From left to right: Peter Giørtz-Carlsen, Tim Mead and Tomas Pietrangeli
Arla Foods Limited will acquire Yeo Valley Dairies Limited, a subsidiary of the Yeo Valley Group Limited. The transaction will give the farmer-owned dairy cooperative the rights to use the Yeo Valley brand in milk, butter, spreads and cheese under an intellectual property licence with Yeo Valley.
The Yeo Valley yogurt, ice cream, cream and desserts business will continue to be run independently through Yeo Valley Group, which remains under the ownership of the Mead family.
Commenting on the deal, Tomas Pietrangeli, Managing Director, Arla Foods Limited said: "The potential for future investment in range through this licensing agreement with Yeo Valley provides a significant opportunity to offer a greater choice to consumers at attractive prices.Our ambition is to encourage customers to trade up from standard to organic milk, butter and cheese, driving overall growth for organic across dairy categories.”
With one in four households now purchasing organic products, there is opportunity for the dairy sector to convert more of its customers from standard to organic dairy. To fuel this growth and meet the growing needs of consumers requires investment in innovation and range and under both the Yeo Valley brand and Arla brand.
Pietrangeli continues: “Arla Organic Free Range milk...
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Provisional figures for global average near-surface temperatures confirm that last year, 2017, was the warmest year on record without the influence of warming from El Niño.
When viewed alongside 2015 and 2016 – both of which were dominated by a significant El Niño – last year was the second or third warmest year for annual global temperatures since 1850.
Scientists at the Met Office Hadley Centre and the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit produce the HadCRUT4 dataset, which is used to estimate global temperature.
The HadCRUT4 global temperature series shows that 2017 was 0.99±0.1 °C above pre-industrial levels, taken as the average over the period 1850-1900, and 0.38±0.1 °C above the 1981-2010 average. 2017 is nominally the third warmest year in the HadCRUT4 series. Figures from other global centres place 2017 as second or third warmest.
Read all the details here: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/2018/2017-temperature-announcementComments: 6 Views: 542Continue reading»
This year’s event is aptly themed UK World Class Farming, World Class Food. The mix of topics and speakers have been carefully chosen by conference organiser, the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) at a time when new policy structure and vital trade agreements are being discussed and developed to ensure our industry remains profitable and sustainable.
Following a welcome note from IAgrM chairman, John Giles, the conference will break in to two main sessions:
Making the most by producing the best
· AHDB chief executive, Jane King
· Centre of Agricultural Informatics and Metrics of Sustainability, agri tech strategy director, Richard Tiffin
· Lowther Estates’ director of farming and commercial events, Richard Price
· German farmer and co-op farm manager, Ekkehard Herrmann
How world class are we now and where we need to be for the future
· Soil Association chief executive and organic farmer, Helen Browning
· AB Connect’s business development director, Martin Dyke
· Promar International agri food business consultant, Neil Adams
· Delamere Dairy managing director, Ed Salt
· E Holroyd & Sons production and technical manager, Lindsay Oldroyd Hulme
· Barclays Agriculture head of agriculture, Mark SuthernComments: 6 Views: 1029Continue reading»
Removal of EUROP grid coupled with surge in breeding a premium retail product could overcome disappearance of CAP support
Support is gathering for a drive to replace the Brussels based EUROP carcase assessment grid with a UK alternative after exit from the EU is completed.
The move could increase the value of UK bred cattle and offer a much needed crutch to farm income after CAP subsidies are withdrawn sometime in in 2020 and replaced by a yet to be defined UK-only support system.
The fundamental argument is that EUROP concentrates on lean/fat measurement and meat yield (conformation) at the expense of positive eating quality attributes that could encourage more consumers not only to eat more beef but pay more for it too.
Behind the worrying long term decline in domestic beef consumption is a fear that many consumers are wary of the product because quality is wildly inconsistent and the purchase of a tender cut backed by juiciness and flavour instead of something that eats and tastes like old rope can be a lottery.
There is already evidence of an industry response to consumer needs. More well matured beef is being offered by supermarkets, some of it aged for 28 days, and it is being sold for top tier prices too.
Much, but not all, of this is a native breed product (Angus, Hereford, Shorthorn) and this is reflected in a national surge in the popularity of these bulls at farm and AI level.
However there is an urgent need for a much wider response across...Comments: 46 Views: 3270Continue reading»
Feeders will benefit if they sell in-specification cattle well - and turn their backs on overweights especially.
Farmers’ organisations have told a Westminster committee that prime cattle prices are being artificially depressed by monopolistic processors.
They concentrated their criticism on price penalties introduced to cover out of specification cattle, particularly those that are overweight, as evidence of this but did not acknowledge the premiums paid on carcases that hit the specifications demanded by the processor’s retail customers.
Austerity driven falls in consumer spending means that shoppers are increasingly interested in medium sized cuts taken off medium sized cattle that are offered at medium range prices and turn their back on cuts taken off heavier cattle because they are too expensive.
As a result medium weight carcases are in demand and those that are overweight are being penalised.
I fly no flag for processing companies – which, along with multiple retailers, I have regularly accused of demonstrating a potentially fatal lack of foresight by not paying feeders enough to cover reasonable costs incurred in the production of a typical beef animal.
And I agree that the current market recovery has some way to go before well farmed prime cattle will be fairly priced.
But it does worry when farmers’ representatives pick up on complaints from feeders who insist they have a right to produce, without penalty, older and heavier cattle that fit in...Comments: 14 Views: 1291Continue reading»
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and George Eustice MP
27 July 2016
Progress made on mission to export British lamb to the US
The mission to get British lamb chops back onto American dinner plates has moved a step nearer, Farming Minister George Eustice will announce at the National Sheep Event on Wednesday, 27 July 2016.
Speaking at the opening of the flagship National Sheep Association (NSA) show in Malvern, Worcestershire, the Minister of State will confirm the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published proposals for consultation to relax import restrictions on lamb that could generate an extra £35 million for the UK economy. This significant step forward means that British lamb is on track to be available for US consumers by early 2017.
The move is the latest in ongoing efforts to allow Britain’s farmers to start exporting sheep meat to the United States’ 300 million consumers.
A 1,000-page dossier was submitted to the USDA detailing the safety and quality of British beef and lamb ahead of April’s trade talks with US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in Washington.
Speaking at the NSA Sheep Event, Farming Minister George Eustice will say:
The US decision to press ahead with proposals to lift export restrictions on British lamb is great news for our...Comments: 17 Views: 1473Continue reading»
Retail price war led by Aldi and Lidl could force prime cattle prices into even steeper downwards spiral.
Slaughter cattle prices were depressed over 2015 even though both production and imports, each of them critical contributors to overall supplies, were down as well.
This contradiction, which furrowed many brows, continues still and one of the reactions at finisher level has been to accuse processors of conducting a determined, short sighted, unnecessary, and greedy attack on slaughter cattle values.
There is however another explanation. It may have less appeal, because it can relieve frustration to spit at cattle buyers who whatever the circumstances never pay enough money, but it is infinitely more chilling.
This is because at the same time as prime cattle prices struggle (forget the current mini-revival because they will tumble again as soon as more cattle and cull cows begin to move onto the late summer market) the biggest supermarkets are selling less beef.
During January-March fresh sales at both Tesco and Sainsburys fell by a massive 1,200 to 1,800 tonnes compared with the same three months last year and, not by coincidence, sales through the discounters, Aldi and Lidl, picked up by almost exactly the same amount at the same time.
These developments are connected and explain that on-going, and unwelcome, pressure on prime cattle prices is not the result of processors being greedy but because their incomes are under huge strain too.
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Beef sector faces autumn supply crisis as desperate spring-calving dairy farmers rid themselves of unwanted cows.
Beef production in the United Kingdom has been ambushed by adverse political developments and the threat of radical de-stabilisation had become critical.
The market value of finished cattle has already slumped below the level at which efficient farmers expect to cover production costs and generate a positive margin.
And later this year another income crash is anticipated after the market is choked by an over-supply of abandoned dairy cows which have been released for slaughter by de-moralised dairy farmers who no longer have the wherewithal to stay in business.
There can be no doubt that today’s dominant beef industry pressures are the macro-economic result of political decisions developed in Brussels and supported by Westminster.
The first, the imposition of US backed trade embargos on Russia in July-September 2014 after the annexation of Crimea and sparring over the spread of European influence in Ukraine, crushed hopes of an EU-wide lift in beef cattle prices triggered by rising world demand and relatively relaxed trading conditions at global level.
At that time the official R4L steer average for Great Britain was in the region of 355p-360p a kilo - which borders the 360p-365p which efficient farmers judge to be sufficient to make them feel positive.
There were hopes it would lift to 380p, which would have been comfortable, but the...Comments: 42 Views: 3743Continue reading»
RABDF Princess Royal Award made to John Alvis
John Alvis has been presented with the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers’ Princess Royal Award by Her Royal Highness at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 3 March. The honour was made for his outstanding services to the UK dairy industry.
John Alvis is a director of Lye Cross Farm which combines his family’s farming and specialist organic and farmhousecheese making business based at Redhill, Somerset. An integrated cycle featuring grass, cows, milk, cheese, whey, pigs and manure has underpinned the business’s development which he overseen for over 50 years.
When John joined the business in 1960, his father, John and uncle, Sam farmed 300 cows, 400 acres and managed a cheese production facility primarily making Caerphilly cheese. Today, together with his brother, Michael and his sons, Johnny and Peter he farms 4,000 acres comprising 1,700 acres arable, a 1,200 cow dairy enterprise including 250 cows farmed in an organic system, 18,000 pigs finished annually and 600 beef cattle, of which a portion are finished for sale through the Alvis’s Lye Cross Farm Shop. Since 2002, the business has also operated a limited liability partnership specialising in agricultural contracting and contract farm management. Lye Cross Farm annually produces 4,000 tonnes of West Country Farmhouse Cheddar retailed to high street multiples and exported to 35 countries. Milk is sourced from its own three herds as well as from 30...Comments: 7 Views: 1344Continue reading»
JP1 comment to preface this article: I would like to make clear that Robert is not expressing an opinion but passing on information that can be assessed – and either accepted or ignored.
Discussion over revised supermarket specification flares as processors introduce tighter grids.
Increased abattoir focus on supermarket specification for commercial (non-retail scheme) cattle, particularly a preferred maximum carcase weight of 380kg, continues to create waves on the store market where some older and heavier animals are already being discounted.
Criticism from some farmers concentrates on the shrinking of grid boxes covering both base price and price bonuses on deadweight cattle – and the proliferation of boxes which cover price penalties.
Auctioneers are among those who also see the most recent adjustments by ABP and Dunbia as evidence of a collective wish by mainstream processors to advance the opportunity to discount instead of maximising opportunities for good finishers to earn a premium.
And the tight boundaries of supermarket spec, which is often accompanied by an expectation that at least 95 per cent of cattle in a delivery will meet it, have provoked comments that even experienced finishers would find it difficult to consistently draw cattle to hit that narrow target.
The other development which raises...Views: 816Continue reading»
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