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Science education body joins teachers in endorsing NFU education resources Farming STEMterprise


arming STEMterprise projects take children through each stage of setting up a farm shop business: considering seasonality when deciding which crop to grow, growing their own ingredients, considering nutrition when designing their recipes, using market research to test their ideas out with potential consumers, working within a budget when buying additional ingredients, learning knife

skills when making their products, calculating expected profit, designing responsible packaging and much more. Practical Science and Design & Technology lessons, closely tailored to each year group’s programme of study, are incorporated throughout the projects and opportunities for applying Maths skills to engaging, real life problems are embedded at each stage. The projects have been designed to be easy to use and enable you to deliver key content from the national

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curriculum whilst embedding important messages about financial literacy and food provenance. Farming STEMterprise has received Green Tick accreditation from the Association for Science Education and the Year 5 project is accredited for the CREST Discovery Award.


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The NFU says it’s very disappointed with recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to exclude agriculture from its list of jobs in short supply and that need to be filled by non-UK workers post-Brexit.

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West Midlands' farmers are being encouraged to take part in the Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC), which is back for the sixth successive year.


armers, land managers and gamekeepers are being asked to spend 30 minutes spotting species on their patch of land between February 8 and 17. The results will help to identify farmland birds which are thriving thanks to conservation efforts made by farmers. This year, the NFU is sponsoring the count, and NFU President Minette Batters will be bird-spotting on the first day at her Wiltshire farm, she said: “This event highlights perfectly how farmers balance excellent conservation work on farms across the country alongside producing the nation’s food. I would

encourage as many farmers as possible to participate during the event in February as this is crucial in the survival and protection of many farmland bird species.” Last year, a record number 1,000 people took part in the count and recorded 121 species across 950,000 acres. However, compared to the 212,000 farm holdings, and around 3,000 full-time game keepers in the UK, only 0.4% of potential counters took part. Peter Thompson, biodiversity adviser at BFBC organisers Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is encouraging as many as possible to take

part: “Many farmers do lots on their farms to encourage wildlife, but when I give talks to the public, they always seem most surprised that this is the case. The big farmland bird count gives individual farmers the chance to spend just half an hour counting birds on their farm, so that the GWCT can shout from the roof-tops about your results!” Birds are considered to provide a good indication of the broad health of the environment because they occupy a wide range of habitats. Unfortunately, the recognised dataset for farmland birds only counts 19 species found on farms, which has shown a long-


Call for farmers to take part in the Big Farmland Bird Count term decline since 1970. However, Sarah Faulkner, NFU West Midlands Environment and Rural Affairs Adviser, added that the 2018 bird count recorded 121 different bird species recorded on farms: “There were 25 species from the Red List for Birds of Conservation Concern recorded, which demonstrates the significant role farmers play in providing food for farmland birds. As part of agri-environment schemes between 2007 and 2014, 23,000 hectares of plants providing food sources for birds like seeds were planted.”

Top tips for maintaining farm machinery during hay and silage season


t is important we check our machinery to make sure it is in full working condition. Kelly Friel, from industrial tools retailer Zoro, tells us what maintenance we should conduct on our farm machinery for an easy hay and silage season. Farm machinery needs to be maintained regularly, especially before hay and silage season, to avoid breakdowns and safety issues which may put

a halt to your busy schedule. General checks Before you use any machinery, you should always check that: Fuel levels are topped up. Oil levels are correct. You should check this when the engine is warm but switched off. This might require you to turn the engine on for a couple of minutes, then turning off the machine completely. Tyre pressure is at the correct level according to the manufacturer’s

recommendations. There are no visible signs of wear or leaking, especially to belts and hydraulic hoses. If there are, fix them according to manufacturer’s specifications. Power take-off (PTO) shafts are in place and fully covered by a guard. All lights are working, especially if you’re going to be working into the night. All switches are working correctly. All nuts and bolts are tightened properly so

nothing comes loose. No dirt or debris has entered components during use. This can collect moisture and cause rusting. If you need to, clean them with pressurised air to avoid damaging the machinery. All electrical components are intact. All joints are greased. Always conduct maintenance checks when machinery is turned off to avoid injury. / July 2019



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Poultry Business: Why we cannot be undermined by lower standard imports

In a column for Poultry Business magazine, NFU chief poultry adviser Gary Ford outlines the importance of maintaining high production standards in the UK poultry sector.


he poultry meat sector has found itself facing a challenging marketplace at the start of this year – one of these concerns is the increasing imports of Brazilian chicken into the UK and European wholesale market. The egg sector is also seeing margins come under significant pressure partly as a result of supply and partly due to pricing around egg size. These growing concerns have been raised to me by members on several occasions. For me, the situation with Brazil clearly highlights why it is so important that we maintain our high standards of British poultry production in the

future. It is vital farmers are not undermined by food imports produced to standards that would be illegal for British farmers to produce to. As I write this column, the USA have just set out their negotiating objectives for a UK/USA trade deal and it will shock no one to hear that comprehensive access to our agricultural market is one of their prime targets. The NFU have set out a firm response that British farming must not be sacrificed in any future trade deal. As we creep ever closer to the Brexit deadline of March 29, it is clear there has not have been the sort of progress we would like to see towards a deal between the UK and EU.

However, the NFU has not slowed down representing our poultry members. Whether it is trade, access to labour or upholding our high standards, the NFU has been making the case to government about why our industry is so important to the country. While we navigate Brexit, we must not forget how crucial the next generation of farmers will be and we are continuing our industry’s history of bringing talent through. Our successful Poultry Industry Programme is now entering its fourth cycle and we’re looking for young professionals to take part; to develop future leaders and give participants a unique insight into the industry. / July 2019



NFU hits back as agriculture excluded from list of critical jobs post-Brexit The NFU says it’s very disappointed with recommendations from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to exclude agriculture from its list of jobs in short supply and that need to be filled by non-UK workers postBrexit.


he MAC has published its review of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) and while omitting farming has included roles like dance choreographers and artists. During the consultation, the NFU provided a range of critical jobs that many non-UK workers perform on farms at all skill levels roles such as dairy herdsmen and poultry technicians. NFU President Minette Batters said: “The NFU is staggered that farming has been ignored in this way and that the MAC has failed to recognise the needs of our

industry, and the implications for shoppers wanting to continue to buy affordable high quality British food. “The consultation was poorly managed, with events arranged at just 48 hours’ notice. These events were supposed to gather evidence on those occupations in shortage across all skill levels highlighting the need for experience, aptitude and knowledge. “In a post-Brexit world, access to overseas workers may be restricted. If we can’t get some of these permanent roles on the shortage occupation list, we will be limited purely to UK-based

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workers to fill those jobs when we know, with the country at near full employment, the numbers are just not there. “There are still options available to us through the new immigration policy the Home Office is designing, and the NFU will continue to campaign to raise awareness of these issues with MPs. “We urge Government to look carefully at these recommendations and add the roles we desperately need so the critical jobs that many non-UK workers perform on our farms at all skill levels are accounted for.”

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area selling fast •Brand new layout with new southern entrance providing easy access in and out of the venue •Increased indoor space with an all new marquee in the East Zone •The latest innovations in Technical Seminars •imetabled product demonstrations throughout the two days •Fantastic range of opportunities to sponsor the event The show itself is run by Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, which has a core mission to promote agriculture and the agricultural industry. Funds generated from the show provide grants to students studying agricultural subjects and are reinvested back into improving the show itself for the benefit of exhibitors and visitors. Online registration for visitors will be opening soon, with many opportunities to enter social media competitions coming up in the next few months. Visit the website, www. midlandsmachineryshow. com to find out which stands have already booked and to find out how you can become a part of this year’s show. / July 2019




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Sencrop: Connected weather station empowers farmers Sencrop, an affordable solution for farmers to make the most of real-time weather data, is now available in the UK. Launched in France in 2016, it’s already used on more than 5,000 farms in 10 European countries.


he connected weather station empowers farmers to take control of their fields thanks to the real-time data it collects: ultra-local, field-specific weather statistics, such as air temperature, humidity, rainfall, and wind speed. This data not only serves to enrich the farmer’s business, but also agricultural service providers, who can optimise their services and how they serve their clients. “We want to make precision agriculture available to those who make their living in agriculture, regardless of the type or size of their operation,” the co-founder of Sencrop, Martin Ducroquet, said. “Our aim is to provide simple, reliable tools designed to help farmers better organise their day-to-day activity. “Additionally, we want to populate agricultural decisionsupport models for disease and pest control with ultralocalised data retrieved from their fields. The ultimate goal of all of this is, of course, to improve yields and make a lot of people’s lives easier.” Daily decisions are clearly easier to make when it comes to optimising the management

of agricultural operations such as sowing, irrigation and crop treatment. The immediate benefits are three-fold: time savings, better targeted operations and improvements in input management. The high-precision data can be analysed against earlier readings archived in the system. But the real power of the Sencrop system lies in its ability to combine local, field-specific weather data with weather forecast data. Much more than just a data collection tool, the Sencrop system adds value to local agrometeorological measurements, with precision, reliability and accuracy as its key features. The company is constantly developing new tools and sensors to reach all types of farmers and growers. From sensors to application, Sencrop has developed a truly mobile solution. Easy to install, robust and independently operational for several years at a time without having to do any maintenance, Sencrop stations can be switched from one field to another at will, depending on the season. Using low-bandwidth wireless network technology – including the newly developed

Sigfox solution – Sencrop’s sensors capture a wide range of precise data that is then transmitted directly to the device owner, whether it’s on a smartphone, tablet or PC. Featuring geolocation support, they provide the Sencrop application with a steady stream of real-time data. The digital experience is seamless and user-friendly, providing farmers with anytime, anywhere connectivity with their fields. To take its innovation one step further, Sencrop has packed the application with features that are in keeping with current agricultural practices. As such, the application boasts a number of community friendly features enabling data to be shared with other members of the Sencrop user community. Farmers can grant dataviewing permission to their neighbours, any agricultural organisations they belong to and to agronomic advisors. The data can also be forwarded to a predefined list of contacts, which can include employees, partners (cooperatives, traders, suppliers), and even customers to facilitate joint decisions. / July 2019



Scientists' hope of growing rare oat seeds 50 years on A trial is hoping to revive traditional varieties of oat so rare that only a couple of hundred seeds remain.


arieties like Radnorshire Sprig and Hen Gardie were once a common sight across Wales, but some have not been grown for 50 years. Those behind the trial in Pembrokeshire believe they could provide a valuable source of food for the future. The scientists from Aberystwyth University want to find out how the varieties perform in the field. If successful, seeds from this initial crop will be shared out to farmers in other parts of Wales for further trials. Frozen seed vault reaches one million mark Operation to plant 170,000 trees in disease-hit forest Rare lily spotted on quarry face This project has been put together by Katie Hastings, the Wales coordinator for the UK and Ireland Seed Sovereignty Programme. "In the last hundred years we have lost 75% of our crop

diversity in the world," she said. "We've narrowed them down to very few varieties and that's a dangerous situation to be in. "They might be susceptible to certain diseases or certain climatic conditions and we could lose a lot of our crops because we haven't got that genetic diversity there still." Katie Hastings, the Wales Coordinator for the UK and Ireland Seed Sovereignty Programme.Image captionKatie Hastings says we need to have a diversity of crops grown across Wales Samples of the seeds have been stored by Aberystwyth University at its Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences. Scientists there have been testing out the old varieties and are keen to study how they grow when planted in fields around Wales. 'Fewer crops' now feeding the world Threat to food as biodiversity declines

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Dr Catherine Howarth, the institute's head of oat breeding, said these varieties disappeared from the landscape as new ones were bred which were shorter, did not fall over as much, and produced a higher yield. "But we don't know what we have lost in the process of breeding these new varieties." "There may be interesting things like disease resistance that have been lost in the breeding process," she said. The rare grey oat seeds in the trial.Image captionSome of the oats being sowed have not been grown for 50 years Gerald Miles has lent a plot of land for the trial on his farm in St Davids. He is teaching other farmers - who have never seen the seeds before - how to plant and manage them as they grow. He believes the old varieties will open up new possibilities for farmers across Wales. "This is the food of the future," he said.


Tramspread: Solutions to meet impending slurry storage legislation A 7,000 cubic metre Albers Alligator Bag Tank with integral hydraulic stirrers and fill/empty pipes can be installed on almost any site.


f proposals in Defra’s Clean Air Strategy are adopted, covering slurry will be a requirement in England from 2027. This will cause concern for some farmers who will need to seek new slurry storage. However, a flexible, scalable solution is already available in the UK that will keep slurry not just covered but entirely contained. Dutch company Albers Alligator has been manufacturing bag tanks for more than 35 years. These tanks represent a costeffective and flexible solution to contain slurry in small and large volumes. Bag tanks range in size from 200 cubic metres to 7,000 cubic metres and can be located on any soil type as only a shallow foundation is needed. The tanks have integral hydraulic or electric stirrers, fill/empty pipes and are self-venting so relatively little management or farmer involvement is needed. John Tydeman from Tramspread, which markets and installs Albers Alligator tanks in the UK, said the tanks are proving ever more popular. “They’re lower cost and easier to assemble than comparable slurry solutions on the market and often don’t require any planning permission,” he

added. “We expect to see interest rise now that Defra has outlined its plans. These bags can help a great many farmers adhere to the new legislation.” Bag tanks are low to the ground and have minimal impact on the surrounding landscape. Many farmers have installed bag tanks without requiring planning permission. However, those looking to install a bag tank are advised to seek guidance from their local authority. Albers Alligator also produce Winbag, a portable tank. These smaller bag tanks range from 100 cubic metres to 350 cubic metres and are typically used as overflow storage, but can be used as a temporary and portable solution requiring only a level, smooth site. A reeling device called Winsystem rolls the whole bag on to a trailer and will unreel it in another location. The ability to take these bags anywhere on the farm, unreel and fill, offers a solution to farmers with difficultto-reach fields. The bags are watertight so can be remotely situated, tanker filled, or pumped to, and emptied when the slurry is needed. The Winsystem unreeling the portable Winbag, which can be used in any location and filled by tanker or by pump from the

main slurry store. Defra’s Clean Air Strategy also dictates that splash plates will be banned from 2025 and farmers will be expected to use low emission spreading equipment, such as trailing shoe, dribble bar or injection. Using umbilical systems also removes the need for multiple trips to fill up a tanker. Slurry can be pumped from the main tank to a Winbag in a satellite location. Once the area surrounding the Winbag has been treated, it can be reeled in and moved to another location to repeat the process. Adopting and adhering to new legislation is often difficult and costly for farmers. However, there could be grant funding under the capital element of the Mid Tier Stewardship scheme to help with the cost. A typical 100 dairy cow unit producing 2.25 cubic metres per cow, per month, would require a bag tank size of 1,500 cubic metres to keep six months’ slurry. A tank of this size costs £56,500 (prices correct at May 2019) which includes installation and is expected to last at least 20 years. A 100 cubic metres Winbag is £23,000 including the Winsystem reeler. / July 2019



MF to launch new 7595hp tractors

Massey Ferguson is launching three new 3700 AL Series tractors.


ith 75hp, 85hp or 95hp, these models are designed for “working on

hilly terrain”. “These new tractors are another important step in Massey Ferguson’s continuing full-line strategy,” explained Francesco Quaranta, vicepresident of Sales, Marketing & Product Management – Massey Ferguson EME. “Our concentration on the sub-130hp sector came into sharp focus with the launch of the 75-130hp Global Series in 2014. It received another major boost with the introduction of the 3700 Series in 2017.”

All new 3700 AL models come with a choice of a standard wide, flat-floor or a tunnel cab option, which can reduce the overall height down to less than 2.44m. These tractors, which sit between the existing 3700 VSF range and the 4700 Series, are built on a “longer and wide chassis”. Because they are able to “negotiate difficult terrain”, Massey Ferguson gave these tractors an AL designation – representing the ‘ALPINE’ series. All 3700 AL models come with Massey Ferguson’s 24F 12R PowerShuttle transmission, which comes with SpeedShift – a two-speed

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powershift. Power for all models is delivered by a “straightforward” 3.4L, fourcylinder engine, which does not require AdBlue. ‘Prototype’ Spotted? In broadly related news, a recent picture (below) taken by publisher/outlet Landbouw Mechanisatie is believed to have been taken near the AGCO (Massey Ferguson) tractor factory in Beauvais, France. The outlet speculates that this ‘prototype’ might even be a future replacement for Massey Ferguson’s current 7700 series tractors.

Mazzotti self-propelled sprayers will make their UK show debut under the John Deere banner at Cereals 2019, which takes place at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire, in June.


isitors will see a 175hp MAF 3580 3,750-litre capacity model with 24m boom on static display alongside a 300hp MAF 6240 6,600-litre capacity machine with 36m boom, which will also be demonstrated at the event. John Deere bought Mazzotti, a family owned sprayer manufacturer based in Ravenna, Italy, in summer 2017. Founded in 1948, the business is known for its innovation and expertise, particularly with self-propelled sprayers sold primarily in southern Europe for specialist crop production, plus skid units for other manufacturers. The sprayers being shown at the Cereals Event are suitable for large-scale arable crop

production and feature John Deere Powertech engines with hydrostatic transmission and two hydraulic pumps, fourwheel drive, four-wheel steer with crab steering and high clearance up to a maximum of 1,700mm, depending on the model. The comfortable, highspecification cab features Category 4 operator protection as well as a joystick control, computerised display and diagnostic monitoring system, which also displays images coming from rear and optional front-mounted video cameras. Hydropneumatic suspension allows comfortable working and road speeds of up to 20km/hr and 50km/hr respectively. Additional features include hydraulic front and rear


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wheel motors, hydraulic track adjustment with optional automatic adjustment from the cab, easy to access spray controls and stainless steel, variable geometry, selflevelling booms. Both machines can also be equipped with John Deere’s AMS precision farming systems, including the StarFire 6000 satellite receiver, AutoTrac automatic steering options, GreenStar displays and JDLink wireless communications. Mazzotti self-propelled sprayers are already available from selected John Deere dealers in the UK, including Cornthwaite Group, Farol, P Tuckwell, Rea Valley Tractors and the Tallis Amos Group.

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New Holland: Methane-powered concept tractor at Sima 2019 New Holland’s stand at the 2019 Sima Show featured the company’s latest methane-powered concept tractor, a machine that it says opens the way to the use of alternative fuels in agriculture.


ith its Clean Energy Leader strategy, launched in 2006, New Holland pioneered the use of alternative fuels. In 2013, the Brand presented its first T6 Methane Power tractor prototype, which has been further developed and tested with customers in France and other European countries. The methanepowered concept tractor on display at Sima was the synthesis and summit of this development. It combines visionary design with advanced and sustainable

methane combustion – thus guaranteeing extralow CO2 emissions. The engine has been specifically developed for agricultural applications by FPT Industrial, the powertrain brand of CNH Industrial, and is based on more than 20 years of natural gas experience, with more than 30,000 engines produced for truck and bus applications. The gas-powered tractor produces 180hp from its six-cylinder FPT Industrial engine. The six-cylinder engine delivers the same power (180hp) and torque (740Nm) as the standard diesel equivalent, and

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the same durability and service intervals – while providing running cost savings that can reach 30 per cent. In real-field conditions, this tractor produces at least 10 per cent smaller CO2 emissions and 80 per cent lower pollutant emissions compared to a standard diesel tractor. When fuelled by biomethane produced from renewable sources, the CO2 emissions are virtually zero. Methane to power New Holland’s gas tractor can be produced on-farm in an anerobic digester. This tractor is a vital link in New Holland’s Energy Independent Farm concept, a

sustainable closed-loop virtuous cycle of farming: from fields to energy generation, and back to fields. The process reduces environmental impact allowing a safe and productive use of agricultural or animal waste (as well as specifically-grown energy crops), and produces fuel-grade biomethane in anaerobic digester plants. Excess energy may used to generate electricity to power local communities or be sold to the grid, while the by-products of biodigestion are natural fertilisers for the farm’s fields.


Vaderstad: Largest high-speed smallseed precision planter launched


äderstad has launched the Tempo L24, which is its largest high-speed precision planter for sugar beet and oilseed rape to date. The Tempo L24 has 24 row units offering 450mm to 508mm row spacings. Each seed hopper holds 25 litres, and the machine can be equipped for fertiliser metering with a

5,000-litre fertiliser hopper. With patented seed metering using PowerShoot technology, the Tempo delivers unmatched precision at very high speed. The Tempo L 24 went into production in November 2018 and the new machines are available in the UK now.

NFU urges public to support Great British Beef Week campaign NFU President Minette Batters has kicked off Great British Beef Week by pledging her support for the campaign and urging the public to get behind British beef producers. In her video address, Mrs Batters highlighted the importance of Britain’s beef sector in providing high quality, tasty, versatile food for the nation as well as delivering world-leading environmental standards. She said: “I’m thrilled to be

supporting Ladies in Beef and Great British Beef Week at this crucially important time for British food and farming. “This campaign will help to remind people that there’s so much more to the British beef industry than many realise with grassland forming two thirds of the UK countryside. Having cattle eating that grass is absolutely pivotal to the success of our biodiversity and our environment – and the best way of using that land to

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ooking ahead, Subaru Corporation recently announced Subarus vision to eliminate traffic accident deaths involving Subaru vehicles by 2030. Already, the new Subaru Global Platform (SGP) is delivering new vehicles with higher rigidity, higher strength, lighter weight, better rolling resistance and more responsive steering. Ensuring our vehicles are Better Where It Matters – designing and building cars that are as safe as possible – is something we’re rightly proud of. In the 1960s, well before crash testing was mandatory, Subaru was undertaking pioneering collision tests. Today we continue to pick up accolades and high ratings in collision safety tests

globally, but we believe that it’s on the road where safety performance really matters. Safety technology has never been so intelligent, powerful and advanced. Subaru continues to pioneer active, passive and precrash safety systems to give drivers and passengers supreme confidence and peace of mind on the road. It’s an all-round safety principle that we passionately adhere to. A whistle-top tour of major Subaru markets quickly reveals the extent of the many safety accolades. In the US, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has awarded the Subaru marque with seven IIHS TOP SAFETY PICKS + for the 2019 Ascent, Outback, Legacy and Crosstrek (known as the XV in the UK) SUVs, and the Impreza.

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IIHS tests evaluate two aspects of safety: ‘crashworthiness’— how well a vehicle protects its occupants in a crash — and ‘crash avoidance and mitigation’— technology that can prevent a crash or lessen its severity. TOP SAFETY PICKS are given to vehicles that earn good ratings in the IIHS’s crashworthiness tests. The Plus ‘+’ recognition is added for winners with a superior front crash prevention rating and good headlights. The all-new Forester in the US was awarded the 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK with the highest possible rating of Good for six crashworthiness tests and Superior for front crash prevention. In Japan, Subaru has performed equally as well. In 2018, the all-new Forester won the top rating

in the JNCAP preventative safety assessment whilst in 2019, the Subaru XV and Impreza won the Grand Prix in JNCAP Collision Safety Performance Assessment award with the highest score ever. An amazing achievement underlining the ability to unite driver, passenger and pedestrian protection measures. In Australia and New Zealand, Subaru have scored top safety ratings for the whole range in the ANCAP car safety assessment program carried out by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA). With all models scoring a 5 star rating when they have been tested. Making safety a feature Before seeing how Subaru has performed in Europe, it’s worth recapping briefly on some of the innovative safety technologies that are

E WORLD fitted across the majority of the range as standard. A range of active safety features give owners the control and confidence to enjoy driving, whatever the weather or road conditions. These include Rear Vehicle Detection, High Beam Assist and of course permanent Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive that offers exceptional handling and increased stability at all times. Passive safety technologies ensure that Subarus are designed to give drivers the best possible protection if an accident or impact is unavoidable. A cabinprotecting layout, a ringshaped reinforcement frame, SRS Airbags and whiplash-reducing front seats all provide outstanding protection. EyeSight-equipped vehicles (fitted as standard

on all current XV, Forester, Outback, Impreza and Levorg models) offer substantially enhanced preventative safety performance. Acting as a second pair of eyes on the road, EyeSight was the first ever driver assist system to use stereo cameras to detect objects such as vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. A Europe-wide survey of Subaru owners in 2018 found that EyeSight had prevented an accident for over 30% of respondents. In the UK and across Europe, Subaru also leads the way in setting safety standards. Euro NCAP is an independent automobile collision safety test programme carried out in Europe. It evaluates adult and child occupant protection, pedestrian protection, safety assist

and how well vehicles automatically detect and prevent collisions across all derivatives of each model. All Subaru SUVs (plus Impreza and Levorg) currently hold the maximum 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating. This April, Subaru triumphed over 29 other manufacturers, as we were

voted the Best Manufacturer for Safety Features in the UK’s 2019 Driver Power Survey which is the UK’s largest car satisfaction survey. Better where it matters is our mantra – and never more so than when it comes to improving safety on our roads. / July 2019


Vehicles (BETTER where it MATTERS)


Cambridge Subaru

Central Motors

01463 548417

01223 633706

01460 601492




Maple Garage

Perkins Garages

Regent Garage

01964 782297

01371 483379

01766 482216




SUBARU FORESTER RANGE fuel economy and CO2 results (WLTP): Combined 32.2mpg, CO2 emissions 168g/km. Fuel consumption figures are determined according to the WLTP test cycle. Mpg figures are official EU test figures for comparative purposes & may not reflect real driving results. CO2 figure shown is based on the outgoing NEDC test cycle & will be used to calculate vehicle tax on first registration. Only compare fuel consumption & CO2 figures with other cars tested to the same technical standard. Fuel consumption achieved in real life conditions & CO2 produced depends on a number of factors including accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles & vehicle load.

Vehicles Model shown is a Forester 2.0i XE Lineartronic with optional special paint finish (£550). OTR price of £30,565.

Subaru Forester Range

C S G Pollitt Limited

James & Jenkins

Keith Price Garages

01392 339455

029 2060 6106

01873 564187



Turners Subaru

West Heath Garage

01380 323584

01252 888912




*Terms of Offer: 50% deposit followed by the remaining 50% paid in one payment after 12 months. Credit available subject to status to UK residents aged 18 and over. Excludes fleet and BASC and NFU Members Affinity Scheme sales. Available at participating dealers only. Not available in conjunction with any other offers. This credit offer is only available through Subaru Finance provided by International Motors Finance Limited, registered office at Charterhall House, Charterhall Drive, Chester, Cheshire, CH88 3AN. We can introduce you to Subaru Finance and a limited number of lenders who may be able to provide funding for your vehicle. We may receive commission or other benefits for introducing you to these lenders. Offers may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Offer ends 30.06.19. †Every vehicle marketed by Subaru (UK) Ltd, excluding WRX STI, is covered by a 5 Year/100,000 mile (whichever comes sooner) Limited Warranty which comprises of a standard 3 Year/60,000 mile (whichever is sooner) Manufacturer’s Warranty (bumper to bumper, excluding clutch driven plate) and an Extended Warranty (applies to powertrain only) provided by the importer. Vehicle shown is a Forester 2.0i XE Lineartronic with optional special paint finish (£550). OTR price of £30,565.00. OTR price incl. VAT, delivery, number plates, 12 months road fund licence and first registration fee. Prices correct at time of going to print.

2 tonne towing capacity


Introducing the new Korando 2.2

New Korando 2.2 available from



7in touch screen with iPod & Bluetooth Connectivity

Intelligent 4x4

Increased fuel efficiency

2.2litre diesel engine with 400Nm torque

SMC Plymouth

Think Cars Limited

C.S.G Pollitt LTD

Christian Mill Business Park, Crownhill, Plymouth, Devon PL5 5DS

Ringwood Road, Bransgore, Hampshire BH23 8JQ

37 Marsh Green Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter, Devon EX2 8PN

01752 773999

01425 672416

01392 496900

Driven Car Sales


Mandale Triangle Industrial Estate, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland TS17 6BZ

Unit A, Vanguard Way, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 3TG

01642 601999

01743 444500

Fuel consumption figures in mpg: 32.8 – 61.4. CO2 emissions in g/km: 177-139. Model featured is a Korando 2.2 ELX at £21,495 including optional metallic paint priced at £500. *Korando SE including VAT, delivery charge, Road Fund Licence & first registration charge. Prices are correct at the time of going to print, but may be changed at any time. / June 2019





Over 1 tonne payload

Selectable 4x4 with low range

3.5 tonne towing capacity

9.2” touchscreen


87 High Street, Coldstream, Scottish Borders TD12 4AE. 01890 882159


Oakwood House, Foxhunters Trading Estate, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear NE25 8UG. 0191 252 3445


Brent Avenue, Montrose, Angus, DD10 9PA. 01674 673606

from BEST PICK-UP SsangYong Musso

ÂŁ20,995 ex VAT**


White Lodge, Filands, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9JN. 01666 824369


37 Marsh Green Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8PN. 01392 496900 Fuel consumption figures in mpg: Urban 25.9-29.1, Extra Urban 39.2-40.9, Combined 32.8-35.8. CO2 emissions in g/km 226-211. Model featured is a Musso Saracen Auto at ÂŁ27,245.**Including delivery charge, Road Fund Licence & first registration charge, ex VAT. *Figure shown is based on 14% discount on Musso Rhino before VAT. To qualify for discount, you must be a member of an accredited organisation associated with agriculture, fishing,

equestrian, shooting or other organised country professions or pursuits. Requires proof of membership/affiliation (for example, a DEFRA number might be used for landowners/farmers). Cannot be used in conjunction with any other SsangYong affiliation scheme including BASC, Ringlink Scotland, NFU Scotland, Mole Valley and the Caravan and Motorhome Club members free towbar offer. Warranty covers 7 years or 150,000 miles. Prices are correct at the time of going to print but may be modified or changed at any time.










Adams Brothers

Auto Sales

Fussell Wadman

Isuzu Norwich

Buckinghamshire 01296 752790

Kirriemuir 01575 392021

Wiltshire 01380 323588

Norfolk 01603 966253

Approved Isuzu

Ferndown Commercials

Haven Motors

Manchetts Group

Kent 01622 393104

Dorset 01202 983349

Sussex 01403 618312

Suffolk 01683 445056

#Over 40 MPG figure applies to manual transmission models. MPG figures are official EU test figures for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. Official fuel figures for the Isuzu D-Max range in MPG (l/100km): Urban 30.4 - 38.7 (9.3 - 7.3). Extra Urban 40.9 - 50.4 (6.9 - 5.6). Combined 36.2 - 45.6 (7.8 - 6.2). CO2 emissions 163 - 205g/km. For full details please contact your local Isuzu dealer or visit


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Mark Weatherhead

Threeways Garage

White Horse Motors

Cambridge 01954 574562

Abergele 01745 274380

Devon 01392 338362

Slip End Garages

WH Brand

Luton 01582 787294

Lincolnshire 01406 633123


†Important Information. Business users only. Rental amounts shown are for an Isuzu Utah Double Cab Commercial Vehicle On The Road with manual transmission, excluding special paint finish. Contract based on 8,000 miles per annum, non-maintained. Vehicle must be returned in a good condition to avoid further charges. Provided by Lex Autolease Ltd trading as Isuzu Contract Hire, Heathside Park, Heathside Park Road, Stockport SK3 0RB. Excludes motability and fleet sales, not available in conjunction with any other offers or with BASC or NFU member discounts. Available until 30th June 2019. Finance options available at participating dealers only, subject to status. *3.5 tonne towing applies to all 4x4 models. **125,000 miles/5 year (whichever comes first) warranty applies to all new Isuzu D-Max models. Terms and conditions apply. Visit


MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV CONTINUES SUCCESS IN EUROPE The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has become Mitsubishi Motors Europe’s (MME) best-selling vehicle, out-selling all other models in the Mitsubishi range.


n 2018, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was the bestselling plug-in hybrid vehicle in Europe across all segments, an accolade it claimed for the fourth consecutive year. During this time, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has also gradually become MME’s best-selling vehicle. In November 2018 more Outlander PHEVs were sold in Europe than any other model in the Mitsubishi range, and this has continued every month since. In total, between

October 2013 and January 2019, 126,617 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs have been sold in Europe. This success has been boosted by significant growth recorded in markets like Germany and France along with the launch of the 2019 model during September 2018. A new 2.4-litre petrol engine produces 135ps (up from 121ps) with greater torque (211Nm vs 190Nm). Increased output of the rear electric motor, drive battery and overall battery capacity resulted in WLTP combined fuel economy of 139mpg and WLTP emissions of

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46 g/km. Key to the success of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is that it doesn’t ask its owners to make any compromises. For people wanting an SUV with green credentials it offers a combination of space and practicality, 4WD ability and an EV driving range of 28 miles, which is in excess of the average daily commute. Commenting on this performance, Bernard Loire - President & CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Europe said: “Today, to our many European customers, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the true go-

anywhere vehicle, equally at ease in zero-emission restricted access city centres, on long distance family driving and on twisting mountain roads with its twin motor 4WD system.” He added: “The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is our brand flagship, our best seller in Europe, a trendsetter that the industry is watching carefully and a pointer to MMC’s long term strategy, blending adventurous SUV heritage with progressive electrified technologies.”



Vauxhall’s Grandland X SUV is the dependable and versatile vehicle of choice for the Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service, which has ordered a fleet of eight vehicles


he vehicles will be used by officers to respond to incidents within the local community, including fire and emergency response. The Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service opted for the Grandland X in Tech Line Nav trim with the All Road Pack, which features Vauxhall’s innovative IntelliGrip traction control system. The electronic system ensures optimum road grip in diverse driving situations and adapts the torque distribution to the front wheels depending on which of the five driving modes has been selected. This ensures the best traction and stable handling on any surface, including snow, mud and sand. Additional features to come with the Grandland X Tech Line Nav trim include

numerous safety and security systems, such as front parking distance sensors, automatic emergency braking, lane assist and side blind spot alert. A Navi 5.0 IntelliLink infotainment system with 8-inch colour touchscreen and voice control adds to the technological edge of the package. The community service added a heated windscreen and wireless charging as optional extras. The SUVs are fitted with powerful and efficient 1.5-litre (130PS) diesel engines. “We were looking for an appropriate response vehicle to meet the demands of the diverse nature or Cornwall’s rugged landscape,” said Mark Salter, Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service’s Group Manager – Assets. “As a rural county, our officers are required

to negotiate narrow B-roads, unmade tracks and agricultural terrain, as well as coping with dramatic seasonal changes throughout the year. Typically, Cornwall has a higher degree of rainfall than other parts of the country. As a result, we needed a vehicle that would provide sufficient ground clearance and traction to safely manoeuvre through and over these hazards, to arrive safely and promptly at emergency incidents. “ The Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service works to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the local community. The service’s responsibilities include fire prevention and protection, road safety education and delivery, reducing crime and antisocial behaviour and co-responding to medical incidents. “We are thrilled that

the Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service has chosen the Grandland X to support its work across the county,” said Mike Roberts, Sales Manager for Vauxhall Special Vehicles. “We’re confident that our IntelliGrip traction system in particular will prove indispensable across Cornwall’s diverse landscape. Whether on the beach and coastline, driving over wet and muddy terrain or in snowy and icy conditions, the system will increase driver safety and guarantee stability at all times.” As standard, the Grandland X includes equipment such as LED daytime running lights, camera-based lane departure warning, road sign recognition, intelligent cruise control, and dual zone electronic climate control with particulate and odour filter. At 4.48 metres long, it is the largest SUV in Vauxhall’s range, offering even more cabin space than the 20cm-shorter Mokka X and Crossland X. / July 2019




Used Car Awards 2018

Best used car scheme

Used Car Awards 2019

Best used car scheme

Award-winning care for complete peace of mind: What Car? ‘Best Used Car Scheme’ two years running To ensure it leaves a Land Rover Retailer in immaculate condition, an eleven point customer promise is in place. This gives you absolute peace of mind and guarantees your vehicle delivers the most composed and capable drive possible.

Our Award-Winning 11-point Approved promise includes: Two-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty Two-Year UK & European Roadside Assistance Complimentary Half-Day Land Rover Experience MOT Test Warranty

Search Land Rover Approved Used. Rybrook Land Rover Conwy, Ffordd Maelgwyn, Llandudno Junction, Conwy, LL31 9PL T: 01942 580000 Rybrook Land Rover Huddersfield, Leeds Rd, Huddersfield, HD5 0RP T: 01484 516016 Rybrook Land Rover Stoke, Broad Street, Hanley, Stoke on Trent ST1 4EG T: 01782 219500 The Land Rover Approved Used Programme is exclusively for vehicles up to five years old and under 100,000 miles.

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