Donald Hume is the NFU Beet intake Manager for the four factory sites. During the campaign, Donald uploads the relevant data to the NFU Sugar website weekly so that growers can see the average data for their factory as well as for all sites together. This data can be viewed by clicking here.
The length of the 2015/16 campaign for each of the four sites is shown in the table below. Also included in the table by way of a comparison is the length of the 2014/15 campaign
Beet Intake start date
Beet Intake close date
Number of days in the 2015/16 campaign
Number of days in the 2014/15 campaign
The table below shows the latest campaign average figures for all four sites but these may change slightly if more load complaints adjust the data slightly (Any difference will be marginal). For comparison purposes then also shown in the table are similar figures for the 2014/15 campaign.
The reduction in the number of loads delivered during this campaign in comparison with last campaign is purely a function of a reduction of overall contract tonnage (20%) which was made up off some growers taking a contract holiday (Whether partial or full) as well as an enforced contract cut across all growers. The variance shown in sugar and dirt tares is truly a reflection on the weather conditions during each of the campaigns.
There were also some changes to the site closing times at some of the sites for the 2015/16 campaign with the major change being the reduction in opening times at Newark on a Monday to Friday (Newark closed at 19:00hrs in the 2015/16 campaign instead of 21:00hrs in the previous campaign). Some sites reduced some of the delivery time zones which helped flow of traffic and minimised holdups.
Beet supply was a bit of a problem this campaign with the land getting very wet and problems with harvesters operating in these sort of conditions