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Coronavirus: 4 tips for dairy farmers hit by slump in demand

The coronavirus pandemic means dairy farmers supplying milk to food service have been hit hard by a slump in demand due to the lockdown. Farmers supplying processors Freshways, Yew Tree…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Video: Top farmer tips for a resilient dairy business

The nature of global milk price volatility and the recent downturn has meant many UK producers have been forced out of the dairy sector. However, it has helped to create…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Checklist: How dairy farmers can get ready for EU milk scheme

The first deadline for the EU’s new milk supply scheme is just over a month away – but how can producers make sure they don’t miss out on this vital…

Lower cost of production only way to compete

The reduction of subsidies and abolition of milk quotas is throwing open the door to the global marketplace. If farmers want to become global traders they have to understand the…

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DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Dairy Contract Reform: How did we end up here?

Dairy farmers have less than a month left to have their say on what could be the biggest shake-up in how their sector operates in a generation. Defra’s consultation on…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

GB milk production returns to expected pre-Covid-19 levels

GB milk production looks to be roughly back on track, just above the level at which AHDB Dairy estimates it would have been had producers not had to make coronavirus…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Analysis: What could reform of milk contract law achieve?

Last week, Defra fired the starting pistol on a 12-week consultation with the UK dairy industry on how it may regulate the supply contracts between farmers and processors. Those in…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Why milking herd numbers fell by 50,000 in 2019

The GB milking herd contracted by almost 50,000 head in 2019, according to British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) figures. At 1 January 2020, the herd stood at 1.72m head –…

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DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Profit figures expose gulf between best and worst dairy farms

Significant numbers of dairy businesses will not be able to cope with a smaller subsidy payment unless they transform how they operate, analysts have warned. Many operators have true costs…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Slew of fixed-price dairy contracts hit the market

Dale Farms has become the third dairy processor this month to offer members a fixed-price contract, as the sector braces for the outcome of trade negotiations between the UK and…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Sainsbury's deli closures a blow for specialist cheesemakers

Sainsbury’s decision to axe in-store delicatessens has come as a shock to specialist cheese suppliers. The retailer's decision was announced as part of cost-cutting measures in response to a £137m…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Exporters lose hundreds of millions in US-EU trade war

Brussels has announced tit-for-tat tariffs worth $4bn (£3.1bn) on US products in an escalating trade war that has already cost British food and drink businesses hundreds of millions of pounds.…

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Opinion

BUSINESS

Dairy farmers are heading for cashflow crisis again

The current path of milk prices has serious cashflow implications that require careful appraisal and monitoring, warns Kite Consulting’s John Allen. A farmgate milk price of 26p/litre effectively means even…

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Video: Top farmer tips for a resilient dairy business

The nature of global milk price volatility and the recent downturn has meant many UK producers have been forced out of the dairy sector. However, it has helped to create…

Scottish dairy Graham's reveals plans for £20m factory

Scottish milk buyer Graham’s has unveiled detailed plans for a £20m processing, research and training centre in Stirling. The Hill of Drip site will create 350m litres of capacity for…

BUSINESS

Dairy Crest to sell dairy business to Müller in £80m deal

Dairy Crest has announced it is selling the assets of its liquid milk operations to Müller UK & Ireland Group in a deal worth £80 million. The deal, which will…

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