Cereal output is on the way down
For the first time in three years, the farming industry has produced an exportable surplus of wheat from some of the best crops Kevin Attwood has seen.
How to give poor farmers a chance
I was recently invited to a ploughing match dinner. One of the highlights for me was the revelation that the person who had been put in charge of the ploughing match car park had taken it upon himself to charge an entry fee based on his assessment of the value of the car that anyone was driving.
Don’t try to rush things with sheep
As an extension liaison officer for a research farm working with farmers in the Middle East, Alan West was impressed by the shepherds’ knowledge of their sheep.
American harvest delays spark UK price rally
What a change in the last month! At the end of September feed wheat was trading at £100 ex farm, but during October it has increased by about £12 per tonne. LIFFE futures have been £15 up. Why is the question; do we doubt that the UK has an exportable surplus of 3.5 million tonnes? Or that France is awash with failed milling wheat being sold cheaply as feed? No. It is being driven by the American market.
Food doesn’t have to be scary
Can agriculture save the planet before it destroys it? I have had the good fortune to attend one of the Westminster food and nutrition forums. This time it was about the Agritech strategy.
Today’s NHS is a basket case
There’s good news for Richard Wood fans: their children can still buy alcohol 24 hours a day and any high street will still sell them legal highs.
Trouble with roaming locals
Freedom to roam is long established north of the border and Nick Adames has had some bother from the locals.