Lakeland sets December milk price

Lakeland Dairies is the first processor in NI to set a milk price for December. After Wednesday’s board meeting, it announced it would replicate its November payment.

This means Lakeland suppliers will remain on a base price of 26.55p/l along with a winter bonus payment of 3p/l.

The co-op will also pay a 1p/l bonus to its suppliers on all litres supplied during December.

All combined, it means a starting price of 30.55p/l before premiums on milk quality and volume are applied.

Slurry export deadline is 31 January

The deadline for submitting records of slurry exports for the 2020 calendar year is midnight on Sunday 31 January.

The form is available on DAERA online services through the “CAFRE Nutrient Calculators” and “Manure Export Records” windows.

More dairy farms were pushed over this limit last year

Records need to include the date of export, the type and quantity of slurry, the transporter’s name and address, plus the importer’s name and business ID.

Submitting the records is an important task for any non-derogated farmer that had to export slurry to stay under the 170kg/ha manure nitrogen limit during 2020.

More dairy farms were pushed over this limit last year because the nitrogen excretion rate for dairy cows increased from 91kg to 100kg/cow.

Kelly re-elected to British Wool board

Brendan Kelly has been re-elected as the NI representative on the board of British Wool. The Randalstown sheep farmer, who was first elected to the board in 2018, was returned unopposed and will serve another three-year term starting in April 2021.

I therefore encourage producers to stick with us

“It has been a challenging 12 months and the continued support of wool producers is vital to ensure that we emerge stronger from the current situation.

“I therefore encourage producers to stick with us and send in their 2020 clip if it is still on farm,” Kelly said.

DAERA seize medicines bought online

Veterinary medicines that are not authorised for use in the UK were seized by DAERA officials in Belfast last week.

A parcel addressed to premises in Banbridge, Co Down, was found to have two 1kg bags of the broad-spectrum antibiotic Fosbac Plus T.

The product, which is labelled for the treatment of bacterial infection in poultry and pigs, was shipped from an address in South Africa and was identified by a courier company before being detained by DAERA.

A separate package containing steroids and painkillers that are used in horses and dogs were also seized from a Belfast depot last week.

The package had been shipped from Australia and was addressed to premises in Castlederg, Co Tyrone.

Straw prices rise

Demand for straw has gained some momentum and prices are edging upwards from deals made back at harvest time.

Farmers report prices for 4x4 round bales of barley straw are generally being delivered on farms around £25 to £28/bale with some deals agreed at £30/bale.

Price reports on wheat straw are around the £25/bale mark.

Back in early autumn, round bales of barley straw were trading around £18 direct from the field or £20 delivered.

Price reports on large squares indicate that 8x4x3 bales are in the region of £65 delivered, which is a rise of approximately £10 on early autumn.

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