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102# August - November 2017 Vol 26-2

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101 # May - August 2017 Vol 26-1

 

Issue 26-1 May - Aug 2017

*  51 Made it Myself Farm Workshop Projects  

 

*  Finance and farm admin - do you know your partnership/company agreements and partner/shareholder rights?

 

*  Grassland management and the use of data
 

 

 

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100 # Feb - May 2017 Vol 25-4

Thinking constructively for a better farming industry

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99 # Nov - Feb 2017 Vol 25-3

Welcome once more to the different farming magazine. The one full of projects and ideas made in workshops on farms and barns… machines, tools and equipment you won't see anywhere else but which really make a difference.
        NB:  We continue with a policy of accepting no advertising.

Publication date:  Nov 8, 2016

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98 # Aug - Nov 2016 Vol 25-2

 

Made it Myself from three innovative Dutch dairy farms.  Some of their ideas not seen in the UK yet could well be very helpful in containing costs and reducing waste. Their aim is efficient milk production.
 

FarmWalk visits a farm on Salisbury Plain, Wilts which runs a herd of 450 sucklers. They keep all stock until 20 months, outwinter the stock and have been rotating paddocks for the past 20 years. They cart most of the water in converted oil tankers. 
 

Financial Focus looks at the real implications for farmers of Brexit - the biggest change in UK farming for the past 50 years. It suggests some directions which farmers might think of moving in the next few years.
 

FarmWorld  takes a look at the new farm management at the National Trust property in Worcestershire, Croome Court, where meadows and controlled grazing have replaced arable land.  

We learn about the intricacies and results of commercial grass breeding from James Ingles of Barenburg, and how trial varieties are selected for 'the list' of recommended varieties.
 

Soil+ Cover Cropping International:  Clive Bailye has been zero-tilling for 6 years and won the title 'Soil Farmer of the Year"
 

42 Made it Myself ideas and projects in this issue

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97 # May - Aug 2016 Vol 25-1

* The start of our 25th year of publishing

*39 time and money saving projects for every farm

*Helping readers improve margins, control costs, prepare for the future

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96 # Feb - May 2016 Vol 24-4

CONTENTS: You get all this, and more, in Practical Farm Ideas #96 Feb-May 2016

Incorporating SOIL+ Cover Cropping International

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95 # Nov '15 - Feb '16 Vol 24-3

 

Welcome to Practical Farm Ideas Vol 24-3 published on Nov 21 2015

  • 48 all-editorial pages. Practical cost-cutting opportunities.

  • Tax advice for farmers selling/developing land

  • Soil+ Cover Cropping: rotations, techniques, seed drill, benefits

  • Made it Myself: inspirational machines, made on low budgets, from farm workshops.

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23-4 #92 Feb-May 2015

The Keep-it-Simple Guide to Profitable Farming

In this issue

Home designed milking parlour is rapid exit with a lift up front and rapid entrance so cows enter three abreast. The 360 herd is milked 3x through the 32:32. Totally original and totally brilliant - and not expensive.  You'll also like the circulation cleaning which works like an automatic washing machine, and the backing gate made with crash barriers.... it's all been so well thought out!

 

The 8 page Soil+ supplement has vital tips on different cover crops, moving from conventional to no-till, the problem of blackgrass. It's interesting how these farmers are using no-till on heavy clays, and finding real benefits.  This issue:  48 pages, all editorial, no advertising. 40 workshop innovations. Financial focus and othe management articles. 

 

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Some highlights in this issue

Roll carrier on McHale V6 round baler Round baler: carry a full day's supply of net wrap using this roof rack. Carry three spare rolls on the baler rather than just the one which McHale provide. If there's not much left on the one in the chamber you'll have run out by lunchtime. Saves tying them on the baler or trying to stuff them in the cab. 
Auger modification on JF Stoll Cattle diet mixer Mixer wagon repair: the two augers cost £7,000. These have been fitted with replaceable Hardox wear plates. They will last much longer, so the machine mixes better for longer. Ownership costs of this JF Stoll are reduced, and long term performance improved. Plates are fitted in the yard - farmer can supply.
Rapid exit milking parlour Dairy:  home designed and built 36:36 rapid entrance and exit for 360 cows. Made with second hand parts the novel design works exceptionally well. If you're staying in milk and have a small old parlour, this is definitely worth a close look
Visual Evaluation of Soil Soil: it's less trendy than machinery but actually far more important. Our Soil+ section explains about soil quality evaluation; reducing compaction; building organic matter; contending with blackgrass; zinc - an essential micro-nutrient; adapting a Moore drill; Sentry Farming experiments with cover crops
Eking out the milk cheque in dairy crisis

Financial: eke out the milk cheque - and manage the crisis.

This article takes a look at how Tesco is handling it's current crisis, and thinks there are lessons for their supplying farmers as well.

The article explains the dangers of using companies who promise to consolidate your debt. Persuasive and beguiling, some of these companies have built a reputation of ending up owning the farm they are supposedly helping. 

Three pages of essential radingin times when the cash flow is under pressure

Front weight frame for John Deere 6920 Tractor front weight: this home made frame saves tyre wear and diesel. Single mass front weights often put more over the front axle than is needed. Here you have weight sections, storage and a rock tray. Practical!

Grass: sward lifters reduce compaction, but use them at the wrong time and they slice off the tap root of grass plants, damaging yields

Safety: this home made axle jack allows a bottle jack to be used to lift a high axle machine like a self prop sprayer in safety

Total workshop projects in the issue:  43       Total pages: 48

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This magazine is all editorial, carries no advertising

"It's probably my favourite publication. I'm not sure why but I find your English easy to read, understand and honest." Frankie Colwill, farmer, Worcester.

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23-3 #91 Nov2014-Feb15

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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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May-Aug 2014 Vol 23-1 #89

Welcome to issue 89, which includes Soil + Cover Cropping International

Issue summary

Workshop innovations include some useful safety ideas. Take a look at the engineered prop for a tipping ttrailer body, used in place of the normal fencing stake or length of 4 x 4. It locks in place so can't be knocked sideways by animals or over-excited children. Gives peace of mind, and perhaps avoids the million to one chance accident occuring.

There are 43 workshop projects from a boot scraper to a modified chaser bin, a cubicle designed so cows can never get stuck in them, a high security workshop door design...  in all 43 original projects. Plus a Financial Focus of real importance to every farmer. Available: through a subscription from here £16.50 for the year.

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Feb-May 2014 Vol 22-4 #88

 

 

 

Welcome to issue #88 Feb to May 2014

 

Readers will see that our cover now reads 'Incorporating SOIL + COVER CROPPING INTERNATIONAL. 

 

Over the past year we have published a major article on Cover Cropping in each issue. Interest from many readers has been considerable, not least because Cover Cropping techniques are not well publicised. It remains a niche system in Britain, even though it is expanding very rapidly in other countries, both in Europe and n and S America. The topic needs a specialist publication.

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22-3 #87 Nov2013-Feb14

Hello and welcome to the new issue.

We had a great choice of cover stories. 

Should we feature a home made stirrer 'Mixing a 37% Return on Invested Capital' in a farm biogas plant? and what one farmer can do, so can another. 

Or the Farm Walk farmer who has cut diesel use from 20 to 3 litres/ha for crop establishment?

Or maybe a really lightweight zero grazer which keeps fresh grass in front of cows housed because of wet weather. A simple innovation which makes money by holding up milk yields in inclament weather.

Fourthly there was a home built cultivator, a real tool for heavy land work, and a different design which other Min-Till merchants will be interested in. With a picture good enough for a calendar!

We settled on the home built cultivator! The slurry image wasn't visually exciting, even if the 37% was outstanding. The handful of earth looked good, but how many would see the massive implications of the picture? The forager wasn't the clearest picture...  the problems of editorial!







 

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CONTENTS of 22-2  AUG - NOV 2013
The cover story is a home made compost machine, and we're going to hear a lot more about compost in the next ten years, for two reasons: there is an increasing commercial market for compost as growers and garden centres use it to replace peat, which is to be illegal in six years. Compost is a useful soil conditioner, needed by a lot of farm land today which has had reduced levels of organic material. Farm made compost adds to fertility, compensating for the increasing price of bagged nutrients.

Readers of the last issue will have been fascinated by the article of Cover Cropping, which is another way of imroving soil condition and reducing fertiliser needs. The scheme needs a roller to flatten, or 'terminate' Cover Crops and the Rodale Institute has come up with a design which is becoming the blueprint that farmers in the USA are following. The issue of PFI shows how one can be made, and also shows some improvements made to that design by other farmers.

Other machines of interest include:

For livestock: A tip-up crush for cattle feet trimming. A calf milk mixer, dispenser. Round bale unwinder. Working with milking robots.

For arable: Early drilling - varieties and seed rates. managing Cover Crops profitably.  
Tungsten cultivator point welds to any leg.

For the workshop: Bender for re-bar and other steel. Putting a new heavy floor with curved sides in dumper. New welding clamp. Work frame rotates mini body shell for easy work - adaptable for other machines. Trailer with roll-on deck lighting idea.  

For general farm work:  A couple of log splitters. A heavy capacity concrete bridge, 12ft wide.

For the contractor: Novel barrel carrier for s-p harvester.

There's also a new section - Young Farm Enterprise, and the Farm Walk is on a truly mixed farm which has embraced automation and integrates enterprises.

FarmWorld features the work in the tropics done by a farmer from Cornwall, (also a Cambridge scientist) who has developed a way to help 'slash and burn' farmers in the tropics. It's a staggering story.

As always, I have had great enjoyment putting this issue together, and I hope you will pick up on some of that enjoyment when you read it. Of course, I also hope you will find something of immediate benefit to you and your farming. Should you have something to contribute, please get in touch

Gallery

12ft wide pre-cast concrete bridge built on farm to own design - details included in this issue

FarmWorld feature on Inga Alley cropping for tropical farmers. The alternative to slash and burn. Details in this issue

 

 

Giant log splitter is being made for farmer who is splitting long poplar tree trunks. See how it's made in this issue.

An easy way to do body work on this Mini Minor. Also a brilliant way to work on other machines. See how it works in this issue PFI 22-2

 

 

Made it Myself compost turner works through a row cheaply and effectively. Details in this issue PFI 22-2

Cover crops are being flattened with crimper roller. We have designs and plans in this issue of PFI  Issue 22-2

 


 

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May-Aug 2013 Vol 22-1 #85

Cover story
Our contributor farms 1000 clay acres on the Essex coast, 500 arable and 500 grass. He failed to find a heavy press to match his 175HP NH 7030.  Using Auto-Cad on his computer, he designed and built his double-press.

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Practical Farm Ideas Vol 21 issue 4

Publication date:  Feb 8, 2013

Cover price: £3.85

With 48 workshop projects from farms all over the UK, this issue provides all farmers with some great time and money saving ideas. From the attention grabbing 32ft bale trailer carrying 48 big square bales that are held in a unique frame - saving the time taken to rope and strap, and then un-strap - to some clever modofications to a Keenan feeder, this issue provides active farmers with many practical farming ideas.

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