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.
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.