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The uplift in cattle prices of recent weeks slowed in week ended 11th May read more
With more new season lambs entering the market, the dynamics of the trade have started to change read more
Provisional data for April milk deliveries of approximately 1,111m litres are 93m litres (7.7%) down on the previous year read more
In April, the DAPP averaged 160.9p/kg, almost 4p up on the month. At the same time, the average retail price came down by a small amount read more
The GB weekly average price fell by £7.68/t to £295.35/t and the free-buy average fell by £22.02/t to £368.39/t. read more
The first USDA estimates for world production in 2013-14 forecast record maize and wheat production, citing larger planted areas and a rebound in yields from the US (maize) and the Former Soviet Union (wheat) read more
The USDA has released its first soyabean supply and demand estimates for the new season read more
UK malting barley export prices are at €245/t FOB (spring, South Coast) w/e 11th April. read more
The latest National Statistics produced by Defra on the activity of UK hatcheries and poultry slaughterhouses. read more
USDA’s latest quarterly stocks report, released on 28th September, estimated US maize stocks (at 1st September) at 25.1m t, down 12% on the same point in 2011 and the lowest since 2004. read more
The 2011 Food & Farming Industry Awards took place on the 9th of December at the House of Commons, recognizing the champions of the UK farming industry.
Delamere Dairy began life over 25 years ago in Delamere Forest, Cheshire, when Liz & Roger Sutton bought their first three goats. Today Delamere Dairy is an outstanding example of a business successfully adapting to a new business model to meet a changing market place and to allow it to grow more rapidly. It has adapted from a small goat farming business in Cheshire to the development of a strong and impactful brand, selling to local multiples and in overseas markets. The business turnover upwards of £15Million – and that’s from goats milk! - Delamere was the outstanding entrant in this year’s Farm Business of the year award.
Roger & Liz Sutton, joint Managing Directors and Commercial Director Ed Salt of Delamare Dairy received their award from Director Genus Europe Rob Holliday.
Lye Cross Farm is one of the leading milk producer/processors in the UK. The judges were impressed by the diversification and the scale of the enterprises with over 1700 ha farmed with 1000 dairy cows, 650 beef and 4300 sows as well as over 600ha of arable. Lye Cross is a successful brand, retailing cheese to the multiples and exporting to over 30 countries. The whole business is carried out with carried of the environment and energy efficiency in mind as well as taking the general public along, last year welcoming over 18K school children.
Nick Green, Director of Lye Cross Farm received his award from Genus.
John Portass has taken a fresh look at the fruit industry, working with consumers, marketing organisations, technology and the environment to increase productivity. He has used great attention to detail to maximise each and every area of the farm to grow the business and is willing to share his knowledge, expertise, and research with others to help develop their businesses.
John Portass, Manager Wisbech Contract Farming, received his award from Nick Rainsley, Head of Marketing at Agrovista UK.
P E King have not be afraid to take risks and to diversify the family farm the judges noted. The business has utilised its location to benefit from Bristol’s large centre of population with storage and business units through to vinegar production. The forward thinking allows the dairy to benefit from added-value milk products, increasing the income over the standard milk market.
Turnover for 2010 has now grown to £202m. Much of the profit generated from the business is donated to charities in the UK and overseas which the judges were particularly impressed with.
The need to create additional revenue from the excess of cream for their retail milk rounds, gave them the idea to develop an ice-cream brand. The result was Yummy Yorkshire; a luxurious artisan ice cream made from the milk and cream from the farm’s own herd of Holstein cows combined with fresh, authentic ingredients, sourced from local producers where possible. The judges liked the family involvement in the business, and could see that it gave the business strength.
David received his award from Technical Manager at Du Pont (UK) Ltd – Georgina Clayton.
Paul showed that he was a good communicator and keen to pass on any new information onto growers or other members of his team. His highly technical approach, enthusiasm and his desire to help all his growers improve their margins was clearly evident in his interview.
In a few short years Pieminister has become ‘leader of the pie revolution’ as the brand put it, creating an innovative range of premium quality pies that taste great and are marketed in an exciting and original way. The packaging of the pies shows a ‘shelf awareness’ not usually present in such a new brand. Production volumes have grown from 100 pies a day of production to over 15,000 pies a day. The Sunday Times listed Pieminister in their top 100 fastest growing private businesses in Britain.
Jon Simon and Tristan Hogg, founders of Pieminister received their award from Mike Brown, Managing Director of Elanco UK & Ireland.
Dairy Crest, the UK’s largest purchaser of British milk and the dairy behind popular household brands including Cathedral City, Davidstow, Clover, Country Life and FRijj milkshakes has recently created an innovative jug called JUGIT which makes it easy for people to buy milk in plastic bags rather than in plastic bottles – a move that’s saved lots of plastic. Working with leading retailers and by selling the through the milkman, JUGIT is now available across much of the UK.
Roger Robotham, Corporate Development Director and John O’Maoileoin, CR Manager at Dairy Crest received the award on behalf of Dairy Crest.
The award is not about people who talk about sustainable farm practice, it is about people who DO, who inspire through their actions, who are business men and women dedicated to commercial success in the UK and beyond. The Griffiths Family Aled, Elwyn and Gareth are shining examples. With a constant eye on the environment they live and work in, Oakland are continually looking at new ways to produce their egg products more efficiently. Proud of their recent alliance with Harper Adams University College, the company are helping them to modernise their poultry facilities and improve bird welfare at the Edgmond, demonstrating to students what it means to produce efficiently, what technology adds to efficiency, and what efficiency brings in terms of environmental benefits to both business and the birds in production – securing converts for the future.
Technical Manager and assistant Ashley and Cindy Joule from Oakland Farm Eggs received their award from Genesis QA General Manager Bill Young.
Andrew received his award from Bill Young
The business has developed a very strong team ethos that creates a clear sense of belonging. This combined with evidence of an active and robust health & safety culture, supported by practical, regular training established a winning position.
Managing Director of Operations, Geoffrey Buchanan received the award from Managing Director of Safety Revolution Oliver Dale.
Based in Lincolnshire, the range of projects, promotions, events, and activities surrounding Uncle Henrys is astounding – no ordinary farmshop - there can be no dull moments. Employing over 30 full or part time staff, they take training very seriously with courses, workshops regularly organised for staff where necessary, on a range of procedures important to the everyday operations. The business holds an Investor in People accreditation and regularly takes on pupils form local schools for work experience, and often later as employees. Judges were impressed by the work that the business has done to improve staff retention, to maintain a healthy in house training program.
This business is clearly dynamic and well run, providing very stiff competition in a hard fought category. A consistent approach to managing people together with a very entrepreneurial feel to the business, made Midland Pigs Products a very strong contender for the award.
The Award was received by Martin Barker MD of Midland Pig Producers
Uncle Henrys farmshop offers customers a wide range of products from the owners farm. The farmshop aims to offer good value backed up by customer service promoting the benefits of local sourcing and buying seasonal products. Shop displays are changed regularly to reflect special promotions or the seasons, supplier tastings feature in the café and farmshop and they even show price comparisons on products vs Tesco to show that shopping locally can be good value for money. A loyalty card scheme means that Uncle Henrys know more about their customer, how far they come, what they buy and can tailor their products accordingly. As a company they have utilised all forms of marketing very successfully – on and off line.
Meryl Ward received the award from David Sleath, Country Manager for AGCO
Directors Oliver and Robert Paul received their award.
Winner of this year’s Multiple Retailer of the Year – the judges chose Morrisons Supermarkets.
David Evans, Head of Agriculture for Morrisons received the award from Campbell Scott, Manager Brand Development
A leading supplier of products and services to the rural community, with retail products spanning Farming, Smallholder, Equestrian, Rural Business and Country Home sectors, Countrywide Farmers impressed the judges in this category as retailers but also as employers. So significant to the rural economy, Countrywide make great strides to deliver a personal service, share knowledge and expertise whilst looking at the latest products and innovations - to shape a future as vibrant as their 100 year heritage.
John Hardman, Chief Executive Officer of Countrywide Farmers received the award on behalf of Countrywide Farmers.
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