Beet Ireland

Discussion in 'Tillage' started by KJL, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. 6600

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    It was hard to see it going anywhere else really.
     
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    The price was the problem, Lads are getting as much for fodder beet as they could realistically have paid. (Around €35/tonne I think was what was likely based on uk industry)
     
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    And that is clean, delivered and after tare.
     
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    Bang on.
     
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    No surprise at all really, the only thing surprising was it took so long for the announcement to come. The writing was on the wall since the farmer engagement meetings were held last autumn.

    Regardless, we should acknowledge the work that has gone into the project up to this point.

    I think a couple of things scuppered it:
    Price per tonne
    Investment required
    Structure of the company was unclear
    Sugar prices themselves naturally
    The decreasing acreage of tillage
    Other crops have come along since the demise of beet and many are perceived as handier for growers with no specialist machinery
    Greater cooperation between livestock farmers and tillage growers bringing more fodder beet and maize into rotations.

    I think we also need to recognise that the international sugar processing industry is far from a bed of roses at the moment.
     
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    I wonder was their much money raised from the 1k that they collected from farmers for the research?
     
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    I think you've got it in a nut shell there @nashmach... very surprised that it took so long to finally come out waving the white flag today.
    No idea how many 1ks they collected.... I certainly don't know anyone personally who payed up anyway.

    Credit is due though to Michael Hoey, Simon Cross and the rest of the team who probably put in alot of hours research and all the time and effort that went into them information evenings....

    No real surprise but still a disappointment for the greater good of the Irish tillage Industry.
     
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    I was at a few of the meetings and put my name down for the €1000 never heard anything about paying it, as far as I was aware they were looking for 1000 people to commit to putting in €1000 euro and if they got that kind of response that €1M would get the research to the next stage where we would have had a proper idea on prices, contracts, business model, then we would have been asked to come up with the big bucks.
     
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