CF Fertilisers

Yorkshire lad

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
YO42
I’ve had an email yesterday that CF are stopping production of AN at Billingham and Ince, due to the cost of gas . It doesn’t say how long for, but it’s not good news
How have government allowed one company to have all the AN production in the uk . I thought there were laws regarding monopolies
 

Briar

Member
Heard this last night, was told by order of American parent company. Outlook for Fert price doesn’t bode well. But then if price rockets manufacture may start again.
 

DrWazzock

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
What a mess. Sell what I’ve bought and go on holiday for a year. No glyphosate; no plough metal, no lorry drivers, no workers.
Somebody needs to get their finger out.
Stop the further imposition of damaging enviro regs.
Restore the easy employment of immigrant labour. Stop throwing obstacles in the path of business at every turn.
Are they even aware of this rapidly developing crisis?
 

MCook

Member
Trade
Location
Kent
The article on the FT suggested it may only be a short-term issue, though that may be wishful thinking.

How the government thinks casting British Agriculture aside and relying on imports (which can't get in due to driver shortages, protests, Suez Canal blockages, Covid) is going to work, is beyond belief.
 

PSQ

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Scottish Borders
Government held an emergency meeting of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat yesterday (as in the people behind the Civil Contingencies Committee - COBRA) to discuss the future implications of high gas prices and specifically the closure of the CF factories. They're obviously well aware that no fertiliser = no bread = "three missed meals away from riots in the street".


And not surprisingly, hardly a 'journalist' in the country has cottoned on.
 
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Daniel

Member
No Energy prices are going mad. The fire in Kent will not have helped. Is there even enough energy to go round now?

Had a friend who is an energy trader the other day actually ask me about the fert market. That was a first.
CF will presumably have forward booked a large chunk of their gas requirement, which they'll now be selling off at a profit since they've shut their plant?

Maybe the government could levy a windfall tax, and redistribute it amongst the farmers.
 
Absolutely not.
But fear not, the supermarkets will charter extra ships to haul the food in and the army will deliver it. :facepalm:
well we all know that supermarkets are the "key workers" who keep us supplied with food, and as Nichola Sturgeon told farmers in Scotland, they could go back to work at the end of the first lockdown, luckily she allowed the supermarkets to stay open so everyone was supplied with food!
 

Ashtree

Member
Government held an emergency meeting of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat yesterday (as in the people behind the Civil Contingencies Committee - COBRA) to discuss the future implications of high gas prices and specifically the closure of the CF factories. They're obviously well aware that no fertiliser = no bread = "three missed meals away from riots in the street".


And not surprisingly, hardly a 'journalist' in the country has cottoned on.
Let them eat pizza….
 

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