Barbers Rural News

  • Newport Show 2011

    11th JulyPosted by Annabel Fearnall

    Newport Show 2011 was a resounding success. As always the weather played a crucial part in everyone’s enjoyment, and in spite of several rain soaked days preceding the show the sun shone gloriously throughout Saturday. The sun shines on the righteous according to RWL Oakes the dapper show president 2011.

    Thank you to everyone who visited our stand and we hope you enjoyed a refreshing drink and some lunch with us.

    Roll on Newport Show 2012.

  • Barbers Auctions Straw Auction 7th July 2011

    7th JulyPosted by Mike Taylor

    Barbers Auctions held their annual standing straw sale on Thursday 7th July. A packed saleroom at Market Draytion Livestock Market saw highly competitive bidding for 4000 acres of wheat, barley and oat straw to be baled after harvest.

    Barley Straw sold from £35 to £95 per acre and averaged £57.25

    Wheat Straw sold from £20 to £70 per acre and averaged £47.40.

    Oat Straw sold from £20 to £82 per acre and averaged £49.37

    There were over 400 at the auction and buyers...

  • Pig producers are revolting! (Well, protesting!)

    30th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    PIG producers are set to descend on Tesco’s AGM tomorrow (Friday, July 1) in protest at the low prices they claim are killing off the industry.

    Around 100 producers plan to leaflet investors at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on Friday (July 1) calling on Britain’s biggest retailer to follow the likes of Waitrose, Morrisons and McDonalds in supporting producers.

    The action is being organised by the British Pig Industry...

  • Jim Paice says current badger policy is unacceptable.

    30th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    Farming Minister, Jim Paice, has insisted that maintaining the current policy is unacceptable, just days ahead of an expected announcement on a badger cull in England.


    Speaking in the House of Commons Mr Paice said that if no new measures are put in place to improve bTB control, the disease could cost the taxpayer £1 billion over the next decade.

    It understood that the Cabinet, which contains doubters on the policy, was due to discuss the issue this week, ahead of...

  • British salad growers to get compensation for e coli crisis.

    22nd JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    DEFRA has announced that British salad growers will be able to access EU aid provided in resopnse to the e coli crisis but will only have until the end of this month to apply for money from the 210 m Euro scheme.

    The scheme is open to growers of tomatoes, lettuce, endives, cucumbers, sweet peppers and courgettes across the EU.

    To receive the aid, which will represent approximately 50 per cent of market value, growers will have to prove products have been withdrawn from sale...

  • Egg producers being squeezed.

    22nd JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    According to the Farmers Weekly, the British Free Range Egg Producers' Association has warned of the possibility of widespread business collapse, as the differential between retail and wholesale prices widens.

    "Free-range egg producers are facing a desperate situation," said John Retson, chairman of the British Free Range Egg Producers Association. "Egg producers have seen the price they receive cut by 5p a dozen. At the same time, since the turn of the year, costs have increased...

  • Badger cull in Wales put on hold by Welsh Government.

    22nd JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    John Griffiths, newly appointed environment minister for Wales, announced on Tuesday that proposals for a pilot badger cull in north Pembrokeshire would be put on hold.    His announcement comes after figures released earlier this year by the Welsh Government showed that the number of cattle infected with bovine TB had fallen dramatically in Wales, with nearly one-third fewer cattle slaughtered in the past year.

    The Labour government will now form a panel to review the science behind...

  • Welsh organic milk group goes from strength to strength.

    20th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    The organic milk group, Calon Wen, is calling for more farmers to join as its order book grows.

    The Welsh co-operative, which was set up in 2000, is run by farmers for farmers and is made up of over 20 family farms. Calon Wen has enjoyed strong growth for both its liquid sales through processors including Rachel's in Aberystwyth and cheese maker Caws Cenarth, as well as its own products sold throughout the UK.

    “Despite the tough conditions we’re finding that our milk remains a...

  • Crops won't be saved by recent rain.

    20th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    According to the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), the recent rainfall is not enough to revive drought-hit cereal crops and that sustained rainfall was needed to ensure cereal crops survive.


    CLA East Midlands Director, Andrew Shirley, said that it would take more than a few showers to ensure grain crops are brought to healthy levels.  A drought could mean failed crops and higher food prices, he said.

    "We have been experiencing the second driest spring since...

  • London rents due to rise - will this have a knock on effect?

    9th JunePosted by Louise Taylor

    According to Property Talk Live rents in Central London are on track to increase by 8 - 10% this year, putting even greater pressure on the finances of tenants in the capital (source: Cluttons' Residentail Property Forecasts June 2011).

    According to Cluttons the significant pressure the increase will put on households, who are facing depleting incomes and job insecurity, means that it is unlikely that demand for rental property will be dampened.

    Tenants have already adjusted to...