The Organic Milk Market Update

The recent Organic Market report reveals that sales of organic food increased by 6% in 2017.  This compares to an increase of 2.4% for food in general.  This is the sixth year of growth for the sector.  Dairy continues to be the leading segment with a number of strong brands attracting loyal support and leading […]

Separating Genetic Potential from Management Effect

As market conditions, weather, management choices and milk contracts change, it becomes increasingly important to ensure your breeding decisions meet your farms’ needs.  Both the main dairy breeding indexes in the UK (Profitable Lifetime Index – £PLI and Spring Calving Index – £SCI) are well established and strive to promote strong health traits; however, it […]

Late Spring?

After a challenging spring weather wise, with hopefully better weather ahead, are you prepared to turn out cattle to grass?  Just because grass growth has been delayed or you are later getting fertiliser applied, doesn’t mean cattle cannot go out once the weather warms up.  Farmers more often admit that in hindsight, cattle could have […]

Countryside Productivity Grant and LEADER

Countryside Productivity Grants: For investments costing more than £87,500: • water resource management and reservoirs – closes 29th June 2018 • improving forestry productivity – closes 3rd April 2018 • adding value to Agri-food – closes 29th June 2018 • improving farm productivity – closes 3rd December 2018 The government has guaranteed funding for RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme grants […]