We have seen too many boards and directors full of farmers who were self-denying in their competence in such positions, some of whom simply wanted to feel important when in reality they were impotent.
Mullers plan to change the directors by rotation over a three year period is excellent because, just like nappies, representatives all need changing regularly and sometimes for the same reason!
Its no good some big shot farmers thinking this is an opportunity to kick some back sides and get stuck in to Mullers management.
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Whether the others take a similar line will be interesting to see.
In the case of our biggest co-op, Arla, now is the time to demonstrate that its UK model works.
Then, four months later, you order 20 tonnes and he only delivers 17 tonnes because hes not making any money from the 17 tonnes.
Thats a 15% variation to what you ordered on both occasions a similar variation to the average farmers additional output in three years!
Its unlikely to end up being the top price in a league table, and it is often said and proven that only fools chase the top prices.
Finally on prices I wish farmers would focus on the independent facts and not the rubbish pedaled by some spin-doctors as to what their firms milk price is.
As part of this ambition its producer communication is now focused on developing the best supply group relationship, having lost ground in 2016 following the acquisition of Dairy Crests liquid business.
It wants, it says, a mature and trusting relationship along the lines of the one the former Dairy Crest producers had with Dairy Crest Direct.
The numbers show that the currency smoothing mechanism has held back farm gate milk prices by around 2.5 , and that means this extra money should flow to members during the next 18 months.
In fact, given where the Arla milk price is today it would comfortably be over 2ppl higher were it not for the currency smoothing mechanism.
I still hear from milk purchasers who struggle with the fact that some producers believe it is their divine right to increase and decrease output without giving any early warning to their milk purchaser.