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Bluntly, advertising influences content. No editor can afford to upset a £20,000 a year advertiser. Ads have become the driving force behind a high proportion of magazines. No advertising makes the magazine completely different to others - and so worth buying!
Magazine started in 1992, when I was dairy/beef farming. Saw the need to share cost cutting ideas. Lower costs allowed me to expand my farming quickly.
Our contributors come from all over the UK, Ireland and also Europe. Many get in touch by phone or email, and we make certain their innovations are written up in a way which reflects the work and ingenuity that has gone into each one. If you have made or adapted a machine, this year or ten years ago, we would be interested in talking with you about it. The size and complexity of the idea is unimportant, we will publish and promote any size of farm innovation, and travel across the country regularly to drop in and see farmers who have made and adapted equipment.
Here's a correspondence which I had with Geoff Bowles, a farmer who devised a way of eliminating the chore of forking silage to his cattle after evening milking - a regular job on thousands of farms.
Geoff to Farm Ideas:
Subject: Re: Important - FARM IDEAS Website response
am a fan of yours , always read your articles whilst in the small room, most of my thinking done there, attached is a modification to our silage feeders, hate forking up silage at night in the rain. We have cut sheets of 10 x 5 Marine ply and 42 butt hinges to make roofs for our feed troughs and barriers that fold back to feed out. This size of sheet is £40ish but has saved a lot of time & effort , wasted & wet silage. I hope the diagram is self explanatory, keep up the good work Geoff Bowles
FarmIdeas to Geoff
You can't be... I don't do fans! But I'm really pleased when people like yourself take the time and trouble to send stuff to me. Many thanks. There will be one, 2, 10 or 100 people out there with the same frustrating problem when feeding cattle, and if one or two say "hey, that's a good idea!" the effort is worth it. Today I had a subscriber who told me the vet was in their yard this week, and commented on their ingenious sheep troughs made from double walled pipe. "Came out of PFI, her son told the vet.." That's exactly what the magazine is about, so many thanks for getting in touch, and we will get your story into the next issue.
MIKE DONOVAN, editor, Practical Farm IDEAS,
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