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I have subscribed to 11 magazines, of which 9 have something to do with farming. The only one I'm savouring from cover to cover is Practical Farm Ideas. The fact that these ideas are from collegues in a somehow similar situation, that they have been realised under farm workshop conditions and have really proven their usefulness in the daily challenge of practical farming, gives your magazine a value I have never found anywhere before. I think your publication should be a must for any farmer who has more in his toolbox than a hammer, chisel and vice grip!

Richard K.Auler, Republic of Ireland

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Welcome

We're farming in very tough times. It's highly unusual for corn, meat and milk to decline at the same time (remember 'up horn, down corn?') but of course this is what happened in 2014.
    Back in 2013, when wheat was near £200 and milk over 32p, and ambitious farmers were expanding and borrowing, I wrote:
"Rising land prices provide security, and also problems for farmers. Borrowing against an asset rising in value such as this is always very compelling, but the repayment comes not from the asset but from the income which it creates. Take on any financial obligation with your eyes wide open…." (PFI Vol 22-2 Aug 2013). Advice which, from the perspective of 2016, has been shown to be spot on.
    The £16.50 annual subscription is worthwhile for this advice alone. 

Best wishes,  Mike Donovan, editor
- See more at: https://www.farmideas.co.uk/about-us.html#sthash.AaVoGnxm.dpuf
Welcome

We're farming in very tough times. It's highly unusual for corn, meat and milk to decline at the same time (remember 'up horn, down corn?') but of course this is what happened in 2014.
    Back in 2013, when wheat was near £200 and milk over 32p, and ambitious farmers were expanding and borrowing, I wrote:
"Rising land prices provide security, and also problems for farmers. Borrowing against an asset rising in value such as this is always very compelling, but the repayment comes not from the asset but from the income which it creates. Take on any financial obligation with your eyes wide open…." (PFI Vol 22-2 Aug 2013). Advice which, from the perspective of 2016, has been shown to be spot on.
    The £16.50 annual subscription is worthwhile for this advice alone. 

Best wishes,  Mike Donovan, editor
- See more at: https://www.farmideas.co.uk/about-us.html#sthash.AaVoGnxm.dpuf

ABOUT:  Practical Farm Ideas

1965  Mike leaves school with A levels and starts work with Arthur Dunkley, Manor Farm,Forest Hill, Oxford after a childhood centred on grandfather's tenanted 350 ac arable farm. The Dunkley mixed farm centred on cash flow, so cost saving was applied in all enterprises.

1966  Starts studying Agricultural Economics at Reading University, a quality course under Prof Ronald Tuck. Prof David Hughes, past principle at Wye College was a course mate. Wide ranging course provided skills in research, writing and more.   

1969 - 1977 Graduated and worked in London for grain traders Tradax, the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Financial Times

1977 - 1999  Life changing career move from London to 52 acres dairy farm near Cardigan. Applied the cost controls learned with Arthur Dunkley, became interested in using farm workshop to improve farm efficiency.  With 50 cows moved to 140 acres at Whitland, Carmarthenshire and with help of neighbours, friends and ATB tutors started to make equipment, including the grassland aerator. 

1982  As chairman of St Clears Agricultural Training Board met the invited guest Everet Thorburn of the New Zealand Dairy Board who sold NZ dairy semen. His talk was compelling and replacement breeding used NZ only, producing major improvement to herd performance.

1991  Took the aerator and some adjustable cattle penning to Bath & West 'Farmer's Brainwaves and was awarded firsst prize. Better still was meeting other farmers including Andrew Palmer and Jim Wilkie (Weylode) who told me about the American Farm Show magazine. Proposed a Farm Show Europe to them, met Mark Newhall and the late Harold Johnson but they decided to stay exclusively in the US, but offered help in sourcing stories in my own publication.

1992  Created Practical Farm Ideas after enthusiasm from Matt Dempsey, editor of Irish Farmers Journal and a very satisfactory national survey of 500 farmers. 

1995  Did a DIY job making and designing the first version of  the website farmideas.co.uk  using Dreamweaver. Was invited to speak at conferences and meetings. The concept of mutually sharing information to minimise costs gains popularity during some tough years for the industry as interest rates soar. Our 150 acre farm - Mike was still very much a farmer, milking 65 cows 2x a day - survived. 

1999  Wrote a regular column on practical ideas first in British Dairying which ended in 2005, and then in Dairy Farmer till 2013, also in Profi International.

2012  Writing an artcle on soil showed a huge gap in knowledge which was filled largely from America and the No-till movement. This led to some fundamentally useful article in 2013 and in  Vol 22 issue 2 Aug - Nov 2013  buy this issue   the start of a new section in Practical Farm Ideas titled Soil+ Cover Cropping International.

 

ABOUT editor and founder, Mike Donovan:

• Publisher: Created Practical Farm IDEAS magazine 1992  -  present day

• Dairy farmer, West Wales 1977 -  2000
    Winner: Bath & West Show Farmers Brainwaves 1991

• Financial Times, London 1975 
    Editor Professional Administration
    Contributor: FT commodities page, and did freelance work in the agricultural sector.

• The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) in London  --  studies concerned with agriculture, including coffee, fertilisers, farm machinery, grain facilities.
    Editor of EIU publication Retail Business
    Contributor: UNCTAD Conferences in London, Geneva, Madrid and Istanbul 
    Author: 'Consumerism' Encyclopaedia Britannica 1972

• Reading University: BSc (Hons) Agricultural Economics 1969

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AIMS AND AMBITIONS


1.  The international expansion of FARM IDEAS so farmers can share ideas across continents.
2.  Helping educate farmers to better understand management economics, machinery costs, markets and their movements

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