At the end of September – Martin Humphrey along with representatives from the NFU and Stonegate Farmers visited Brussels to discuss extensions to the 2 organic poultry derogations due to expire at the end of the year.
A week of contrasts, with wheat down, and soya up and at the same time Samuel Johnson’s adage that 'a fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other’ was again proved right!
Peter Humphrey, of Humphrey Farms, has been presented with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by BFREPA (British Free Range Egg Producers Association).
According to Channel 4’s “Superfoods, the Real Story”, eggs share some of the superfood properties of kale, and one of the natural colourings we add to our poultry feed makes eggs even better for your health.
Sterling is volatile, and whilst it rose to peak mid September, it has fallen in value against the $ and € in recent days (the Boris effect?), the value of UK wheat has increased.
Poultry farmers received two tranches of welcome news recently in the aftermath of an outbreaks of Avian Influenza in the last year.
By the end of the week, the November position closed at the slightly higher level of £142, maintaining the 'firming tone'. When priced in €, UK November (feed wheat) futures is about €4-5 less than the December Matif (milling wheat) futures.
5 hours from Adelaide the people in Kimba have turned to art to attempt to attract tourists to their remote agricultural village.
The star performer this week, with the strongest rise since January 2009 was Sterling, rallying to its highest value against $ since the Brexit vote last year.
On 24 August, HF&P director Martin Humphrey, joined representatives from the NFU, Organic Farmers & Growers and Hook 2 Sisters, to meet with Defra on a broiler and layer farm near Exeter.
November wheat futures appear to have touched a 5-month low on the 23rd August at £136.55 and in the successive 10 trading days have struggled to rise to about £142/t
Last Friday November wheat futures closed at £139.60 and following the Bank holiday we had two quiet days.
Two weeks, ago on Friday 11 th November wheat futures closed at £142/t; last Friday it closed at £138.80, on Tuesday it hit £137.00/t and today it is trading back up at £139.00.
We were pleased to take part in 24 Hours in Farming which took place on August 10th. This year we produced a short fun video showing how eggs travel from the hen to the home. It featured our poultry feed and pullet specialist, David Hope, donning overalls and being put through his paces!
November wheat futures closed at £143.75 last Friday, and ended this week at £141.60. A month ago it was £154-ish, so we appear to be in a slow downwards trend as the EU harvest pressures the markets.