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  1. SolwayFarmer

    Milk Price Tracker

    I see Shelagh Hancock has taken a non exe director post at Carrs. I’d have thought when they’re delivering the lowest price to producers her time might have been better spent solely focussing on First Milk. Time for a change maybe?
  2. SolwayFarmer

    Milk Price Tracker

    What makes it worse is my milk is lifted by an Arla tanker. I’m just basic RT assurance no extras and I doubt very much that milk will be separated from the Arla high fliers in terms of farm assurance. Makes a bit of a mockery of it all!
  3. SolwayFarmer

    Milk Price Tracker

    And all the other regenerative agriculture nonsense as well seems to mean nothing if they’re giving the milk away. They’ve lot their focus on selling milk and more interested in tinkering with their farmer suppliers systems
  4. SolwayFarmer

    Milk Price Tracker

    Never much chat about First Milk on here. Are there many direct suppliers on here? July price will be about 7.5 pence behind Arla and no chance of anymore for July. Feels a bit like FM are heading the same way as a few years ago, are they in for some sticky times??
  5. SolwayFarmer

    Milk Price Tracker

    Are the calves fed at erratic times too?
  6. SolwayFarmer

    Milk Price Tracker

    Any new on what First Milk are doing. Seem to be getting a bit sluggish on price moves
  7. SolwayFarmer

    Pre inspection/ audit service

    No point in getting stressed about these audits. Just go with the flow, let the auditor pick out what’s not correct and just use it as a to do list
  8. SolwayFarmer

    Latest Fertiliser News !!

    Virtually nothing available in Scotland??
  9. SolwayFarmer

    QMS consigned to history?

    About two years ago our QMS was up for renewal, I didn’t bother and they kept sending me crappy letters. I emailed on several occasions to ask them how they could help my business and justify the cost, but as yet I’ve heard nothing from them needless to say I’m no longer QMS assured. I also...
  10. SolwayFarmer

    QMS - worth the hassle?

    None. It’s voluntary, don’t do it. QMS clearly failing if Scottish beef has lost its premium
  11. SolwayFarmer

    Fuel price tracker

    heating oil 84.88 ppl, red diesel 94.95ppl south west scotland delivered tomorrow
  12. SolwayFarmer

    FM Regenerative Farming Plan

    Like most of these schemes it’s just a way of devaluing the actual product be it milk or beef or whatever and tying up a perceived “bonus” on some nonsense. At the end of the day the milk is worth the same regardless of regen or not.
  13. SolwayFarmer

    Concentrate Price Tracker

    Looks alright. Should be decent energy with maize, wheat and soya well up the list. Some decent energy and protein sources too. Ok at £305 in current market
  14. SolwayFarmer


    So what about the milk that Arla collects on a milk swap from First Milk members who are only on Red Tractor,
  15. SolwayFarmer

    Milking parlour and loose housing

    I’m pretty sure it was Scottish Galvinisers In Glasgow
  16. SolwayFarmer

    Milking parlour and loose housing

    No it was dipped in acid then galvanised. Came up like new. Definitely worth doing and at the time didn’t really add much to the cost.
  17. SolwayFarmer

    Milking parlour and loose housing

    I put a second hand parlour in. Auto Id, milk meters acrs, nothing too complicated parlour was £22k for a 28:28 but I only put in a 22:22 so have lots of spares. It cost at least another £30k to fit and sort out the dairy plus another £15 for a tank and bits of electric work. We re galvanised...
  18. SolwayFarmer

    Milking parlour and loose housing

    Would 2 secondhand robots be cheaper than a parlour. Less building space/cost needed. Possibly easier to remove/sell on. ??
  19. SolwayFarmer

    Is teat sealant worth it ?

    Vet has never questioned it but then I buy it from them! Farm Assurance hasn’t ever been a problem. In fact I was complimented on my milk quality results by the auditor
  20. SolwayFarmer

    Is teat sealant worth it ?

    This has been a really interesting read. I’ve not been milking long but so far we’ve dried off everything with antibiotics and a sealant (orbeseal). After reading this and watching the video we’ve not been pinching the top of the teat when using the sealant but it seems to work on most of our...