DDCP’s Weekly Blog – Thursday 6th August

IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK

raw-milkMilk farmers are having a really difficult time at present due to the very low prices they are getting for their produce – indeed it has to be one of the worst times for the farming industry for many decades.

According to the most recent DEFRA figures, the average UK farmgate price stood at 23.66ppl in June. This was a 0.37ppl (1.5%) decrease on the May average price. The June 2015 price was 8.00ppl (25.3%) lower than the same month last year.

The GB average price was 24.42ppl in June, which was a 0.23ppl (1.0%) decrease on the previous month. This was a decrease of 7.62ppl (23.8%) compared with June 2014.

The Northern Ireland (NI) average for June was 19.85ppl, a decrease of 1.03ppl (4.9%) compared with May. The June price is 9.88ppl (33.2%) lower than the previous year.

Note: In Northern Ireland a larger proportion of milk goes into commodity markets and therefore the NI price tends to reflect the rises and falls in the commodity markets more than GB. For more information on commodity prices. 

UK, NI and GB Farmgate Milk Prices

 

UK

GB

NI

ppl

2013

2014

2015

2013

2014

2015

2013

2014

2015

Jan

30.05

33.87

26.37

30.29

33.86

27.10

28.73

33.91

22.33

Feb

30.09

33.95

27.12

30.46

33.98

27.97

28.11

33.78

22.58

Mar

30.09

33.71

24.98

30.45

33.70

25.45

28.19

33.73

22.49

Apr

30.12

33.28

24.58

30.08

33.35

25.09

30.30

32.94

21.94

May

29.99

32.24

24.03

29.88

32.50

24.65

30.59

30.92

20.88

Jun

30.73

31.66

23.66

30.66

32.04

24.42

31.07

29.73

19.85

Jul

31.39

31.51

 

31.46

32.06

 

31.02

28.69

 

Aug

32.09

31.03

 

31.90

31.68

 

33.22

27.29

 

Sep

32.99

30.67

 

32.86

31.37

 

33.84

26.42

 

Oct

33.62

29.66

 

33.56

30.39

 

34.01

25.22

 

Nov

34.55

28.75

 

34.53

29.56

 

34.72

23.91

 

Dec

34.25

27.59

 

34.24

28.45

 

34.35

22.79

 

Average

31.64

31.52

 

31.69

31.92

 

31.34

29.30

 

(Source – Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board).

It’s fast getting to the point where farming is becoming unsustainable and its hard to know what the long term future lies for farming in general.  We believe that farmers should receive a fair price for their produce so that they can make a living and continue to care and nurture the land in which they have been entrusted with.  This community relies so heavily on the farming industry and we need to do what we can to support them in their plight.

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EU CAP Reform

Tenis court imageChance to have say on future sports facilities in the district

What sports facilities would you like to see in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area?

That is the question Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in partnership with Sport NI, is asking clubs and organisations across the district to help in developing a Sports Facilities Strategy for the area.

The Sports Facilities Strategy will highlight existing sports facilities provision in the district and identify sports facility development needs for the future. It will also provide a framework for the development of local sports facilities in the Fermanagh and Omagh district in the long-term.

Interested parties are invited to attend one of two consultation events to share their views and opinions about existing and future sports facility provision in the Fermanagh and Omagh district.

11 district council area reports relating to local sports facility provision are being developed as part of a new Sports Facilities Strategy for Northern Ireland.  It is anticipated that the area report for the Fermanagh and Omagh district will be completed by October 2015.

For further information, please email conor.mccrory@fermanaghomagh.com or keith.collen@fermanaghomagh.com. Alternatively, telephone Keith Collen or Conor McCrory on 0300 303 1777.

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Newsletter August 2015