Through this regular feature, we have followed the experience of Fred and Janet Powell and their family with their first flock of free range in Llandridnod Wells, in mid-Wales.
Highs and lows as wheat is driven by currency, Brexit and Trump. Lower wheat crop yields, lower soya crops, China tariffs and weird ground drawings.
When floor eggs become an issue it can have a significant impact on the profitability of a flock!
This week the US celebrated the 4th July, Independence (from the UK) Day, the same week that our Prime Minister was trying to reach consensus to agree on the UK’s independence from the EU.
A tale of two stories between old and new crops. Dry weather is still reported across much of Western Europe. Will US tariffs be implemented next week? Big brother might be watching you soon.
The baton arrived to us at Twyford on Thursday 21st June and we all set off to Openfield (a grain trading company from whom we purchase wheat) at Goodworth Clatford on Friday 22nd, taking in a 40 mile circuitous cycle ride, returning to Humphrey Feeds & Pullets later in the day.
Wheat futures higher due to global lack of supply. Dry weather continues to cause concern. Consumption of maize, wheat and soya exceeds production globally. Trade wars and high soya sales result in prices dropping. How about becoming an egg tosser?
UK wheat price has increased dramatically. Pound dropping to lows against the dollar. Sword fights and castles… what boys dreams are made of…
Martin Lawrence of Meadowside Free Range Eggs Ltd, shows how embracing technology on his farm in mid-Wales has helped him deliver gains in productivity and improved conditions for his flock.
We are really pleased to share the news that our website is now available to read in Welsh. Mae ein gwefan nawr ar gael i’w darllen yn y Gymraeg
UK wheat market continues to be a story of two halves that just manage to remain connected. There is talk of a reduced 2018 supply of EU wheat. Soya bean markets are undergoing a liquidation phase. Read about the world plastics problem and the related soya conundrum.
Our stand at The British Pig and Poultry Fair on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th May was bustling - just the way we like it!
Recent DEFRA data indicates that the 2017 crop was about 350,000t lower than previous estimates. Will we again be a net importer in 2018/19? As Russian wheat exports have grown over the past decade, the importance of US wheat exports has declined. Going the extra mile, and finishing by a country mile - how far do you travel?
Attention moves to the November wheat futures. Chicago July wheat futures touched 16-month highs. Weather in the Ukraine could damage crops. Soya prices remain volatile and the story behind the Plimsoll line.