"The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not mean all who were laughed at were geniuses. They laughed at Columbus. They laughed at Fulton. They also laughed at Bozo the clown." Carl Sagan
In week ended 5th January, the deadweight prime cattle average price levelled on the week at 365.0p/kg. read more
As domestic lamb continues to compete with increased volumes of cheaper imports and demand remains subdued, DW lamb prices eased in week ended 5th January. read more
World prices eased back towards the end of 2012 although remained at levels comparable to the same period in 2011. read more
Having shot to record levels during September and October, GB finished pig prices continued to rise in November and early December, albeit more slowly. read more
The GB weekly average price rose by £4.63/t to £227.93/t and the free-buy average fell by £4.45/t to £330.74/t. read more
Mid-January saw the release of much-anticipated information from the USDA in the form of world supply and demand estimates, US winter wheat plantings, final 2012 production estimates and quarterly stocks. read more
The USDA data set a bearish tone for oilseed markets with upward revisions to US and Brazilian crops. 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
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Looking again at GM
It is strange how a story can gather pace from separate, unconnected events.
Mrs Thatcher - the Marmite of British politics?
While it would be disrespectful to compare Margaret Thatcher to Marmite, there can be no question she was a politician about whom people have always had strong views, one way or the other.
Drive on for CAP flexibilityread more
It is now clear just how much detail was waded through when the farm council reached a view on CAP reform earlier this month. It seems the drive is to maximise flexibility for member states, and if this can be maintained it will certainly be a good outcome.
Bed bugs on the march
“Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite,” was a litany I was brought up with.
I’ve raised a glass or three to toast Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget decision to scrap the beer tax escalator and knock a penny off the price of a pint.
Dig for victoryread more
It was good to hear last week that the Government’s not given up in the fight to save ash trees from dieback.
Raise a glass of good cheer to les miserables
As proof of this column’s European credentials, allow the writer, an Anglo-Scot with a smattering of Irish blood, to employ a German word in order to tease the French.
Kindly pass me another jam doughnut...
Along with ‘where there’s muck there’s brass’ and ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’, ‘you are what you eat’ is another of those tiresome saws that mark out the speaker as something of a bore.
Health warnings will be the death of usread more
It happened again this year. It always does. No sooner had the nation settled down to recover from the mid-winter Saturnalia that stretches bibulously from Christmas until New Year, than the shrill hordes descended, like malevolent spirits.
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