ERGOT-RIDDEN grain is said to be bringing brisk business from as far afield as Kent and Scotland for the optical separator installed last July on a Staffs arable farm.

The £180,000 unit, at Hartley Farms, Great Bridgeford, can extract ergots with minimal weight loss at up to 12t/hr for a charge of 7.50/t, says Edward Hartley.

“I believe it is a first on this side of the food chain.”

The English-built machine, which has cleaned about 1500t so far, was bought to expand the TASCC approved business’s overall cleaning service to farmers and merchants, he says.