This week’s swine flu “crisis” is a mixed blessing for British pig producers. Of course there is enormous frustration that the term “swine flu” is being used at all, especially when the virus has never been found in pigs and is very much a human condition.
Archive | April, 2009
The relationship between primary producers and the supermarkets is, at best, a prickly one. Tales of farmer suppliers being dumped on from a great height are commonplace.
Everyone knows that the banks are desperate to recoup some cash. Having invested so recklessly for so many years their balance sheets are a mess and they are under intense pressure from shareholders to shore up their financial foundations.
This week’s Budget has been almost universally condemned by the mainstream media. The Telegraph described the increase in top-rate tax to 50% as “a return to class war”, while The Guardian spoke of “Labour’s last gasp”.
So Tesco has posted another set of record profits – prompting admiration and abuse in just about equal measure. A quick skim through the FWi forums reveals this split reaction.
Today’s (22 April) Budget by Chancellor Alistair Darling is likely to set out a number of measures to help boost the struggling economy. But, aside from any big announcements that affect everyone – such as changes to income tax, VAT, or the like – what will be the main decisions affecting farmers? We’ll be keeping […]
There’s never any shortage of data when it comes to the grain trade. Among the more recent to cross my desk are the monthly production forecasts from French analysts Strategie Grains, latest stock predictions from the USDA and new export data from EU and UK sources.
Talk about information overload. It may be almost a week ago, but the EBLEX/BPEX Outlook 2009 conference in London has still got my brain spinning!
Who’d be a sheep farmer? Quite apart from the hard graft and having to deal with the most stupid animal in the farmyard, the lack of sustainable profit must be soul destroying.
The South Koreans have a reputation for being slightly barking. Don’t believe me? Then check out the picture below from the 2005 WTO ministerial in Hong Kong.