Discussion in 'Tillage' started by CORK, Aug 19, 2016.
It’s all part of the €15, the spec is very straightforward and not hard to achieve
But it would be a higher spec than feed barley anyway. What used the usual premium be over feed?
There was no premium. Not fully sure what the specs are but 63KPH dry, free from wild oats, sound and sweet smelling etc, no varietal, protein or skinning restrictions etc
That unmalted barley is used only in their high value pot still whiskeys, it's not used in their blended whiskey which is by far their biggest seller.
I'm sorry for the cynicism on my part Cork but we have been there done that already as highlighted by several posts above, as tillage farmers we have to jump through several hoops but when it comes to the next stage there seems to be so little questions and much more bending of the rules with loose interpretations that it is quite frankly embarrassing.
I don't doubt for a minute all the good work that those you mention do but It's being undermined by others. Unfortunately our coops have a lot to answer for in my view with many private companies leading the way,.look at Flahavans on the oats side and Quinn's with beans and soya for example.
I was in Paris with my little girl at a showjumping thing and I got talking to a lady that was part of putting the deal with Pernod together at the time.
Quinn’s are trying soya?
How’s that going?
Still waiting for last years crop to mature, it was harvest alright. Saw some wholecroping in Wicklow last year. Looked like cabbage when cutting.
Is soya grown around you in France J?
Grew it myself for a few years also with yields around 2.5-3.5 t/ha.
We gave up on it when we discovered high protein cover/cash crops.
It’s a very thirsty crop. Loves the heat also, but 6x35mm passes of water makes it hassle compared to other crops.
It’s not possible for European farmers to compete against gmo soya from the Americas...
I heard that they’re having some limited success with it in SE England.
They combined it the year before if I remember correctly.