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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.

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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.

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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.

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Where were we last time we spoke? Three days into the four days of a TB test, that is where we were if I recollect. This one was a 60-day test because a couple of months previously we had an in-calf heifer reactor at our annual testing.

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This month, Ian Potter puts the spotlight on supermarket schemes designed to return a better price to producers and whether these should be applauded, rather than criticised, and questions why Arla’s payment scheme is not offering somewhat more now.

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On farm this month: Work has continued on repairing field boundaries

Christopher Murley farms in partnership with his parents and two brothers at Higher Bojewyan Farm, Pendeen, on the extreme west tip of Cornwall, where they run 310 pedigree Jerseys and 140 youngstock.

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This month Roger Evans reflects on the devastating effects of protracted low milk prices, and wonders with food prices low and electrical power in demand whether we won’t all be growing for the digester market shortly.

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This month, Ian Potter reports on the Dairy Industry Newsletter conference and the need to be able to produce at competitive world prices, and that will mean some producers having to quickly adapt to the new market conditions.

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Ian Potter: Distant glimmer of hope for milk price

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This month, Ian Potter has some slightly better news of the prospect of declining production, takes a look at AHDB’s plans, scrutinises First Milk’s financial reversal and finally wonders just whether the Tesco liquid model is sustainable.

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Roger Evans: The most forlorn image is the unused bulk tank

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This month Roger Evans tell us how the on-going pressure will cause more to decide to quit the industry, turns his attention to the fascinating merits of the shape of bulk milk tanks, and finally reveals his deep and somewhat personal conversation with one of the mothers in the village.

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