An arable farm
Warm climate with low rainfall, which mainly falls during the summer
Warm summers help to ripen grain
Cereals such as wheat and barley, potatoes and sugar beet
Flat land which allows the use of machinery
Well-drained fertile soils
Good transport links with large markets nearby
Soil erosion, due to hedgerow removal, means that the soil needs careful management.
Competition from cheap imports of cereals means that profits are declining – farmers need to
diversify in order to survive.
Intensive commercial farming in Denmark
Danish pig farm
Fertiliser, seeds and animals for breeding.
Cereals, sugar beet, dairy products and bacon.
Danish bacon is imported to the UK and is often cheaper than UK bacon, pricing UK farmers
out of the market.
Large fields with no hedgerows.
Climate conducive to cereal growing.
Farming is gradually becoming less labour intensive with increased mechanisation.
Farmers are vulnerable to price fluctuations as there is a surplus of milk produced in the EU.
These ‘milk lakes’ lower the price a farmer receives for every litre of milk produced.
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