Farmers across Britain pull together to give essential help
|Volunteers with diggers and tractors open the beck in Glenridding, Pic: aol.com|
How upland farmers might help their valley neighbours
|Mike Donovan's aerator made from a scrap Vicon Olympus mower as featured in Practical Farm Ideas|
The Facebook post on the topic has reached 7,744 farmers and attracted comments. While half or more thought the method looked good, others said aerating would never absorb the volume of rain which fell and that anyway autumn was the wrong time to be aerating grassland. I'm not too certain that either of these objections really stand up and I've provided them with my reasoning. If the aerating job absorbed 10% of the downpour it might well be sufficient to reduce the flow sufficient to protect the farms close to the river.
Waiting for Godot - or Defra
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The current issue of PFI magazine
Robot milkers are catching attention, but what's the story outside the brochure? The new routine, training cows and cowmen - the experience of a recent converter.
Slug-pelleting 32 metres in one pass with the ATV sounds impossible - until you see this trailed spreader designed and built in the farm workshop.
Zero-till gets interesting with current prices. A full scale tour around one of the technique's top operators who reveals some major money saving tips on equipment, methods, and results. Read it!
Tractor service intervals are getting longer. Will they save oil and cost more in wear?
Driverless, cabless tractors are in the USA and doubtless will soon be here. Driven by diesel-electric power unit/s as described below.
Tractor replacement is increasingly expensive, and replacing/repairing tired engines and worn gearboxes not much cheaper. Here's an alternative - a retro-fit diesel-electric unit with 200hp Isusu driving a 150kW AC alternator and wheel motors. Replaces engine, gearbox and final drive in your tractor frame. Same system as in railway carriages - very long service hours, few working parts, and CVT type performance.
Mini dumper makes cubicle brush - and then converts back in the summer for site work.
And also.... kinetic log splitter. Human powered through car spring.
Financial Focus: How to Limit Tax on Developing Land to just 10% Through Planning and Knowledge. Read now, plan with care, reap benefit later.
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