Pig and Poultry Fair

Fogg

Member
Livestock Farmer
I've two hours on the road ahead of me, and am asking myself whether I really want to spend that much time travelling just for a couple of free pens and a chance to see how much nipple drinkers have changed in the last 4 years.

If Coventry didn't have a Costco I'd probably not bother.
 

JP1

Member
Livestock Farmer
Was it exciting?

I miss going along but am too busy/unenthusiastic this year.
I’m here for the second day

I’m told day 1 was busy enough . Most pig industry stakeholders (own pigs) here tell me the atmosphere isn’t as down beat as they were expecting

The free range egg folks are facing an imminent abyss with cancellation of pullet orders

I actually tracked down a bucket promo and got myself a free bucket . Typical farmer but means I could hide the last soft toy panda I managed to get on the Hipro stand for my grand daughter who I will see in Warwick tonight on my way home
 

Johnnyboxer

Member
Location
Yorkshire
I’m here for the second day

I’m told day 1 was busy enough . Most pig industry stakeholders (own pigs) here tell me the atmosphere isn’t as down beat as they were expecting

The free range egg folks are facing an imminent abyss with cancellation of pullet orders

I actually tracked down a bucket promo and got myself a free bucket . Typical farmer but means I could hide the last soft toy panda I managed to get on the Hipro stand for my grand daughter who I will see in Warwick tonight on my way home
Any pics?
 

Fogg

Member
Livestock Farmer
It was pretty much everything I expected. Fewer renewables firms there, it seemed every third stall was some upstart biomass outfit the last time I went.

I had a chat with a shed builder, and he was talking about supply problems and spiralling raw material costs. I sort of sensed that most traders are bracing themselves for a spell of belt tightening.

Was it worth going? Probably not, but I don't get out much... It made a change to spend a chunk of the day off site.
 

LT1

Member
Livestock Farmer
My opinion:
Lot more optimism in the room than expected; I think the event gave a lot of people the opportunity to catch up with old friends and people they wouldn’t have seen for a while and have same chats with people to help there mental health away from the businesses!
i also feel that if 85% of the people who attended the event as guests and not exhibitors are serious about the pig and poultry sectors then the two sectors are in good hands for the future with regards to production, some people I’ve spoke to over the last couple of days left me feeling confident about the hands that the production is on now. If the pricing of these items can sort itself out, and raw materials get sorted then the future within the sectors looks bright and promising.
 

sherg

Member
Location
shropshire
I went for a look on the tuesday just to have a look around, everyone in the egg job was talking about the same thing, only saw two egg packers there which is disappointing
 

Daniel

Member
My opinion:
Lot more optimism in the room than expected; I think the event gave a lot of people the opportunity to catch up with old friends and people they wouldn’t have seen for a while and have same chats with people to help there mental health away from the businesses!
i also feel that if 85% of the people who attended the event as guests and not exhibitors are serious about the pig and poultry sectors then the two sectors are in good hands for the future with regards to production, some people I’ve spoke to over the last couple of days left me feeling confident about the hands that the production is on now. If the pricing of these items can sort itself out, and raw materials get sorted then the future within the sectors looks bright and promising.

Whether or not the producers in the room felt optimistic or pessimistic is largely irrelevant.

The retailers still won’t engage and the packers/processors won’t force the price up to a fair level.
 
Whether or not the producers in the room felt optimistic or pessimistic is largely irrelevant.

The retailers still won’t engage and the packers/processors won’t force the price up to a fair level.
I am appalled but not surprised at the short term thinking of the retailers (by which I mean mostly Tesco). They must be able to see that if they act now to support prices for the pig and poultry sectors they will avoid an even greater future shortage than the one that is already going to happen and even greater price inflation. They can't think beyond the end of their noses.
 

Daniel

Member
I am appalled but not surprised at the short term thinking of the retailers (by which I mean mostly Tesco). They must be able to see that if they act now to support prices for the pig and poultry sectors they will avoid an even greater future shortage than the one that is already going to happen and even greater price inflation. They can't think beyond the end of their noses.
The Tesco poultry buyer was invited to the egg price summit meeting along with all the other retailers but declined to attend.

And yet here he is standing in the doorway listening in, before walking off when the cardboard cutouts were bought out to represent the retailers.

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They know, they just don’t care, and if the fallout is too bad they’ll move on to different jobs.
 

teslacoils

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
tbh I was concentrating on lower-tech solutions rather than huge muck drying and pelleting systems ;)

Pleased to note that I found info on:

a device to help in carrying of any deceased birds while on the "welfare walk".
a "grabber" with a longer arm for picking up eggs as Im quite tall.
training for collecting chickens.

There seemed to be a lot of folk offering "solutions" via an app that I thought a pad of paper and a pen would do just as well. But then im only the chap on the end of the shovel.
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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