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James Powell: 'We will be selling lamb as the price falls again'

The main harvest has all been gathered, although it was a stop-start affair with the weather frustratingly only letting us steal a dry day here and there to crack on with it.

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The main harvest has all been gathered, although it was a stop-start affair with the weather frustratingly only letting us steal a dry day here and there to crack on with it.

 

Once again this year it is noticeable the better quality forage will be our earlier silage. Just one field remains to be cut, kept up late as the grass got ahead of grazing.

 

The few consecutively warm dry days we had this month clashed with the Royal Welsh Show. The show was, once again, a credit to everyone involved and a huge asset to the local area and indeed the whole farming community. It was a great showcase of all types of rural life and a chance for retailers to communicate with producers and consumers.

 

The lamb trade is slowing off after some promising prices two weeks ago, but with more lambs coming to the market and imported lamb competing for shelf space, we will be selling once again as the price falls.

 

We have had to up a gear with flock husbandry too, as the humid and damp weather creates the perfect breeding ground for blowflies. This has created a challenge for the protective blowfly control product we use, resulting in a breakdown of protection before the stated period has finished in some cases.

 

I was pleased to see the Government displayed confidence and acted swiftly in appointing the new Prime Minister, Theresa May.

 

However, the new Defra Secretary now needs to be informed and guided by farming leaders for a progressive and successful future of British agriculture. It has never in my lifetime been so vital we get our voices heard on the challenges and are able to take control of the opportunities we may face, and I urge everyone to get involved and have their say if we want to trade our way into prosperity.

 

Butterflies in the uplands may be beautiful, but this land must feed our families or the landscape will change in a way which will also deeply affect wider communities.

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