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90 Aug-Nov 2014 Vol 23-2

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See how you can make a road washer attachment for any slurry tanker. Fill the tank with water in the normal way and then fit the water bar on the outlet. Pressure the tank, open the valve, and the spray blasts mud from the road surface and washes it to the side.

Tom Lanigan from Ireland who sent us the idea says it works splendidly. He made it in the farm workshop. It took him a few hours only.

Why doesn't Adam in 'The Archers' read Practical Farm ideas?

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ISSUE CONTENTS #90  Vol 23  Issue 2 

Made it Myself 

Soil+ Cover Cropping 

Financial Focus: CAP Reform Made Simple 

Cover Story 1:

More milk from grass - the pre-mowing method developed by this Devon farmer results in a herd average of 5,900L completely off grass. The cost savings over cake means the spring calving herd of 60 cows on 80 acres of grass support two families

Cover Story 2

Bale handling in a busy period. With five big balers spring and summer is hectic for our contributor, who has made some ingenious grabs and handlers which stack...  on the trailer ...  in the shed ...  in curtainsiders for export sales ...  on road trailers

Practical Farm Ideas August - November 2014


Made it Myself

  • Power step for Case 4230 lifts drivers into the cab: remote control operates step that carries driver into cab

  • Flexible big bale grab has adjustable mast to top off stack in shed and load cutain siders

  • Cattle Roundhouse user report: bespoke cattle design to house 120 cattle

  • Heath Super Chaser get 20 year overhaul: new bushes is about all this tough machine needs

  • Muck fork converted to handle bales: been used for 20 years, before adjustable grab was made

  • Slurry tanker adapted as road and yard washer: pressure and volume cleans roads and concrete yards

  • Issue includes 46 "Made it Myself" workshop projects and simple tips for any farm workshop

  • Step frame tri-axle Crane Frauhauf artic curtainsider ends up as the classy 29ft trailer


Soil + Cover Cropping International


Light sand soil already improveing after year of zero-till with cover crops

  • USA seed business provides planting guidance

  • Cover crops are useful before sugar beet and potatoes

  • Kings cover crop expert Paul Brown has advice

  • Cereals 2014 Soil health conference

  • Cover crop - 1st year experience from Hants farmer

  • Aitchinson Sim-Tech drill performs well in zero-till

  • Sucklers on mob grazing system mesh with arable

  • Nuffield scholar David Walston studies soil improvement


David Walston, Thriplow Farms, in spring beans mid July 2014
David Walston, Thriplow Farms, with his spring beans. Photo: mid July 2014

Financial Focus

CAP reform made simple

  • Basic Payment System; Crop Diversification

  • Ecological Focus Areas EFA

  • CAP Reform in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Irish Republic

  • Rural broadband solved by DIY locals with B4RN 1gb/sec

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