Barbers Rural News

  • Decision on badger cull expected soon.

    5th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

    Speaking at the Conservative party conference earlier this week, farm minister Jim Paice, said that a decision over whether to allow a pilot badger cull to tackle bovine TB willb e made within weeks.  He went on to admit that it had taken longer than expected to come up with firm cull proposals, but he hope progress would be made soon.

    “It’s been a lot harder than I thought it would be to deal with the minutia to make sure we will be in a position to respond to and rebut a judicial...

  • Spelman says the Government is backing British farmers.

    3rd OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

    THE coalition Government is backing British farmers, Defra Secretary Caroline Spelman has told the Conservative Party Conference.

    Mrs Spelman said her Government was promoting a ‘rural renaissance’, with farming at the heart of its plans.

    Last week, her Shadow, Mary Creagh, claimed in Liverpool that Labour was ‘the party of the countryside’.

    This week in Manchester, Mrs Spelman hit back insisting the coalition was ‘prioritising the...

  • Euro exchange rate set for 2011 SFP

    3rd OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

     

    The European Central Bank has released the Euro exchange rate that will be used for calculating SPS 2011 payments. It will be 0.86665.
    Every year, according to the Rural Payments Agency, 500-600 claimants fail to notify the Agency of a change of bank details leading to these farmers not being paid as early as they could be.

    Farmers in England are advised to check their records now and,  if necessary, provide RPA with up to date bank account details, especially...

  • Caroline Spelman vows to keep an eye of supermarket cost cutting.

    28th SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

    Caroline Spelman, DEFRA secretary, has said that the government will keep a close eye on how retailers go about cutting prices for consumers.  The warning came after Tesco announced a Big Price Drop campaign with cuts across 3,000 products.

    The NFU has said it si concerned that the extent of the cuts will force Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons to follow suit, and it they do the costs must not be passed back to the farmers.

    In an interview with Farmers Weekly (26 September), Mrs...

  • Caroline Spelman vows to keep an eye of supermarket cost cutting.

    28th SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

    Caroline Spelman, DEFRA secretary, has said that the government will keep a close eye on how retailers go about cutting prices for consumers.  The warning came after Tesco announced a Big Price Drop campaign with cuts across 3,000 products.

    The NFU has said it si concerned that the extent of the cuts will force Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons to follow suit, and it they do the costs must not be passed back to the farmers.

    In an interview with Farmers Weekly (26 September), Mrs...

  • Badger debate continues between politicians.

    28th SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

    NFU president Peter Kendall and Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George have clashed over Government plans for a badger cull in England.

    Mr George said the Lib Dems ‘don’t fully support’ the policy as they were ‘not convinced’ it is justified by the science and could be implemented as intended, despite assurances from the NFU that it would be done properly.

    “Our concern is the risk of making things worse and farmers would never forgive us for...

  • Badger debate continues between politicians.

    28th SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

    NFU president Peter Kendall and Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George have clashed over Government plans for a badger cull in England.

    Mr George said the Lib Dems ‘don’t fully support’ the policy as they were ‘not convinced’ it is justified by the science and could be implemented as intended, despite assurances from the NFU that it would be done properly.

    “Our concern is the risk of making things worse and farmers would never forgive us for...

  • Meadow Foods increases milk price by 1.67ppl.

    28th SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

    According to the Farmers Guardian Chester based Meadow Foods is increasing its producer milk price from October 1st.

    All producers will benefit from the 1.67ppl says the company as it is not linked to any new quality or production targets.

    The increase will raise the Meadow Foods standard litre, for Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire, North Wales and South Wales to 28.38ppl, and in Cumbria to 28.46ppl.

    The full increase has been attached to the...

  • First Milk to increae price by 1.5p / litre.

    21st SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

    The Farmers Weekly reports that First Milk is to increase the price paid to farmers from next month, following better market returns and further business efficiency savings.

    Suppliers in its liquid pool will receive an extra 1.5p/litre from 1 October, while prices for its cheese and balancing and Highlands & Islands milk pools will go up by 1p/litre. The increases take First Milk's standard litre prices to 27.9p/litre for the liquid pool and 27.5p/litre for the cheese and...

  • Pig prices stable, but no sign of upturn.

    20th SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

    A report in the Farmers Weekly says that UK pig prices appear to have plateaued with no real sign of an immediate upturn.

    Although the GB Euro Deadweight Adjusted Pig Price for week ending 10 September 2011 dropped from 147p/kg to 146p/kg, weekly contract prices for the week ended 16 September remained stable to average 142.4p/kg, with spot bacon quotes generally between 140-144p/kg according to specification.

    Lighter pigs continued to earn modest premiums of between 4-6p/...

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