Office in the snow

After all the snow that the weather men and women have been threatening recently it appears that they were right for once. The Southern Farmers office looked picturesque in the snow this morning. The office is open for business as usual and will continue this way throughout the bad weather and beyond. We hope that the bad weather has not affected you too badly. 

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New TB Advisory Service to be launched this autumn

Cattle keepers will soon be able to access specialist advice on building resilience to bovine tuberculosis (bTB), through a TB Advisory Service to be launched this autumn. The service, which is fully-funded by Defra through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), will be available to farmers in the High Risk and Edge areas of England and will provide bespoke advice on biosecurity and the risks associated with cattle movements and trading.
The service will be delivered by trained consultants from ADAS, Kingshay and Westpoint Farm Vets, overseen by a Technical Board comprising experts in the field of bTB. This includes prominent experts in the fields of badger ecology, building adaptations and trading practices. Funding has been secured to provide on-farm advice visits to 2,400 businesses over a three year period, with delivery due to commence in October 2017. A telephone advice service will also be available for farmers with specific questions relating to bTB.
Trained consultants will be available to give advice on all aspects of TB. Where farmers are currently free of bTB, advice will focus on the steps available to protect from disease incursions. For farms under TB restrictions, advice on trading options will be available, both on and off the holding, together with measures to prevent repeated reinfection of cattle.
Members of the Technical Board will be on hand to provide consultants with additional help and support including ongoing updates on advice. The Origin Group, who successfully tendered to deliver the service, will be responsible for day to day management. ‘By bringing together a Technical Board of experts in the field of bTB and a team of experienced farm consultants, we believe the TB Advisory Service will be able to make a real impact on farmers living with, or under threat from, bTB’ said Matt Dobbs, the project’s Director. ‘Whilst statutory TB controls are provided by government, there are a number of things farmers can do to reduce the risk and impact of bTB’.
Phil Elkins, Technical Director of the project adds ‘By bringing together experts in all relevant fields, including those with direct experience of the effects of bTB, we can ensure that the advice given to farmers is bespoke, up to date, and proven to reduce the risk of spread of bTB. This service will deliver tailored, practical, risk-based advice to farmers giving them clear, economic, agreed upon interventions to help tackle this disease, all at no cost to the farmer.’
Farmers wishing to pre-register their interest in the service are advised to e-mail or call 01306 779410. Further information is available at

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Are you having problems with your phone?

If your phone contract  is with Vodaphone and you find you are having problems with the phone not working as it should do, type in the code *#105# then press call. This will give you a full description of information about the phone, such as when it was last connected to the server and many more useful little figures. Ringing up armed with as much information as possible will help us sort out the problem as soon as possible. We all know how lost we feel nowadays without a mobile phone in full working order!

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Wedding car hire

 Located in Marden, Kent K & B Jenner have classic, vintage and Rolls Royce cars available to hire for your wedding or special occasion.

They have seven classic cars to choose from for your special day and offer a personal chauffeur service to transport you and your wedding party from your wedding venue to your reception in true style!

Phone 01622 831 279 or 07719739226 for more information

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Southern Farmers Launch New Website

We are delighted to launch our new website which we hope you will find useful and informative.

We are an agricultural buying group located in Rolvenden, Kent. We have a membership base spread  throughout Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire and we welcome new applicants who are commercially engaged in agriculture, forestry, horticulture and any related rural industries. We are a not for profit company acting as buying agent for our members. We aim to source goods and services you require at preferential prices and provide a simplified administration process where each member is sent a monthly statement with all invoices listed and original invoices attached.

Our knowledgeable team in the office can cater for all of your commercial needs excepting your household groceries! Ordering through the group can be done in two different ways. You may either ring the friendly team in the office to place and discuss your order who will then order with the best supplier for your needs or book directly to your account yourself through a supplier.

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