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Archive Article: 1995/05/12

12 May 1995

As new potato lifting gets under way in parts of the south and south- west, Maris Peer salad potatoes are just being planted at Clearbank, near Marykirk, Grampian. The 13ha (33 acres) is rented by grower/merchant Clarence Murray of Laurencekirk. The company, which grows over 200ha (500 acres) in total, is primarily into seed production. But the salad potatoes, which should be ready for harvesting in August, help spread the work-load, says managing director, Douglas Mitchell. Planting is generally behind schedule in Scotland following a cold April.

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Archive Article: 1995/05/12

12 May 1995

THE address of Sheldon Jones Agriculture until relocation later this year is Priory Mill, West Street, Wells, Somerset BA5 2HL, and not as stated in the Sou West Sheep catalogue.

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Archive Article: 1995/05/12

12 May 1995

County tractor enthusiasts will be pleased to know the firm is now making its equal-sized-wheel tractors once more. Based on New Holland Ford skid units, models with power ratings of 75hp, 85hp, 110hp and 125hp are available. As before, power is transmitted to the front axle using two propshafts driving from the rear axle – an arrangement which allows the tractors to maintain a low centre of gravity. Prices have yet to be announced but they are likely to be more than equivalently powered "unequal"-wheel, four-wheel-drive tractors.

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Archive Article: 1995/05/12

12 May 1995

Latest development from the Taarup camp is the introduction of two new rotary tedders which offer working widths of 5.4m and 6.8m (17ft 8in and 22ft 3in). The 4-rotor 744 and the larger, 6-rotor 746 tedders can both be offset 25 degrees to the right or left of the tractor to enable grass to be spread away from hedges. Hydraulic folding of the outer two wings for transport is standard with the wings also being raised when turning on the headlands to prevent the outer tines touching the ground. Height is adjusted by altering the position of the wheels. The 5.4m version costs £4370 and the 6.8m, £6150.

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Archive Article: 1995/05/12

12 May 1995

THE agricultural tenancy reform due for royal assent this month is just the beginning of the work that needs to be done to secure the future for new entrants to the farming industry, said Mervyn Lethridge of the agricultural and rural affairs steering committee.

"Quota is one of the areas of work which the committee will be addressing next," he said. "We desperately need a siphon system in the dairy industry so that young people have an opportunity to enter that section."

He spoke of the great hardship new entrants were suffering through lack of sheep quota and called for case studies to demonstrate the problems young entrants have, in order to rally support.

Mervyn Lethbridge:County discussion groups are important.

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Archive Article: 1995/05/12

12 May 1995

Presentations made at the annual

general meeting:

Merrick Burrell tankard for the county federation having the largest increase in membership over the past three years: Isle of Man.

National Westminster Bank countryside challenge trophy: Llanddeiniol YFC, Ceredigion, 2 Norwich, Norfolk, 3 Isle of Man.

Awards to federations for 1994 national competitions finals: NFU trophy for champion county – Devon; Tug Wilson cup for reserve champion – Cornwall and Herefordshire (shared); Worshipful Company of Farmers trophy for cham-pion small county: Derbyshire and Pembrokeshire (shared).

RASE cup for 1994 Club of the Year: Blunham YFC, Beds.

Plumb gold: Jonathan Papworth, Cambridge.

AgrEvo leadership training course certificates: Delme Harries, Pembrokeshire; Helen Clough, Lincolnshire.

Sidney Fawcett cup for the best contribution to debate during the agm: Jo Lewis, Shropshire.

Devon federation chairman Linda Bealey receiving the NFU trophy from president Sir Richard Butler.

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Archive Article: 1995/05/12

12 May 1995

First task for our contractor panel (Machinery, May 5)was to answer a questionnaire on subjects ranging from set-aside to setting charges.

Andrew Faulkner put the questions

CONTRACTOR

QUESTIONS

1. What are your views on machinery rings?

2. What do you believe to be the future for contractors in the UK?

3. Do you think tractors are becoming too sophisticated?

4. What are your views on

machinery

finance?

5. Does bio-diesel have a future in the UK?

6. What are your views on set-aside?

7. How are your contract charges set?

8. What do you believe to be the contractors image within the farming industry?

9. What is your biggest problem in the business?

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