#121 May-Aug 2022 Vol 31-1

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It's always fascinating to see how others tackle similar problems to the ones on our farm... great to get that little 'light-bulb moment' when you find something which will work. We've made quite a few useful things from your magazine

Mike Davies, Chester

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Silage buckrake fitted with transport box - forward lights and covered tines add to safety

Neat transport box fits on tines of this buckrake - forward lights and covered tines add to safety 
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