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    Teachers during the virus emergency

    As self employed, and a very small employer, I don't agree with holiday pay. Rather than get paid for my days off, I have to pay someone to cover them for me, on top of my holiday cost. Meanwhile I legally have to pay people for not doing any work. I'd much prefer to increase the hourly rate...
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    Teachers during the virus emergency

    My wife is a teacher. And a very conscientious one at that. But not all are the same. She is appalled at the attitudes pushed by the unions. But then, what else do you really expect from unions anyway? They exist to milk concessions from government.
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    Silage 2020

    Yeah. We're eight weeks cut today. So a couple of weeks overdue. Weather's been really poor. Ground suffering a bit, but managing ok so far. Some dirt on the road this morning with the dew, but we think that'll lessen, as it's improving already. It's heavier than I like, first field...
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    Silage 2020

    3🤦🏻‍♂️
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    Silage 2020

    Floors covered, so it's safe. Just the bank covers to worry about.🙈
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    Silage 2020

    We'll have to see. I'm that man.
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    Silage 2020

    To give the top a years grace from the seep.
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    Silage 2020

    New pit in service.
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    Northern Ireland Milk Price Tracker

    Ok. Short on spare time at the moment. Environmental impact of haulage is huge? Especially double handling and double haulage of skim. Lazy will be along soon to say that his smaller cows have lower energy maintenance requirements than Holsteins, consume less feed imported from america...
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    Northern Ireland Milk Price Tracker

    Speaking of environmental impacts. All the milk/skim we draw to dunman has a highly polluting biproduct, carries a handling risk, and requires hefty treatment before it can be safely discharged into the adjoining burn.
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    Northern Ireland Milk Price Tracker

    The % obviously varies from peak to trough supply, as the liquid demand/output is constant. But it's in the small minority, even though we do have the lion's share of the local liquid market. And liquid markets are stagnant at best. The majority of milk is processed, and that is where any...
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    Northern Ireland Milk Price Tracker

    But it's how it's divided up thats not right. The current system underpays for fat and protein, and overpays for water!🤦🏻‍♂️
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    Silage 2020

    Multicut is when you cut more than once in a season
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    Northern Ireland Milk Price Tracker

    I've raised it so many times at meetings, that I feel like a real whinger. It'll obviously take more than me whinging to change it. The management and board don't have the appetite, even though it would be for the long term good, so it will take a lot more members to speak out from the grass...
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    Northern Ireland Milk Price Tracker

    Ok. Here's the story. Northern Ireland farmers have been pretty good at producing winter milk. I don't want an argument about the reasons for that. Post deregulation, that milk was desired by processors in the Republic of Ireland to bring up their winter supply which they lacked. And so...

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