11/9/13 FOOD STANDARDS AGENCY
Ex NFU president, Tim Bennett has put his foot in it yet again. This time in his role as Chairman of Food Standards Agency he turns on his own kind. Hard working british farmers according to the FSA, are responsible for large numbers of people suffering from food poisoning. When will Mr Bennett realise farmers are the backbone of this country, they provide the one thing people need every day and that is food. So please Mr Bennett, better to say nothing and keep your respect within the farming community.
9/8/13 ANOTHER SUCCESS FOR FFA
This morning in a press statement from Arla and we quote "Arlagarden will compliment Red Tractor not replace it".
Well, talk about a U Turn, well done to everybody for applying the pressure but Arla beware we will watch every move. If you attempt to replace our Farm Assurance Scheme do so at your peril.
But FFA do feel sorry for Arla producers who will now have to comply with both farm assurance schemes but then with all your price increases I am sure your wallets will be big enough to cope (that comment of course in jest!)
We understand farmer co-operative, First Milk, are to announce a new chairman and a number of farmer directors on Monday of next week. FFA wonders whether this will be the genie in the lamp that starts to increase milk prices for its hardworking farmer members (the jury is out).
In the last 24 hours FFA representatives have spoken to a number of organisations with regard to Arla's attempt to remove the Red Tractor logo from their business. Most people that had been spoken to found this totally unacceptable and are committed to working with FFA to stop this from happening. FFA will be calling on farmers over the coming weeks to sign a petition that they do not accept the removal of the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme from any processor in any sector of our industry. We also will be contacting all retailers including Sainsburys, who have already removed the Red Tractor, delivering a very strong message - try to destroy our heavily invested farm assurance scheme at your own peril as we intend to tell your customers the reasons you should not be allowed to remove Red Tractor. To Asda, one of the largest retailers we say you need to persuade Arla your dedicated milk supplier to rethink their strategy going forward otherwise your customers will also see farmer representatives outside their shops very quickly.
7/8/13 Red Tractor Update
Last night's meeting at Flagg in Derbyshire sent a very strong message to Michael Madders, chair of Red Tractor and Robert Newbury, senior dairy adviser NFU. that farmers are not prepared to see the Red Tractor Assurance Scheme demolished by Danish farmer owned company, Arla. It is now up to farmers in all sectors to get behind a campaign to stop Arla or any other retailer or processor from exiting the Red Tractor Scheme which consumers throughout the land are now beginning to accept and certainly since the horse meat scandal that Red Tractor means they can buy the product with confidence that it is being produced to the highest standards. David Handley, chair of FFA, has in the last 24 hours spoken with 2 CEOs of major processing plants and they have told him in no uncertain terms that Red Tractor must be protected at all costs as it enables them to sell great british products globally. We will continue to update the website as to how the campaign is progressing and how you, the british farmer can assist. We are hoping that all british farmer representative bodies will get behind this campaign and send a clear message Red Tractor is here to stay.
6/8/13 Meeting Derbyshire
Tonight there is a very important meeting being held at Flagg Village Hall,Flagg Village, Nr Buxton, SK17 9QR for dairy farmers. As many of you will be aware, milk processing company Arla are trying to ditch the Red Tractor in favour of their own farm assurance scheme. At tonight's meeting organised by Derbyshire NFU, speaker Rob Newbury (Head of Dairy). Also present will be Michael Madders (Chairman of Red Tractor). You need to be there to let your voice be heard at your disgust that anyone should be considering allowing Arla to exist Red Tractor because:-
1 dairy farmers have invested heavily in Red Tractor over the years 2 If Arla are allowed to come out of the Red Tractor certification it means they are then eligible to import liquid milk into the UK This cannot be good for the future of the UK dairy industry
Please go along and let Mr Madders and Mr Newbury know that you are not prepared to accept this. It is FFA's intention to spread the word across the whole of the UK. If Arla Denmark wants to establish its business in the UK, it works under our terms not theirs. FFA also intend to launch a campaign with consumers telling them exactly what Arla are up to. Consumers are just getting confident in using the Red Tractor logo when doing their shopping and all of a sudden a European company is going to take that away. Absolutely crazy, has to be stopped.
There will be an FFA meeting at Market Drayton Livestock Market on Thursday 16 May commencing 7.30 pm.
All are welcome.