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People and property are what matter to us, right across the country and across the property world. Whatever your circumstances we offer the services you need and the dedicated teams you want, acting for individuals, companies and major institutions.

We are not newcomers; our heritage means a great deal to us but it’s the future that counts. That’s why we are one of the strongest names in the property business, doing what is best for our clients and making sure the vast range of advice we offer enhances their future prosperity.


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Carter Jonas has been awarded a place on the Crown Commercial Service's (CCS) Framework Agreement RM928 for Estates Professional Services for the supply of property consultancy services.

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Carter Jonas has an established Public Sector Group providing a diverse range of core and specialist property services to clients within central and local government, health, education, the emergency services and transport and energy sectors.

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Central London Office Market Update

Central London Office Market Update - Guide to rents and rent free periods

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Carter Jonas At A Glance

Carter Jonas At A Glance - Corporate fact sheet

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From our blog

James StephenJames Stephen
Partner, Rural
Milk price wars
Milk prices are falling fast in the face of sharp falls in world market prices for a variety of dairy products and on the home front supermarket milk price wars are not helping either.

The big four milk processors have all announced milk price cuts for September and October which will result in many farmers receiving less than 30p per litre with those unfortunate enough to be supplying First Milk, seeing prices dropping as low as 25.1p per litre.

Prices on the online Global Dairy Trade auction run by the New Zealand based co-op, Fonterra fell again on 2nd September by 6% which means that average price has dropped by 45% since the market peaked in February this year.

Why the world markets should experience such peaks and troughs in prices has always puzzles me but in simplistic terms, I suspect as prices fall, so too will world production as some farmers cease production while those that continue will probably not try to push their cows with expensive feed stuffs to produce that extra litre because the profit is not there.

As a consequence there will come a time when world supplies reach a level that demand will start to push prices back up, but increasing milk production is not that easy. One can feed cows with concentrates but if you want to increase cow numbers, it takes at least 2.5 years from birth to bring a heifer in to the production herd.

This is obviously a significant time lag and I suspect it is this lag which is a contributory factor to the very unhelpful oscillation in dairy commodity prices because once the cows are in the herd producing milk, one cannot “turn them off” which then contributes to the oversupply and downturn in milk prices.

I am sure there are also many other contributory factors to world markets prices but what seems inevitable at present is that milk prices are on the slide and our dairy farmers will have to brace themselves for some tougher months to come which will no doubt result in some farmers exiting the industry.

This is obviously a sad prospect but it is a trend that has been ongoing for as long as I can remember. For instance in 1995 there were 28,093 producers in England and Wales but by the end of 2013 there were only 10,581. This represents a 62% fall in producer numbers over that period and it seems likely that with the latest round of milk price cuts, the rate that producers will leave the industry will increase, at least in the short term.

However, as with many clouds there may be a silver lining for those that survive because with an ever increasing share of the market, there should be the prospect of making more money when the markets do return to more profitable levels. The big question is how long that will take and how much pain businesses are prepared to take in the interim.
 

James Stephen MRICS FAAV
Partner
Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor, Wells

T: 01749 683381
E: james.stephen@carterjonas.co.uk
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