Most farmers have a pretty good idea what their production costs are – or at least they should, given the massive effort made by the press and other farming organisations over the years, encouraging them to keep a detailed record of such things.
Archive | June, 2009
We seem to have had a run of surveys over the past couple of weeks. The latest comes from our friends at the NFU who have found that one in four farmers feel the credit crunch will significantly affect their business
Anyone who bought their new season fertiliser early this summer will be forgiven for sitting back with a slight feeling of smugness this week, after GrowHow announced a £4/t increase in its October price
A Devon farmer contacted me on Wednesday concerning an article I’d written a few weeks ago about the possible early payment of the SFP.
I’m not usually prone to gloominess, but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise judging by some of my more recent blog postings.
What a difference a year makes! This time in 2008 the annual Farmer Intentions Survey from DairyCo – gauging the views of almost 1000 milk producers in the UK – spoke of a “positive change in the mood of British dairy farmers” and “encouraging levels of positivity”.
The latest UK weekly Market Survey from AHDB Meat Services takes a slightly one-sided view of the impact of the recession on meat sales.
A number of positive have emerged this week, painting a more bullish picture for grain producers as the new season approaches.