Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 5°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Framlingham: AtlasFram celebrates bumper crop marketing results

11:00 02 March 2014

Richard Anscombe

Richard Anscombe

A farming co-op based at Framlingham is celebrating bumper results for its crop marketing pool.

shares

AtlasFram Group says its October–December 2013 pools paid out up to £20/tonne more than some major competitors.

Chief executive Richard Anscombe said: “This is testament to the excellent results which we have achieved compared to our competitors.”

Participants received between £164.07/t and £171.07/t ex-farm for their feed wheat, depending on location.

As well as this, a premium of £7/t was paid for Group 3 Biscuit Wheat and £18/t for Group 1 Milling Wheat. Oilseed rape marketed through AtlasFram pools averaged £320.20/t ex-farm, plus individual quality bonuses, up to £19/t over competitor pools. Those with LEAF Marque-Certified farms received an additional premium of £15/t.

“Many farmers believe that all pools generate much the same results, but this is not the case,” said crop marketing manager Tim Styles.

“Careful timing of sales is required to achieve optimum prices and our Oct-Dec 2013 pool results perfectly illustrate the significant financial advantages of marketing through AtlasFram. A farm marketing the output from 400 hectares of combinable crops through our pools in 2011 would have generated an additional £30,543 and in 2012 £16,241 more.”

PRC and CM Westrope, a 3,500 hectare operation based on the east coast of Suffolk owned by Philip and Carolyn Westrope, says membership of AtlasFram and its marketing pools is an essential part of Westrope Farming’s management strategy.

Farms manager Andy Rankin said: “Given the increasing volatility of today’s commodity markets it is reassuring to know that their highly-skilled crop marketing professionals are working solely on our behalf, allowing us to focus on what we do best.

“Each year our farms market around 8000 tonnes through AtlasFram, comprising feed and milling wheat, feed barley, spring malting barley and triticale, together with winter oilseed on the LEAF Marque contract. The tonnage is split approximately 70%/30% between pools and spot sales. A significant benefit of dealing with AtlasFram is that everything is automatically covered by credit insurance, which eliminates the risk from Mr Anscombe said: “The tonnage committed to our pools is set to increase significantly for the 2014 harvest.”

He added: “The additional revenue which could be achieved by marketing crops through AtlasFram pools could make a substantial difference to overall farm profitability.”

shares

0 comments

Mark Bee has pushed to ensure better broadband is brought to Suffolk.

Suffolk County Council leader Mark Bee last night insisted he wants to continue playing “an active role” in politics in Suffolk, as he announced he would quit his role next month.

Suffolk dialect road sign

“Howd yew hud, tergether!’’

Abellio Greater Anglia said train services between London Liverpool Street and Norwich are returning to normal but some services may still be cancelled.

Train services in Suffolk are returning to normal this morning after high winds caused widespread disruption yesterday.

Mark Bee and his deputy Lisa Chambers at Endeavour House in Ipswich after they saw off last year's challenge to their leadership.

Conservative councillor Mark Bee is to step down as leader of Suffolk County Council after four years in the role.

Voting isn't the only form of political engagement

The ideological machine that is meant to serve us has gone wrong and is tyrannising us, but that doesn’t mean we should boycott the ballot box

Suffolk has an ageing population - but can we cope?

Dramatic increases in the average age of people in Suffolk have been highlighted in a report which reveals that in some areas nearly one in 10 are expected to be aged 85 or over in the next two decades.

Damage to overhead wires between Diss and Stowmarket - photo courtesy of Greater Anglia

Rail users face an afternoon and evening of severe delays on routes between Norwich and London, after high winds caused damage to overhead power lines between Stowmarket and Diss.

There is the potential for sweeping changes at Braintree District Council come election day – though in practice that is unlikely to happen.

Firefighters were called to the house fire

Firefighters were called to a house fire in Stowmarket this afternoon.

A traffic collision has caused the delays in Halstead

Severe traffic delays in Halstead have been caused by a traffic collision.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages