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Archive Article: 1997/11/21

21 November 1997

This autumn has been a busy

time for machinery sales,

with East Anglia the scene

of many. Last Wednesday

saw another big offering in


A makeshift seat of tyres provides the ideal spot for a minute or twos rest for brothers Jack and Harry Syrett from Alburgh, Norfolk. Sale-goers can get rather tired, after all…

Auctioneer Christopher Clarke of Clarke and Simpson takes a bid. As is typical at big offerings of kit, Irish buyers were present in the crowd. Among them was second-hand dealer Larry Lee, who travelled across from Wells. It was a busy week for Mr Lee, as he also went to machinery sales on the two previous days, and after this one on Wednesday, drove to Liverpool in the evening, arriving home in County Meath on Thursday morning. "Ready for another days work," says Mr Lee.

No buts… well, one butt in this case, to be precise!

Gables Farm, Tunstall, was the venue for this auction for Sutton Hoo Produce, which is ending a 1000-acre contract farming agreement.

There were 14 tractors catalogued… and those at the farm saw a top price in this section of £9750, paid for a K-reg 4WD Ford 7740.

A Claas apart… This D-reg combine harvester, with 1595 hours on the clock, went for £12,000. Making rather less, however, was a Claas Senator 70 combine, with cab but no chopper, which went for £1750.

In the pipeline… among the machinery and equipment was a Kaskad turbine-drive irrigator with three-wheel gun which made £2800.

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Archive Article: 1997/11/21

21 November 1997

High horse power ploughing was the order of the day at Flint Hall Farms, Warwicks last week. Here Nigel Taylor cleans the nine furrow, semi-mounted plough which was working behind a 17-year-old Steiger Panther tractor on sprayed-off stubbles. The medium/heavy land will grow spring beans next year as part of a strategy to clean up blackgrass and brome.

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Archive Article: 1997/11/21

21 November 1997

Its that time of year again. Christmas is coming, the goose

is getting fat and around the country, farmers and

auctioneers are gearing up for Christmas primestock shows.

With the season getting in full swing next week, FW

remembers three of last years events…

Its all in the presentation… busy, busy, busy in the stock lines at Smithfield, as Andy Frazier applies a little TLC. As well as providing the chance to see some of the countrys best livestock, the event also featured a huge display of machinery and equipment. With no Smithfield this year, many of the visitors who, in the past made the pilgrimage to central London, may opt to visit other events. Many,

for example are expected

to attend the South-Eastern Primestock Winter Fayre

at Ardingly, Sussex, on

Wed, Nov 26.

A new era at Northampton, where the 103rd primestock show was held in conjunction with the opening of the new edge-of-town market. The supreme champion in the cattle section was awarded to K B Daviss 450kg Limousin cross heifer, which made £3.55/kg or nearly £1600. A respectable sum – but not as much as the first beast through the new auction ring, which, with the proceeds going to charity, made £3500. The big day this year at the venue is Wed, Dec 10.

Whats this, a meating of minds? The best of British meat on display at the Welsh Winter Fair at Builth Wells. Meanwhile in the carcass class, the champion – Robin Slades 20kg E3L Dutch Texel cross – made £320. Andrew Drapers top-spot Texel sheep went for £420 apiece. And you would not have guessed that the beef industry was still reeling from the BSE crisis watching Derek Winneys supreme champion steer sold – it made £10,000. If you are planning to visit the Welsh Winter Fair this Christmas, mark it down in your diary for Tue, Dec 2.

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21 November 1997

Simon Wadlow

Simon Wadlow farms 200ha

(500 acres) at The Croft,

near Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

Key crops are winter wheat

and sugar beet, plus winter

oats, barley, oilseed rape

and beans. Forage maize,

set-aside and pasture make

up the balance

AT LAST we have time to catch our breath and do some much needed work with the livestock.

The second week of November sees us with all next years combinable crops planted and the sugar beet harvest and deliveries well up to schedule.

Drilling started on Sept 25, which was a few days later than planned, but all bar one field of wheat was sown by Oct 18. If it wasnt for slugs I would be quite relaxed with the way everything looks. But despite applying a mix of Genesis (thiodicarb) and Mini Slug Pellets (metaldehyde) over 24ha (60 acres), we still have 2ha (4-5 acres) that have been badly thinned.

Current cereal prices have led me to pursue any option that will help to reduce costs, without compromising yield hopefully. Therefore 80% of seed used this autumn has been home saved.

Variety choice has largely been a case of staying with the tried and trusted. Winter barley is Regina, a variety that did very well here this year and some has gone for malting.

After only one year naked oats have been dropped and the oat slot is being filled by Aintree. The naked oat premium has been reduced and with the yield only two-thirds that of normal oats they cannot be justified. Aintree also has the big advantage of being ready to combine before the wheat.

Consort and Brigadier with a small area of Charger are the preferred wheat varieties.

The last week of October saw us ploughing in the Striker winter beans. These were drilled into the stubble with the combination drill and then ploughed in. A pass with the power harrow with the packer removed saw the job completed in ideal conditions.

Charger was planted after sugar beet on November 1. The ground ploughed up much drier than some sown three or four weeks earlier and it went in quite nicely to complete the sowing for this year.n

Good progress with autumn cereal establishment has only been marred by heavy slug pressure, says Shropshire farmer Simon Wadlow.

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21 November 1997

CHESHIRE (22.78 acres).Land at Pott Shrigley, Nr Macclesfield. Pasture. £71,000 (£3117/acre). (Frank R Marshall & Co)

CHESHIRE (27.63 acres).Land at Gawsworth, Nr Macclesfield. Accommodation land. Lot 1: 7.04 acres. £49,000 (£6960/acre). Lot 2: 6.66 acres with a barn. £37,000 (£5556/acre). Lot 3: 13.93 acres. £51,000 (£3661/acre). (Frank R Marshall & Co)

CORNWALL (22 acres).Land at Trelights, Nr Port Isaac. Arable land. £64,500 (£2932/acre). (Jefferys)

CUMBRIA (12.16 acres).Land at Greenrigg, Caldbeck, Nr Carlisle. Accommodation land. £41,000 (£3372/acre). (Harrison & Hetherington)

CUMBRIA (202 acres).Carleton Hill Farm, Nr Carlisle. Farmhouse (5-bed), range of modern and traditional buildings and grade 3 land. £760,000 (£3762/acre). (Harrison & Hetherington)

DEVON (12.69 acres).Collective property auction. Land at Dornafield Cross, Ipplepen 12.69 acres. £28,000 (£2206/acre). (Sawdye & Harris)

DORSET (137 acres).Mullins Farm, Bagber, Nr Sturminster Newton. Dairy farm. Farmhouse (6-bed), dairy buildings for 100 cows in a ring fence. £560,000 (£4088/acre). (Symonds & Sampson)

GLOUCESTERSHIRE (38.75 acres).Land at Shuthonger, Twyning, Nr Tewkesbury. Pasture with a 4-bay Dutch barn. £85,000 (£2194/acre). (Hamiltons)

GWYNEDD (22.70 acres).Land at Gate Farm, Bodedern, Nr Holyhead, Anglesey. Grade 3 arable land with LFA status. £48,500 (£2137/acre). (Jones Peckover)

HEREFORDSHIRE (26.65 acres).Land at Springfield House, Luston, Nr Leominster. Grade 2 arable land. £80,000 (£3002/acre). (David A Thompson)

LEICESTERSHIRE (54.73 acres).Land near Twycross. Grade 3 arable land. £231,000 (£4221/acre). (Howkins & Harrison)

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21 November 1997

Country folk on the march

IN mid-1997, the country people of Britain, terminally fed up with the threat to field sports from the Labour anti-hunting Bill, did something about it.

A massive groundswell of feeling throughout rural Britain culminated in countryside marches and a London rally. The events, both actual and organisational, are ably chronicled in a new book*.

The regional marches are covered in detail, with many quotes from the nitty-gritty rural dwellers who bulked up the numbers and the back-room politics and manoeuvrings are skilfully revealed.

The author captures the feelings of "enough is enough" as a grass-roots protest gathers energy over perceived wrongs. Ann Mallalieu, one of the ring-leaders, writes a stirring foreword. In her speech in the climactic Hyde Park rally she sums up the mood of the event quite aptly. "We cannot and will not stand by in silence and watch our countryside, our communities and our way of life destroyed for ever by misguided urban political correctness."JE

*When the Country went to Town by Duff Hart-Davis. Excellent Press (£12).

Take super horse pictures

I THOROUGHLY recommend that you read this book* if you have any liking for horses and photography, writes farmers weekly photographer Jonathan Page.

Stuart Newshams considerable knowledge is converted into easy-to-understand information. No endless technical chat, just the right amount of detail. Just what makes a classic horse picture is a mystery to most of us as we hastily snap away for that grabbed shot. But read on and see how to vastly improve those prints into a proud exhibit or even a saleable item.

Stuart shows you what to look for and how to make the best of the situation. His coverage of the equine world is thorough.

The books print quality is high and, of course, excellent photographs are used throughout.

*How to Photograph Horses by Stuart Newsham, published by J A Allen & Co (0171-834 0090), £19.95.

Equine hoard of knowledge

DO you know what fanning is? Could you describe a crinet? In case you are interested fanning is a rodeo term – a movement a cowboy makes with his hat to encourage a heartier buck, or an old coaching term referring to the light use of the whip, while crinet is medieval armour used to protect the neck and throat of a horse.

These are just two snippets of information gleaned from The Allen Equine Dictionary* which is a must for equine students, "the ultimate reference book for the horse owner", according to its publishers, a useful aid for quiz enthusiasts and a brilliant tome in which to browse.

Compiled by Maria Ann Belknap, an avid horsewoman who rides and writes in Southern California, this dictionary takes you from AAAI (the acronym for the American Albino Association, Inc) to zoophobia (an abnormal fear of animals). In between come 7998 words connected with horses: Medical terms, physical descriptions, horse and pony breeds, types and parts of harnesses, vehicles and farriery, phrases from the numerous fields of equitation, and notes on equestrian personalities.

For example, did you know that John Warde (b1752) is known as "The Father of Foxhunting", that he pioneered the modern style of fast foxhunting and invented the telegraph springs? Or that François Robichon de la Guérinière (1688-1751) is known as "The Father of Classical Equitation"?

OK then, what did James Todhunter Sloan (1874-1933) popularise? The crouched-style of flat racing in which the rider is positioned well over the shoulders of the horse, riding with very short leathers, of course!

With this book you, too, can be a know-all.AR

*The Allen Equine Dictionary by Maria Ann Belknap, J A Allen (£16.95).

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21 November 1997

Daughter of Italian sire Aquila Mascot Dreamer, joint tested in the UK and Italy, is now available in this country from Avoncroft priced £25 a straw. Dreamer, whose Italian proof at 65% reliability boasts 806kg milk, 24kg fat and 26kg protein, has a PIN of £97 and a type index of +1.59. He ranks in the top five for type and production in Italy, says Avoncroft.

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