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NFU transforms London school into farm Children at an urban primary school in the centre of London are delving into life as a farmer today as they ditch the textbooks and don their wellies to take part in a host of exciting farming activities.


s part of eight-year-old Afeefa Haroon’s grand prize for winning the NFU’s Farmvention competition this year, her school has undergone a transformation from urban primary school to rural farm, where children are learning about what it takes to be a British farmer and a custodian of the countryside. Some of the activities include: ·Ronald Ross ‘farm’ with sheep, goats and ponies ·Flying drones ·Bug hotels ·Pizza and yogurt making ·Hatching chicks ·Potato harvesting The competition, which taught Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths through the lens of food and farming, was a huge success, receiving over 1,000 entries from schools all over the country. It is now being rolled out for a second year.

This is all part of the NFU’s aim to reconnect children with the countryside and rural life, develop their understanding of agriculture and provide the information needed so they can maintain a healthy, balanced diet in the future. NFU President Minette Batters said: “It has been great to see so many children here today getting excited about food and farming, asking about where the food they love comes from and how farmers produce it. “That’s what our Farmvention competition is all about – bridging the gap between the next generation, especially those in urban areas, and the food on their plates. “The education system has such an important role to play in opening children’s minds to new opportunities. The success of this year’s Farmvention competition shows how well the food and farming context fits within STEM

learning, and offers children the chance to explore and experience a completely new area that they otherwise might miss.” Ronald Ross Headteacher Abby Brady said: “Farmvention has shown our pupils that there are amazing opportunities awaiting them in Britain’s countryside. It has really helped broaden their horizons, especially as many of the children haven’t even been outside of London. “As a headteacher there’s nothing better than pupils who are enthusiastic about learning and it’s been amazing to see them so excited to experience new things, from making pizzas and flying drones to brushing ponies and caring for newly-hatched chicks. “I think it’s safe to say that all the children have loved stepping into the shoes of our wonderful farmers. It’s a day they’ll remember long into the future.”

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Research shows benefits, risks and solution for better multi-cut grass

The way farmers move around their property has evolved, from walking to riding horses, now to driving all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) In 2019, these vehicles are now the main workhorse for any farm, no matter the location or size, due to their ability to tackle any terrain and move heavy items from A to B with ease. So if they are stolen, the loss can potentially affect how a farm runs effectively on a day to day basis. Here are some top tips to ensure your ATV is secure: •When purchasing an ATV ensure the dealership you purchase it from fits a tracker system. •Ensure that you record all the serial numbers of the vehicles/ machinery you may have on site as it will help you identify vehicles if one is stolen. •Make sure you are lighting the right places on your

farm (tool sheds, fuel tanks and outbuildings) and install motion sensor lights that will automatically illuminate areas if any movement is detected. •Report all incidents of theft and any suspicious behaviour to the police because if it is not, the police will not know it is happening. •Keep all vehicles out of sight and weld a metal cover over the hasp to protect the building’s padlocks from being cut with bolt cutters. •Ensure that any storage areas are locked with padlocks, hasps and deadbolts. •Regularly prune any trees or shrubbery that could potentially block the light sources. •Regularly tour your farm to look

at spots that are in permanent darkness as well as vulnerable areas such as gates, fences and doors that could be damaged and may need fixing or replacing. •Do not leave any vehicles outside when you have finished with them and ensure the keys have been removed and placed somewhere safe within the house. •Display signage at the front of your farm telling visitors where they cannot go. Can-Am provides utility users with innovative, economical, comfortable and versatile ATVs and SSVs.

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When you think of a farmer’s vehicles, the first ones that come to mind are tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) These are the cornerstone of any farm however, what an ATV offers compared to other vehicles is increased versatility in terms of towing and hauling capacity and the capability to handle multiple terrains with ease, from steep inclines to boggy field. These benefits have led to ATVs becoming the workhorse vehicles that are relied upon on a day to day basis. With that in mind,

always remember that the farm is a potentially dangerous work environment, so it is important that when using an ATV, safe riding is at the forefront of the user’s mind when out in the field. Here are some top tips when it comes to rider safety: •Make sure that the loads carried on the racks are secure and evenly balanced and do not exceed the capacity of the ATV (check the manufacturers’ recommendations). •Always be aware of your surroundings and keep your eyes peeled for any pedestrians, livestock, obstructions or other vehicles. •Inspect the ATV before use to ensure that it is in good working order. •Avoid sudden increases in speed as this is one of the common causes for an overturned vehicle. •Always wear the correct personal protective equipment

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(PPE) such as a helmet, boots, long sleeve shirt and trousers when out riding. •When riding across a slope, keep your weight forward. When going downhill, slide your weight backwards, select a low gear and use engine braking, which leads to the reduction in the need to use the brakes. •When working a new area, make sure you walk the route before riding through it. This will give you a better perspective of the dangers or obstacles that you could come across. •You cannot predict the British weather as one minute it could be bright sunshine and the next it could be pouring with rain, so be aware of changes in ground conditions as these could affect the loads you are carrying or the attachments you are pulling. •Always read the owner’s manual.


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Preserving the high quality material from a multi-cut approach


ith the drive to boost milk from forage, the increasingly popular multicut approach of cutting grass for silage while younger and taking more cuts per season offers a number of potential advantages: Higher ME (for milk production) – because younger grass is more digestible Higher protein content – because nitrogen assimilated into protein by the plant hasn’t yet been ‘diluted’ by extra growth Higher overall yield – from more cuts over the season Additional benefits include: Easier silage-making / less weather-dependent – because lighter cuts wilt faster Easier clamp consolidation – because younger grass contains less stem material Reduced silage variability – from grass being cut at a more uniform growth stage Higher silage intakes – since increased digestibility means less time in the rumen However, while multi-cut silage offers advantages, it has also been thought it needs particular care when conserving this higher quality material. Latest research to assess the

benefits, risks and solutions for a multi-cut system A new, detailed research project was conducted by Volac silage scientists last season in South Wales to assess: 1. The key benefits of multi-cut grass 2. The ensiling risks in a multicut system 3. Whether these could be mitigated by applying a wellrecognised additive (Ecosyl) Focus on the results Analysis of the ‘raw material’ grass crop Analysis of standing crop samples from a multi-cut field revealed that while it was indeed consistently high in digestibility and ME, it was also a consistently challenging material to ensile: Crude protein was relatively high – good for nutrition but a risk because high protein buffers the fermentation Enterobacteria, commonly associated with slurry, were present – a risk because slurry bacteria interfere with an efficient fermentation by consuming sugar in the clamp (and the shorter cutting intervals with multi-cut means less time for slurry to dissipate in the field) Naturally-present lactic acidproducing bacteria were low

in numbers – making rapid fermentation less likely if relying on these alone Analysis of the ensiled crop Following on from this, analysis of silages made from multiple cuts at intervals of up to 95 days after ensiling repeatedly revealed: Without additive: Very slow fermentation / slow production of beneficial lactic acid – with the pH remaining high Proliferation of ‘bad bacteria’ High dry matter losses Indications of poor protein preservation With additive: Clear demonstration that beneficial bacteria in Ecosyl (Lactobacillus plantarum MTD/1) dominated the fermentation Faster production of beneficial lactic acid plus rapid pH falls Suppression of ‘bad bacteria’ Substantial reductions in dry matter losses Indications of improved protein preservation Overall, this latest research concluded that treating with Ecosyl resulted in more of a higher quality silage to feed, when compared to untreated silage. / August 2019

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ew tenancy law reform proposals will provide greater flexibility for tenant farming businesses allowing them to be more productive, the NFU has said. As part of a Government consultation, the NFU has held meetings with hundreds of tenant farmer members seeking views on options for reform of agricultural tenancy law in England and Wales. The aim of the proposals is to ensure that the policy framework for agricultural tenancies is fit for the future and enable tenant farmers and agricultural landlords to thrive as the UK moves away from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and implements a new domestic agriculture policy. NFU tenants forum chairman Chris Cardell said: “This consultation has given us a valuable opportunity to engage with our tenant farmer


Tenancy law reform proposals will allow greater productivity and investment, says NFU members to hear their views on the planned changes for the tenanted sector. “We have made clear in our submission that the proposals will allow greater flexibility within the sector such as removing restrictions to tenancy law and opening up rules on succession. This will allow both landlords and tenants to make investments in their farm holdings, which will help drive greater productivity. “The tenanted sector produces many and varied opportunities for the next generation of agricultural entrepreneurs and plays an important role for farming businesses. It’s therefore vital that reforms supporting this are implemented. “Our sector has an exciting, modern future and we look forward to working with Defra and fellow stakeholders within the Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG) to create the necessary legal frameworks to deliver these exciting opportunities.”

British farmers leading the way in climate-friendly food


armers are striding forwards in their aspiration for net zero agriculture in Britain as they join industry leaders, scientists and policymakers today to explore what changes are needed to deliver climate-friendly food for all. Speaking at a farming and climate change conference hosted by the NFU and Sustainable Food Trust, NFU President Minette Batters will emphasise that every farmer has a role to play in contributing towards the industry’s net zero aspiration. She will also urge Government to provide effective incentives to help farmers reach this target by 2040. Mrs Batters will say: “Climate change is the greatest and most

compelling challenge facing society today and each and every one of us has a part to play to mitigate the climate threat. For farmers, this means tackling the climate challenge head on – adapting the way we produce food to help deliver a greener planet for us all. “The British farming industry is pushing itself to become net zero by 2040. This does not need to impact net farm income, and certainly doesn’t mean downsizing production or exporting our production abroad. Instead we need to implement a portfolio of methods to improve our production efficiency, capture more carbon on farmland and boost our production of bioenergy and land-based renewables. Effective incentives are going to

be vital in each of these areas. “As both a sink and a source of greenhouse gasses, British agriculture is uniquely placed to be a key part of the solution to the climate challenge. Our unique landscape and diverse farming systems enable us to produce food efficiently and sustainably, and we have been very clear in our ambition to build on this further and lead the way in climate-friendly food production. “Our journey towards climate neutrality must be made together. If we work together, learn from each other and share our ideas I truly believe we can reach our net zero aspiration, and show the world that it can be done.” / August 2019



NFU top tips help farmers stay safe during harvest

NFU President Minette Batters has today congratulated Boris Johnson on his election as Conservative party leader and urged him to do everything in his power to ensure that our departure from the EU is carried out in a smooth and orderly way.



he NFU has been clear that an orderly departure, that includes free and frictionless trade with the EU, is crucial in delivering the best outcome for British food production. Leaving the EU with a trade deal is vital to allow farm businesses and Britain’s food producers to have a viable and sustainable future – continuing to produce food to some of the highest global standards whilst at the same time protecting the iconic British natural environment. In a letter to the incoming Prime Minister, the NFU is highlighting five additional policy priorities for the new Government: Stimulating farm business competitiveness and innovation through policies that ensure British farming is a leader in its field and result in a more resilient and advanced sector Rising to the challenges of tackling climate change through concerted government effort now to put in place the policies to help deliver the NFU’s ambition to reach net zero by 2040 Promoting our high food stan dards through trade policy, building a globally recognised British Food Brand and ensuring

our high standards of animal welfare and environmental protection are not undermined by trade deals that allows imports of food that would be illegal to produce in the UK. Ensuring an adequate supply of labour by delivering a future immigration system that is fit for purpose and recognises the specific needs and challenges of agriculture and horticulture A long-term budgetary commitment for food and farming through a new agricultural policy that rewards farmers fairly for delivering public goods, supports stability and resilience, and provides funding that recognises the long, multi-annual timeframes farmers and growers operate to. Mrs Batters said: “British farming is one of the nation’s most important assets, delivering safe, traceable and affordable food to millions, all while taking care of the beautiful countryside we have such great pride in. It underpins the nation’s largest manufacturing sector, food and drink, contributing more than £120 billion to the economy and employing almost four million people. “To achieve the best outcome from Brexit, we need to leave the EU in a smooth and orderly way.

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A deal with the EU is crucial to maintaining free trade with our closest neighbours and largest trading partners, as well as access to people that want to come to the UK to work on farms. “Mr Johnson has an opportunity to develop a new agricultural policy that works for Britain by creating a sustainable, vibrant and competitive future for our farming sector. “We need to see policies that allow farm businesses to innovate, that help farmers rise to the challenge of tackling climate change, that enable farms access to the workers that pick, pack and grade our fruit, veg and flowers, and crucially an Agriculture Bill that is fit for purpose for the rising challenges of food production. “I look forward to working with the incoming Prime Minister and his Government to ensure we can achieve this and that British farming is recognised as strategically important for the nation. “I would also like to thank Theresa May for her efforts as Prime Minister and her willingness to engage with the food and farming sector at such a crucial time.”

The NFU is reminding growers of simple but effective ways they can stay safe this summer as combines are dusted off and harvest begins in earnest. s more agricultural vehicles take to the roads and fields, the NFU urges farmers and growers to follow five top tips: · Check that tractors and trailers are roadworthy. Make sure that indicators are fully visible and that trailer brakes are working correctly. ·Ensure all drivers are competent. Children under 16 are only allowed to operate certain machines, and it is illegal for children under 13 to drive or ride on any kind of agricultural machine. ·Be clear on the weight of vehicles

and trailers and follow the correct speed limit. ·Don’t be tempted to cut corners to save time. Always consider the risks and take steps to mitigate them before the work is carried out. ·Ensure that all employees working on the farm have sufficient rest periods to help them stay alert. NFU Vice President Stuart Roberts said: “It’s easy to get caught up in the hectic nature of harvest. It’s an incredibly busy period for all arable farmers and quite often we’re working long hours to get the job done. “I know first-hand the time pressures

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many farmers are under during harvest, but we’re all important to our businesses and our families. It is not worth risking an accident or injury just for the sake of saving a few minutes. “This harvest I urge all farmers to take a second before we launch ourselves into the mammoth task ahead. We need to take the time to check that all our equipment is in good working order, that we are complying with vehicle weight and speed regulation and that our employees fully understand the correct processes to follow. “Let’s make our safety our priority all throughout harvest.”

New Defra Secretary of State urged to back British farming

NFU President Minette Batters says she’s looking forward to working closely with new Defra Secretary of State Theresa Villiers to help forge the positive future of farming and food production in this country. She says central to that will be to ensure the UK leaves the EU in a smooth and orderly manner, which includes free and frictionless trade with the EU. Mrs Batters said: “British farming is proud to produce some of the highest quality food in the world. I look forward to working with the new Secretary of State to showcase the incredibly high standards to which British farmers deliver food for the nation, alongside caring for our animals and the countryside. I invite Ms Villiers to join me on my farm so she can see first-hand the work that goes in to producing the country’s food and its potential for the future. “When it comes to her political priorities, safeguarding Britain’s food producers and our domestic food supply has never been more important. Leaving the EU, our closest neighbours and trading partners, in a smooth and orderly way is vital to allow farm businesses to have a viable and sustainable future – continuing to produce food to some of the highest global standards while protecting and maintaining our iconic British landscape. “That’s why we urge the new Secretary

of State to follow up on the promise of her predecessor and commit to a highlevel commission to avoid British food production standards being undermined in the pursuit of post-Brexit trade deals.” In a letter sent to the new Secretary of State, the NFU has highlighted five immediate policy priorities for Defra: A comprehensive impact assessment of the potential impacts of Brexit on the farming sector A fully developed and reinvigorated policy on improving productivity in agriculture A Trade and Standards Commission to be established to ensure our high standards of production are not undermined by our future trade policy A food-focused agricultural policy that rewards farmers fairly for the delivery of public goods Measures to strengthen farmers’ position in the supply chain including a market review Mrs Batters said: “British farming is the backbone of the largest manufacturing sector, food and drink, contributing more than £120 billion to the economy and employing over four million people.

“Government must develop an agricultural policy that encourages productive farming, allows farmers to continue to produce safe, traceable and affordable food for everyone and be custodians of the countryside. We need policies in place that allow farming businesses to innovate, support investment in new technologies to help farmers in the fight against climate change and allow farms access to a competent and reliable workforce. “As an industry we are ready and able to tackle the challenges ahead as well as making the most of new opportunities. The support of the new Secretary of State will be instrumental and we need her to back British farming like never before. “I would also like to thank Michael Gove for his hard work and dedication to farming and agriculture over the past two years. He has recognised the difficult challenges facing the farming sector and the enormous potential we have to feed the nation. I hope the new Secretary of State will maintain the same progressive and energetic approach.” / August 2019


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e weren’t looking for a tractor franchise at this time in our company’s development, says Nigel Gardiner of Venture Farm Machinery, Pytchley near Kettering. “But the level of interest shown in the McCormick tractors we borrowed for our Krone grass machinery demonstration set off a lightbulb moment; we had a long discussion with the McCormick people the next day and everything came together. “They wanted a dealer on our patch and we could see how the McCormick tractors would suit all farming and non-farming requirements in the area while complementing our equipment franchises.” Nigel Gardiner and fellow director Jim Pearson formed Venture Farm Machinery three years ago after they were made redundant from a large agricultural equipment dealership when several branches were closed. They recruited colleague Derek

Lispcombe from the same group to draw on his long standing parts management experience and soon were appointed to handle sales and after-sales support for Amazone, Krone and Opico implements, along with Kidd and Tanco implements, and HM trailers. Together with parts, tools and accessories from the Granit range and complementary suppliers, business soon took off. “A number of people wonder how it’s possible to set-up a new dealership and acquire such leading franchises,” says Mr Gardiner. “But in each case we were in the right place at the right time with the right experience when the manufacturers needed local representation.” Ben Agar of McCormick manufacturer Argo Tractors says the track record of the people in the business makes him confident of their continued success with the McCormick tractor franchise covering Northamptonshire. “Jim and Nigel have proven sales and sales management

ability, and Derek’s 20-years experience makes him the go-to man for parts, so they have the complementary skills needed for the business to do well,” he says. As for the McCormick product range, Jim Pearson believes the tractors are under-rated: “With compact tractors from 43hp, through a good choice of mid-range models, up to the big six-cylinder machines there’s something for everyone in the McCormick line-up,” he maintains. “The cab designs offer a lovely working environment with modern features, fit and finish, and they’re built using top-quality components, either manufactured in the Argo Tractors factories in northern Italy or sourced from renowned suppliers such as ZF and Carraro. “I’ve had more interest in the first week with the McCormick tractors than any tractors I’ve sold before,” he adds. “We just need to encourage potential customers to get behind the wheel to see for themselves how good they are.”

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special edition in the D-Max range, the Workman+ will be produced in a limited to a volume of 125 vehicles in total and will be available in a manual transmission. This hard-working pick-up retains all the features of the multi award-winning Isuzu D-Max Utility but also includes the following equipment over a standard double cab: Rear Load Liner Tow Bar & 13 Pin Electrics Side Steps 18” Alloy Wheels Full Size Spare Wheel - Alloy Reversing Camera DAB Radio Aimed at farmers and urban trade customers, Workman+ is equipped with practical specification to help get the job

done. The tow bar and 13 pin electrics are compatible with trailers that have LED lights and customers can choose to fit an over rail or under rail load liner according to their preference. Elevating the exterior styling from a basic workhorse pick-up, side steps increase convenience and 18” alloy wheels add a premium feel while still retaining the practicality of a working vehicle as a full-size spare alloy wheel and locking wheel nuts are included as standard. The audio system has also been upgraded to include DAB radio and a reversing camera is mounted under the rear bumper, with the image displayed in the rear-view mirror. In addition to the new features mentioned above, the Isuzu D-Max Workman+ retains its superior 3.5 tonne towing,

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outstanding 125,000 mile / 5-year warranty (whichever comes first) and 5-year roadside assistance in the UK and across Europe. Workman+ is available in five colours: Splash White, Titanium Silver Met, Obsidian Grey Mica, Cosmic Black Mica and Sapphire Blue Mica. Cosmic Black and Sapphire Blue paint finishes are normally restricted to premium models but a limited volume has been made available for Workman+. Pricing for the new Workman+ is only £21,495 CVOTR. This offers a considerable amount of equipment for a price walk of only £700 over a standard Utility Double Cab. Available to order now, the Workman+ will arrive in dealerships this week.

Subaru are pleased to announce the launch of a limited run of fifty Black & Ivory Outbacks.


ubaru are pleased to announce the launch of a limited run of fifty Black & Ivory Outbacks. Available from 1st September, the limited run Outback is styled with Crystal Back Silica paint and the interior is equipped with Ivory leather, making the limited specification an eye-catching contrast of Black & White. Outback is the world’s first crossover, successfully combining the benefits of a passenger estate car with the all-road capabilities of an SUV. Outback was also the first Subaru model to be equipped with Subaru’s EyeSight advanced collision avoidance system which functions optically, acting as a second pair of eyes for the driver. The Outback has also recently won two Silver Driver Power awards for best family car, and another for practicality and boot space. All models are well equipped with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System, Boxer engine and a 5 Star Euro NCAP rating, LED headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, power tailgate, Active Torque Vectoring, Vehicle Dynamics Control, rear view camera, X-Mode, Hill Descent Control, and Subaru Starlink infotainment system and navigation. Petrol models are also equipped with start-stop system and Subaru Intelligent

Drive, which allows drivers to select different engine modes according to road conditions. The limited run Outback is available in Petrol and Diesel and is priced at £35,545 for the Diesel 2.0D SE Premium Lineartronic and £33,545 for the Petrol 2.5i SE Premium Lineartronic. / August 2019


Vehicles (BETTER where it MATTERS)

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


Subaru Forester Range


Cambridge Subaru

Central Motors

C S G Pollitt Limited

James & Jenkins

Keith Price Garages

01463 548417

01223 633706

01460 601492

01392 339455

029 2060 6106

01873 564187






Maple Garage

Perkins Garages

Regent Garage

Turners Subaru

West Heath Garage

01964 782297

01371 483379

01766 482216

01380 323584

01252 888912




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.




*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. / August 2019



The estate that’s as comfortable on muddy fields as it is on city streets, the Outback is a practical, capable car that’s brilliantly safe on the road. Stylish, spacious and refined, this is a car that takes you further.


Tough, practical and virtually indestructible, the Forester will never let you down. Whatever the weather, wherever you want to go, this workhorse will get you there. It’s calm, understated and up for any challenge.


Compact, capable and reliable, the XV is the crossover that proves you can conquer mountains and the school run in the same car. Effortlessly stylish, it always provides incredible all-round performance.





Over 1 tonne payload 3.5 tonne towing capacity


Selectable 4x4 with low range BEST PICK-UP SsangYong Musso

9.2” touchscreen

£20,995 ex VAT**

DS Dalgleish

C.S.G Pollitts Ltd

Lowdhams Motors

Ullswater Road Garage

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

37 Marsh Green Road, Marsh Barton, Exeter, Devon EX2 8PN. 01392 496900

Lowdham Road, Gunthorpe, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG14 7ES. 0115 966 3838

Ullswater Road, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7EH. 01768 864546

Duthies Montrose

Park Head Service Station, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 8QE. 01388 854111

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

Bescol Motors

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 £27,245.**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



Charters SsangYong Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire RG31 6TQ. 0118 402 4780

Fun Motor Group Prestige House, Branch Road, Lower Darwen, Lancashire BB3 0PR. 01254 260 422

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. / August 2019









Adams Brothers

Haven Motors

Manchetts Group

SG Petch

Westaway Motors

WH Brand

White Horse Motors

Buckinghamshire 01296 752790

Sussex 01403 618312

Suffolk 01683 445056

North Yorkshire 01748 841432

Northamptonshire 01604 654547

Lincolnshire 01406 633123

Devon 01392 338362

Ferndown Commercials

Isuzu Norwich

Mark Weatherhead

Slip End Garages

Dorset 01202 983349

Norfolk 01603 966253

Cambridge 01954 574562

Luton 01582 787294

#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

BOOK A TEST DRIVE TODAY †Important Information. Business users only. Rental amounts shown are for an Isuzu D-Max Yukon Double Cab Vehicle On The Road with manual transmission, excluding special paint finish. Excess mileage charge 10.4p + VAT at 20%. 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. Available at participating dealers only. Excludes motability and fleet sales, not available in conjunction with any other offers or with BASC, NGO or NFU member discounts. Available until 30.09.2019. Finance options available at participating dealers, 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


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 bestselling 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

38 / July 2019

emissions of 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 goanywhere 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 trend-setter 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 20cmshorter Mokka X and Crossland X. / August 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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