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AGRIMART OCTOBER 2018

Issue 313

www.agrimart.co.uk SANDYSTONES, ANCRUM, JEDBURGH, ROXBURGHSHIRE TD8 6UP

Tel 01835 830507 E-Mail: sales@agrimart.co.uk

Border Livestock Exchange

FARM SALES

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Farm Sale Specialists

Friday 5th October at 11am - Kelso Racecourse Machinery Sale

Annual Autumn Sale of Tractors and Agricultural Equipment. Presently Entered: 1 Combine; 3 Tractors; 3 Forklifts; 4 Grain Drills etc. **********

Friday 23 November at 11am Farm Sale at Newmills Farm, Lauder, TD2 6PE rd

On behalf of D & J Waldie. Due to a change in farming policy. 4 Combines; 6 Tractors; 1 Forklift; 1 Excavator; 4 Drills; 4 Muck Spreaders etc.

Farm Sale on behalf of C & N Anderson, Boon Farm, Lauder. Also being held at Newmills for convenience of sale. 3 Tractors; 1 Forklift; 1 Drill; 3 Trailers; 1 Baler; 3 Quads etc. All modern well maintained machinery

24th June

ngliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB

For full details please visit

borderlivestock.co.uk Logan 07971 185657 • Brian 07721 558795 • James 07976 634669 Emma 07917 611169 • Office 01289 306067 The Calibrate team invite you and your guests to join us at the Calibrate Energy Engineering

West Ancroft Farm Open Day (0)1668 215 544 www.calibrateenergy.co.uk

Visit us on Thursday the 11th of October 2018 between 9am and 5pm for complimentary drinks and nibbles where you can see our Heatpump Grain Dryer in action. RSVP to: susie@calibrateltd.co.uk More information on pages 18 & 19 (0)1668 215 544 www.calibrateenergy.co.uk

Produced for farmers by farmers

WL Douglas & Sons West Ancroft Farm Berwick-upon-Tweed


Your local agricultural machinery specialists. Sales. Service. Parts. Hire. Finance. Advice.

Out-of-Season Specials SPECIAL OUT-OF-SEASON OFFERS ON NEW COMBINES.

Introducing IntelliSense™: Performance and productivity can now be further enhanced with our new IntelliSense™ feature which automatically monitors machine parameters every twenty seconds, adjusting settings accordingly to ensure you get the most from your crops.

NOW AVAILABLE FOR DEMO. Book yours today. MANITOU MLA-T Telehandlers Contact your Lloyd Ltd Sales Specialist for details.

Out-of-season deals now available.

For our full used equipment stock visit www.lloyd.ltd.uk GET YOUR 68-PLATE ISUZU NOW From the new Isuzu dealer for The Borders.

Lloyd Ltd. KELSO Hunters Hall, Kelso TD5 8BQ.

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ISUZU Sales Gary Philip

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Suppliers of: Cattle Handling & Feeding Equipment Sheep Handling & Feeding Equipment Sheep Portarace ATV Trailers Kit Buildings Electronic Cattle & Sheep Weigh Systems

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GILBERT BIRDSALL

South Road – Belford (01668) 213 433 Suppliers of Quality Assured READY MIXED CONCRETE Steven Birdsall (01668) 213 733 Mobile: 07970 112761

GILBERT BIRDSALL

BUILDING & CIVIL ENGINEERING Suppliers of Quarry Materials, JCB Hire, Drives, Agricultural Buildings, etc. Tel: Belford (01668) 213433

www.edinburghchickens.com Point of Lay Pullets for Sale 12 colourful varieties of Hybrid Hens in stock all year round. Ideal for garden chicken keeping or larger productive flocks. Brown, White & Blue egg layers available E: info@edinburghchickens.com T: 07968 030 674

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As a hydraulic industry leader, we focus on maximising uptime of your equipment and providing solutions to your application challenges. Our hydraulic hoses and couplings are designed for your agricultural equipment with solutions that can reduce corrosion or solve recurring failures. Expertly engineered and rigorously tested, our hydraulic hoses have easier installation, more flexibility, and facilitate easier plumbing than our competitors. When you’re out in the field, trust Gates to power your progress.

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up to 140HP, Powershift transmission £POA

Fleming 6FT hydraulic tipping bucket 3 point linkage Fleming 7FT tractor loader bucket c/w euro bracket Maschio Bella 1900mm cut, front & rear mounted c/w 6” hammer flails Maschio Unico 5 furrow auto reset plough Vetter pallet forks with Euro carriage Twin bale spike with Euro brackets Fleming hydraulic round bale stacker, any brackets New Maschio Alitalia 3m, combo seed drill, 300HP rated New AB Wight bucket with euro brackets

only £695 £725 £3500 £POA £550 £180 from £850 from £27000 from £450

New Maschio Tigre 2.8m rear mounted 6” hammer flails from £4950

Buy a new McCormick X6, X7 or X8 tractor today and pay nothing until 2019 The greatest benefit to this offer is that you get to trade your used tractor in, while it’s still a year younger, allowing a much higher price given directly to you.

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WELDING & CUTTING

Mig & Arc Welders, Multi Process Machines, Plasmas, Inverters. all in stock

Industrial Gases from AIR PRODUCTS - Either large bottles to rent or Hobby size which just needs a deposit. We stock a large selection of Consumables including Mig Wire, Rods, Cables, Tips, Shrouds, Regulators & Cutters AGRIPARTS BORDERS LTD. Spylaw Road, Kelso. TD5 8DL. - Phone / Fax - 01573 226 526 / 529 - email - info@agriparts.co.uk

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Phone Rob Hastie (07971 697673) or Tam Williamson (07971 697672) for quotations and technical advice C & R TYRES LTD, STATION YARD, SPROUSTON ROAD, KELSO, TD5 8EU Tel:- 01573 225454

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LAND DRAINAGE SPECIALISTS

LAND DRAINAGE SPECIALISTS

Glendinning Ground Works Limited have been specialists in land drainage work

the 50 years. We carry small repairs to existing drainage schemes and in Specialising in last drainage works largeout and small LAND DRAINAGE SPECIALISTS largefree scale drainage using our trenchless system. Providing advice andschemes quotations

We have just invested in a new Inter-Drain 2040 GP Trenchless Plough which is

Works Limited have been specialists in land drainage works capable ofsupply installing up to 150 drainage pipe atfor various depths. Drainage sy GGWGlendinning – UpgradeGround private or mains water systems tomm meet the current legislation

the last 50 years. We carry out are small repairswith to existing installed a graveldrainage infill toschemes undersideand of install topsoil for maximum effect. The large scale drainage schemes using our trenchless system. GGW – Construct farm and Inter-Drain forestry roads and designed ground works new buildings is mainly for landfor drainage but can also be utilised in other We have just invested in a new sectors Inter-Drain 2040 GP Trenchless Plough which is such as cable and pipeline laying. capable of installing to 150 out mm drainage various depths. Drainage systemswhich allows us to lay dra GGW up – Carry typespipe of flat ood prevention works Theall machine also incorporates a Topcon laser system are installed with a gravel infill systems to underside of topsoil for maximum effect. The new where gradients are flat. Inter-Drain mainly designed land drainage but can also be utilised in other GGW – Are currentlyis involved in thefor installation of large and small hydro electric power schemes Our experienced team offer professional advice and free quotations on all aspect sectors such as cable and pipeline laying. land drainage. GGW – Build all ashapes of which pondsallows and reservoirs The machine also incorporates Topconand lasersizes system us to lay drainage systems where gradients are flat. 01896830487 T:01896 01896831264 T:T:quotations 01896 830487 T: Our experienced team offer professional advice and free on all aspects of 831264 E:eileen@ggw.demon.co.uk land drainage. E:eileen@ggw.demon.co.uk

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A F Noble & Son 01968 441182 www.afnobleandson-isuzu.co.uk 2A Eastfield Farm Road, Penicuik, EH26 8EZ

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We never forget that your hard work deserves ours. At Cefetra, we never forget that growing crops is hard work. That’s why our job is to support farmers by finding the best markets and opportunities available. We have a strong team of farm grain buyers to help you maximise your earnings potential through structured grain marketing backed up by an experienced team of traders and the most efficient logistics. It’s how we like to do business. We call it supportive by nature.

New storage facilities at Charterhall Grain Store.

We are now offering some exciting new grain contracts including a specialist HEAR OSR contract.

For more information visit us on www.cefetra.co.uk *UDLQ%X\LQJ2IÀFHV Scotland and The Borders: 0141 445 5721 ࢒ The North: 01904 917770 ࢒ Midlands & East Anglia (North): 01366 501630 East Anglia (South) & South East: 07702 202095 ࢒ South & South West (Wessex): 01963 363162 ࢒ Email: grain@cefera.co.uk

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Blinkbonny Kwik Mix

Your local renewable

experts

Concrete the way you want it!

Blinkbonny Quarry is offering a revolutionary way of mixing concrete, instead of the traditional method of delivering ready mixed concrete Blinkbonny Kwik Mix have placed a batching plant on the back of a lorry. Our batching plants can be set on site to produce any spec of concrete required and it can be controlled to stop to the nearest shovel full, eliminating wasted concrete and unfinished jobs. The machines will carry enough raw material for 6 or 8M3 but can leave concrete in quarter M3 amounts so if the job takes 4.75M3 we will take the rest away and you only pay for what you lay, no “part load charge”. We all know how difficult it can be to estimate so here is the answer, no more ordering 4M3 and then having to order another half M3 to finish the job. We also supply all grades of hardcore and crushed rock products at

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Your good reliable local Borders lad is now operating the following local sheep services. Hi Flo electrodip sheep jetter for blow fly strike from 50p a head. Crutchmaster trailer for ewes, lambs, hogs and tups. Crutching from 50p a head depending on numbers. Great for lambs pre slaughter, can also belly shear as well as crutching, price again depends on numbers forward. Peakhandler air operated turning crate set up in an Ifor Williams trailer, great for all sheep work! Just back on to pens and away we go. Can stand outside crutching, dosing, feet and udders. All work on a per head basis but from 50p a head. Mobile plunge dipper [Portequip] treating scab, mites, ticks and keds from £1.40 a head, again depending on numbers. New customers for crutching with 500 plus to crutch get first 20 FREE! Customers for jetting with 1000 plus to jet get first 25 done for FREE! Scottish Borders based, but will travel for large numbers. THE PRICE I SAY IS THE PRICE YOU PAY No hidden extras Any travel money will be discussed and agreed before work undertaken.

your energy, your future Consult / Install / Supply / Maintain

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SCOT JCB USED MACHINERY

LIMITLESS VERSATILITY

For more information on new & used JCB farm machinery, contact ALNWICK: STUART ALLEN 07770 736778 CARLISLE: JAMES HOGG 07773 487584 CARNFORTH: MICK HALL 07595 281741 DUMFRIES: INNES CARRUTHERS 07920 793180 NEWCASTLE: STUART ALLEN 07770 736778

Wagonway Road, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2NP Tel: 01665 604555 Millbrook Road, Kingstown Ind Estate, Carlisle CA3 0EU Tel: 01228 536331 Intack Farm, Nether Kellet, Near Carnforth LA6 1HB Tel: 01524 730915 Dumfries Enterprise Park, Heathhall, Dumfries DG1 3SJ Tel: 01387 255328 Shelley Road, Newburn Ind Est, Newcastle NE15 9RT Tel: 0191 264 7000

Aberdeen, Alnwick, Carlisle, Carnforth, Dumfries, Dundee, Edinburgh, Forfar, Fraserburgh, Glasgow, Glenrothes, Haddington, Huntly, Kelso, Muir of Ord, Newcastle, Perth CAREER OPPORTUNITIES WITH SCOT JCB. CHECK ONLINE FOR OUR LATEST JOB VACANCIES

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Trusted for generations Focussed on adding value to your business

Contact: Fergus Thomson, Branch Manager, Berwick

Now including agricultural and forestry consultancy

Offices across Scotland and Northern England

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Call: 01289 543 222 www.drrural.co.uk @DR_Rural

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Haddington 01620 823171

Grass Machinery

Selkirk 01750 725725

Kinross 01577 865733

The new Suzuki KingQuad. With increased towing power, improved comfort for the rider, CVT updates and new styling this is the only ATV you’ll need for your farm. Contact Allan White at Selkirk for more information.

Second-hand Stewart livestock trailer for sale Contact Jim Kerr for information

Lumag Hire Tracked dumper - £70 per day, £200 per week + VAT Compactor plate - £30 per day, £60 per week + VAT Mini digger - £60 per day, £200 per week + VAT Contact William Smith at Selkirk to book

Kubota M5001

● 5 years warranty ● 95 and 113hp options ● 55 degree turning angle and high ground clearance - very maneuverable ● Small but poweful, Contact sales on: with a roomy cabin Ian Chalmers: 07793 589 678 ic@hendersongm.co.uk Allan White: 07501 088 177 apw@hendersongm.co.uk for comfort William Smith: 07793 589 661 ws@hendersongm.co.uk Jim Kerr: 07793 589 664

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Farm Security and Calving / Lambing Cameras Book your calving camera installation while the sheds are empty and the pressure’s off. Plan ahead for Spring calving. Pan / tilt / zoom systems from £595 Read ear-tags at 40m, from the comfort of your sofa!

Wireless Infrared Beam Alarms for Gateways, Outbuildings etc. Long-range wireless CCTV and Alarm Systems, designed specifically for agricultural use. All systems completely weatherproof and fully guaranteed. Systems supplied as simple pre-configured kits for DIY installation, or fully installed (depending on location). Established 1994, and dedicated to serving British farmers.

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Alarms for Farms (Kelso) Ltd Long-range Monitoring & Security Systems Call TODAY

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JOHN THORBURN & SONS JOHN JOHN THORBURN THORBURN & & SONS SONS ENGINEERINGAND AND FABRICATION ENGINEERING ENGINEERING AND FABRICATION ENGINEERING AND FABRICATION

Our workshop workshop is is equipped equipped with with modern modern lathes, lathes, milling milling machines, machines, shear, shear,pressbrake pressbrake Our Our Our workshop workshop is is equipped equipped with with modern modern lathes, lathes, milling milling machines, machines, shear, shear, pressbrake pressbrake and other fabrication machinery to produce first class work,fabrication fabricationin insteel, steel, and andother otherfabrication fabricationmachinery machineryto toproduce producefirst firstclass classwork, work, fabrication in steel, and other fabrication machinery to produce first class work, fabrication in steel, aluminium or stainless steel, from simple welding to detailed fabrication projects, aluminium aluminium or stainless steel, from simple welding to detailed fabrication projects, aluminiumor orstainless stainlesssteel, steel,from fromsimple simplewelding weldingto todetailed detailedfabrication fabricationprojects, projects, all undertaken in an efficient and cost effective manner. all allundertaken undertakenin inan anefficient efficientand andcost costeffective effectivemanner. manner. all undertaken in an efficient and cost effective manner.

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Earn ÂŁ2,609,251 with a Heatpump Grain Dryer system from the Energy Engineers Visit us at The West Ancroft Farm Open Day, to see the system in action on Thursday the 11th of October 2018 between 9am and 5pm.

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W L Douglas & Son are based near Berwick-upon-Tweed in North Northumberland. This business has seen rapid growth in the last several years resulting in a grain drying requirement of some 25,000 tonnes. Partner Ian Douglas approached the Calibrate Energy Engineering team to look at ways they could speed up and streamline their grain drying and cooling process. It was agreed that Calibrate’s 1mW Heatpump HeatChill system seemed like the perfect fit for their 40t/hr Continuous Grain drying system. The Results The first site of its kind in the UK to have a simultaneous Heating and Chilling system. • A 4-5 year payback on the 20 year scheme. • At least 50% oil reduction, with no burners required for Oilseed Rape drying. • 45-50°c at 400% heating efficiency. • 1°c at 325% Chilling efficiency. • Total energy efficiency of 725%. A bespoke Control System remotely manages this system enabling The Douglas’s to have a ‘hands off’ approach as well as enabling real time tariff generation and power consumption readings.

For an informal chat on what your income could be call:

“Calibrate exceeded expectations by having our Heatpump Grain Dryer installed in 9½ weeks ready for the 2018 Harvest. I would happily recommend them for a customised solution.”

Visit us at The West Ancroft Open Day, Berwick Upon Tweed on Thursday the 11th of October 2018 for complimentary drinks and nibbles where you can see the Heatpump Grain Dryer in Action.

(0)1668 215 544 www.calibrateenergy.co.uk *All formulas and calculations are derived from industry suppliers and MCS guidelines, it is advisable to have the calculations and formulas checked by a certifed mechanical engineer, and as such, Calibrate Inc. ltd (Company # 08277206) will not be held liable for any incorrect formulas or calculations or any accidental misrepresentation.

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We set off yesterday morning for the 40 mile trip up to Longniddry to pull 4 hen houses at Gosford Estate. I first pulled these sheds over a year ago and it is very satisfying to be asked back to move them once more. There are 36,000 hens on the site in 12 houses and I pull 4 sheds on each visit. I know the road well and I think people are starting to recognize me as a lot flash their lights and acknowledge me. I feel like the Pied Piper as vehicles follow in my wake on the journey up the A68, the fact they want to drive along behind me is very humbling and Wendy writes I lead by example going at a steady pace so they can all keep up. The hill at Soutra is a great opportunity to open up the lungs and really get some air in. I like to take it steady never changing out of fifth Ready to pull gear but dropping down to 10 mph at 500 revs on the steepest parts. We then go through Humbie, East Saltoun, Pencaitland, Longniddry, turn right by the sea and then right again through the gates along the wall. As I turned into Longniddry I felt a slight drop in energy levels but did not think too much about it. The first two sheds pulled easily enough, but when I took the tension on the third I really struggled to find enough power to break the seal and make that first move. With a slip of the clutch and his foot flat to the floor it did come away but I was worrying what the problem was. With a long wait between that pull and the final shed I got him to check my fuel filter which was only replaced in March, the air filter which I know he has never bothered to clean being an oil bath which someone of his limited intelligence would not comprehend. He took the top off and let air intake bypass the filter. The last house pulled relatively easily and I thought I was better but as soon as we got on the road I felt awful. Coming up to the station at Longniddry, I had to change down to third gear and even then only just made it. The hill up to East Saltoun was impossible. Even in first gear I could not make ON- CALL 24/7 it. What is happening to me? Is this the end? Am I joining Alastair Fully equipped service Cook as a has been? Is his century on his final innings the same as vans from 5 depots a four shed pull? He rang Andy Wight to ask the prognosis, “Try covering The Borders, the stop screw for the throttle on the injector pump” he told him. North Northumberland, And that’s all it was, the locknut had come loose and the screw had East Lothian, & shortened preventing the throttle from opening. He fixed it by hand and I was back to normal. For a near death experience I don’t want CentralSotland to go through that again.

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A bright future ahead...... We are proud to announce the appointment of our new Associate, Steven Turnbull who is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax adviser. Steven will undoubtedly add further strength and knowledge to our growing team. Steven, originally from Berwick-upon-Tweed, has spent a number of years with a large independent firm of Chartered Accountants working in both Aberdeen and Edinburgh before relocating to the Borders. In his previous roles he has gained a wealth of knowledge acting as an adviser to private individuals and owner managed businesses. Steven has particular expertise in tax planning and compliance solutions for sole traders, partnerships and limited companies. He will be based in our Berwick-uponTweed office however he lives in Galashiels and will provide services across North Northumberland, the Scottish Borders, East Lothian and beyond. For further information, or to discuss something in more detail, please contact the Office on 01289 302463. J H Greenwood & Company – Proactive & Professional In Business

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Roadhead Farm, in the heart of the Lanarkshire countryside, is a family run dairy farm with Geoff and Aileen Hewitt at the helm, they also have their own next generation, youngstock, Kerry, Fraser and Adam working alongside them. They run a herd of Holsteins on the farm. Back in 2003, when looking for a good quality feed to enhance milk production, they decided to diversify into animal feeds and produce their own feed lines. All feeding is tried and tested on their own stock with only the best being supplied to their customers. With our computer automated blending plant all blends can be tailored to fit your own herd requirements whether you have a dairy herd, poultry unit, beef cattle, or sheep.

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Simon Bainbridge farms in partnership with his wife Claire and his parents, Ivan and Elisabeth in Northumberland. They run suckler beef, sheep and laying hen enterprises across 650 ha of mainly SDA and moorland organically.

The end of the drought and the rain arriving have now fired away the grass growth which is very welcome. The straw is all led in now, along with the second cut silage and wholecrop which was pitted and baled. We’ve actually managed to get it all safely gathered in before the end of August which doesn’t happen very often.

The grass and clover seeds that were under sown into the Barley/vetch wholecrop in May succumbed to the dry conditions that followed. We have re-sown the grass/clover in the final week of August which was direct drilled into the whole crop stubble. Fingers crossed that we don’t have a bad winter again which could kill the clover. It did cross my mind to leave the reseeding until the spring, but that would impact on the spring grazing, lambing and silage in 2019. We are starting to sell lambs with a hundred going this week. This will be very welcome for the cashflow. We still haven’t received our May payment for the Higher Level Stewardship which is badly needed. At this time of year it always seems to be money going out and not a lot coming in.

We have had a busy month with the sheep, spaning the remaining lambs still on the ewes, getting the ewes into their tupping groups and getting them onto some good grazing to get condition on them pre tupping and the winter. Bulls have all been foot trimmed this last week to allow plenty of time to get feet right before going out next spring. One bull is proving to be too big for our cattle handling system and crush. It is very difficult to persuade over a tonne of stubborn Angus that he should go one way when he really doesn’t want to go! I am hoping that a new wider crush, which should be with us shortly, will enable us to handle him safely.

The hens are laying well, however we are having to make careful choices with the ration to make sure it is providing them with exactly what they need. We have quite a large external fence around the ranges with 3 top electric wires to keep bad ol’ Mr Fox out. To date this has worked. However, last night we had an unwelcome visit from a Mink. 5 dead and now a problem to sort. The main concern is whether it frightens the hens and puts them off laying.

It is worrying that we look like we may end up with the worst case scenario for agriculture with a No Deal Brexit. We would pay tariffs on exports to Europe along with UK government wanting to reduce tariffs on imports to achieve their free trade deals which will all impact on our competitiveness. BPS will reduce and become environmentally/public good led, as well as the government banging the higher welfare drum heavily. This is all good in practice, yet adds a costs burden to us and makes our produce more expensive. 28

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BYREWALLS FENCING

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Hedge cutting / flail and saw Muck spreading Autumn cultivations / winter ploughing All general contract work undertaken Tel: 01450 375 045 Mob: 07836 205 606 / 07801 812 238 Email: scottoverhall@outlook.com Find us on facebook.

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5 spreaders available to meet your precision spreading requirements High output LGP machines to minimise soil and crop damage Weighing systems and auto steer fitted We supply our own loader and fuel to minimise disturbance to the customer Blanket or variable rate lime spreading compatible with all mapping systems The following can be supplied and accurately applied

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CONTRACTORS SERVICES R. WOOD & SONS ~ S TA I N R I G G M A I N S , L E I T H O L M ~

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All types of arable and grassland operations Variable rate fertilizer spreading 18/24/36m crop/grassland spraying Grassland subsoiling Mowing, baling, wrapping One pass OSR establishment Big Square Baling Muck handling/spreading/Spreader hire Telephone: 01835 823722 Eric: 07967 091784 www.camieston.com eric@camieston.com OCTOBER 2018

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CONTRACTORS SERVICES Tractor with experienced operator Plough 5 or 8 furrows, 14 ton flat trailer Competitive rates

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All products can be supplied Apply to growing crops Loader Available

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Due to retirement D. & J. Waldie will cease to operate a contracting service this autumn and would like to thank all customers for their support in the past and wish them every success in the future. Ronnie Anderson will continue offering a grain bruising service and can be contacted on 07975 860601 or 01578 722765 Thank you, Dave Waldie

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September 10th 2018

Will Howe is an arable farmer from Sleaford, Lincolnshire. The soils are predominantly heavy. 365ha of cropping includes winter wheat, spring barley, winter oilseed rape, spring beans and managed fallow. He also manages a contracting business Thorpe Farming Ltd. Harvest 2018 has been completed in record time, with the last beans cut on the 22nd August. It is fair to say harvest has been a mixed bag, and such a shame to finish on what can only be described as a truly awful crop of spring beans. They will average 2-2.5t/ha and are the worst sample I have seen. Reassuringly all my neighbours are reporting the same, but when you are doing 10.5km/hr in the combine, and the only thing stopping you going quicker is the next gear is meant for the road, it is a fairly dispiriting job. I had entered the harvest season with a concrete plan of what cultivations were, if any, going to be taking place in which field and how the rape was to be established. The resulting situation was well summed up by the esteemed American Philosopher and part time boxer This year’s disaster, vertigo spring beans Mike Tyson; “everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” So I started to pigtail drag some ex rape land with the hope the job would take a couple of days. The experiment lasted about 20 metres when a lump of soil the size of a small tv came flying pass the cab. This was obviously not the answer so I tried all the kit I have lurking in the nettles and after a lot of experimentation I hired a neighbour’s Carrier; so at least I have done something. Having got the new subsoiler/rape drill finished I took it for a test run. Oh dear, the dry hard land meant I created channels of cobbles which I could do nothing with so that got parked back in the shed and I elected to drill the rape with my seedhawk. With the ability to set the gps to follow last year’s wheat stubble the oilseed rape was planted between the DK Expedient sown between the rows of rows and is now keeping the flea beetle and slugs of the parish well fed. the previous wheat crop Since I was going to be subsoiling the rape in, or so I thought, I decided the chopper blades on the combine could do one more season as a longer chop length wouldn’t matter. Fortunately the straw was so dry it flowed through the drill well, and rather than being a slug haven the resulting mat of straw has helped conserve what little moisture we have had and the rape looks well. Who needs plans?

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CONTRACTORS SERVICES GARY RENWICK AGRICULTURAL CONTRACTOR MULCHING SPECIALIST

Connon Farms Greenknowe

Umbilical slurry spreading Complete with 12m dribble bar & flow meter 2 x 4000 gallon slurry tankers Complete silage/wholecrop service 13t track digger Groundwork and drainage Ploughing & drilling Most other Agricultural contract work undertaken Mulching - Gorse - Scrub - Trees Forestry Tiller - Grinding of tree & willow stumps & roots Tel 01750 32264 or 07831 505440 Email gary@garyrenwick.co.uk www.garyrenwick.co.uk

Contact:

Christopher – 07843 208 544 Patrick – 07701 040 681

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• Ploughing with two 5 furrow Kverneland ploughs • Drilling with two Kuhn Venta LC4000 power harrow combination drills • McHale V660 & Welger belt round balers • Followed by two McHale wrappers either wrapped in yard or behind baler in field Contact Aydon:

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MUNGO G RIDDELL 07836 637638 • MungoGRiddell@live.co.uk

WARTHOG MACHINERY LOADER MOUNTED BIG RECTANGULAR BALE SPREADER. FULLY GALVANISED MAINFRAME, HYDRAULIC SPREADING DISC DRIVE. SELF LOADING. SIMPLE BUT TOUGH & BRITISH MADE, LOW MAINTENANCE TO SUIT BUSY LIVESTOCK PRODUCERS. SAVE TIME & POSSIBLY SOME STRAW, HANDLES ALL SIZES OF RECTANGULAR BALES. ALSO THE FULL RANGE OF OXDALE PRODUCTS, BRINICOMBE GROUP LIVESTOCK HEALTH & NUTRITION PRODUCTS. FEROBIDE WELDABLE TUNGSTEN TILES, EXTEND EARTH WEARING PARTS LIFE & REDUCE DOWNTIME.

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September 9th 2018

Barry Meeke farms 190 acres (150 owned) in partnership with brother Philip, near Dromara, County Down, Northern Ireland. They manage a mixed farm including pedigree British Friesian cows, breeding replacements, finished cattle and continental crosses being either sold as replacement suckler heifers or as finished stock. Fire, floods and political scandals seem to be all that dominate the news every day and if you think of the background to the scandals it is no wonder that there are fires and floods. The world in general is in turmoil and there are very few people with authority that are in any position to make any level of reputable decisions in order to enhance the country. So as I’m still in favour of Brexit I would be much happier if Britain’s leaders would be proud of us and realise that from a business perspective we have nothing to fear and leave the rest of the European union sad that they lost us and we should set an example to any other country that wants to be free. Meanwhile back within one of the few primary industries left, all is ticking along quite nicely. Grass is plentiful and extra wedges of grazing have been harvested, leaving us in a comfortable position going into the winter. I don’t know if the farmers more east from us have recovered as well or not from the drought but maybe the country will help each other out without over charging for produce. Barley cutting is nearly complete and it would be fair to say that grain yield would be pleasing especially on the wet ground, which is a strange thing to say. Overall and country wide it would be fair to say that straw yield is down and this is evident by the price alone. So regardless of all financial forecasts, it all comes down to supply and demand and sometimes world market prices don’t come into the equation. It is yet another time that we are glad to be mixed farmers to take the sting out of the price fluctuations. As a quarter of the cows are now dry the daily work changes around a bit as fertility work stops and preparation for calving and calf rearing begins. Dry cows are probably not getting enough roughage so we may soon have to start to feed silage to them. With stubble ground being cleared it makes drying cows off much easier as they don’t mind being restricted from good grass as long as they have plenty of roaming room. Some cows haven’t received any antibiotic tubes and have only got teat sealers. This will hopefully reduce antibiotic resistance and will in turn allow more milk into the bulk tank. It would be nice to get another chip at harvest this week and maybe through time get caught up enough to get back to the routine of having some winter crop sown. A day or two off would be nice before that kicks in, we will see how that goes!

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On Our Farm

September 11th 2018

Hugo Lee farms in partnership with his father, Guy, at Sandystones, near St Boswells. Arable crops of wheat, oilseed rape, malting barley and rye are grown, 400 Angus cattle are finished annually, 4000 organic hens produce eggs for Waitrose, 14,000 organic point of lay pullets reared each year and 60,000 pheasant poults are raised. 2018 will go down in the record books as the earliest that we have ever finished harvest at Sandystones. The last field of Laureate spring barley was cut on the 30th of August and baled the following day. Yields were a mixed bag with spring barley being the stand out performer yielding just under 7.5t/ha followed by winter wheat at just under 10t/ha. Straw yields were not as bad as first feared and we should certainly have enough to get us through the winter. I would like to say a big thank you to Tommy, Ross and Tony for helping to make my first harvest at Sandystones go so smoothly. As well as the cereal harvest at Sandystones, we have also been harvesting some forestry. The aptly named Bogwood included a 2ha block of softwoods which at over sixty years old had reached its maturity and needed to be cut. We had a harvester and forwarder on the farm for over two weeks and it is incredible what they achieved in such a short time. There is now an enormous pile of over 500t of wood for chipping stacked neatly at the muck barn and we have sold over 150t for logs. I was seriously impressed with the work the forestry team did. They were very conscientious and tidy and left the site immaculate after they had finished. We will be draining the wood over the winter and re-planting the following winter with a mix of hardwoods. The first of next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crops are in the ground with some performing better than others. Two fields of oilseed rape we drilled five days apart on the 10th and 15th of August. The first field was Sumoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d and combi drilled and the second field was ploughed and combi drilled. The first field looks fantastic however, ever since emergence the ploughed field has been hammered by flea beetle. I can only conclude that combination The good... of bare soil and a south facing field is absolute heaven for the dreaded flea beetle. Very reluctantly I went and sprayed the ploughed field with a pyrethroid just after dark last week when the flea beetles were at their most active. The crop certainly looks slightly better this week but only time will tell what lasting damage the flea beetle has caused. ...the bad and An opportunity has arisen for us to add another shed to our egg business - however sourcing the ugly! A busy month at Sandystones one has not been easy. Last week I flew down to Exeter to look at some second hand hen Drilled only 5 days later. sheds which were originally built to house 1500 free range birds. I have bought 2 and they are being delivered over the next couple of weeks on four artic lorries. We will combine them in order to make one 2000 bird unit and we will also have to carry out some modifications in order for it to meet the organic standards. The new birds arrive on November 6th so it is going to be a serious race against time to get it built! I hope that you have all managed to finish harvest and that your autumn drilling campaign goes smoothly.

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What a triumph for the new farm manager. The winter barley crop I kindly handed over yielded just over 5 t/ha compared to the best field of spring barley that he managed from ploughing to harvest which produced 8.8 t/ha. It has been an extraordinary year with one of the latest spring sowings followed by the earliest finish to harvest I can remember. Never have we had every field combined by the end of August. The conclusion is that it is not the amount of time spent in the ground that is the biggest influence on yield but the quantity of solar radiation. Our heavier ground Guy Lee retains sufficient moisture to survive long periods without precipitation. With a business that does not ‘have all its eggs in one basket’ quite literally, what is gained on the arable side with current prices makes for a challenge in the livestock enterprises where feeding costs have escalated. Not only is feed barley expensive, it is also scarce with a very high percentage of malting barley making the standard and few rejected loads. To cover ourselves we have forward bought two loads of GM free milled maize, with a higher starch level and dry matter than barley, it compares well even at a cost of over £200/tonne. The overall egg market is in turmoil with unsustainable growth taking place over the last three years, producing 10% more every year when the market is only growing at 5% makes for difficult trading conditions for some. Thank goodness we are in a niche sector producing organic eggs for one buyer with a very controlled production system that naturally creates barriers to entry. We are also fortunate to have our egg price linked to the movement in feed prices. These are adjusted monthly, and removes the main element of risk, with feed accounting for around 50% of the total sales income. As Hugo has written in his piece, we are seizing an opportunity to add an additional mobile hen house to our existing two, as these chances do not come along very often. For the last 15 years a very kind friend has invited us to three days ‘Golf and Grouse’ in the middle of August. The golf is on a wellknown course in Perthshire, and the grouse were two 10 brace walked up days shooting over pointers. This year the shooting was cancelled due to the very poor breeding season with grouse numbers seriously down due to the bad weather in March followed by the very hot dry summer. We made up for the loss of live bird shooting with a simulated game day. We booked a morning’s activity starting with a pheasant and partridge drive and ending up with a grouse drive shooting clays from butts on the hill. I have shot many clays before but never in the field, in a wood or on the hill. Although not as unpredictable as the ‘real’ thing it was good fun and went a long way to making up for what we were missing. After recent years of high populations of grouse it is sobering to see the effect it has on the countryside when seasons are lost. It takes a considerable amount of income out of the rural economy and many businesses suffer from accommodation to employment on sporting estates. Roll on March 29th, there is so much political manoeuvring going on at the moment with no one coming up with new ideas, just full of criticism for the Government and posturing for possible vacant positions. By this time next year I think we will have forgotten about it, trade will go on as usual and the doomsday scenario some are predicting will not materialize. If my memory is correct we had the same type of warnings about the consequences of not joining the Euro. It helps being an optimist!

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September 9th 2018

Colin Mitchell is farm manager at Meikleour Estate near Blairgowrie in Perthshire. The soils range from light sand and gravel to some heavy, wet, north facing clay loams with 400 acres of fertile silty sand. Cropping covers 2200 acres and includes winter wheat, barley, oats and oilseed rape, spring barley and oats, seed and ware potatoes, carrots and vining peas. With the combinable harvest virtually finished it is time for a quick report on progress. At the time of writing (9/9/18) we have 60 acres left to harvest out of 1300, which includes a small area of spring oats where the straws not ripe and barley which was sown on the 20th of May. We started cutting wheat on the 5th of August, which is a new record for me, and finished on the first of September. Yields weren’t great but not as bad as 2012 and ‘13. Some yield was lost from sprouting, mostly in areas that had died off and were therefore riper than the rest of the field. Fortunately quality has been reasonable with decent bushel weights so a bit of positive news there. Hybrid rye has been the best performer with yield ranging from 3-4t/acre of good quality grain and, most importantly this year, plenty of straw. Spring crops have been the biggest disappointment with oats and barley producing record low yields. Both of these crops have had to survive on not a lot of water, they didn’t tiller well so therefore yield had to come from fewer ears and grains. At least the oats have decent specific weights so quality is not too bad. The biggest concern over the past few weeks has been the lack of straw. Wheat and spring cereals were all 1 hesston bale an acre lower than average. So with 1100 acres of those it doesn’t take a mathematician to work out how much straw I needed to buy! As everyone knows this is not the best year to be looking for more straw but I’ve managed to round up enough bales to cover the carrots. It’s not been cheap or easy but we’re almost there A decent bout of rye straw with that job. The guys have certainly seen quite a bit of the country while burning diesel and rubber on the roads! Meanwhile root crops are coming along nicely, 40% of the potatoes have been dessicated and we plan to start digging on the 11th of September. Quality is ok(ish) and test digs on the salads look about average for yields. Digs on the ware crops have been done as well but they have a bit of growing still to do. As they stand there will be some that will need to have yield sacrificed in order to avoid late digging. Admittedly it is early yet but my aim is to be finished potato harvest by mid October so desiccation needs to be done by the end of September. Carrots are at the stage where a good bit of rainfall wouldn’t go amiss, which means that I’ll have to get the irrigator out There were some high points this coming week, unfortunately, so don’t blame me if it starts to rain and forgets to stop! Beet has been the crop this season that seems to be the most resilient in the drought, some patches were virtually dead in July but now are green and lush with decent roots. Again they have a bit of growing to do but they won’t be harvested until the end of October. Looking forward to 2019, plans are to increase the area of hybrid rye again, and along with wheat, some oats and cover crops there will be plenty to do once we start drilling. Cultivations are well along with a lot of ground for cover crops grubbed up to stimulate growth of weed seeds before we drill the fields and we have prepared some stale seed beds for wheat and rye drilling as well. These will need spraying off with glyphosate prior to drilling but the time saving over ploughing adds up and is part of my war on weeds.

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Ian Mackenzie is an arable and dairy farmer from the Canterbury Plain in the South Island of New Zealand. He runs a number of fully irrigated intensive cropping farms, producing grain, vegetable and grass seeds with some stock finishing. Although it seems ages ago now, we have only recently returned from a couple of glorious weeks up in the islands. It was paradise. Most of our holiday was spent on Ratua Island in the far north of the Vanuatu group. The resort is a primitive 5 star relocated vintage Indonesian village set on a private island, with a lagoon protected by a coral reef full of crystal clear water and sea turtles. The sea was warm and the weather perfect. We swam and fished and snorkelled and bicycled and ate and rode and drank and walked and read and danced…it was pretty good really; and just as I was ready to go native she made me go home to my pigs. Leaving paradise Apparently the weather at home had been warm and sunny as well and William has been able to get all the wheat and some oats sown. The grass has got going early and so all the lambs have been let go onto the young grass paddocks. They have been shearing them as the weather has allowed and the lambs should bloom over the next few weeks. The market has gone over $8/kg carcase weight, and with our lamb processor having no upper weight limits, there should be a reasonable margin to be made this year. Celebrating the boss’s 60th in paradise The great early spring has been kind to us on the dairy farm as well. 2/3rds of the cows have calved by the end of August and the rest are due to drop their calves in September. The cows are in great order and milk production is way ahead of this time last year, though I’m not sure this is all down to the spring. Big Jase has reorganised some of his other business commitments and is spending more time on the dairy farm. I think this is likely to be very good for us all. Last month I expressed concern with the vast amounts of money that Fonterra was losing in China. The good news is that the CEO has been sacked and the chairman has resigned. The bad news is that I was right about them not paying a dividend and worse, that they will retain some of last season’s milk payment to rebuild the co-op’s balance sheet. We can only hope that this set back has caused huge embarrassment to the remaining directors and that they will learn from their stupidity and sort things out. My pigs on the other hand are a perfect example of high quality and far sighted governance and Shearing the lambs superb hands on management. On returning from the islands we managed to muster the free range, really fat and quite wild piglets into yards and sold them all to repeat clients. Cash has been slipped to those that have helped (the mechanic and Big Jase) and the tin on top of the kitchen cupboards is satisfactorily Huggan full again. And our relationship with the Chinese is purely symbiotic; they give us their food waste to feed the pigs. Perhaps Big Jase, the Mechanic and I could run governance and management All Work Undertaken courses for Fonterra directors. They Distance No Object clearly need some help!

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