- Eucolait – Impact of Brexit on dairy trade24 February 2017
Eucolait, the European Association of Dairy Trade, has just released its position paper on future EU-UK trade relations. Eucolait believes that the UK leaving the EU will cause great damage, economic and otherwise, to both the Union and the United Kingdom, specifically in Ireland.
- Müller – new contract, hedging options and farmer reps24 February 2017
Müller has made changes to its proposed supplier contract and aims to set up a new farmer representative group, following discussions with suppliers and farming unions.
- Nitrate Vulnerable Zone Designations 2017-20 – Further Update from Defra23 February 2017
We are sending designation notices to all those who own or occupy agricultural holdings in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones. However, there will be some affected owners/occupiers for whom we do not have an address.
- Help build public trust in farming on 11th June 2017 22 February 2017
As we prepare to leave the European Union, it is clear that the farming sector will be greatly impacted by this change. Smart, practical and reasoned approaches will be vital as we draw up a new UK Food, Farming and Environment Policy. Equally important is the support of those that need farming most - the public.
- Which EU nations rely on the UK’s dairy custom?21 February 2017
Previously we revealed that the UK is an important customer for dairy products from the EU as a whole, importing around £2.5bn worth of dairy produce in 2015. In this article we look at which individual Member States the UK is most valuable to.
- EU milk delivery drop surpasses voluntary reductions – for some21 February 2017
Under the EU’s Milk Production Reduction Scheme, farmers applied to reduce production by a total of 1,029m litres during the period covering October-December 2016. In total, EU-28 milk deliveries for the three months were down 3.4% on the previous year, exceeding the applied for volumes.
- Update: Dutch phosphate reduction plans20 February 2017
The European Commission approved the Netherlands’ interim phosphate reduction plan on 3 February. If targets are achieved, it will allow the Dutch to retain its nitrates exemption for the coming year.
- Canada-EU trade agreement gets go-ahead17 February 2017
The bilateral trade agreement with Canada was voted through by the European Parliament on15 February 2017. The key benefit of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to the dairy industry will be the improved access to the Canadian market for cheese.
- GB dairy herd contraction15 February 2017
The overall GB dairy herd fell by 1.6% (46k head) between the start of 2016 and the start of 2017, according to data from BCMS. This is the largest year-on-year decline recorded for a number of years.
Breaking the data down by age group gives us a better idea of the dynamics at play, and also an indication of what might happen over the coming years.
- Larger US dairy herd to support higher production in 201714 February 2017
The US dairy herd recorded growth of 0.4% in 2016 to 9.35 million head, according to the latest data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).