When you’re covering potato ground up to sixteen times a year, applying liquid fertiliser and chemicals, it pays to make the right choice in crop-care machinery.
June is normally the time of year when ‘potential’ agricultural engineering apprentices are vying for the best jobs on offer in the industry. School leavers aged between 15 and 16 with a minimum of four C passes are likely to be considered for the top opportunities, depending on the qualifications metrics set by the potential employer.
When it comes to maximising silage quality and minimising costs, farmers are encouraged to take a number of simple steps to avoid contamination and enhance feed value. Such was the message at a Tallis Amos Group (TAG) Pottinger customer evening, held in Pembrokeshire and attended by some 40 farming customers.
Having already got a well established farm supplies business, just twenty five years ago, Tony and Sue Cullimore decided on diversifying their farming enterprise by opening their farming facilities to local schools and the general public.
“There are plenty of pick-up trucks on the market, but not many have the towing specification of the ISUZU!” That’s the opinion of Brian Morgan, Director of Ludlow-based Morspread Ltd., a specialist contractor who’s company provides deep litter spreading services to the broiler, turkey and poultry fattening industry.
Managing 300 milkers and their followers on a 180 acre milking platform is no mean feat, but for the farming enterprise of DT Evans & Son, Troedyraur Blongest Farm, just outside Newcastle Emlyn, it’s all taken in their stride.
Wyn Jones and his son Eurig, farm around 1000 acres at Trefach, Blaenffos, Boncath. There’s approximately 600 acres of grass, plus 200 acres down to spring barley and spring wheat, and the rest made up of forage rape, swedes and kale on a medium loam soil type.
With more than its fair share of Britain’s ancient Oak and Sweet Chestnut trees, some in excess of 600 years old, Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club, just outside Coventry, is arguably one of the prettiest and most historically adorned golf courses in the country.
With forage harvesting being a large part of the business for agricultural contractors, E B Marfell & Son, Monkland, near Leominster, moving up to the very latest technology on the market, has proven to be the right decision.
Pembrokeshire, South Wales is renowned for its milk production, many large dairy enterprises with 500 - 600 milking cows and with it, mountains of slurry and farmyard manure. But for Richard Merriman Contractors, it’s all in a day’s work. The company provides a wide range of contract services including; self-propelled forage harvesting, hedging, ploughing, cultivations and muck spreading.
Precision farming technologies, coupled with auto steering capabilities on tractors, combines sprayers and forage harvesters have well proven the benefits when it comes to accuracy of planting, recorded input applications and harvesting analysis. But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to machine operating costs and optimisation.
Most of us have read of the resurgence in the use of ploughs recently, especially where black-grass control is under scrutiny. But a Warwickshire/Oxon farmer, Nick Gasson has found that it’s not all about ‘ploughing and be done with it.’ It’s more a strategy that needs close attention to detail.
Agricultural contractor Aled Jones, operates a general purpose contracting service within a 15 mile radius of Llanygynin, St Clears, Carmarthenshire. His services include Direct Drilling, Round Baling, Spraying, Fertilising and Hedge-trimming to name but a few.
Fair do’s, but the fleet of pink articulated lorries that transcend the roads of the UK and Europe are more than something of an eye-catcher. With almost 50 trucks in their arsenal, Robinsons of Worcester is a highly reputable transport company who’s roots are settled firmly in farming and their business model is focussed on absolute quality.
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