Predictions for 2012: Stoker Frater

FOR those livestock farmers who disregarded the advice of so-called experts and kept their livestock numbers up, things are undoubtedly looking positive, with higher returns for the farmer balanced off by what seems a lower margin by the retailers.

FOR those livestock farmers who disregarded the advice of so-called experts and kept their livestock numbers up, things are undoubtedly looking positive, with higher returns for the farmer balanced off by what seems a lower margin by the retailers.

The future of a seller’s market rather than a buyer’s one fills me with confidence for the future.

On the arable side, higher fuel, fertiliser and spray costs will dig deep into profits from that sector, which will again be affected by the weather and climate change.

The National Farmers’ Union will be very busy in the next year deciphering the mountain of regulations put forward in the future CAP reforms.

We as organic farmers are fortunate to be one of those sections of the industry which will be least affected by future changes in the CAP budget.

The NFU, as the major lobbying organisation, will fight tooth and nail for a level playing field for British farmers, so they are not disadvantaged in what is fast becoming a fragmented Europe.

 

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