"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
It’s quality first and foremost at the Co-op
Kate Jones explains the The Co-operative Farms’ overiding ethos to Chris Lyddon
“We’re a community food retailer and we do take our responsibility to create employment in local communities seriously.”
“We’re one of Britain’s largest farmers and we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of those technologies to help us be better farmers,” she stresses.
“That means some being more efficient and making better use of things such as fertilisers and technology.”
The Co-operative Farms, which has been farming since 1896, owns or manages 14 farms, covering around 50,000 acres (20,243ha) of land in England and Scotland, growing a variety of fruit, vegetables and cereals. It also has four packhouses which pack potatoes, broccoli and fruit, based at Langley Brook in Staffordshire, Highland Court in Kent, Carnoustie in Angus and Longforgan in Dundee.
In addition, it hosts The Co-operative Group’s From Farm to Fork project, an award-winning outdoor learning experience launched in 2005, which is now operated at seven farms; and Habitat Heroes, a project at six farms that are working with local wildlife groups to improve feeding and breeding opportunities for key endangered or protected species such as water voles, otters and barn owls.
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