I sent a message to one of the directors last night, no point in complaining here. The reply was that I wasn't the first. I think it's probably a case of naivety in the marketing dept, or a lack of understanding of how closely the dairy and beef sectors are linked at farm level. Apparently the...
I didn't comment on the 27.5p, it was more about if we should rely on a consultant that says their clients lost money 6 years out of ten.
27.5 isn't spectacular, but why would any customer fix a price significantly higher than the trend when farmers keep producing more?
Maybe the consultant wasn't as good as he would like you to think? Either that or his counting is questionable, the average NI price has only been above 28p 4 of the last 10 years and only significantly above it in one year. His clients bankers must be more understanding than most.
Low emission spreading equipment needed for nitrates legislation. 2020 for digestate, June 2020 for derogated farms, all contractors 2021 & farms over 200 livestock units from 2022.
We seem to be in a very small minority of derogated farms actually doing it by the books. I suppose the inspectors...
July price, at least for Dale Farm producers was below last years(25), the 5 year average (24.9) and the 9 year average (24.9). I think that's a reasonable case to argue, even if the case isn't as strong as for the first round & we can be thankful some of the worst predictions didn't happen.
The beef payments are going to the owner of the animals at the point where the price dropped, not to the person the meat plant paid. In most cases that means it'll actually go where it should, that's quite a novel idea for the dept.