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The test frequency for 2015 was 59%, which is an improvement on the 57% of 2014. Below is a chart indicating the main reasons for the Non-tests in 2015.
Some fantastic improvements have been made by the mill. The first notable change is that Yard delays have reduced from 36% to 28%; the reasons for this is that the mill has implemented a new strategy in turning over the yard and because there was an increase in spiller in 2015.
Reduced Frequency Sampling (RFS) will go up as growers and the mill improve on their obligations. RFS means that a grower has had a lot more tests than the average and therefore will not be tested to make space for the next grower.
Insufficient cane has been reduced by 1%. Mixed cane has decreased by 7%. Two areas of concern are the number of chokes has increased substantially and the number of lost tags has doubled.
If growers would like to see the breakdown for their non-test for the purpose of improving, please contact Bruno Eggers.
Our aim is to crush 51’500t of bark for the season. At this stage we are still on track to achieve that, but we would need commitment form every supplier to deliver his allocated tonnage.
Our plan is to crush until the end of May, but should the weather permit us we will continue until we receive less than 300t of bark per week. This should get us past the 51’500t, which would be a great achievement following the poor start we had.
At this stage stripping is still going well and deliveries have been good; long may it continue. Please contact us if you believe that you will be able to deliver bark at the end of the season.
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