It is not often you feel the hands of history perceptibly shifting, but this week may have been one such instance.
This month, Ian Potter queries whether the sluggish price response particularly from the liquid purchasers should be independently investigated, thinks it is high time we had some better relationship between volume prediction and price, and finally goes on to
applaud the progress seemingly being made at First Milk.
Tim Gibson farms in Bedale, North Yorkshire, milking 200 commercial cows and 85 pedigree Guernseys under contract for ice cream, with four Lely robots. Tim also runs a separate dairy engineering and supplies business from the farm.
This month Roger Evans has fingers crossed over his next TB test, wonders when the better milk prices are eventually going to boost his bank balance, and is mightily thankful that his slurry spreader wheel, if it had to come off at all, did so in the field not on the road.
Russell is farm manager for John Sheard Farms and a partner in the family farm of D.J. Tebbit, responsible for a combined total of 995 hectares (2,457 acres) with land crossing into Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Cropping is split between winter wheat grown for seed, milling and feed, winter barley, winter oilseed rape, spring barley, spring beans and spring oats. Russell is an AHDB monitor farmer and a 2014 Nuffield Scholar.
Dr Steven Pace is 27 and farms near Congleton, Cheshire. The farm comprises 162 hectares (400 acres) of mixed arable and grassland. Dr Pace has a PhD in laying hen nutrition from the University of Leeds.
Patrick Holden, founding director, Sustainable Food Trust
We have our annual farm assurance (Red Tractor) inspection during the first week in December. This coincides with my first New Year’s resolution: to keep all of our spray and fertiliser records up-to-date.
FYLDE, Hollinhead Farm, Caton, Lancaster, (Judge, M. France, Littledale) Nursery (30 ran) 1, I. Ibbotson (Oakworth) Jim, 97 of 100; 2, Tim Longton (Quernmore) Rooten Brook Roy, 93; 3, T. Huddleston (Caton) Nessy, 90; 4, J. Palmer (Twiston) Jill, 89 OLF; 5, I. Ibbotson, Spot, 89; 6, A. Ritakallio (Burton) Kipi, 87.
HOLME, Deerplay, Bacup, Lancs, (Judge, W. Allen, Butterton) Nursery (31 ran) 1, Thomas Longton (Quernmore) Storm, 76 of 90; 2, Thomas Longton, Oz, ...
Winter has finally arrived allowing sprayers to be put to bed for a well-earned rest following a very hectic period of work facilitated by the unusually open autumn.