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Dairy industry looks like expaning.

27th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

According to the Farmers Weekly UK milk production could reach 15 bn litres by 2020, an exansion of 13% on 2010.  Kite Consulting, in its discussion document World Class Dairying - A vision for 2020, says that current supply chain iniquities should not mask the opportunities that this offers.

Produced in response to the Dairy 2020...

Scottish farmers warned to check SFP claims.

27th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

Farmers in Scotland who include ineligible land in their single farm payment applications could find themselves automatically facing penalites, the Scottish government has warned.

Under tightened Single Application Form rules, failure to make deductions for hard features such as roads, ponds and new buildings will be deemed as intentional, resulting in farmers being fined.

Claiming for permanent, impenetrable vegetation like gorse or bracken or areas of scree could also be...

Farmers urged to consider malting barley.

27th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

A report in the Farmers Guardian suggests that malting barley is a crop worth considering as there is talk of malting premiums of around £50/tonne over feed value for spring crops and £40 for winter crops.

In Scotland, where the spring crop is targeted at the distilling industry, the potential premiums could be up to £60.

HGCA economist Jack Watts said last week’s spot...

British salad growers to get compensation for e coli crisis.

22nd JunePosted by Louise Taylor

DEFRA has announced that British salad growers will be able to access EU aid provided in resopnse to the e coli crisis but will only have until the end of this month to apply for money from the 210 m Euro scheme.

The scheme is open to growers of tomatoes, lettuce, endives, cucumbers, sweet peppers and courgettes across the EU.

To receive the aid, which will represent approximately 50 per cent of market value, growers will have to prove products have been withdrawn from sale...

Egg producers being squeezed.

22nd JunePosted by Louise Taylor

According to the Farmers Weekly, the British Free Range Egg Producers' Association has warned of the possibility of widespread business collapse, as the differential between retail and wholesale prices widens.

"Free-range egg producers are facing a desperate situation," said John Retson, chairman of the British Free Range Egg Producers Association. "Egg producers have seen the price they receive cut by 5p a dozen. At the same time, since the turn of the year, costs have increased...

Welsh organic milk group goes from strength to strength.

20th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

The organic milk group, Calon Wen, is calling for more farmers to join as its order book grows.

The Welsh co-operative, which was set up in 2000, is run by farmers for farmers and is made up of over 20 family farms. Calon Wen has enjoyed strong growth for both its liquid sales through processors including Rachel's in Aberystwyth and cheese maker Caws Cenarth, as well as its own products sold throughout the UK.

“Despite the tough conditions we’re finding that our milk remains a...

Crops won't be saved by recent rain.

20th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

According to the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), the recent rainfall is not enough to revive drought-hit cereal crops and that sustained rainfall was needed to ensure cereal crops survive.


CLA East Midlands Director, Andrew Shirley, said that it would take more than a few showers to ensure grain crops are brought to healthy levels.  A drought could mean failed crops and higher food prices, he said.

"We have been experiencing the second driest spring since...

MEPs call for compensation for British salad growers.

9th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

MEPs have insisted that British salad growers should be eligible for compensation in the wake of the e. coli crisis that has hit sales across Europe.  Labout MEP Richard Howiett said there was no evidence of any health risk from salad goods grown in Britain.

He said that local growers risk losing out twice because of a dent in consumer confidence and the risk of markets being flooded with unsold salad goods from abroad.  He went on to say that there was 'deep concern' in his...

Morrisons native beef scheme has had positive response.

8th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

WITHIN four days of Morrisons announcing its traditional beef scheme last week (see our blog entry dated 26th May), which majors on Beef Shorthorn, more than 100 beef farmers had contacted the supermarket’s meat processing subsidiary Woodheads for scheme approval details.

“We could not have hoped for a better initial response,” said farm operations manager Andrew Loftus .

“What we expect people to do now is sit down and work out the...

High meat and cereal prices are here to say.

8th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

A report in the Farmers Guardian says that global agricultural commodity prices are set to remain high and volatile for the rest of the year and into 2012, according to the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).


The FAO’s latest biannual Food Outlook cites a ‘sharp rundown on inventories and only modest overall production increases for the majority of crops’ as reasons for continuing strong prices.



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