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Archive Article: 1997/04/25

25 April 1997

Grass keep is making the same – or marginally less – than last year, according to north-west auctioneer Andrew Wallace of Wright-Manley (left). He recently let this field of Roger Smiths at Batherton Hall Farm, Nantwich, for £390/ha (£158/acre). Well fenced ground with mains water and stock-catching facilities is in demand,

says Mr Wallace. Meanwhile Greenslade Hunt report prices 15% down on last year on the Somerset levels. Subject to

ESA restrictions, the grass averaged £183/ha (£74/acre). And Stags say values are

about £25/ha (£10/acre) down on 1996, although

little is available for less

than £250/ha (£100/acre).

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Archive Article: 1997/04/25

25 April 1997

Lambs at Mondays spring show and sale at Stamford, Lincs. The 155p/kg average marked a 5p/kg rise on last week. More interest from wholesalers and supermarkets helped, says auctioneer Scott Murray.

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Archive Article: 1997/04/25

25 April 1997

CORRECTION

THE report in last weeks issue on a potato planting demonstration (Machinery, page 72) implied that a Standen stone separator had been used. That was incorrect. The machine was a Pearson Megastar.

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Archive Article: 1997/04/25

25 April 1997

Lamb numbers are rising at St Asaph, Clwyd where last Thursday 1500 were on offer. Auctioneer John Brereton of Jones Peckover reports an average of 151p. A similar number of hoggets averaged 123p/kg.

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Archive Article: 1997/04/25

25 April 1997

If the thought of sitting in a tree with a chainsaw sets your nerves jangling, then consider this – Stihl has developed a telescopic chainsaw that allows trimming and shaping of those hard-to-reach branches, while keeping both feet firmly on the ground. Using a lightweight telescopic drive shaft, the HT75 can be extended from 2.65m (8ft 8in) to its 5m (16ft 3in) maximum. At the end of the telescopic shaft sits a 30cm (12in) guide bar, which includes a built-in oiling tank for automatic chain lubrication. Overall weight of the saw is 7kg (15.5lb) – most of which is in the units 1.2hp engine – and Stihl provides a shoulder harness, so both hands are free to guide the shaft. The telescopic HT75 saw costs £499.

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