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#115 Nov2020-Feb 2021 Vol 29-3

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Published at the height of the Covid pandemic, this issue has some great workshop projects which will provide a positive contribution to the farm for years to come. Getting away from any feeling of despair, here are ideas which you can achieve over the winter months in both workshop and office. The aim is to help make your Covid time constructive. 

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Made it Myself   

Mega mudguard extensions

Stopping mud and spray saves washing time, keeps cab windows and mirrors cleaner. Mudguard extension is put on and taken off in a minute with no bolts or alterations to the tractor. A 'Made it Myself' idea for many farms.


Financial Focus

Adding Value for a Bigger, More Profitable Business

Adding quality to grain, meat and milk raises turnover without necessarily finding a huge sum to invest. 
     Every successful business looks to raise product value; to up-sell; to improve their trading margin. Farmers can do the same, as this expose of 'adding value' explains.


Don't expect farming finances to get any easier in the next few years. Margins may well be squeezed and now is the time to make a plan.  


Made it Myself

Self-loading Trailer for IBC goes on Land-Rover

They make usefull containers for logs and other loads - our man has adapted them for sheep! The cage is winched up onto the trailer bed with no electrics or hydraulics needed. It gets dropped off as well. 

Getting the farm safety message across

Classmates at St Joseph's School, Nenagh, Co Tipperary were devasted when 15 year old Patrick McCormack was killed in an accident on the farily farm. With the help of their teacher Paul Butler they made a video to save lives of other youngsters.

Farm Safety Video 

 https://bit.ly/3fl ttPz

Made it Myself

Mobile Feed Trough

This trailed trough feeds three separate groups of calves each day. This farmer dislikes creep feeders which he finds keeps the smaller calves from eating and gives the larger ones too much meal.
     Feed is the biggest cost of any livestock operation, and this way reduces waste to a minimum 

Soil+ Cover Cropping International

This four article section includes:
1. The benefits of having a second, low-cost seed drill
2.  Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil Quality  An interview with Nathan Johanning from the University of Illinois 
3.  Soil Research and the Interaction with Practical Farming. The use of a Lysimeter as an experimental tool
4.  Richard Harding of Pro-Cam describes what he finds on farm. 

No-till techniques

The benefit of having two no-till drills

With one being a CO6 tine drill converted with narrow openers costing £10k, and the other a 12m Horsch Avatar there's something for all soil conditions

Tips from a No-Till agronomist

Made it Myself

MF 390 driver gets clear view

Fitting the thick exhaust just inches in front of the windscreen was never a clever idea and our contributor got tired looking either one side or the other. The extension does the job at a DIY cost.  

Made it Myself

Home made reeler for crop covers

Enviromesh plastic sheeting is an effective non-chemical way to protect crops from damage by flea beetle and cabbage root fly

The mesh is quite fragile and costs around £1,000 an acre. 

This Made it Myself article shows how to make an Enviromest reeler which extends the life of the mesh as well as making it easy to handle.

The reeler design can be adapted to handle other kinds of sheeting

The article shows how to make the reeler, and also gives details of a reeler for wire rabbit netting

Enviromesh netting reeler

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