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I must say I find your magazine a cover-to-cover read the moment it hits the mat!

Mike Courtington

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Home Page 2 ...raise farm performance...

Successful farmers are often innovators.

They devise and use ways that are faster, more accurate, more efficient. They see the benefit of sharing their ideas with others, as everyone benefits.

Since the first issue in April 1992, farmers have shared their ideas and methods with Practical Farm Ideas magazine which has the following sections:

Editor's Notes:
A wry and sometimes contrary look at farmers and farming. Safety; extravagance; regulations; farming media; colleges and courses...

Made it Myself: 
Arable; livestock; some horticulture. Tractors and all farm machinery lare and small,, old and new. Farm safety (good machines are safe); workshop and repair methods. Converting redundant machinery to good use - eg a cultivator into a successful no-till drill; a mower into a grassland aerator; 3t trailer into a large scale sheep snacker. Hundreds of uses for motorway crash barriers; plastic additive tanks; IBC tanks and cages. Machines not seen in any show or publication. Home made machines which substitute for expensive manufactured ones.

Soil and Cover Cropping International:
A 6 - 8 page section in each magazine covering No-Till and minimum cultivations published since 2013 (when we described a home made/designed compost turner).

Financial Focus:
Money management is critical to farming success. Editor Mike Donovan studied Agricultural Economics at Reading University, was a consultant with the Economist Intelligence Unit and an editor with Financial Times. Again, no advertising benefits readers.
FarmWorld: International issues impact on farmers everywhere. Company news; new technology; trade and legislation...

Farm Walk:
A visit to a farming business which is on the go, often in a number of different fields. Their methods, goals, people, priorities, mistakes,
 

Farm Ideas presentations

The magazine has published some 4,500 novel farming ideas and has a collection of over 20,000 images. This huge resource forms the basis of the attention grabbing presentations delivered to world-wide audiences with Powerpoint visuals, and form the basis of unique visuals for college and university courses.

Tailor-made Powerpoints can be supplied on these and other topics:
    1.    Soil management with zero-till and cover cropping
    2.    Cost cutting ideas for a. arable; b. dairy; c. sucklers; d. sheep;
    3.    Workshop tips
    4.    Farm finance; succession plans; diversification planning


*  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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Included in every issue:

Soil and Cover Cropping International

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

  - See more at: https://www.farmideas.co.uk/#sthash.oUK2VPII.dpuf

 



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