CAP: Agric Fundamentalists v Enviro Fundamentalists – some inconvenient points

Decision week for Defra Secretary Owen Paterson.  He is due to announce the 'modulation' rate for England by the end of the week.  Will it be 9% as the NFU wants, or 15% as the RSPB demands?  Modulation is EU-speak for the amount of farming support that is diverted (modulated) into more general rural development … Continue reading CAP: Agric Fundamentalists v Enviro Fundamentalists – some inconvenient points

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Dairy farming: why it pays to be in the top third

Farm Benchmarking Data for 2009/10 shows what a difference it makes to overall profit to be in the top of the class.  Dairy farming illustrates this well. Although little different in size, the top dairy farms achieved dairy output of nearly £2,900/ha compared with less than £2,600 for the average; Variable costs were lower too, … Continue reading Dairy farming: why it pays to be in the top third

Dairy Farming

In 1983 I qualified as a chartered surveyor, and started working in Cheshire, mainly with dairy farmers.  At that time, a lot of farmers had signed up to development schemes under which they received government investment grants for new buildings, machinery and other farm improvements. All this was turned on its head in 1984 when, … Continue reading Dairy Farming