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Dairy Farmer magazine's April 2017 digital edition

Don’t miss this month’s new look Dairy Farmer. Take a look at the digital edition today.

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A word from the Editor

 

By the time this issue thuds on your doormat we will have triggered Article 50 and irretrievably embarked on that perilous and whitewater turbulence... to, well, who knows where?

 

To disentangle ourselves in two short years will be nothing short of a miracle, especially when you consider all the minutiae that lies ahead.

 

Preparation is all, but when you don’t know the ground rules, focus is lost, and to help formulate those rules and ensure a fair deal for agriculture we need a foot in the Government’s door.

 

Relying on Defra as the doorkeeper begs the question as to its ability in its present parlous state, so we need someone to eloquently put the industry’s case with no less conviction than the car makers or city financiers.

 

Anyone attending the NFU AGM will know of its priorities of unrestricted access to the EU, continued availability of a competent workforce and the maintenance of support.

 

Which could be a tough row to hoe. Not least because Commissioner Hogan has effectively said people outside the EU club cannot have as beneficial terms as those within; the migrant labour force, even if allowed, will find it economically less attractive if paid in sterling; and lastly, selling any intrinsic worthiness of the industry to the public has proved a pretty tough task at the best of times. And that is before we see the ever-growing demands of a spluttering NHS.

 

Time is pressing and we urgently need to sign up that topnotch advocate, then to start preparing ourselves by further honing our competitive edge ready for the global stage.

 

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst!

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