Defra has extended its Avian Influenza (AI) Prevention Zone across the whole of England after 6 outbreaks of the H5N6 virus have been confirmed among wild birds in recent weeks.
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There has been very little volatility for quite some time and the trade is getting bored. Michael Gove, the Defra Secretary, attended both of the Oxford conferences this week, the Oxford Farming Conference and the rival Oxford Real Farming Conference. Archaeologists in Alaska have found an 11,500 year-old skeleton
After making continued contract lows throughout this week, global grain markets (CBOT, Matif, Liffe) started to see a slight recovery in the latter part of the week. A 1942 explosive rat is due to be auctioned with a presale estimate of £1,500!
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.
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.