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- Dairy Crest/Muller announces 1ppl increase in September milk price: Ruth Askew, Head of Procurement at Dairy Crest, said: “We are increasing our milk price against a backdrop of falling UK milk production. “Dairy Crest wanted to reflect this in our milk price as soon as possible”.
“Where we differ from many of our competitors is that throughout the crisis resulting from very high levels of milk supply and weak demand for commodity dairy products, our aim was to deliver a stable, competitive milk price on all litres bought from our farmer suppliers .We honored our contract terms and did not expose our farmers to very low returns for excess milk from spot markets during this period. Whilst we agree with our farmer board that the markets are showing positive signals, we have a different view on when this can be translated into milk price. We are optimistic for the future and hopeful that we might see stronger returns for our business and the farmers who supply us soon,” – Muller.
Shortages of Cream and Butter will increase prices:
- As we understand it, Muller ⎼ who have taken over Wisemans and Dairy Crest ⎼ have made the decision to use their cream stocks to make more butter and sell the butter to Europe. This has caused shortages of both cream and butter and will have a knock-on effect for other cream based products, increasing prices.
- Milk is not yet affected but things do not look good for this product either. Many farmers have moved away from producing milk after being paid less and less over the past two years. The consequence of this is a shortage of milk and when demand outweighs supply, prices can only go one way.
‘Potatoes in Practice’ to be held at Dundee:
Potato industry representatives, growers and influencers from all over the UK and beyond are expected to descend on Dundee next month to take part in Potatoes in Practice (PiP) 2016, the UK’s largest technical potato field event offering a high-standard mix of science, technology and practical advice.The event will be held on Thursday 11th August.
Men who have dementia are more at risk of being misdiagnosed compared to women:
The research could help to explain why past statistics have indicated that women are more likely to develop the condition – – Researchers also revealed that the age of the onset of Alzheimer disease varied between men and women, however, they witnessed a spike in the number of cases in men in their 60s compared to women, with the number of cases increasing in women in their 70s and older.
Soaring number of people diagnosed with diabetes costs NHS £1bn each year:
The amount spent by the NHS for diabetes drugs has increased to almost £1bn a year, according to a new report.
NHS Digital’s report ‘Prescribing for Diabetes’ has revealed diabetes now takes up ten per cent of the cost of prescribed drugs in England, reflecting a rise in the number of people who have the disease.
Robin Hewings, Diabetes UK head of policy, said: “The report shows the effect that the soaring number of people diagnosed with diabetes is having on the NHS’s bottom line. However, it is important to remember that diabetes medication, such as insulin, is lifesaving, and people with diabetes need their medication to manage their condition well in order to reduce their risk of serious complications such as blindness, amputations and stroke.
Scientists awarded £1.7m fund for major research to help British dairy farmers:
The aim is to help British dairy farms maintain a globally competitive position. The research will be undertaken as a joint project between the The University of Nottingham School of Biosciences and its School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.
“Research often generates new questions, however, and we propose to address those areas that will have the biggest impact on efficiency, health and welfare of dairy cows,” – Phil Garnsworthy, Professor of Dairy Science in the School of Biosciences.
Care home staff to diagnose dementia signs:
Care home workers in York are to get special training to help them spot signs of dementia among their residents. The city council is joining forces with the Vale of York NHS clinical commissioning group (CCG), and specialist charity Dementia Forward, on a new scheme in a bid to get earlier diagnoses for people who have the condition. Recently York has fallen behind national targets for the early diagnosis of dementia – missing the 67 per cent target by 13 per cent. There are believed to be 2700 people in York living with dementia and there is concern among charitable and social organisations that many do not access any kind of support services.
Eye and smell tests could be used to help spot the early signs of dementia, years before people experience memory symptoms, new research has suggested:
The study conducted by London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital revealed that the thickness of the retinal nerve and protein deposits in the eye could be used to detect the early signs of neurodegeneration. The research was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2016 in Toronto on Tuesday 26 July.
All major retailers to go cage-free by 2025:
Every major UK supermarket has now made a commitment to end the sale of eggs produced by caged hens by 2025. Asda, Lidl, Aldi, Tesco, Morrisons and Iceland have set a 2025 deadline to allow a transition to cage-free production.
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