By Farmers Weekly
EVEN the best estimates for farm profits in the year 2000 are dismal, according to John Nix in the thirtieth edition of the Farm Management Pocketbook.
That will surprise no one, he adds. “Some improvement in world prices, together with some weakening of the Pound, is badly needed if many farmers are to be saved from being forced to give up.
“However, what is misery for some means opportunities and challenges for others and times will undoubtedly improve, and perhaps before very long.”
Average milk production costs in the book are put at 18.52ppl, before extra quota costs and interest, well above the expected ex-farm price.
And an average yielding (7.75t/ha) crop of feed wheat is predicted to produce a gross margin of £540/ha (£219/acre), assuming an average price of £70/t and an area payment of £240/ha (£97/acre).
Yet a mainly cereals farm of over 200ha (500 acres) faces average fixed costs (including unpaid labour and rent) of £565/ha (£229/acre).
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