Subscribe and save

Farmers Weekly from £127
Saving £36
In print AND tablet

SUBSCRIBE NOW

sub_ad_img
ALERT!
The Farmers Weekly forums are now closed to new comments. You can share your views with us on Twitter, on Facebook or by emailing farmers.weekly@rbi.co.uk. You can also see and share pictures on our galleries.

Forums

My Profile

markw

Forum Role: Member

Topics Started: 30

Replies Created: 493

Total likes: 0

Forum Replies Created

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 493 total)

  • Sort posts:

    #928594

    markwmarkw

    Member

    Why can`t DEFRA sort their computer problems out. It beggars belief that modern computer systems can`t be reprogrammed to communicate with others in shorter timescales than appear possible. Still ,after many months, my RLR maps are incorrect / incomplete,this prevents application to ELS ,all down to the inability of computers or their operators to swap information. Now we find that SFP is likely to be delayed because of computer problems and new EU rules. Do all government offices fail their sectors like this or are we farmers an especially deserving case ?

    #928085

    markwmarkw

    Member

    just received my certificate for rough terrain telehandler and it is only valid for 5 years. Odd really as I could use the machine daily or never over that period. I`m trusted to keep my car licence until i`m 70 ! Suppose it keeps LANTRA and instructors in employment.

    #970239

    markwmarkw

    Member

    Watch that starter switch. Mine was just the same (1990) and caught fire 20 mins after a long cold start. Cost 900 for new dash and bits of wiring but has been much better at starting since! I suggest earth cable and joints and the ignition switch.

    #928057

    markwmarkw

    Member

    Mid December onwards works for me in Notts.Shouldn`t be any problem with that older variety unless you`re prone to severe frosts or bird damage. Worst thing here is rooks attacking slowly emerging plants. Long straw variety might be more prone to lodging if drilled early.

    #1029250

    markwmarkw

    Member

    See page 35 of last weeks FW magazine .Reducing debt or capital investments seem favourite. They`ve written your dissertation for you !

    #927368

    markwmarkw

    Member

    it`s the old experience problem r3, need some to get a job, can`t get one without any. I set a 16 year old on for a harvest job july 04 and he`s still here as my only staff. Insurance can be a big problem with young employees but i`ve no regrets and it`s good to have some youthful enthusiasm. Good luck.

    #926363

    markwmarkw

    Member

    Enough folks. Think of the waste electricity this thread has caused. Surely the arguements have all been heard by both sides before. If you have a keen interest go and see a turbine. You certainly don`t need ear plugs at Swaffhams` Ecotech centre where the 1.5 and 1.8MW machines are open to the public. You can actually climb inside the smaller one but only see the larger from a distance.


    Our Government has decided that wind power is part of the way forward not a replacement of existing generating capacity. Even if only 5% of the current wind farm planning applications are successful we are all going to see a lot of wind turbines sooner or later. See the Yes2wind site to appreciate just how many proposals there are. They are coming so get used to the idea .

    #926380

    markwmarkw

    Member

    Wind turbines are brilliant.They will save the planet. They look fantastic, even on my doorstep. They are 99.9% efficient and cost about 2.50p to build. They get DONs` blood PRESSURE to rise, in fact, sorry FACT, if it rises any more at least we`ll be able to change the BLOODY subject. Please.

    #926449

    markwmarkw

    Member

    Desperate Don still droning on then. Firstly are turbines so intermittent that they are not worth having or are they going to drone and flicker 24/7 ? Make your mind up Don.


     When it comes to decommissioning the local authorities are enforcing a clause in agreements whereby money is lodged in an escrow type account for use if the operator goes bust. I understand up to 10k per turbine is asked for .As the major players are part of multinational energy companies this scenario is unlikely. The concrete foundations are one meter below ground level, deeper than the limestone bedrock round here so whats the problem ?


    I know of three wind farms in planning locally and one already going. The opposition is generally from the likes of Don , vocal and persistent. Of those that do comment it`s about 50/50 for and against but the vast majority couldn`t care less either way. Most people have an increasingly green conscience and are prepared to tolerate wind turbines. They`re coming.

    #926506

    markwmarkw

    Member

    Grainman, the Swaffham (Norfolk) turbines are 67m and 85m to the hub with 31m blades.


    My local councillors visited a site near Cambridge recently to gain first hand knowledge. I quote from their findings :"there were seven there and there was just a little bit of whirring, we were surprised." 


    The big modern turbines are simply very quiet in operation. There`s no point in trying to reason with Don, he only wants his opinion heard. He could try listening to his local friends at the Sustainable Energy Alliance, based near Ffestiniog (might need help with that Don ) but I`m sure his own FACTS are better than theirs.


    Two more sites approved over the weekend. The`re coming.

    #925807

    markwmarkw

    Member

    The last 2 or 3 decades have seen a steady increase in average herd sizes (all species) and farm acerages. These increases are accelerating  in more recent history and will continue to do so in the near future as less people feel motivated to keep barely viable family farm units going for the next generation.


     I don`t think you can blame the CAP for these facts, it`s as much to do with economics , less demand for our supply,  over supply of certain commodities could be put down to CAP, equally it has maintained the profitability of many farms. Agricultural produce is a global market and CAP only controls a small portion of it.


    I`m afraid I don`t see much future for smallholders unless you take the "lifestyle" approach and don`t worry too much about profit and capital accumulation. The future must lie in co-opreative style farming and that inevitably means bigger but fewer players.However that is not a road I want to travel so while there`s a few likeminded farmers out there it will take a generation or two before agribusiness becomes the norm.


    I draw a parallel with the mining industry. 100 years ago there were dozens of individual operators employing over a million, the markets declined, imports became cheaper than homeproduced and now there is only one major operator left whose profits are dependent on subsidies.


    I`ve depressed myself now so i`m off to drown my sorrows.

    #925513

    markwmarkw

    Member

    Top priority is to ban Don the Tourist and his anti wind farm mates from using this site for their own one-sided philosophy. My wish is to see every wind farm application made in 2007 approved with a Government policy to prevent nimby attitudes from being allowed to interfere. The whole point of wind energy is that it is emission free, we know it`s not going to close coal fired powerstations but when the wind blows ,even if it is only 30 % of the time, emissions are reduced. We must all start to take our carbon footprints much more seriously.

    #925518

    markwmarkw

    Member

    Great to see 441 turbines approved for construction off the South Coast . A good start don`t you agree Don ?

    #925520

    markwmarkw

    Member

    Don, we know no coal fired powerstations will be closed, just used at less than full capacity when it`s windy. You are wrong to suggest otherwise. I went to a biomass meeting at Drax a few months ago and they can fully engage or shut down any or all of their 4 generators within 30 minutes.


    I too managed my maths A-level. It taught me that a lot of calculations are pointless. You really are wasting your time, as yesterday prooved wind farms are getting bigger and you are not stopping them. Wind energy will temporarilly help lower carbon emissions until a few nuclear stations are built in wales. Every time someone drives past a wind turbine it will make them think about renewable energy and hopefully their carbon footprint. I hope you enjoyed your trip on the QE2 .


    MW.  

    #941628

    markwmarkw

    Member

    Don the Tourist, I know you think your readers are a bunch of illiterate , innumerate farmers but I would like to boost your self confidence a bit. You really don`t need to correct your own mistakes. We are all human after all, even that Northern Monkey bloke.


     Wishing you a windy Christmas, MW.

Viewing 15 posts - 1 through 15 (of 493 total)

Explore