Focusing on health
The veterinary group has seen rapid growth by focusing on its customers and helping them in circumstances where other businesses might take a more hard nosed approach.
How I joined Churchill’s secret army
Chandler & Dunn Ltd is a large mixed farming, family run business which started in 1809 when Peter Chandler bought 28 acres at Lower Goldstone, Ash in Kent. Today’s business began as a partnership after George Dunn married Winifred Chandler in 1922 and the limited company was established in 1954.
All part of the service when help is needed
He may work for a national parts business that stocks 25,000 lines in 15,000 square feet of warehouse space, but that doesn’t stop Stuart Hunt going out of his way to help a customer identify exactly what he needs when a vital piece of farming equipment is missing a spare part.
Imports and exports
Currently lamb prices are under pressure from all directions. With new season’s lambs averaging around 190 pence per kilogram in the local markets this week (22 May) and the standard quality quotation at 196ppkg lambs are making about 50p/kg less than at the same time last year – or £18.00 per head for an average 36kg lamb, which is quite a hit.
Strong sterling sucks in imports
May has been a month of very contrasting returns in the livestock market. Store cattle, cull cows, calves and cull ewes have all remained very strong, but prime beef, prime lamb, hoggets and milk lambs, and pigs have been nothing short of awful.
Where were the animals?
I do like to take my daughters to a proper local farming show so we all headed for Heathfield.
We started early at an invitation breakfast, courtesy of a local firm of land agents.
Barn owls return to hatch chicks
In a month of big news, substantial rain in Kent was up there with the national and international stories at least for this arable farmer. We have been blessed with 36 millimetres since 4 May and it has transformed the situation - even though regular top ups going forward are still essential and something around 13mm every 15 days would be about right.