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Archive Article: 1996/01/26

26 January 1996

So far this has been the most trouble-free lambing in years for Wickfield Farm Partnership at Owdeswell Manor, Andoversford, Glos. The lambing percentage for 45 pedigree Suffolk ewes currently stands at 185% with lambing due to finish the second week in February. Ewes were shorn on Dec 17 and stay in until the end of Mar because grazing in the area is always late coming. Lambs achieve 0.5kg growth a day from eight weeks when started on ad lib creep, says farm manager Rob Lovelock.

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Archive Article: 1996/01/26

26 January 1996

Mud on the road can be expensive if it causes an accident. One solution could be this latest development from Cork-based Mallow Road Engineering, an open sweeper designed to be self-compensating for wear and to follow ground contours. The tractor or front fork-mounted Model 100 can be angled to sweep both to left and right. Options include an hydraulic angling system. Prices from £2395.

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Archive Article: 1996/01/26

26 January 1996

Two buyers have bought the 3200-acre Laverstoke Estate, near Whitchurch, Hampshire. The Grade II listed main house set in around 560 acres of parkland sold separately to the farms, cottages and fishing. Agents Savills were only able to give the total sale price of £9.625m – it was guided at £10.43m. The purchaser of the house Jody Scheckter is a former Formula One racing car driver. The balance went to local landowners and farmers.

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Archive Article: 1996/01/26

26 January 1996

All the effort and expense you invest in a crop during the growing season can go to waste if your storage isnt up to the mark. With processors and end-users now looking for grain to be treated like any other food ingredient, it is more important than ever that you make the most of your crop storage.

The Grain event is now established as the only specialist event of its kind. It is a two-day focus on post-harvest technology that gives you the chance to catch up on the latest products, ideas and techniques. With over 80 leading firms attending, including all the main drier makers, plus the popular grain problem clinic and a programme of forums, you are sure to find all you need at Grain 96.

Dr Mike Ducker

RASE Agricultural

Director

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