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After all the hours of thought and hard work that went into those machines, seeing them printed in your magazine made it all worth while. I cannot believe how you managed to describe all of the details of each machine with such accuracy!

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*  cage means no straps on bale trailer
*  secure load
*  unique farm design
* workshop project

Alistair Taylor, CEO of the Institute of Agricultural Engineers, presents Practical Farm Ideas editor Mike Donovan with their 2016 journalism award. The winning article features the development of a driverless tractor, powered by diesel-electric which has a service life many times that of a standard tractor transmission.
*  zero mastitis in 2010
 
*  inexpensive and remarkable
Mobile 'in-field' calving box

*  easy to move from one field to another

*  calving cow walks in easily

*  saves calves, reduces calving stress, one person machine

*  simple to make in farm workshop

Aims and purpose of Practical Farm Ideas

1. Sharing details of valuable cost-cutting ideas

2. Improving farmers' business expertise

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'Made it Myself' Tip-up cattle crush
Home made tip-up crush
John Deere 750A seed drill modifications
Adapted 750A drill
Fendt rear wheel weight handler
Rear wheel weight handler
Farm trailer refurb
Beaver trailer fully refurbed
Land Rover Defender canopy lock
Simple Defender canopy lock
Land Rover Discovery converted to farm truck
MOT failure still useful

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Soil and Cover Cropping International

The world agricultural industry is at the dawn of a new era. Chemical farming is being challenged by a new agri revolution that is more exciting and potentially productive than any seen for decades. This major section of each issue describes the practical ways farmers are harnessing biology to reduce costs, lift soil condition and create profits. Farmers are finding greater returns and job satisfaction with no-till.

Damaged soil with no organic matter   healthy soil with earth worm   Home made plant population calculator   Over-worked soil which needs improvement   No-till winter wheat trial comparison 
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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)
2. Lifting farmers' business knowledge
  -  financial - budgets, performance
  -  forecasting, measuring and controlling risk
  -  legal - company structure, succession

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WELCOME TO OUR FARMING MAGAZINE

 

The 'Made it Myself' section of each issue has 40+ innovations. Every issue is 48 all colour pages (I do suggest you download a sample copy to read).  Tips like this 'workshop miracle' sent by a Scottish farmer who found he could release heavily rusted bolts and pulleys and even bolts embedded in castings by heating with a torch and applying a candle - even one off a birthday cake!


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CUT THE TIME AND COST of hauling straw off the field - Convert one of your trailers with a hydraulic bale frame. This trailer was in the field for just 5 mins - I timed it!

The raised frame is lowered to secure load

Get the full story in 21-4Cost: less than £500 using all new parts. Workshop time: 3-4 days

Practical Farm Ideas is the only magazine that focusses on methods and innovations devised by farmers.

Posted to subscribers, the magazine is published quarterly on Feb 8, May 8, Aug 8, Nov 8.

Each page has articles you have never seen before, featuring concepts that you may not have even thought about. This is a magazine which stimulates thought rather than telling you what you know already.

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Tipping trailer for farm ATV quad bike    Forklift front mounted on John Deere     Rat poison baiting box  Ifor Williams flat trailer converted for bales

'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.

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

 


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SUBSOILING with a Spaldings Flat Lift or similar machine looks like being necessary on many soils. In this current issue (make it the start of your subscription) we show how a Kent farmer has cut out the second pass over the field by towing either a crumbler or cambridge roller - or both - by fitting a drawbar to his Subsoiler.

It saves time when it is most valuable, and saves more than a few gallons of diesel too.

This is the workshop built cambridge roll. It has a road axle at the back, fitted with dual wheels for stability. The kind of detail you'll see throughout every issue of Practical Farm Ideas.

 

Special reports give details on topics as varied as the complex rules that govern the valuable tax break for farmers - Agricultural Property Relief

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Please take time to look at this short video clip, which illustrates the kind of innovation we feature in Practical Farm Ideas.

 

 

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Fertiliser spreading - improving accuracy and reducing wastage

The Brailsford approach to using fertiliser

Olympic cycling coach Sir David Brailsford examines every detail that can affect performance, and this report does the same for people spreading fertiliser. The age and sophistication of the machine has very little to do with accurate spreading...  it's all a question of set-up. These tips will save money and help produce an even crop - unlike the effort here:

fertiliser striping in winter wheat

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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.

Mole trap with dead animal

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It aerated grassland, helping water conservation (and reducing rain run-off and therefore flooding) and increased grass yield by 30%.
Grassland aerator built
using trailed mower

Portable, dry, attractive to rodents, they save bait and are simple to move from one site to another.
Rat baiter uses plastic box
Trough with flip up wire barrier is easy to fill with low discharge mixer wagon
Feed trough with flip-up
electric barrier
     
Star of the Show
Trailer fert spreader uses
small 3-pt spinner on back
rubber scraper blade on the back edge, allowing it to do two jobs in one.
Road brush and scraper
in one machine

2 ton front weight for
big plough tractor
     

Workshop layout ideas
 
rubber scraper blade on the back edge, allowing it to do two jobs in one.
Cow marking system for
those being treated

Straw handling systems
     
Star of the Show
Inexpensive home built back
flush reduces mastitis 75%
rubber scraper blade on the back edge, allowing it to do two jobs in one.
Neat machine cuts conveyor
belting for guards

Culti-press on front cuts pass
on large arable unit
     
Star of the Show
Straw press on linkage speeds
baling progress
rubber scraper blade on the back edge, allowing it to do two jobs in one.
Embryo transfer techniques
explained
 
 

Business knowledge is more than accounts and even benchmarking

2. Lifting farmers' business knowledge
  -  financial - budgets, performance
  -  forecasting, measuring and controlling risk
  -  legal - company structure, succession

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  -  controlling debt, maintaining equity; measuring and containing risk
  -  getting the appropriate ownership structure; forming trusts; using powers of attorney

  -  farm profits vs turnover; lifting margins; developing niche markets

Aims and Purpose
1. Promotion of low-cost farming

2. Lifting farmers' business knowledge

Low cost farming has been the core of the magazine throughout the 25 years of publication

  -  useful tips and ideas developed and used by innovative farmers
  -  protecting and improving farm soil is basic to all farmers, is not often well understood. Practical Farm Ideas is the most comprehensive source of soil management info published today

  -  building fertility and condition, erosion control

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