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113# May - August 2020 Vol 29-1

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Practical Farm Ideas Vol 29  issue 1   

May - August 2020  #113

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Made it Myself   

This bucket will be as good as new when the job is completed. The farm engineer who did the job shows how it's done in a series of photos. Preparing the bucket makes the welding easier to do. 

Repairing edge on loader bucket

Preparation is the key to replacing the edge on any bucket. These Hardox edges are hard wearing

Financial Focus

Avoid risk > Protect cash flow > Don't over-extend

Risk: could cereal prices follow oil? Getting protection while prices are profitable.

Cash flow: the need to generate sales

Over-extending: think before investimg


Avoid risk > Protect Cash Flow > Don't over-extend


Guidelines that will help make your farm business resilient

Made it Myself

This roll-over crush is made by a hugely inventive farmer from N Ireland. He is a superb designer. Never copies what others have done, but evaluates what is needed

He wanted:

  • the sheep to walk in,
  • be gripped with curved sides
  • get turned with no lifting
  • put back on it's feet 

He needed a machine which took the effort out of sheep handling, 

Sequential pictures make it this a viable project for any farmer or college student


 Covid-19 - THE guide to gaining help for farmers

Gain a better understanding of 



Government financial support schemes are coming out, and some have been 'paused' after a week due to the number of applications. We have been through the official pages with a tooth-comb, have talked to banks and accountants and produced something tailor made for most farmers. There's generous financial help from government and this will show you the way to get it. 

Made it Myself

Shovelling chippings or gravel into a concrete mixer with a narrow mouth like this  Bamlett is hard work. Our contributor from Gloucestershire uses a scoop he has made for the tractor loader. 
Two scoops, two shovels of sand, two bags of cement and he has a nice strong mix, and no sweat 
Filling a concrete mixer with loader
Soil+ Cover Cropping International

Over the hedge in Lincs  -  Fragile Fenlands need lightweight machinery 

Time to get the plant population calendar out
Helping research into beneficial beetles
Arable thinking applied to grassland  -  organic herbal ley mix from Hurrells seeds
Getting the micro-nutrients right - molybdenum / Grassland subsoiling and overseeding / Mobile water trough for paddocks / Ripping up sward with a spring tine  cultivator

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