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From the editor: Planning for the future is now harder than ever before

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THERE is no doubt the assurances of the past week from the Treasury have raised as many questions as they have answers.

 

While it is positive to know funding for certain agri-environment schemes will be in place until 2020, the future of farm support after that is decidedly, well, undecided.

 

Pledges have been made that there will be a form of support in place after the official exit from the EU takes place, but the exact nature of what that will be is anybody’s guess, ...

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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.

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Andrew Loftus, Director of Sellmylivestock.co.uk and a member of the NFU national livestock board

 

Perhaps farmers are not best placed to determine the ideal weight and spec of a beef carcase. They are just too far removed from final consumer.


We might reasonably expect the procurement teams of large processors to understand customer demands better. We might therefore be inclined to take their claims that changes in weight/spec are made in ‘response to consumer demand’ at ...

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From the editor: Change is coming, in more ways than one

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With change on the horizon at Farmers Guardian, Ben Briggs looks at how a rise in milk price has provided a glimmer of hope for a change in the dairy industry.

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