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Archive Article: 1997/10/31

31 October 1997

Visitors to one Lincolnshire farm sale last week were, quite

literally, seeing red when the cattle went through the ring…

Watching intently…Tom Brooks established the herd in 1961 with his father. Its nice to see theres still the interest in the native breeds, Mr Brooks said after the auction.

For whom the bell tolls… Lorna Newboult of the breed society and Brian Papworth of auctioneers Masons. The Lincoln Reds stronghold remains in, yes you guessed, Lincolnshire – but as Mrs Newboult says, its also to be found farther afield. Stock from this auction went to the surrounding counties, as well as Scotland and the Isle of Man.

The venue was Julians Farm, Kelstern, Louth – and on offer was the Brooks herd of pedigree Lincoln Red cattle. With almost 100 head catalogued, this marked a rare opportunity for enthusiasts of the Red to choose from such a big selection available in one place at one time.

Devotees of this old-established breed talk of its mothering abilities, its docility, its low maintenance and suitability for crossing. In the past, it was even kept to beautify estates with its distinctive, cherry-red coat.

This was a day when, among the cows, nine topped the 600gns-mark. And the average for 36 head, ranging from three to 13-years-old, was £551. First calf heifers reached 670gns. Among the younger stock, yearling and April 1997-born heifers made to 570gns and 410gns, respectively.

Among the buyers was Jane Stanley from nearby Bourne who, with her husband, is just starting out in Reds. They snapped up two in-calf heifers at 670gns and 530gns.

Auctioneer David Williams of Masons, eyes peeled for a bid…

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Archive Article: 1997/10/31

31 October 1997

uNEW rules on valuing cattle destined for the selective cull came in to force this week.

The change means farmers with 10 or fewer animals earmarked for slaughter will be allowed to use just one valuer, rather than two, to determine compensation rates.

The amendment was announced in the summer, in a bid to speed up the culls progress. So far, almost 40,000 UK cattle have been slaughtered under the selective cull scheme.

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Archive Article: 1997/10/31

31 October 1997

Young Farmers Club Round-up

AT Wales YFCs annual challenge weekend held in Newport, Gwent, Ceredigion federation received the Western Mail trophy for gaining most points in the competitions programme in the past year and Brecknock received the Beynon Thomas junior trophy for gaining most points in the juniors competitions.

&#8226 Julie Cheaker of Olveston YFC took the championship in the YFC Calf Show held at the South West Dairy Show, Royal Bath and West Showground and Emma Norman from Frome YFC was runner-up. Julie was exhibiting a Limousin heifer called Dynamite and Emma was exhibiting a Holstein Friesian heifer called Ciderhouse Dobinator Rochelle.

&#8226 Lord Plumb will be the guest speaker at Warwick-shire County Federations 60th anniversary dinner and dance at the Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, on Sat, Nov 15. Past members are invited to help the present ones celebrate. Contact Dawn Stanley (01676-522577).

&#8226 Llandygwydd YFC will present two cheques to charities at its 40th anniversary dinner early next month. Cardigan Cancer Care and Cardigan MS will each receive £1000 from the young farmers as a result of a 36-hour sponsored ploughathon carried out in August.

&#8226 Meriden YFC, Worcs, raised more than £1000 for charity and club funds with a 48-hour ploughing marathon at Home Farm, Packington Park, during which members ploughed 46ha (114 acres).

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Archive Article: 1997/10/31

31 October 1997



Seven tractors in the 200hp bracket are given severe stick

by teams from the UK, Holland and Germany.

Andrew Pearce reports from fields south of Frankfurt

BIG tractors always fascinate their owners, appeal to prospective buyers and send a shiver through shameless machinery freaks. Although 200hp prime movers are a minority sport in the UK at present – between 150 and 200 were sold last year – the upward drift in horsepower suggests that it wont be too long before Something Large looms on more farms. So take a long swig on a cool beer, sit back and see what happens as we pit seven of the best against each other…

&#42 The Contenders

The line-up covers a representative mix of tractors sold in Germany, Holland and the UK. Heres what we had:

Case 7220 Magnum Pro:197hp, 8950kg, £65,700

Claas Challenger 35: 209hp, 11,755kg, £96,250

Deutz Agrotron 200: 193hp, 7530kg, £tba

Fendt Favorit 920 Vario: 197hp, 8370kg, £tba

John Deere 8200: 208hp, 9795kg, £77,624

Massey Ferguson 8160: 200hp, 8055kg, £74,000

New Holland G190: 190hp, 9075kg, £72,680

The Challenger and Deere are top of the claimed power heap and the heaviest of the bunch – the Claas by a big margin. Massey apart, all feature some form of full powershift. And all deliver a good slice of technology. On that score Fendt stirred things up by entering its Vario-gearbox 920 – a model not on sale at the Sept test time.

&#42 What happened

Each tractors vital statistics were probed at the DLGs Gross Umstadt facility, with power, torque, hydraulic outputs and so on checked to OECD standards. Journalists then spent a week driving the tractors. Work was split into four sections:

&#8226 Ploughing with a semi-mounted 7 furrow MF 725. Target depth 220mm (8.6in).

&#8226 Cultivating with a 5m Lemken unit carrying two rows of ducksfoot tines, a row of discs and a crumbler roller. Target depth 100mm (4in).

&#8226 Combination press/ drilling, using a Rabe front press, 4m Amazone power harrow, tyre packer and Amazone seeder. Outfit weight 3940kg empty. Target seeding depth 25mm (1in) for green mulch crop.

&#8226 Roadwork, pulling a tandem axle Schuitemaker self-loading forage wagon ballasted to 16t gross. Loop driven included country lanes, 2.5km hill, main roads and villages. Tyre pressures same as for fieldwork at 1.6bar (23psi) front and rear, no front weight.

&#42 The Testers

DLG staff handled all technical measurements. Practical work fell to writers from farmers weekly, German magazine Top Agrar, Dutch magazine Boerderij, and two independents. At the end of the week all seven put their heads together to draw conclusions and produce the final results (see last page). This table averages team scores over a host of areas.

&#42 Driving the test

Tractor results are given alphabetically. Every page divides into three areas: Written comment, likes and dislikes, and DLG data.

While browsing, its important to bear the following in mind. Written comment is strictly pooled opinion and necessarily focuses on highs and lows. Where an area of a tractor is not mentioned, that area is neither good nor bad.

On the other hand, performance values in the text and data panels come from DLG measurements, unless otherwise stated. Each slider panel lists eight areas:

&#8226 Pto hp at rated speed

&#8226 Maximum pto hp

&#8226 Overpower (%). In an engine where maximum power is delivered below rated speed, this shows the increase in power as rpm are pulled back by load.

&#8226 Specific fuel consumption. For this report averaged from values at maximum power and five part-load points. Differences between tractors are more important than absolute values.

&#8226 Torque rise (%). Increase between torque at rated speed and maximum.

&#8226 Constant power band (%). Shows % engine speed drop before power dips below that at rated speed.

&#8226 Rear linkage lift. Averaged from values with lift arms in OECD lower position, horizontal and at top of travel.

&#8226 Cab noise. Sound pressure at the drivers ear, under load with windows closed, noisiest gear.


Tractors were sourced in Germany. All are sold in the UK under the same model number, but detail specification may vary. Thus results and conclusions apply only to the tractors as tested.

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