Dairy Farmers of Britain

Dairy Farmers of Britain went into receivership on June 3rd 2009.  Members will not receive any payment for the £19.4m worth of milk they supplied in May and the first few days of June.  Members have also lost £63.6m worth of capital investment.  Many producers cannot find an alternative buyer for their milk (190 farms on 16th June). These are the smaller and more isolated farms; at the moment the only outlet for their milk is to sell it to the receiver for 10p per litre, way below the cost of production.

Immediate help is available from the ARC-Addington Fund’s Trustees’ Discretionary Fund.  Cash grants are available to meet critical expenses.  It is a very worrying time with the impact of losing May’s milk cheque and the current low milk price.  We cannot compensate for the scale of the losses, but we want to try and help farmers to maintain trading relationships with their suppliers and, in particular, avert any problems that make it harder for them to care for their animals.  TDF Application Form

Looking forward, there will be some hard decisions to make about the future.  We know that one element of any decision making process involving leaving a farm is ‘where will we live?’  The ARC-Addington Fund’s Strategic Rural Housing Scheme is in place to help families who find themselves in this situation.  SRHS Guidelines SRHS Application Form.

Help and Information on DFoB

The Farming Help charities comprise the ARC-Addington Fund, Farm Crisis Network which provides pastoral care and practical help and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution which provides financial help towards domestic expenses.

Information on DFoB can be found on the website of the receivers and managers PricewaterhouseCoopers http://www.pwc.co.uk/dfob

The NFU website has a question and answer section on http://www.nfuonline.com

Support for Holstein UK members
Jun 24, 2009

Milk producers affected by the collapse of Dairy Farmers of Britain who milk record with CIS or register with Holstein UK are urged to talk to Jacky Palmer on 01923 695284 to discuss payment schedules to allow members to continue to access services.

Milk Link offers new home for remaining Dairy Farmers of Britain milk
Jun 26, 2009

The receivers of Dairy Farmers of Britain (DFB), the milk cooperative that went into receivership on 3 June 2009, have reached an agreement with Milk Link who will provide a contract with a three-month notice period for the remaining DFB farmer members. This option applies to the 143 members still with the co-operative and those that sign up will receive, in the first instance, over 18ppl for an industry standard litre. These farmers are principally based in the North East and North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, south of Manchester and a smaller number in South Wales.

Information for Dairy Farmers in Yorkshire
July 20, 2009

Following the recent collapse of Dairy Farmers of Britain, Yorkshire Forward, the region’s development agency, has made funding available to provide information and support to the dairy sector. The events are free and open to all; however priority will be given to ex Dairy Farmers of Britain members. The events offer you the chance to learn more about what support is available to develop your business, and will take place across the region on:
• Tuesday 28th July – Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton, BD23 2TA
• Wednesday 29th July – The Golden Fleece Hotel, Thirsk, YO7 1LL
• Thursday 30th July – Tankersley Manor Hotel, Tankersley, S75 3DG
Each event will include a 1 hour dairy briefing/update that you can attend, with presentations and information on issues such as resource efficiency/diversification grants, dairy training, the events will also have clinic style sessions offering you the chance for a 1:1 meeting with a specialist agricultural consultant. These briefings will start at 10.30am and be repeated in the afternoon at 2.30pm, if you wish to attend please call Enid on 01904 451550.

July 20, 2009

Dairyco are looking to hold further what if workshops in the region and want to know if there would be any demand from the regions dairy farmers.  A Dairyco what if? workshop allows you to examine the impact of change on your business, be it financial, feeding strategy, herd or production system. It basically allows you to explore new ways forward before actually making the commitment. The workshops do require preparation time beforehand and 3 dedicated days off but other participants have felt this to be a very worthwhile exercise.  If you would be interested in attending a workshop then please make contact with Judith Stafford from Dairyco on 01335 390023.


A BIG Farmhouse Breakfast week event, using the very best of Yorkshire produce, will take place at Scaife Hall Farm, Blubberhouses (Kindly hosted by Chris and Christine Ryder) on Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 January 2020. Sittings at 10.30 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 3.30 each day.Tickets are on sale now at £15 and all profits from the event will be donated to The ARC Addington Fund

We are very grateful to our sponsors at Barclays Bank

How to book: Please ring Christine on 01943 880354 to check availability for your preferred sitting. Once reserved please send a cheque payable to Real Food and Farming Ltd for £15 per ticket. Your tickets and travel directions will be mailed out to you and we will look forward to seeing you in January.

Breakfast at Westmorland Show

Ian Bell OBE, Director of ARC-Addington Fund with Andy Newbold, owner of Killington Marquees.

The ARC-Addington Fund enjoyed a presence at Westmorland Show, offering bacon butties to visitors to the Killington Marquee. This was a new joint venture between the Fund and Killington Marquee Hire and was enjoyed by all. It looks at though this will be an annual event.

Childrens Pedal Tractors For Sale!

Thinking about what to get your little ones for Christmas? We have a number of Same Deutz Fahr pedal tractors for sale priced only £60 including P & P!

These tough little tractors are ideal for ages 2 1/2 to 5 years and come complete with a detachable trailer and loader. Even better all proceeds go to ARC Addington Fund, supporting Britain’s farming families.

Tobeco Super Tank Review

Today I’ll be reviewing the Super Tank from Tobeco. I was lucky enough to win this tank in a contest from Global Vapors. I had never heard of this tank before so I was very curious to see how it performed and compared to other tanks.


The Super Tank is a sub-ohm tank, one of the many that are out in the market now. I happen to be a tank girl, so when I have the chance to try a new one I get excited.


Specs & Features:


  • Capacity: 4mL
  • Claims to be able to go over 100 watts – I can’t confirm this
  • Aluminum, stainless steel and pyrex glass construction
  • Top fillable (allows you to fill the tank all the way to the top)
  • Extra wide adjustable airflow
  • Delrin and stainless steel drip tip
  • Comes with .2 & .5 ohm coils
  • Compatable with Atlantis and Herakles coils
  • Available in Stainless, Blue, Black and Gold

What’s in the Box?

  • 1 – Super Tank
  • 1 – .2 ohm coil
  • 1 – .5 ohm coil

The Super Tank comes with just the tank and one .5ohm coil and one .2 ohm coil. There aren’t any extra’s like a replacement glass or extra o-rings. It also didn’t come with any kind of instructions or information.


Design and Function:

As previously mentioned, the tank didn’t come with any instructions, not even a pictogram on the box.  I tried unscrewing the base of the tank and it took me about 30 minutes of struggling with it to get it to come apart because the air flow control just kept spinning around when I tried unscrewing it.  It did get easier to unscrew after a few uses.


The tank comes apart in six pieces. I like that you can take it all the way apart to clean it.



One of the features of this tank is that it is a top fill tank. You unscrew the top cap, and there are two holes, one large curved hole that is the fill hole and a smaller air hole. The fill hole is a good size, making it easy to fill the tank. I like that you can fill this tank all the way up to the top. I was concerned about leaking but I stood the tank upside down overnight and didn’t get any leaking from it.


The coil is a vertical coil and comes in .2 and .5 ohm options. The design of the coil is like the Atlantis but the juice intake holes on the Super Tank are bigger and the Super Tank features two large and two smaller holes. You can see the comparison of the Super Tank and Atlantis coils in the picture. Both of the coils performed well and provided great vape liquid flavor and vapor production.  I didn’t have any problems with the coils. I took the .2ohm coil up to 50w (the highest I can go on my devices) and it performed great. E liquid Flavor is very good with these coils.

The tank is compatible with both the Atlantis and Herakles coils. I tested using buy vape liquid uk & Atlantis V1 coils in it and they worked fine although I got slightly better flavor out of the Super Tank coils.

There is 2 different airflow options, and both of them are huge. If you like huge air flow and clouds for days, the airflow on this tank will make you happy.

The drip tip on the Super Tank is made of stainless steel and delrin, is wide bore, but short, really short. I personally like longer drip tips.  I tried changing the drip tip out and noticed that most other drip tips sit loosely in the hole.


Final Thoughts:

Overall, I think the Super Tank is a nice sub-ohm tank. I really like that it is a top fill tank. Being able to fill the tank all the way to the top and not having to unscrew the bottom of the tank and deal with the coil to refill was a nice surprise. I think more manufacturers should make top fill tanks. I also like the fact that I can use my Atlantis coils with it, one of the downsides of all these different tanks is having to buy different coils for each of them.


I didn’t like that the tank didn’t come with any kind of instructions or warnings. There also wasn’t a replacement glass included, or any extra o-rings. I also didn’t like how hard it was to get the tank to unscrew from the bottom. I would have also liked a different style drip tip, but that’s just my personal preference.


Cornwall NFU invests £250,000

The presence of NFU President Peter Kendal ensured a huge turn out for the Annual County Meeting at The Royal Cornwall Showground on November 23rd.  During the meeting, Robert Knowles, Chairman of the Agriculture House Committee, announced that following the sale of Ag House, £250,000 of the receipts would be invested with the ARC-Addington Fund, to provide more housing for farming families in Cornwall. 

Earlier this year the Jersey Cattle Society increased their loan to the Fund to £542,000, fully funding three dwellings.  Warwickshire NFU has also agreed a loan of £8,000. 

Countdown begins to 2020 Yorkshire Big Breakfast

A hearty breakfast will be served between 25th-27th January at St Georges B & B in Ripon

Organisers of Yorkshire’s Charity Farmhouse Big Breakfast are again preparing for their annual three-day fund-raiser in the New Year.

The 2020 event will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, January 25, 26 and 27, at St George’s Court B&B, Old Home Farm, High Grantley, Ripon, to be hosted by Will and Lindsey Hitchen.

Organisation is again in the hands of Yorkshire members – notably the ladies – of Farm Stay UK, Britain’s biggest network of farm-based accommodation providers.

Over the years, they have served up hundreds of Big Breakfasts and raised thousands of pounds for charity, primarily of late on behalf of the ARC-Addington Fund’s Strategic Rural Housing Scheme, which provides housing for farmers and their families who have to leave their farms for a variety of reasons.

The 2020 proceeds will be split between the ARC-Addington Fund and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Hearty Yorkshire farmhouse breakfasts – the food is sourced as locally as possible in support of local suppliers – will served over two sittings on all three days between 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £15 and are available from Lindsey Hitchen on 01765 620618, e-mail info@stgeorgescourt.co.uk

A number of sponsors for the Big Breakfast feast are already in place, among them regular supporters Barclays Bank, Bleikers Smokehouse at Glasshouses, Harrogate, and accountant Brian Elsworth, of EuroAudit in Ripon. Others sponsors and food donators are welcome, with Lindsey Hitchen again the contact.

Modvapa Panda V12 Tank Review

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Today we will be taking a look at the new Panda V12 tank from Modvapa. The Panda V12 is the newest offering from Modvapa’s line of subtanks.


  • Size: 22 * 70.3mm
  • Material: 303 stainless steel and pyrex glass
  • Capacity: 4ml
  • Coils: .06, .05, and 1.2ohm regular coils; 1.0 and .05 ohm clapton coils
  • RBA coil available

Design and Function:

The Panda V12 features stainless steel and Pyrex glass construction, is 22 mm in diameter and has a 4ml capacity. The Panda V12 is a top fill tank. The drip tip is a double chambered tip offering airflow control. The drip tip is standard sized so you can use any 510 drip tip of your choosing, if you’d prefer. Included with the tank was a replacement glass and a bag of various replacement o-rings, a variety of coils, and a RBA deck and RBA coil head with 2 pre-made coils.

The tank utilizes the same type of coil design as the Sub MK1 and MK2 tanks and are interchangeable with those tanks. The organic cotton coils are available in .06, .05, and 1.2 ohm kanthal, and.05 and 1.2 clapton coils. There is also an RBA deck and coil available for the e liquid (more info) tank.

To install the coils you unscrew the bottom airflow base and screw the coil up into the tank, then screw the airflow base back on. You can replace the coils with juice still in the tank by closing off the juice flow control holes first.

This tank has a bunch of parts and breaks down differently than other tanks. I had a hard time breaking the tank down the first time and the instruction manual doesn’t do a good job of explaining the process. Also, you need to have a large screwdriver handy to insert into chimney to unlock the the tank to break it completely down was a hassle. Here is a video from Modvapa that shows how the tank comes together and works. It’s easier to watch the video than it is for me to try to explain.

To fill the tank, first you must close the juice control holes by twisting the tank to the right until the holes are closed. There is a red o-ring that covers the holes and makes it easy to see that the holes are completely closed. After closing the juice control holes, you simply unscrew the top cap and fill the tank. There are 3 generous sized fill holes that makes filling the tank easy.

I found that I had to leave the juice control holes barely open while vaping or the coil flooded and gurgled, even though I used max VG juices. Also, if leaving the tank sitting unused for any period of time I had to make sure to close those holes or the tank will leak and/or flood. I learned this lesson the hard way by leaving them open overnight and waking up to juice running down one of my mods and onto my desk.

Final Thoughts:

The Panda V12 tank didn’t wow me. I liked the concept of the tank design and the coils performed well and gave good flavor and vapor production, but I found it cumbersome to break down and put back together. If you don’t have a large screwdriver handy you can’t break the tank completely down or change the deck over to use the RBA.

Cumbrian Farmers affected by floods

Cumbrian farmers who have suffered a financial loss due to the recent flooding and are experiencing hardship may be eligible for financial help from our Trustees Discretionary Fund.
Please go to our ‘how we can help’ page and look at Trustees Discretionary Fund find out more details of this scheme and how it may be able to help you.
/Netherseal YFC show their support/

Members of Netherseal Young Farmers Club presented Ian Bell with a cheque for £3,446.98 at their 52nd Annual Dinner and Dance and Presentation on Friday 27th November at The Tower Suite, Drayton Manor Park.  The Club has worked very hard over the last twelve months to raise this fantastic amount of money. 

After the dinner and presentations, everybody joined in a game of ‘stand up bingo’, eventually won by incoming Chairman, Mr Matt Hancock, who very generously donated his £100 prize to the ARC-Addington Fund.

Warwickshire Farmers Celebrate Milestone Anniversary

NFU Branch Chairman and ARC Addington Fund Trustee Tom Bradley, with Caroline Spelman MP Defra Minister

More than 250 Warwickshire farmers and growers toasted 100 years of the county’s central NFU branch at a special centenary dinner. Lord Henry Plumb and his wife Lady Marjorie were in the members’ pavilion, at Stoneleigh Park, on Saturday (June 19) alongside Defra Minister Caroline Spelman to mark the landmark birthday with NFU members. More than £4,500 was raised for farming charity ARC Addington at the event, in Stareton Hall, following an auction and guests enjoyed a variety of regional food and drink to celebrate the occasion.

A century after its formation the Central Warwickshire NFU branch is still going strong and the industry has endured thanks to the work of the NFU and the resilience and hard work of county farmers and growers producing great produce to exceptionally high standards. Tom Bradley, branch chairman, who has been an NFU member for more than 60 years said he was honoured to be in the post for such a special occasion and able to celebrate it with other farmers and growers.

Mr Bradley, who farms at Hatton, said: “We had a tremendous turnout and I am very proud it has come around as it is a once in a lifetime event. “I’m pleased so many farmers were able to take the chance and celebrate it. “We have seen many advances over the decades including improved technology and advances in agriculture but we need to ensure the industry remains strong for the next 100 years. “Now we need to see the new Government come out and support farming and help turn it into a profitable industry as we can not rely on subsidies as the profitable part of farming. “If the Government helps to put the profit back this will help to stop food shortages because farmers will produce more and we will also be able to draw more young people into the industry. “One change will reap many significant achievements and encouraging young people to enter farming is vital as they are the next 100 years.”

Some of the descendants of the branch’s founding fathers were at the dinner and there was a display of Warwickshire farming memorabilia, NFU branch pictures and other agricultural items on show.

Defra Minister Caroline Spelman, Meriden MP, spoke during the dinner after she was introduced by Lord Plumb. She said: “Defra’s number one priority is to represent British food and farming and it is quite right that this should be our number one priority. “When our business plan is published you will see that there.”

Mrs Spelman said farming had faired better in the current economic climate than many others and she said this was testament to the industry’s strength. She said: “The coalition is keen to ensure that all food procured in the public sector is produced to assured British standards and we could save £400 million a year if all of the NHS Trusts did just that. “That is something we should be actively promoting across the NHS, it makes sense and is a great opportunity for British agriculture. “I think it is important to promote what we produce and the high standards to which you produce it. “We also aim to save farmers money by lifting the burden of red tape and will have the review but this needs to be industry led.”

Mrs Spelman also spoke about other issues including CAP reform, the Campaign for the Farmed Environment and plans for rural broadband.

Roger Campion, NFU Central Warwickshire group secretary, thanked Lord and Lady Plumb, the Secretary of State and farmers for supporting the event. He said: “This is a great celebration of Warwickshire farming and I am delighted you were able to come along. “It is my pleasure and privilege to thank the speakers and thank the members for their support of the branch’s 100th anniversary.”

Regional produce provided for the meal included turkey from Adlington Ltd, at Balsall Common; pork from Elvidge Farms Ltd, at Gilmorton, near Lutterworth; vegetables from DE and DM Drinkwater & Sons, at Chipping Camden and strawberries from Haygrove Ltd, at Redbank, Ledbury.

The highest bid during the auction was £850 for a visit to the Palace of Westminster with Lord Plumb.

Mr Bradley said he wanted to thank everyone who donated auction lots, all those who dug so generously for the charity and everyone else who contributed to the successful event.