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Archive Article: 1995/12/08

8 December 1995

Humberside farmer Norman Hinchliffe (centre), who farms 140ha just outside Goole with his wife Dorothy and son James, knows a thing or two about good fertiliser practice. Mr Hinchliffe won the recent Hydro Agri/farmers weekly competition to promote efficient and responsible fertiliser use. Also pictured are Hydros marketing services manager, Rosie Carne, and Stephen Howe, editor offarmers weekly.

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Archive Article: 1995/12/08

8 December 1995

This Teagle Super-Ted 160 is a one-pass tedder for hay, silage or straw. Mounted on a tractors three-point linkage, the machine comprises a tined rotor which rotates at about 900rpm to fluff up and aerate the swath. Swapping V-belt pulleys reduces rotor speed to 650-700rpm for straw. Width of the aerated swath can be altered to suit, using the tedders adjustable rear doors. Super-Ted 160 is priced at £2950.

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8 December 1995

This Poldenvale head yoke adjusts to suit most sizes of cattle, from yearling heifers to full grown bulls. Available either for new crushes or as a retro-fit item, the yoke has two triangular plates which slide up or down to alter the opening from 17-36cm (7-14.5in). Price is £325.

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Archive Article: 1995/12/08

8 December 1995

This 572kg Charolais cross heifer took the supreme championship at the Aberdeen Christmas Classic show and sale earlier this week. Consigned by George MacFadzean (left), accepting the cup from the citys Lord Provost Jim Wyness, the animal made £2200. Buyers were Peter Medley and Edith Lovie of the Thainstone House Hotel.

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Archive Article: 1995/12/08

8 December 1995

Fodder beet tops being clamped for feeding to William and John Daviess 130 milkers after Christmas to replace brewers grains. This is the first year of harvesting fodder beet tops from the 7ha (18 acres) grown at the 73ha (180-acre) West Boddon Farm, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. In previous years the tops were grazed but wastage was high. Potential yield of the tops is equivalent to kale at 37t/ha (15t/acre). When clamped the tops are only 10% dry matter, but John Davies expects this to increase to 20% at feeding – with 10MJ/kg of ME, 16% crude protein and 63 D-value.

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Archive Article: 1995/12/08

8 December 1995

Finished lambs are selling well at Maidstone market. Lambert and Fosters David Benson (left) and Mike Foster saw Mondays entry of 367 head average 118.4p/kg, up 7p on the week. Both export and domestic demand remains strong. And the feeling is that numbers could be short in the New Year and spring, helping to keep prices firm.

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8 December 1995

Lodgepole Pine trees were selling for between £9 and £10.80 each when 4000 were offered at Chelford, Cheshire, last Friday. Two days before, 9000 trees had been entered, over half of which were Norway Spruces. Although Norway Spruces are cheaper – typically making between £3 and £6.50 each – non-needle-dropping species such as Nordman and Noble Firs are increasing in popularity, according to the auctioneers. They made up to £22 at last weeks sale. (Frank R Marshall)

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Archive Article: 1995/12/08

8 December 1995

CORRECTION

CEREAL volunteers – not annual meadowgrass which is not controlled by Fusilade (fluazifop-p-butyl) – were the main weed targets in the PGRO/Zeneca trials reported last week (Arable, p53).

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