I enjoyed a day out in June, dual calling with Ruminant Specialist Bethan Till. Bethan and I visited four dairy farms over the course of the day. All were interesting visits and there were lots of conversations around milk contract prices and schemes such as the Arla Garden and Arla 360.
It was interesting to hear that some milk buyers are now paying 50ppl which would have been unheard of a couple years ago when dairy farmers were receiving a maximum of 30ppl. Producers on organic contracts with Arla are now receiving 54.34p/litre for a manufacturing standard litre from 1st June, an increase of 4.76p/litre. Due to the volatility of the raw materials market it seems that lots of farmers have signed feed contracts for the next six months for security reasons.
I have been fortunate enough to spend time lots of time with Bethan with out on farm. Together we have visited a huge array of dairy farms which has been very insightful. Furthermore, a couple of years ago Bethan completed a PhD so I have learnt a lot of useful technical information off her which I am sure will be beneficial to me in my last year at Harper Adams University. Bethan’s has also given me a deeper insight into the biology of how some of the ForFarmers products work.