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This month Roger Evans suffers the double whammy of more cows going down, plus a large financial penalty for not updating his milk profile, and to cap it all tells us why his IT tuition turns out to be a pretty costly affair too.

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Dale Farm seeks better deal for farmers

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The new chief at Northern Ireland’s Dale Farm Co-op (formerly United Group) has now taken up the reins, but before he can execute his plans for the business, he has to deal with a milk shortage. Chris McCullough reports.

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Cows at Levant, which are all dry and start calving in mid-February, tuck into some big bale haylage

Christopher Murley farms in partnership with his two brothers and parents on neighbouring farms on the western tip of Cornwall. Higher Bojewyan Farm has 180 autumn calving pedigree Jerseys and Levant Farm runs 120 spring calving cows on the 400-acre mostly grass enterprise.

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This month, Ian Potter looks at whether the better prices might present a time to catch breath and consider your future in milk production, warns that improved efficiency gained through necessity should be sustained, and finally takes a look at the latest free range milk launch.

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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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