AtlasFram Group’s pools deliver industry-leading returns
Members who marketed their combinable crops through the AtlasFram Group’s April to June 2012 pools achieved substantially higher returns compared to the competition. For a 1000-acre arable farm following a typical rotation of winter wheat, beans, two winter wheats and oilseed rape, the difference was worth £35.59 per acre, representing a total additional income of £35,587.
AtlasFram Members who marketed wheat through the Group’s feed wheat pool benefited from a return of £166.05 per tonne, £12.05/t higher than a leading competitor, while Group 3 soft wheat achieved £169.05/t, a £10.05/t advantage, and Group 1 milling wheat returned £182.05/t, an additional £12.05/t. Oilseed rape achieved £375.38/t plus individual quality bonuses, £15.38/t more, while beans returned £212.83/t, .an extra £12.83/t.
Figures compiled by farm management company Strutt & Parker show that a typical 1000-acre farm growing 200 acres of Group 1 wheat, 200 acres of Group 3, 200 acres of feed wheat, together with 250 acres of oilseed rape and 150 acres of beans, would have received a total income of £600,387 from these crops where AtlasFram pools were used, compared with £564,800 for the local competitor.
Richard Anscombe, Chief Executive of the AtlasFram Group, commented:
“We are delighted with these results, which highlight the advantages of marketing through a cooperative which operates entirely in the best interests of its Members. Our pools generate substantial additional profits for our Members and the financial advantages which we have generated for them are substantial, providing a valuable addition to overall farm profitability.
“Farmers are understandably reluctant to change sometimes long-standing marketing arrangements, but this is such a large financial difference that it really should make them think very carefully about where they can achieve the best returns. AtlasFram pools provide a simple, safe method of marketing grain and generate consistently above-average returns, but without the considerable risks of selling on the ‘spot’ market.”
Further details about AtlasFram pools are available from Barry Howard on 01728 727700.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
AtlasFram Group is a highly-successful farmer-owned cooperative with an annual turnover of £168 million. Based at Framlingham in Suffolk, it purchases all types of farm inputs and markets combinable crops on behalf of its 1250 Members, who collectively farm more than 300,000 hectares throughout the UK. The Group attracts professional arable and livestock farmers who recognise the value of belonging to a large, expertly-managed input purchasing and crop marketing business operated entirely on their behalf.
In addition to financial savings on a wide range of inputs, from fuel, fertiliser and ag-chem to workshop equipment, tyres, electricity, building materials, feed, animal health products and mobile ‘phones, AtlasFram Members benefit from access to a team of product specialists. Working solely in the best interests of Members, they provide expert advice on a wide range of farming-related issues, advise when to place orders to obtain the best discounts and ensure that products are delivered on time, to the right location. Members receive just one monthly invoice that shows all purchases, which further reduces the time and cost of administration.
Further details are available at www.atlasfram.co.uk