1/9/14 MILK PRICE CRASHING

In view of milk prices crashing around us, what can producers do to help themselves? Join FFA where you will find you are not alone in your total dispair at what is happening. It is no good just sitting back, typing YES in response to our Protest Survey, and taking it on the chin, hoping that somebody else will sort it out, it won't happen. Yes, we can get things done but we can' t do it alone and need your support.

We have been inundated with producers replying YES to our survey but many of you are not members. We are not just about standing outside milk plants in the middle of the night. Whilst this is the image that is generally portrayed, there is much more to FFA than this.

FFA's small, dedicated team negotiate before and after these events, with the people who basically threaten our livelihoods.
So let your conscience be pricked, please join or renew

E-Petition

Still need more signatures on this petition if only to keep this crisis to the fore
Get your family, neighbours, friends to sign it takes a minute or so.  Thank you.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/68900



31/8/14 
Just a short update on the totally false accusations made by Dr Sohere Roker's in yesterday's Daily Mail.  As our members and followers on Facebook and Twitter will know we lodged a complaint yesterday with the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 - Inaccuracy.  Anyone is entitled to lodge a complaint here is the link
http://www.pcc.org.uk/complaints/makingacomplaint.html
 

30/8/14  Daily Mail Article by Dr Sohere Rokee - FFA have lodged a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission.

29/8/14  MILK PRICES

As predicated in our e mail sent out to all members last week, prices have fallen dramatically this week, with the announcement from Muller Wiseman of 1.8ppl, with the announcement to be made shortly by Dairy Crest their price expected to be just short of Muller and a predicted price drop by First Milk which will surely be in excess of 1.5ppl.  If we as dairy farmers do not stand up and do something to stop this decrease continuing, we cannot see how british dairying can progress forward.  People will say you cannot buck global milk prices, we remind everyone over 80% of milk produced in this country is used domestically.  Therefore we should not be subject to these severe price cuts.  We are getting hints from processors that these cuts are being instigated  by their retail
customers.  This is unacceptable when if you go into any store you will see the prices of butter, cheese, liquid milk are still where they were 3 months ago,.  Profiteering or not? 

29/8/14  DAIRY CRISIS

While any help to stop further decreases in future farmgate milk prices are welcome,  the latest support measure to come from the EU Commission in FFA's opinion falls very short in dealing with the issues.  The proposal by the Commission is to provide storage of dairy products, cheese, butter, smp,  for a period of 3/7 months.  Stock piling or storage achieves nothing because at some point that product has to come onto the market.  Our fear is if it runs its full course and comes out in 7 months time that will be bang on the start of a new milk year and this is likely to depress prices going into 2015. 

Farmers For Action has put forward a plan to the UK government (this is in the form of an e-petition
)
http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/68900 which we need everyone to sign.  The suggestion being made is that the government buys up the current stock levels and utilises CAP money to distribute that to the needy and there are plenty of those around worldwide.  This would be a win win situation for everyone as it takes stock out of the market, its feeds people who desperately need it and certainly in the UK it surely would give the government a boost in an up and coming election year.  Remember, stock piling depresses prices and prevents rapid recovery in the market place as history clearly shows.  Lets not make the same mistake again.

Mr Ciolos, Agricultural and Rural Development Commissioner at the EU needs to go back and look at the emergency measures.  Farmers For Action are always willing to come along and talk and give guidance, as others appear incapable of doing that,  should they welcome these emergency support measures.

28/8/14

Our e-petition is now on line

E-PETITION "DAIRY FARMERS FACE PRICE COLLAPSE OVER GOVERNMENT'S DECISION ON RUSSIA"
Our e-petition is now on line at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/68900

Our last e-petition in 2012 regarding milk pricing achieved over 28,000 signatures!
Please sign and forward to keep this crisis to the fore.


27/8/14  Government e-petition

FFA have originated an e-petition.  Once this has been approved, we will publish link may take up to 7 days.
Text of Petition is as follows:-

DAIRY FARMERS FACE PRICE COLLAPSE OVER GOVERNMENT'S DECISION ON RUSSIA

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Our Government's decision on Russia means British dairy farmers are about to face a catastrophic collapse in milk prices.
Stocks of cheese and butter have dramatically increased.
Farmers For Action www.farmersforaction.org suggest the Government should distribute the product to the needy through food banks.
Logistically this could be done; all it needs is a 'can do' attitude by those in a position to help.
With winter around the corner, we are sure that those less fortunate than ourselves would appreciate a plentiful supply of cheese and milk throughout the coming winter months to help feed themselves and their families.
Nutritionally, milk has been defined as the most nearly perfect food and provides more essential nutrients in significant amounts than any other single food. Why leave it in storage when it could make so many lives that little bit more bearable, and help the British dairy industry through this difficult time.


24/8/14 Interview with FFA Chairman in Independent on Sunday
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/farmers-in-debt-and-despair-as-dairy-market-collapses-9687838.html

21/8/2014  DAIRY CRISIS LOOMING

Next week could be very gloomy times for UK dairy farmers. We expect prices to fall by as much as 2ppl for October milk. This will be blamed on global markets,
falls in powder prices, cream prices etc., etc.,

HERE A SCENARIO PUT TO US RECENTLY BY A NEW ZEALAND MILK PROCESSOR


(New Zealand have to export 80% of their production)
(United Kingdom 80% of production used domestically)

Why, oh why are UK prices falling based on global markets?

Since FFA’s formation we have seen every excuse from blame the retailer, to now  blame the global market. In our view there is only one sector to blame and that is dairy farmers. We need to stand up and stop the decline in our milk prices unless you all feel as dairy farmers you can produce milk 365 days a year at prices below 25p because believe us that is where we are heading and we will be brave enough to predict that by December, we will see at least another 3p off milk prices if we do not do anything. According to our calculations feed prices would have to fall £100 per ton minimum for us go  through the winter producing milk at these prices. sure you will all accept that is not going to happen.

Dialogue is continuing on a daily basis with a war of words but is not stopping processors cutting the prices, month in, month out. Therefore, whether you agree with it or not there has to be some form of direct peaceful action to let both retailers, processors and government know that UK milk producers are not going to accept prices below 2011. It is unsustainable even for the top 25% if they are honest, to continue producing milk 365 a days a year at these prices.

FEEDBACK

We would like producers and all other interested parties to contact us with either a yes or no support for direct action and we emphasise to anyone who is worried these protests will be totally controlled and peaceful, working with the Police at all times. That is how we have won in the past and that is how we will win going forward. It is up to you to decide the future of British dairying. Do nothing, and the future for young dairy farmers looks grim, do something and we can secure their future going forward. Please respond - no response FFA will assume that everything in the parlour is ok.

RESPOND NOW PLEASE
e mail secretary@farmersforaction.org Text 07511 932076 with name, area/postcode and Yes or No

If you wish to join FFA or simply renew your membership please follow these links JOIN   RENEW

 
4/8/14 GRAIN MARKETS


2012  Deductions, deductions......
2013  Deductions, deductions......
2014 Low moisture - good bushel weights - No premiums being paid! - grain merchants need to explain themselves!

Why is this happening, grain farmers have worked so hard in 2014 to achieve what the market requires at great cost, their reward - prices below cost of production.  This is not sustainable, yet   all others in the supply chain maintain their margins.

Grain, dairy, beef, pigs - all suffering  low prices.  Farmers need to come together and stop this rot once and for all.

 We must all act now to protect our livelihoods, nobody else will do it for us!

BARN DANCE - RAISING FUNDS TO HELP FARMING’S FUTURE

Saturday 28 June 2014 from 8 pm
Dancing to ‘The Old Gits’
(60’s music onwards)
AT
STOCKS LANE FARM
MEONSTOKE
HAMPSHIRE
S032 3NQ
By kind permission of the Venn family
Supper provided by Westlands Farm
Licensed Bar – Raffle
Tickets £15 including BBQ

Tickets available from:-
Bruce Horn Tel 01489 877365 or 07966 674846
Julie Helen - e mail Julie.helen@sparsholt.ac.uk
Sally Silvester Tel 02392 632549 or 07754 518298
Proceeds from the event will be divided between
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Reg Charity No 208858)
& Farmers For Action ( FFA)

What a great way to spend a summer evening, do come along and support the great charity that is RABI and also show your support for Farmers For Action.

LIVESTOCK EVENT 2 & 3 July

We are again this year attending the event, stand No BM167, do come along and meet us and show your support.

23/5/14

FFA to launch major  campaign against falling beef prices

FFA Chairman, David Handley, stated "we can no longer sit back and watch beef prices collapse in the way they are".

 With the threat of a further Latin American deal in the offing, something has to be done to protect British beef farmers.  This is a massive economic part of our industry.  For several weeks now we have monitored both labeling of meat products and also carried our surveillance  at a number of meat processing plants.  The information gathered has led the FFA's committee to come to the decision - action has to be taken immediately!

We will continue to update the web site on this issue.


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!)

First Milk

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). 

8/8/13Red Tractor

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.

9/5/2013

There will be an FFA meeting at Market Drayton Livestock Market on Thursday 16 May commencing 7.30 pm.

All are welcome.