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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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110# Aug-Nov 2019 Vol 28-2

Price £4.35

This 48 page issue visits both arable and livestock farms who all  have individual cost-cutting ideas and innovations from the farm workshop and the farm manager's desk (or kitchen table). 

Practical Farm Ideas #110

Must reads

•   Sexed semen pg 36-8

a route to profit for dairy farmers 1. tightening calving pattern

2. many more beef x calves

3. many fewer dairy bull calves


•   Soil strategy pg 23-33

1. Tips from Groundswell19 event

2. the tyre test

3. farmers' perspectives on reducing N


•   Financial pg 21-22 

1. 'the farm is my pension' - why it's very often a fantasy

2. property versus funds

3. ways to diversify assets 



Made it Myself 

Here are three of the forty ideas in this issue
•      bump bars on cattle raceway stop reversing

•      quad sprayer quick to dismount
•      freestanding sprayer induction hopper for fast mixing


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Stack covers - keeps them dry, fix to bale before stacking

Stops cattle reversing in race

Quad sprayer redesigned. Quick to mount and remove

Simba Freeflow converted to direct operation


Chaff spreader on 30-year old John Deere 1085 combine. Spreads those weed seeds wide for fast germination and better chemical control. Works with or without the straw spreader.

Top load hatch for vacuum slurry tanker

Vacuum tanker gets top loading hatch to prevent sand build-up in tank

Horsh drill impresses at Groundswell





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