‘Vegan agenda’ and cuts adding to doomed outlook for beef farmers

first_imgThe Chair of the Irish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Association in Donegal has issued a blunt warning to beef farmers who are facing a ‘doomed industry’.Price cuts, financial difficulties, veganism and global warming fears have all contributed to the crisis in Irish beef production, according to Malcolm Thompson, Chair of the Donegal ICSA.The Tirconaill Tribune reports that Mr Thompson is warning producers this winter to ‘get out before you lose your shirt because this industry is doomed.’ His warning for a drastic cut in numbers is based on the 33.5% increase in dairy cows in the county since 2010 and he says it is now a fact these numbers cannot be sustained as a profit-making model. In the past eight months alone it is estimated that factory prices for bullocks and heifers have fallen by €140 a head which has totally wrecked the income margins in the beef industry. Mr. Thompson said that with the industry facing a population of 1.5 million bull calves including 750,000 in the dairy sector, farmers fear that falling prices will cripple the industry and add to the debt mountain in the industry.Here in Donegal there are 20,568 dairy cows: up from 15,412 in 2010. Meanwhile the suckler cow numbers are 38,607 on 3,724 farm units. There are currently over 7.2 million cattle in Ireland and farm sources say these figures are not sustainable, even in the short term.  Mr. Thompson said that last year the worst of the dairy bull calves sold for as little as €5-10/ a head. With more calves likely to be on offer in early spring he believes that further cuts are inevitable.He also says the new fears about global warming are adding to the decline in beef consumption and the vegan agenda and the agenda of groups like ‘Extinction Rebellion’ have set an agenda that is ‘outrageous and dangerous’.Mr. Thompson says: “The bar has been set far too high for our level of emissions given our very small footprint on the planet. And government measures like carbon taxes are counterproductive to the situation because that is not the way to tackle the problem.“Why should the consumer be saddled with saving the planet when the polluters are causing the problems?“None of this agenda makes any sense, but then again someone has to pay the bureaucrats in  “Brussels that are dreaming up these plans and I do have real fears about where the EU is going as a real  project of positive progress.“Donegal farmers must take account of their losses because they have a heavy metal disease with far too much expensive machinery in their yards and not being used.”He said it no longer possible for any beef farmer to make a living and he believes that less than 2% of those involved are clearing their bank debts even when all EU subsidies are included.Mr Thompson continued: “At the same time the decline in farming is leading to rural depopulation and that is not good for the countryside. We need a new energy and a new way of finding new enterprises that will earn money. We must look at the organic route where the farmer controls their own destiny; cheese making, niche markets for produce and growing silage for the dairymen are a few of the alternative methods that should be considered.” He said that alternatives have to be found to save the sector: “There is no way that we can make money at €3.50 a kilogram and things are going to downhill because we have far too many beef cattle.“Perhaps the EU should be subsidising these farmers over a five year period to half their cattle stock. Perhaps the starting point could be a payment of €400 per cow being reduced from the herd.“At the same time the subsidy could be used for farmers to focus their skills on other ways of earning a living. “‘Vegan agenda’ and cuts adding to doomed outlook for beef farmers was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beef farmersIrish Cattle & Sheep Farmers’ Associationlast_img read more

Groves withdraws from world title fight

first_imgGeorge Groves has pulled out of his world title fight against WBO super-middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz because of an injury.The 24-year-old from Hammersmith was due to challenge Stieglitz in Germany next month but the bout has been called off. It is hoped it can be rescheduled for later this year.Groves, the British and Commonwealth champion, recently withdrew from a planned rematch with Scotland’s Kenny Anderson because of a back problem. Details of his latest injury have not been released.In a statement, Groves said: “We tried to work through it, but soon realised I wouldn’t be able to perform the training needed to prepare for this fight. I hope this problem will be quickly sorted and cause only a short delay.“I am truly sorry to everyone who will be affected by this. This is without doubt the toughest decision I have ever had to make, and I am gutted, but nothing worth having is given away.“It has only made me more determined to achieve my goal of becoming world champion.”See also:Groves to fight for world titleGroves bout off but world title fight loomsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

May Wes recognizes 45 years of manufacturing

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest May Wes Manufacturing was founded in 1972 by Wesley Bruns and wife Mavis on their farm site near Gibbon Minnesota. Wesley was a farmer and an innovator. The initial farm products he developed were made of aluminum and galvanized steel and were the “Crop De-Viders” to guide grain into headers and the “Gravity Flow Hoppers” that folded out for unloading. The age of plasticsSeveral years passed when Wesley discovered poly material and used it in his product solutions. His employees recalled him making trips with the pickup truck to the Twin Cities to purchase four-foot by 10-foot sheets of Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) poly. On one occasion, his load of poly sheets took to the air on a busy interstate freeway, creating traffic havoc.Wesley used shearing, cutting and bending processes with the poly material to produce poly skid shoes for grain headers. To this day, the poly skid shoes remain May Wes’s cornerstone product line.In the mid 1980’s a new automated YAM CNC Mill was added. Longtime employee, Bill Templin, loaded the programs on the YAM. That year the YAM enabled meeting the demand for 1,800 sets of John Deere skid shoes for the 200 series head. This machine is still in use today. Bill eventually moved from production to a technical support role until he retired at the age of 70 in 2015.May Wes became recognized as the innovator for applying poly material to the Ag after-market industry.The original Stalk StomperIn 1987, May Wes brought to market a solution to knock down tough corn stalks ahead of the combine tires called The STALK STOMPER. This, too, is one of the company’s cornerstone product lines and continues to be the leader in the industry.Product Lines Developed Over the first 25 years, May Wes developed and sold many ag-related product lines. Among them include:• Poly Tractor Fender Guards, 1985• Wesley Walker, 3-wheeled riding units for weeding crops, 1987• Poly 5th Wheel Covers Slide-N-Drive, 1989 (still available)• Moldboard Covers (still available)• Power Stack, a hydraulic outlet, 1992• Header Height Control, 1992• Poly Blades, 1993 (still available)• Poly Retractable Fingers, 1994 (still available)• Grain Header Carts, 1994• Cutting Boards, 1994 (still available)• Poly Disc Scrapers, 1995• Poly Row Crop Rolling Shields, 1995• Sliding Planter Lids, 1995• Poly Closing Wheels, 1996 (still available)• Cash Catcher Corn Saver Shield, 1996• Mega Shoes, 1996 (still available) May Wes back thenJason Templin started working at May Wes in 1990, after school, to earn money for a snowmobile. Troy Martin was 18 years old when he joined May Wes in 1994. Both Jason and Troy are still with the company. They fondly speak of the days working in the Bruns farm buildings that facilitated the May Wes operations. In the 90s there were about a dozen production staff and eight in the office. Wesley was a progressive boss and always wanted to take care of his employees, valuing their importance to the company. The 8-5 o’clock workplace had buzzers to manage breaks closely, however, when the work was done on Friday afternoons, the employees would wind-down and could be found enjoying some beer together under an over-trimmed lawn tree called the “May Wes Palm Tree.” The company’s “family atmosphere” of the early days has withstood the test of time and is felt yet today.With the passing of Wesley in 1995, his sons, Mark and Steve Bruns, took over the business. In 1997 the business out grew the farm building and a new facility was built in Hutchinson Minnesota and operations moved there by October. This facility is still where May Wes operates. Compression molding presses were added, enabling more product development opportunities. Turn of the Century, ownership changeIn the summer of 2002, Tom Daggett was approached to be a contracted manager through a four-month duration (July – October) after which time he could decide to purchase the business. Tom was able to pull the former staff together and fulfill the orders through those peak demand months. He recalls it was the strength of the staff that kept things going.Daggett decided to acquire May Wes and formed Pride Solutions LLC with May Wes as one of several business divisions. Tom’s experience in manufacturing brought about some changes, including inventory management, process and capacity improvements, including the addition of a Komo CNC router in 2003, and organizational/strategic changes.In the years that followed, many product lines were added and May Wes grew its sales and marketing presence. The company was an early adopter of the Internet and ecommerce website. The May Wes brand was becoming well known and sought out by Ag equipment/repair dealers and crop farmers alike.The Quick Disconnect Stalk Stomper design was made available in 2011 and the stalk leveling concept was leveraged with Tractor Stalk Stompers. The popularity of these stalk leveling devices brought about the next design improvement and in three short years, the Quick Disconnect 2 Stalk Stomper was released.May Wes’s products, customer base and market share steadily grew such that the volume of orders required implementation of an efficient business infrastructure and consistent practices. More space was provided with the addition of a large cold-storage facility and optimizing the production floor layout. The next generation of a family businessTom Daggett’s son, Jack, at the age of 13, worked production during the summers through his college years. He acquired first-hand working knowledge of many production processes. It was a natural transition for Jack to take on the Operations Manager role in 2013 with guidance from his father, Tom. Jack helped bring about heightened planning process/Material Requirements Planning, engineered approach to specs/purchasing, controlled documentations and raised the standards for customer service.Jack Daggett became Pride Solutions President in 2016 and has aspiration for May Wes’s continued growth in the Ag market through product extensions, team approach to new development, and strategic partnering.Pride Solutions fosters the small company soul culture and appreciates employee dependability and longevity. The company encourages community involvement and well-being. Routine assembly work has been successfully outsourced to the West Central Industries, a local program that employs and develops disabled persons.last_img read more

BJP launches agitation against govt action on Ramdev

first_imgBJP on Sunday launched a nationwide 24-hour-long agitation against police crackdown on Ramdev supporters and corruption even as it asked the government to bring back black money parked abroad.Several BJP leaders led by party president Nitin Gadkari and Parliamentary Party Chairman L K Advani reached Rajghat amid a massive police bandobast to launch the ‘satyagraha’.The decision to hold the agitation was taken at a meeting of the BJP’s national office-bearers here.”The agitation is against the atrocities committed against Ramdev and his supporters and against corruption. We had been raising the issue of bringing back black money. Now we want an affirmative action,” BJP leader Ananth Kumar told reporters.He dubbed the crackdown as an effort of the government to hide its “misdeeds” on corruption.At Rajghat, several party leaders launched an attack on the UPA government, accusing it of violating democratic norms in breaking the yoga guru’s fast.They equated last night’s police action with Jallianwala Bagh incident in which several unarmed people were killed in firing.Terming the police action on “peaceful and unarmed” people at Baba Ramdev’s hunger strike venue as a “shameful” chapter in India’s democracy, BJP earlier today accused Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi of ordering the crackdown.- With PTI inputslast_img read more