uTHE Organic Livestock Marketing Co-operative has announced a 15p/kg rise in its cattle base price for 2000/01, taking the value of an R4L beast to £2.60/kg dw. "With current growth in demand, there is strong upward pressure on prices," said Ralph Human, general manager of OLMC. "But going for a large rise in price is not sustainable." The co-op is the leading marketing agency for organic livestock. It is owned and controlled by its 120 members, based throughout the UK, and markets about 40% of all organic livestock.
uIN the latest consolidation of the farm supplies sector, Aberdeenshire-based feed firm Harbro Farm Sales has completed the purchase of Scottish Wool Growers from the British Wool Marketing Board. The deal will add five SWG retail outlets across Scotland to the three shops already operated by Harbro in the north east of the country. "The integration of the SWG business will complement areas where we have an established feed sales base but are less strong in animal health," said sales director, Graham Baxter. *