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#116 Feb - May 2021 Vol 29-4

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Farmers use their lockdown time in the workshop, achieving something useful to save money, time and risk. Regular readers will toothcomb this issue for further ideas, including the financial feature which is well worth the 6 mins reading time. Here is a small selection of this issue's contents. 

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Made it Myself   

Feed hooper for cattle and sheep farmers

The IBC tank has a chute on the front. Position over the creep or other feeder and pull the cord. A big time saver for a regular chore


Feed hopper for cattle and sheep farmers

Financial Focus

Fixing the farm: why now is the time to act

This article explains the reasoning behind the advice to make changes to systems which have altered little over the past 10-20 years. 

A time of change. The food market is moving towards products with health benefits, including organic. Moving towards home produced and away from imports. Increasing understanding of the meaning of quality marks on food products.

A time to change. Farmers are proud to be up-to-date. Very often this means bigger machinery, but there’s much more to change than that. Change is farming in a different way which is more than new kit. This is fundamental change for the farm and the family. Moving enterprises. Changing income streams. A change of direction.  

Made it Myself

HiAb crane transforms workshop

This brilliant idea is a 6 section crane that moves, stacks, lifts in the building and sticks out the door to unload and do work outside. Plenty of concrete in a deep hole!  

Made it Myself

Quad carrier

When the trailer is full of livestock you can still move the quad bike. We show how the carrier is based on a standard buck rake. Saves a lot of time.

Soil+ Cover Cropping International

No-till techniques

New Topcon raises drilling rates
“Prior to the upgrade I was drilling an average of 2.9 hectares per hour,” Rob explains. “That’s now up to 3.2 hectares simply because there’s less downtime at the end of each pass. That’s a 10% increase in work rate, which is too valuable to turn down. I usually skip one or two rows to make the
headland turns that little bit wider which means I’m not turning lock-to-lock and can maintain a more constant forward speed.

Winter sown oats which would please the most fastidious of clients. Drill is operated via a SIM-based RTK service to ensure accurate seed placement.

Made it Myself

Novel auger pump

It pumps 3,000 galls a minute and has a 12in dia outlet pipe. Used mainly for pumping standing water off fields. 


Made it Myself

Home made slurry pipe gantry

Umbilical slurry systems cross the road with this home built gantry. Thinking of making one? This one has got some design tips you will want to see. 


Not only, but also

Content of the first few pages of this 48 page issue. 

No adverts. 

All editorial. 

Ideas for every farmer

On-the-go tyre inflation system made with €450 of parts  5
Tractor front bumper is a safety as well as vanity project  8
eBee-Ag plane provides the data  8
Holly in shed roof cures ringworm  10
Anti-climb mesh for cattle shed windows  11
Elevated cattle crush easy for herdsman  11
Electric cow immobiliser 12

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