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Commodity Updates


Livestock

Can I still go to the mart?

A number of marts are still operating however members are reminded to ensure they are following official advice as much as possible when attending on sale days.

Marts are advising customers who are in the risk categories not to travel to marts.  For some marts there is advice that access will only be admitted to vendors, purchasers and hauliers.  If you are unsure you should contact the mart over the phone and ensure you are following official government advice.    

A number of marts have cancelled sale days, while others intend to operate with significant restrictions, these restrictions may include

  • Buyer per-registration
  • Buyers to declare they have not knowingly been in contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • Buyers to physically sign in, and out, of marts.
  • No additional visitors other than buyers and staff.

On 25 March 2020 the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers issued updated advice in relation to COVID-19, you can find this here: https://iaas.co.uk/iaas-issues-updated-advice-to-auction-marts-in-light-of-lockdown-status-for-covid-19/. You should contact the mart to confirm the situation.


I am supplying an abattoir directly, what should I do?

NFU Scotland understand that abattoirs intend to maintain operations. The Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers have told NFU Scotland that they are asking producers to:

  • Only arrive with prior notification to the plant – book your stock in prior to leaving the farm.
  • Ensure the plant procurement manager has your contact telephone number, and vice versa.
  • Adhere to all government advice on personal protection and plant safety protocols.
  • Double check all paperwork before leaving your holding – passports and movement documents.
  • Ensure you are on site for the shortest amount of time necessary.
  • Ensure livestock are clean prior to leaving the farm, particularly hindquarters and underbelly.


Dairy

What is happening with ex-farm milk haulage?

It is important to stress that at the current time no milk buyer in UK is reporting experiencing any difficulty with the up lift of ex-farm milk supply, however we would recommend the following is considered:

  • The following weeks are going to be a busy time for all, with the anticipation that in some cases there may be a reduction of staffing levels at all stages of the supply chain from farm to consumer.
  • It is important to keep in contact with your milk buyer/haulier to ensure you are clear on any contingency plan they may implement going forward.
  • We would ask that you are clear on any liability issues if your milk is not uplifted, i.e. specific buyer protocol, insurance cover etc.  This may vary depending on who buys your milk.
  • It is important you follow government advice on social distancing when tanker drivers are on farm making collections. Ensuring dedicated hand washing facilities for tanker drivers are well maintained will also be helpful.  The following links will help with general advice https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus and https://www.gov.scot/news/workplace-advice-contained-in-new-coronavirus-guidance/ 
  • Please be aware this whole situation is fast moving and changing daily.  We will update this document when appropriate

For guidance on Milk Recording

https://www.thecis.co.uk/news/coronavirus
 

The latest industry data, analysis and insights from the dairy sector to help inform your business decisions.

https://ahdb.org.uk/dairy-markets

Looking for Specific Dairy Help?

The Scottish Dairy Hub is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
www.scottishdairyhub.org.uk


Combinable Crops

How will COVID-19 impact collection of grain and deliveries of inputs?

The UK-wide Cereals Liaison Group is now holding weekly meetings on COVID-19.  Currently movements of goods have not been subject to significant disruption but there are reports of severe traffic problems at internal and external EU borders which could affect movement of goods to the UK.  You should liaise with your suppliers if deliveries look as if they may be delayed and check what your contract says about deliveries, including Force Majeure.

As above, there are not yet any indications of problems with collections of grain however there could be knock-on impacts due to maltster sales to brewers falling with the loss of demand for beer by pubs and restaurants.  Just as in normal times it is important that you should be ready when lorries arrive to collect grain.  If you are notified of delays in collection you should check your contract.  

You should also observe COVID-19 precautions for deliveries and collections and ensure that facilities for hand cleansing are made available to drivers and that they are used as required.


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