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Do you know the pH value of your soil?

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

With the introduction of phosphate rights, it’s essential to deal efficiently with the mineral maintenance. A good tool for this is the  cycle indicator. The indicator shows where the strong and weak points are on the farm as far as mineral utilisation is concerned. Higher crop yields can be achieved by dealing with mineral use efficiently, which in turn reduces the loss of minerals. These are important points that you as a farmer can get a better handle on.

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Reducing phosphorus but not at the expense of the health of your cows

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Now that the decision on phosphate rights has finally been made, the sector will be seeking the limits in order to minimise the effects of the restrictions.
There is a lot of discussion about improving mineral efficiency via BEX and the cycle indicator. In addition, farmers want to reduce the number of young cattle and prolong the lifespan of the cow. Further reduction of phosphorus via the feed will of course be addressed again. Which is a good thing in itself, but are there limits here too?

 

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How does the financial plan for 2016 look?

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

We’re already three months into 2016 and have yet to see any recovery of the milk price. As a result, liquidity at most farms has been under pressure even longer. In most cases that means you need to review how your farm will make it through 2016. Ideally, you know what the effect of the ‘General order on the extent to which an activity is land-bound, land-based, or land-dependent’ is on your operational management. The phosphate rights will be introduced, but the precise effects of that are still unknown. But that doesn’t excuse you from making a plan. That means you have determined the optimum production scope for the farm in 2016 and what is feasible under normal conditions, thereby clarifying what the effect of the expected milk price is on the eventual liquidity for 2016.

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Entrepreneurship in the year 2016

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Entrepreneurship was the theme of our client day last February. Why this subject? In turbulent times like we are experiencing now, there are few certainties. What used to be a given, such as the quotum, has been replaced by change and uncertainty, something many farmers have difficulty dealing with. What will happen to the milk price and the phosphate rights? These are just a couple of examples of what you, as a farmer, have to deal with every day. This is when the wheat gets separated from the chaff. Some farmers can’t hold out any more and are sometimes forced to stop. However, there are also farmers who come up on top. Farmers who make it. But who are they? And how do they manage to get through these times?

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