Auc­tion­eer blasts rye use in AD plants

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FARMING - BY GEMMA MACKENZIE

A lead­ing live­stock auc­tion­eer has spo­ken out against the use of rye in anaer­o­bic di­ges­tion (AD) plants.

ANM head of live­stock John An­gus says he is con­cerned about the amount of land be­ing used to grow feed­stocks for AD plants.

“This is be­com­ing a real prob­lem for the live­stock in­dus­try and has taken thou­sands of acres out of food pro­duc­tion,” he said.

“The price of straw has gone through the roof and farm­ers are hav­ing to com­pete with an in­dus­try which en­joys a dou­ble sub­sidy – an area pay­ment to pro­duce the feed­stock for the AD plant and the feed-in tar­iff for the elec­tric­ity pro­duced.”

Mr An­gus made the com­ments while dis­cussing the sharp fall in store cat­tle prices in re­cent weeks.

He said the price drops were a re­sult of a “per­fect storm” of fac­tors in­clud­ing the hot and dry weather, con­cerns about lack of grass and fu­ture sup­plies of fod­der, and an eas­ing of fin­ished prices.

How­ever, he said the re­cent rain­fall would help put the in­dus­try back on an even keel, and the mar­ket was al­ready show­ing signs of im­prove­ment.

John An­gus in the ros­trum sell­ing cat­tle at Thain­stone

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