Barbers Rural News

  • Wheat harvest better than expected.

    15th SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

    THIS year’s wheat crop recovered from the spring drought conditions to produce yields largely in line with the five-year average, NFU harvest survey results show.

    Preliminary results from the 2011 survey indicated English wheat production would be around 13.6 million tonnes, 189,000 tonnes down on the five-year average. This equates to a drop of 1.5 per cent despite a 3 per cent increase in cropping area to 1.8m ha.

    This year’s preliminary...

  • CLA calls for septic tank review.

    18th AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

    The CLA has called for the Government and the Environment Agency to review the rules preventing thousands of householders in rural areas from making small sewage discharges from septic tanks

    The association confirmed a high proportion of rural householders have not received any notification from the Environment Agency about the new requirement to register private septic tanks for an exemption or obtain  an environmental permit for sewage discharge...

  • RICS Rural Land Market Survey

    18th AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

    Have a look at the comprehensive rural land market survey from RICS.

    Our very own Mike Taylor is quoted!

    Click here.

  • RICS says farmland prices at all time high.

    18th AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

    According to the latest report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) farmland prices reached an all time high during the first half of 2011, as demand outstripped availability.

    Chartered surveyors estimate that the average price per acre increased to £6,115 during the first half of the year, reaching all time record levels for the second consecutive period.

    Interest from potential buyers of commercial farmland continued to surge ahead, with 50 per cent...

  • Organic production falls and recession bites.

    17th AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

    According to a report in the Farmers' Guardian, the number of UK farmers producing organic produce has fallen for the second consecutive year, as falling demand for organic produce takes its toll.

    By the end of 2010, there were 7,300 organic producers and processors in the UK, 4 per cent down on the 2009 figure, Defra figures show. The 2009 figure was down by a similar level on the 2008 high of nearly 7,900...

  • A bit of a giggle!

    17th AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

    If you need a smile have a look at the list of comments unlikely to be heard in a farmhouse during harvest!

    Amongst my favourites are:

     Can you go to the local machinery dealer and get me a new hose for the tractor. No rush.

    Oh, you've hoovered - I better take my boots off.

    I was going to combine the lower field tomorrow, but as it's your birthday we'll go out for the day instead.

    For more harvest giggles visit the...

  • Animal Health Agency defends TB test.

    17th AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

    After a bull which had been condemned to slaughter after testing positive for TB proved to be actually clear of the disease, the Animal Health and Veterninary Laboratories Agency has defended the test, saying that it is crucial in the fight against the killer disease.

    The bull, Hallmark Boxster became the subject of a High Court battle in April 2010. Its owner, Ken Jackson of Walden Stubbs, South Yorkshire, argued veterinary workers had bungled the test by mixing test samples in...

  • Single Farm Payment - what is the future?

    11th AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

    The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) have released some information on the possible future of Single Farm Payment or its replacement.  Nothing is yet confirmed but it give some insight into what might happen next.

    For more information follow this link.

  • Former RPA boss got 'golden goodbye'.

    3rd AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

    Tony Cooper, former chief of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) received a 'golden goodbye' or more than £300,000 when he left the post last year.

    According to the agency's annual accounts for 2011 Mr Cooper, who was chief executive of the RPS for four years, received an exit package of £311,000 which included early retirement benefits of £243,803 and £67,007 in respect of "compensation in lieu of notice".  The package also included untaken annual leave worth £12,886 and a bonus of £15,...

  • Beef enterprises need a marked improvement in margins.

    1st AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

    A report in the Farmers Weekly suggests that a marked improvement in margins is needed across all beef enterprises to allow them to reinvest and pay a decent wage to the farmer.

    While better retail prices remain fundamental if sums are to stack up, producers can also do much to improve the figures through better cost management, says Mark Topliff, economist at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

    Figures gleaned from EBLEX Business Pointers, covering the...