19 April 1999
ADAS claims to cut input costs

By FWi staff

FARM business consultant ADAS is to expand what it describes as a service offering a new and easy way to source high-quality agricultural inputs at lower prices.

ADAS Direct Sourcing, which already provides farmers with competitive milk quota pricing information, will be extended to include quotes for other farm inputs.

Farmers who decide to use the service will pay suppliers the asking price for the inputs purchased, and ADAS a service fee for using the pricing data.

Farmers spend about £460 million annually on agro-chemicals, £600m on concentrate feed, and nearly £50m in dairy semen.

Reducing these input costs by just two and a half per cent could save farmers nearly £30m per annum, claimed Ian Powell of ADAS.

“With extremely tight margins for all farm businesses, buying the right inputs at the most competitive price is key to controlling costs,” said Mr Powell.

“ADAS Direct offers a positive way for farmers to ensure they are getting value for money and high quality inputs.”

The wider range of services to be developed over the coming months includes high quality compound feed, semen, grass seed, high-PIN livestock and agro-chemicals.