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102# August - November 2017 Vol 26-2

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Just a few articles from the new issue (Vol 26-2) of Practical Farm Ideas, on sale from Aug 11 2017 

Make this issue the first of your subscription (click).

Search this issue and find 23 brand new workshop projects. Here are some:


A post driver with no hammer weight, no mast yet which takes literally a few seconds to shove a 3 or 4in post 2ft or more into hard soil. Cheap to make, the article tells you all the details you need to get on with the project. 


Ploughmen will get the value of a gizmo that lifts the final furrow when they are finishing a field so it takes 4in instead of the 9ins. The beauty is that you get this without a single alteration on the plough or tractor. Remove the gizmo and you are back with the plough still set right. 


Dairymen don’t talk about 3-quartered cows, but all have one or two. They’re a pain to milk. With this little trick you get the unit on and it won’t either fall off or start sucking air. (Why didn’t I know this 30 years ago??? uh!!)


Read management ideas that you won’t see elsewhere.


When a well stocked dairy farmer says he doesn’t buy fertiliser you look up. No N through the season? Yet grass enough to fill the silage clamp and provide good grazing?  He may not be the best friend of the fertiliser company who won’t want others to get to now about it for obvious reasons. Is it really sensible to say “I don’t want to know.”? 


Arable farming is getting bigger, slicker, and hungry for capital. For success you have to buy the right things, and set the system up so it works like a well oiled machine. IN this issue we spend valuable time on a farming estate with three farms totally over 3,000 acres. It’s modern, state-of-the-art and yes, they do build and adapt machinery over the winter months. Because it pays them.


If you are serious about farming, are prepared to learn about the less conventional, are interested in small scale ‘Brailsford’ ideas that improve performance by just a percentage point but add up to creating winners, Practical Farm Ideas is definitely for you. And if you buy it and it’s not, we are happy to refund your subscription. 


Practical Farm Ideas does not accept advertising and focusses exclusively on new ideas developed in workshops. Anyone with a new product or service of interest to farmers - whether inventor, manufacturer, marketer, distributor or whatever - is invited to contact Farm Ideas regarding possible publication. 

Fence post pusher, much faster, safer, cheaper than hammer


Depth wheel on reversible plough is lifted with this gizmo for shallow final furrow


Miking a three quartered cow is easy with this simple home made device


Paddock grazing - radial style

Harvest trailer behind loader carries grain pusher, two buckets, weigh scales





“Keep up the good work. Been with your since the start and particularly like your business analysis” sent Mar 31, 2017 from Carl Lindley, Wakefield


Did you read these from the last issue Vol 26-1?  Copies are still available

They made their own grassland seeder.

Aaron (21) and Dan (29) do farm contract work. Customers are farmers and also horse owners, and many want grassland renovated. They needed a direct drill but the cost was prohibitive, so they made their own.

Home made drill for grassland - better than overseeding

Simple home made grain cleaner adds £10/tonne. 

Fed up with £9-10/tonne stoppages for low bushel weights this farming family came up with the idea of a cleaner built in a drill hopper. It cost them £1,500 to build, and reckon it saves £3,000 a year in stoppages. Plus it cleans their corn for seed.

Home made grain cleaner increases bushel weight, removes weed seeds



“I find your magazine excellent with some terrific ideas, many of which I have used and/or adapted over these past few years. Keep up the good work.  Best regards”   John Gilgunn  sent April 6, 2017


Free Astro turf for cow tracks.

The plastic playing surface on playing fields is wearing out, and cow tracks are a good second use for it. We give details.

Free Astro Turf makes cow tracks; All spare parts seed drill; beef sucker cows

All spare parts direct drill

With soil varying from sand to clay on their 500 acres, cultivation machinery was never right. So six years ago they moved to no-till using a drill made in the workshop from a collection of spare parts. It adds liquid starter fertiliser and has rape seed pipes

No-till seed drill with liquid fertiliser made in Northants workshop


“You have a great wee magazine that I look forward to recieving every quarter. I will send you some pictures of our little inventions one day and if you are ever in NZ then look me up.  Regards”  Allen Collinson (NZ)  sent April 7 2017


Sucker herds share secrets

This is has a real seminar in sucker cow management. Sucklers are the enterprise for dairy farmers who quit the milk race and they’re the chosen route to greater soil fertility for many cereal farmers. 

Successful Beef suckler management

Scots farmer designed and made cubicles for 240

Cow size is getting smaller as they breeding away from pure Holstein, and these cows can get trapped by the conventional cubicle. They tried this home made idea and liked it so much made 240 cubicles for their new shed. Generously shared with Practical Farm Ideas.

Farmer designed cow cubicles stop cows getting jammed, stuck


Tighten Up Your Farm Business Procedures

This Financial Focus article asks whether the best decisions are made at informal meetings around the kitchen table - the venue of choice for many farmers. The article expands into the knowledge which all partnerships and private limited companies need concerning business predators. The right decisions can be critical in future. 


Make this issue the first of your subscription (click) by sending a request on the order form (use a blank line in the address saying 'Please start with issue 26-1.  The yearly sub is still just £16.50 for the full year. And no advertising or funding. Produced for farmers and financed by readers. 

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