Well it is my hope with the improved weather we’ve seen over these past few weeks that most if not all of you have been able to get your silage cut and/or hay baled and put up for winter feeding. How frustrating has the weather been this year? Fingers crossed it will hold out for a good corn harvest. I’m also happy to report that the end of July passed quietly into August without any hiccups on the CDQ front. No year end, no headaches. I am hoping that as producers, it has been advantageous for you as well not to have had a year-end quota deadline to reconcile!
But aside from quota and weather, there is another important bit of news that I would like to share with you at this time. My husband Mike and I are expecting our first child in mid November, and as a result I am planning to take some time away from work. I will be available for farm visits until the end of September and will be working until the latter half of October out of the office here at the Milk Board. While I plan to take a full year of maternity leave, I will be returning to work next fall. In the meantime, we have staff in place to cover my leave and answer all of your questions. In next month’s update, I will provide you with a list of the various resources and people you can access in my absence to answer your questions and concerns about the various aspects of quota management.
In closing, here are a few ongoing items you may want to keep in mind for your quota management practices as we move into the fall months:
1) Despite what you may have heard there will be no general allotment of quota at August 1st.
2) Incentive Days: Here are the remaining days of what has been issued to date for 2011:
August 1 Day October 2 Days
September 2 Days November 1 Day
3) The Over Quota penalty remains suspended for the month of August. Be reminded that until such time as the province reaches 100%, the Board does not plan to re-instate it. As of June 30th, BC is sitting at -1.24%.
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