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74 - Vol 19 - Issue 2 - Summer 2010

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Farm safety. Everyone wants a reduction in fatality and injury figures. Farm leaders say something has to happen to change attitudes, working practices, increase law enforcement. The Practical Farm Ideas approach is somewhat different by providing actual solutions, and in this issue we feature one of major importance. It helps prevent the farm ATV being rammed from behind by a car or truck - by fitting a short mast with a beacon. This issue has another road safety solution - the loader-mounted gantry which carries a umbilical slurry pipe over the road, high enough for any lorry to go underneath. 


The issue also has some good stuff on min-till methods and results. Arable farmers will particularly like the Accord drill which has had its suffolk coulters replaced by discs which work in trash so much better. This drill is fitted to a power harrow, but spends as much time as possible on a home made spring tine with packer roller. The drill can be moved from one type of cultivator to another in less than 30 minutes. With the tines under it the drill is a 60 acre per day machine instead of barely 40, and uses much less diesel. Farmers who are starting up or expanding will be interested in taking in the main financial feature which asks whether you should be buying land or renting it.


Made it Myself

Stone fork has novel close coupled rams

Dumper truck makes tool carrier for easy hoeing  

Umbilical slurry pipe gantry for safe road crossing  


Trailer lock uses spare ball hitch 



Electric fence battery kept sharp with solar panel 

Mobile 32ft sheep race has crash barrier chassis

Round feeder cover made from cable drum side

Ring feeder redesigned for small farms

Dairy developments with David and Philip Hardy

   Two Boumatic 20:20 parlours make a 40:40 

   Cow slats made using home built mould 

   Straights store

   Squeeze through gap in cattle raceway

Gate adaptor plate adjusts for existing hinges



Min-Till Round-up from Yorkshire farmer Roger Mills

Cereal establishment costs are halved 

Blackgrass infection gets heavy treatment 

Oil seed rape needs even fewer sees

Tramline marker for oil seed rape


Ideas from Norfolk farmer Ron Giles

   McHale bale handler sleeve lock washer adaptation  17

   Straightening a bent girder  18

   Gas bottle routine  18

   Post hole borer stand  18

   Bale stacker made with all spare parts  19


Warning beacon on ATV improves road safety


Tips from Essex farmer Des Healy

   Hydraulic hose support fits tractor back end

   Steps on bale wrapper make film loading easier 

   Gate has removable hooks

   Sheep yoke makes dagging and other jobs easier

   Gate extension bridges the gap


Farm World

'The perfect steak' provides opportunities for beef finishers 

Rural Contractor website puts farmers in touch

No need to fret over GM technology, says scientist 

Top maiden from Geo Freeman MP for Mid-Norfolk  

Sumo - a manufacturer with it's feet on the ground

Welsh Government sloppy over badger appeal  


Financial Focus

Farmland: The Buy or Rent decision for start-ups and expanders



Farm Walk with Geoff and Matthew Keeling

Farming on the urban fringe has special problems 

Rape seeder added to 4m Vaderstad TopDown cultivator

Accord drill has suffolk coulters replaced by Amazone discs 

Spring tine makes a fast combination drill 

Plough painted rather than greased for rust protection 

Chemical store has double rooms for better management  

Electrical extension lead gantry adds to safety and convenience 

Simple sheet bender made with a pair of bench vices 

Parts storage needs many bins  

Hydraulic brake tester for trailers  

Land drain locator uses ferret finder  

Wheel nut sockets in home made box for puncture repairs

Brand on wood handles mark farm property  

Diesel meters on tanks and bowsers help keep control  

Roof fan keeps workshop warm  

Gator mounted sprayer used to spray grain store  

Combine spout extension lets carting tractor straddle swath  

The Keeling Museum - a place for rural by-gones 

Stainless steel 3000l water bowser doubles as fire engine

Farm security

Lane block stops cars and 4x4s, allows tractor to pass 

Lane barrier is 30ft - strong design  

Gas banger, battery and bottle secure metal cage 

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