” across the Southern Region of the Thames Water operating territory and the second is for the recycling of “non-compliant biosolids”. …

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Ploughing Success!

  Congratulations to our Arable Operator Paul Apps on winning his class and going on to come third in the overall Championship of the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match on Saturday. The picture shows the winning combination of the John Deere 6210 and 6 Furrow Kverneland Plough.

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FGS Organics acquires Envar

  FGS Organics, are pleased to announce the acquisition of Envar Composting Ltd. FGS Organics is an established provider of recycling solutions for the agricultural, industrial, energy and utility sector. The acquisition will see the capacity of their compost operations significantly increase. Based in Cambridgeshire, Envar Composting is the United Kingdom’s largest waste in-vessel and…

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HRH The Princess Royal at Agri-Expo

  Jonathan West, FGS Agri Managing Director, met with HRH The Princess Royal at Agri-Expo, Wednesday 2nd March, discussing the core activities of the business and explaining the latest developments harnessed by the business including the opportunities bought about by the Anaerobic Digestion sector whereby agriculture can benefit from the application of the digestate by-product…

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Vredo

FGS Agri have had a new Vredo arrive this month, with 600 hp, and a CVT Gearbox. Fully loaded it will hold 24 ton, and has the largest tyres in Europe on a Self-propelled machine, at 1250/50R32, also, weigh cells, an on board computer, an ‘on the go’ tyre inflation/deflation system and 0-40km step-less transmission, the Vredos offer high output, precision…

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Precision Spreading

Contact us now to book our spreading services. Our spreaders and tractors, which are fitted with GreenStar GPS, enable us to offer accurate and efficient spreading. With a fleet of 12 trailed and 6 self-propelled spreaders, ranging from 9 to 20 tonne capacity, we have a machine to meet your every need. Our smaller machines…

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Avadex Application

Contact us now to book our avadex application services. For the treatment of herbicide resistant black-grass and sterile brome, FGS Agri have invested in two mounted 24 metre pneumatic spreaders, specifically for the application of Avadex granules. As well as, our Unimog U90 Turbo Forward Control with Torque Converter. Pommier Ally booms with 4m section…

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New Vaderstad Tempo 8 row maize drill

We can now offer an improved maize drilling service thanks to our new Vaderstad Tempo 8 row high-speed precision maize drill fitted with high capacity fertiliser unit. The Tempo offers high speed drilling without compromising singulation and the greatest output with the highest quality of drilling. When fitted with the larger seed hoppers and fertiliser…

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