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Monthly eNewsletter

1st March 2021


In addition to Daily Fuel prices, Weekly Straights Prices, Order facility for Fuel and Straights, and the Supplier Catalogue, the Orion App now has fertiliser prices as at close of play each Monday for 7 key fertiliser commodities - particularly relevant now given the volatility in fert prices.

Download the App and contact Adam Donaldson on 07907 581094 with any questions.

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Feed & Livestock Section


Yes, congratulations indeed! Robert Mallett of Northleaze Farm, Highworth has won the prestigious Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer of the Year 2020 award announced in February, by producing milk economically from grazed grass and good quality silage, with his herd converting every ounce of nutrition from grassland to milk. There hasn’t been much to shout about from the roof tops over the past 12 months, but this award won by an Orion member is surely an exception. Well done Robert!


Information has recently been received and is held at the office regarding the current thinking on the feeding of minerals, in particular copper, iodine, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium as well as vitamin inclusion. The articles are not overly technical, but give a good insight, for example, into how the over feeding of certain minerals can have a detrimental effect on cow’s health as well as the negative effect certain minerals can have on others.

More Information!!

With the price of palm oil derived fat supplements becoming almost prohibitively expensive there is an alternative, which if it fits in with your feeding regime, could potentially result in significant savings to your feed bill. The information is held at the office and again it’s not ‘heavy going’. It’s worth asking for a copy, after all you’ve got nothing to lose!

For more details on any matter raised in the Feed & Livestock section, please contact Joe in the office:

Joe Cobb, Feed & Livestock Manager,  01865 393 139

Chemicals Section

Bromoxynil Revocation Date

This applies to all products containing Bromoxynil:

Final Sales:                                17th March 2021

Final Use on Farm:                    17th September 2021

Early Order Scheme

IBC’s delivery February & March, payment July. Available for Manganese 15% liquid – 1000L

Please call the office for details.


There is a limited volume of MAYA available, first come, first served. Please place orders with the office as soon as possible.

For more details on any matter raised in the Chemicals section, please contact Shelley in the office:

Shelley Dancy, Chemical Coordinator,  01865 393 135


Why choose computers and IT services from Farmplan?

Farmplan’s dedicated UK-based team of IT specialists provide a range of services including farm office and IT equipment set up from computers to tablets and laptops through to networks and even business emails and security. Our team will fully commission your new computer, pre-install Microsoft and Farmplan registered software, transfer your data and can securely dispose of your old one. With Premier Care you are also backed by Farmplan engineers providing telephone and remote access support as standard.

Andrew Smith, Hardware Development Manager at Farmplan, says, “We’re able to help you manage any aspect of your farms IT, our team of knowledgeable specialists can offer advice and best practice guidance on choosing the right set up for you, we can even prepare the equipment so it’s ready to use out of the box, minimising downtime.

Also ask about our cloud services such as anti-virus, backup solutions and personalised email packages to suit your needs.

Enquire today, contact Farmplan sales on 01594 545000 or email sales@farmplan.co.uk

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Members Section

New Suppliers to Orion

We welcome 3 Core and WP fuels to Orion Farming Group. Details of each company are available on our online Supplier Catalogue and brief summaries are below

A family owned and run business based in Piddlehinton, Dorset with over 30 years of experience that specialises  in Electrical, Mechanical & Water Engineering within the Agricultural sector. We complete new installations, service & maintenance on Dairies, Pig Farms, Chicken Farms, Slurry Separators, Private Water Supplies, AD Digesters & Plants,. Suppliers of all makes/models of pumps, water fittings, tanks & farm equipment. Trade counter.

WP Group deliver high quality fuels and sustainable solutions across the UK fuel and prides itself on being a specialist in fuel supply to the agriculture sector. Headquartered in central Southampton,  our sector specialist team take the time required to fully understand your business and its specific requirements. We support our agriculture customers with reliable and responsive deliveries, total fuel management programmes and sustainable alternatives whilst utilising leading technologies to make your refuelling as simple and efficient as possible. Find out more here: https://thewp-group.co.uk/sector/agricultural/

New Member to Orion

We welcome Ian Hutt to Orion Farming Group. Ian farms and contracts from his base near the Orion office, just outside Oxford.

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