Time’s running out, but there’s all to play for in the Farmers Weekly/Michelin machinery cost savings challenge.


There’s an incredible £8000 worth of tyres up for grabs for your tractor if you come up with the best cost-saving tip.

Already suggestions have spanned from good machinery maintenance to using the right tyres.

Correct set up and buying the right spec tractor, rather than biggest you can afford, have also been put forward as simple ways to save cash on your kit.

There’s also a forum to share ideas and best practice.

“Stop carrying unneeded weight,” suggests rodtheblue. “If you don’t need the front/wheel weights don’t carry them around.”

Perry6420 advises keeping your old oil. “There is always a use for it, whether you put it on wearing parts of a machine (works well on the fertiliser spreader) or around the bottom of shed legs or steel posts to prevent rust.”

A robust training programme ensures maximum output, says Mursal. While Welshnwilling has a simpler solution to reducing costly farm breakages: “Send your teenage sons to work for someone else for a few years!”

The competition runs alongside a series of features, supported by Michelin, in which Farmers Weekly gets to grips with four key areas of farm machinery, and explores how to make simple but effective changes.

Industry experts map out how to get your fuel to stretch further, the secrets to setting up implements and using them to best effect and how to make eye-opening savings with auto-guidance systems.

You can find these articles and the competition entry form on the Farmers Weekly/Michelin machinery cost savings challenge landing page.

Look out for tips on how to maintain kit and make real savings in the final feature, due to be published in Farmers Weekly in April. The competition closes on April 15.