Barbers Rural News

  • 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/...

  • Supermarkets slammed for not backing local producers.

    20th SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

    The Campaign to Protect Rural England says that retailers should do more to support farmers by increasing the amount of local food they stock on their shelves.

    Speaking during a fringe event at the Lib Dem party conference in Birmingham, CPRE policy and campaigns director Neil Sindon criticised supermarkets for not doing enough to back local producers. 

    Mr Sindon told delegates, at the event on boosting local food production, that only 1-3% of big supermarket stock was “...

  • GM wheat trial in UK approved by DEFRA

    20th SeptemberPosted by Louise Taylor

    DEFRA has approved the UK’s first GM wheat trial, which will be conducted by the Rothamsted Research institute in 2012 and 2013. 

    The research will assess wheat that has been genetically modified to resist aphids.

    Ministers approved the trial after the independent Advisory Committee of Releases to the Environment (ACRE), advised Defra it was satisfied that it would not result in any adverse effect on human health or the environment.

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