Barbers Rural News

  • E Coli compensation increase to 227 bn Euro.

    1st AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

    THE emergency aid package agreed by the European Commission for those vegetable growers affected by the recent E.coli crisis in Germany is to be increased to €227 million.

    The initial aid package of €210m was announced in June, allowing the EU to pay producers for cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, courgettes, and sweet peppers which were withdrawn from the market between May 26 and the end of June as a result of the outbreak.

    In a statement,...

  • Marks & Spencer adds 2.3ppl to milk price.

    1st AugustPosted by Louise Taylor

    An article in the Farmers Guardian reports that dedicated milk producers for Marks & Spencers will be on a standard litre price of 31.737ppl from August 1st.

    The retailer has announced an increase of 2.307ppl which has been calculated based on the Milk Pledge Plus pricing formula, which takes account of the farmers' costs of production as well as reflecting movement in the retail price of milk in M & S stores.

    M&S agricultural manager Steve McLean said: “Our Milk...

  • Wind Turbine approvals

    29th JulyPosted by Mike Taylor

    Barbers Rural have recently been successful in obtaining planning approval for three new wind turbines on farms in North Shropshire and Staffordshire. One is now up and running and two more are likely to be erected shortly.

    The turbines have a nominal output of 20kw on a 20 metre high mast and will provide part of the eletricity requirement for energy conscious farming businesses. Dependant upon wind speed, these turbines are expected to produce around 40,000kw hours per anum.


  • Have you had a letter about sewer adoption?

    29th JulyPosted by Mike Taylor

    Most private sewers and drains will automatically be transferred on 1 October 2011 to the ownership of water and sewerage companies, which will take over responsibility for their maintenance.

    This will effect all sewers that are connected to the mains but it won't include private treatment plants and septic tanks. It also will not effect sewers and drains that serve one property and are within its boundary.

    William Fryzer in Mondaq Business Briefing...

  • Homeowners are improving rather than moving.

    28th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

    Research carried out by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has concluded that increasing numbers of homeowners are deciding to carry out improvements to their current property rather than move house.

    Overall, 48 per cent of chartered surveyor estate agents revealed the slow sales market is prompting people to improve their properties rather than move. Across the UK, this was most prevalent in areas where the property market is more depressed, such as Northern...

  • Dairy industry looks like expaning.

    27th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

    According to the Farmers Weekly UK milk production could reach 15 bn litres by 2020, an exansion of 13% on 2010.  Kite Consulting, in its discussion document World Class Dairying - A vision for 2020, says that current supply chain iniquities should not mask the opportunities that this offers.

    Produced in response to the Dairy 2020...

  • Scottish farmers warned to check SFP claims.

    27th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

    Farmers in Scotland who include ineligible land in their single farm payment applications could find themselves automatically facing penalites, the Scottish government has warned.

    Under tightened Single Application Form rules, failure to make deductions for hard features such as roads, ponds and new buildings will be deemed as intentional, resulting in farmers being fined.

    Claiming for permanent, impenetrable vegetation like gorse or bracken or areas of scree could also be...

  • CLA says National Planning Policy Framework is 'better than expected'.

    27th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

    The CLA has said the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) published by the Government is 'better than expected' for rural areas.  However it went on to say that the framework still needs to support the need for a prosperous and 'broader' rural economy, with housing development across all rural settlements to enable people to both work and live in the countryside.

    The Association said it was pleased to see more support for a prosperous rural economy but that the NPPF must...

  • Farmers urged to consider malting barley.

    27th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

    A report in the Farmers Guardian suggests that malting barley is a crop worth considering as there is talk of malting premiums of around £50/tonne over feed value for spring crops and £40 for winter crops.

    In Scotland, where the spring crop is targeted at the distilling industry, the potential premiums could be up to £60.

    HGCA economist Jack Watts said last week’s spot...

  • Badger cull - latest information.

    25th JulyPosted by Louise Taylor

    Defra have announced that they will now consult with stakeholders on the guidance to Natural England, which will issue badger cull licences.  This is necessary due to the fact that there have been a number of changes to the licence conditions from last year's proposals.

    The consultation will end in September and Defra Ministers will make a final decision in the autumn once the results have been analysed. 


    Apparently Defra Secretary Caroline Spelman is 'strongly minded...