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Thank you for letting me know.  I would also like to let you know that your magazine is very popular with our students.  Many of the students at this school are from a rural farming background and it has been fantastic to have some reading material that appeals to them, particularly the more reluctant readers.

Mrs Kathryn Durkan,    LRC Manager,      John Port School



John Port School, Derbyshire

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Every issue includes methods that:  save time  reduce risks 
cut costs raise efficiency ...

Tip up cattle crush


'Made it Myself': Tip-up crush based on bale handler; modified Deere 750A does zero-till; wheel weight handler; modified trailer; simple locks; Discovery agriculturalised; Fork lift on front linkage issue 23-3, Gas strut tip ATV trailer; Waterproof rat baiter; Ifor Williams trailer conversion carries 100 bales 22-3. 'Made it Myself' has featured 4,000 workshop projects. Use the Index (downloadable and searchable) 


With no advertising we can focus on ideas and developments in their infancy, before they have an advertising budget and become important to the mainstream farming press.

• Grass aerating since 1992, showing how to make your own machine.  

• Front mounted implements since 1993.

• Farm biogas since 2006 with an issue 'The Farm of the Future' we titled it.  

• Soil, zero-till, cover cropping since 2012 - the technology of the future for many UK farms. 

Soil with poor organic content; Three years into soil improvement; Home designed plant population calculator;  Conventional land doesn't drain well; Comparison of nine different direct drills (2014 harvest) 


Since 1992 we have featured an incredible 4,200 workshop projects. This website can direct you to the ones you need to know about. It's a valuable resource for all farmers. Details of every issue published can be seen on this site.

Research in Oct 2013 showed 98.4% of subscribers keep their copies or hand them to another farmer.

Some want every copy as an encyclopaedia. Others want to download the feature they need. They find what they want by going to one of the sections. Or they use the search box on the right hand part of each page.

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Practical Farm Ideas is the only magazine that focusses on methods and innovations devised by farmers. The only farm magazine with no advertising, making it truly independent from farm suppliers.


Rust releasing idea highly effective
Workshop miracle: for shifting rusted bolts, pulleys, bearing races. It's more effective than any penetrating fluid...  click above to find out!



Repairing a lane with bad potholes:

Featured this in Vol 18-1 which you can find on this page. The farmer told me the only way was to rip the surface down so the potholes are gone and he converted a scrap cultivator to do it. Then grade and add some scapling if necessary. Then roll, the heavier the better. You recycle the surface this way. Filling in potholes lasts a short time because the filling doesn't stay there.
We had another grader in 18-2 designed to make a camber so the rainwater goes to the side and not down the middle, cutting a groove. Clever machine from Donegal.
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Our 9 page Successful Mole Control report gives you all the information you need. Five special tips on how to set the trap.

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Dear Visitor,
     There were many reasons why I started Practical Farm Ideas magazine. In 1977, after ten years in London with both the EIU and the Financial Times my wife and I became dairy farmers, and built up our herd over the next 22 years. I soon realised that profitable farming was more than taking advice from sales reps, and got into low cost farming, using the workshop to make and adapt equipment for myself. In 1991 I won the Farmers' Brainwaves Gold Medal at the Bath & West show. Bringing everyone's ideas into a single place seemed a good idea, and I thought that these novel ideas, not manufacturered but made in workshops, would appeal to many farmers. In 1992 I started this magazine and have been producing it ever since.
     Please browse this site - I hope you find it interesting.

Mike Donovan
,  editor

Office: 01994 240978

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