Farmers Weekly Interactive

Archive | May, 2010

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Gird your loins for capital gains tax rise

As predicted in this blog when the General Election was first called in April, a change of government has led to little in the way of change in agricultural policy.

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Blog alert: EU Commission starts dairy sell-off

The EU commission is inviting offers to buy butter and skimmed milk powder out of intervention.

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Blog alert: Dairy Crest profit rise

It must be that time of year – hot on the heels of yesterday’s financials fronm Robert Wiseman Dairies come preliminary annual results from Dairy Crest.

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Blog alert: Wiseman boosts profits 43%

Robert Wiseman Dairies has just posted its financials for the year to April. Here are the highlights: Sales volumes up 9.1% to a record 1.77 billion litres (2009: 1.62 billion) Turnover increased by 4.5% to £886.2 million (2009: £847.7 million) Operating profit up by 43.1% to £50.3 million (2009: £35.1 million) Adjusted operating profit up […]

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Red mites – a “gruesome orgie of blood”

Continuing the “learning curve” theme of my last blog posting, earlier this week I received “chapter and verse” on the egg laying industry’s number one pest – red mites.

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The things you never knew about poultry production

It’s been a month exactly since I took over as editor of Poultry World and, as I predicted at the outset, it’s been a steep learning curve.

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Mercosur trade threat raises its head again

Just as the threat of a WTO deal never quite goes away – talks are always “stalled”, not “abandoned” – so the threat of a bilateral trade deal with the Mercosur countries has a habit of cropping up from time to time.

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Tesco ignored as milk prices rise

The unwritten rule that Tesco sets the price and everyone else follows suit has been blown well and truly out of the water with the recent run of milk price rises.

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