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The coalition, the NFU, NFU Cymru, NFU Scotland, FFA, TFA, WFU and the RABDF met today to discuss dairy market issues and its future strategy.
In the short term, the coalition has called for urgent and meaningful farm gate price rises for 1 April, to ensure a realistic market price. Challenges of poor weather, infertility and feed shortages mean that farmers can only respond to demand for more milk if they are paid a proper price.
Mansel Raymond, NFU Dairy board chairman said, "Yesterday's Fonterra auction result saw significant price rises in key commodities such as cheese, butter and milk powders, with all products up 14.8 per cent on the previous month. This clearly demonstrates that globally, demand is strong and supplies are tight. Yet we're still hearing that crippling deals being done in the domestic cheese and liquid markets are putting milk prices under pressure."
After a summer of persistent and occasionally torrential rain, UK yields for 2012 have been mixed across arable crops, according to results of a survey of the Union's members.
The Union's 2012 harvest survey also revealed that other major arable crops grown in the UK have performed well in difficult conditions, although without the investment made in technology by farmers the wheat harvest could have been much worse.
The antibodies were detected in three cows and one calf on premises in Ceredigion. The Welsh Government (WG) report that, whilst there is some uncertainty as to when the animals were infected by the SBV, the history of the animals suggests that they were infected by SBV while on the holding up to a year ago and that the most likely means of SBV infection is via infected midges. Therefore, the WG report that there is indirect evidence that midges in that part of Wales were SBV infected.
Tim Jones, who heads the Communications Group for the Welsh Government's Living Wales programme to deliver the new single body, said the project provided a new approach to maintaining, enhancing and using the country's natural resources. His statement came amid scepticism from farmers who have expressed their disappointment at the existing set-up which has seen many long delays to planning applications for on-farm green energy projects using hydro and wind power and called for a more focused and joined-up approach.
The plan for milk I announced during the Royal Welsh Show at the end of July confirmed my commitment to do everything in my power to work alongside the dairy industry to help resolve the immediate and longer-term issues around the price paid for milk. The Welsh Government's Programme for Government specifically identifies dairy as a priority sector for attention and support. In the light of recent developments, I wish to provide an update on the progress made by the Welsh Government.
First, let's be clear. No-one wants Abergavenny market to carry on as it is. The current site is badly organised, with a third of the site partially closed off since the FMD outbreak in 2001 and it has not had any investment in its infrastructure for over a decade. However, The Abergavenny Civic Society's independent, expert report shows clearly how the market can be modernised to 21st Century standards, to provide an efficient service for farmers AND be a real engine for town regeneration.
The number of days of subsidised support and advice for farmers has been increased from five to eight.Speaking earlier today, the Deputy Minister said: "The plan for milk I announced during the Royal Welsh Show confirmed my commitment to do everything in my power to work alongside the dairy industry to help resolve the issues around the price paid for milk, and I'm happy to be able to provide you with an update on the work the Welsh Government has been doing over the summer in relation to this.
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