Practical solutions to cost problems in beef sector
On today's BBC Farming Today programme (Monday, June 30, 2014), presenter Charlotte Smith talks to Professor Liam Sinclair from Harper Adams who makes some interesting points:
1. There's a wide gap in efficiency between the top third and the bottom third of beef and sheep producers
2. Capital costs are very variable between farms
3. Some beef and sheep farmers weigh stock infrequently. "If you can't measure it you can't manage it".
Some effective solutions built in the farm workshop
Specialist equipment can add significantly to the costs of production for low margin enterprises such as beef and sheep. Some farmers get the penny and the bun by making long-lasting, durable equipment in their own workshops.
A. Mobile handling with incorporated weigh crush.
Driving cattle from grazing land to the handling facilities in the yard is takes time and effort. Yet a