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Archive Article: 1999/03/26

26 March 1999

Auctioneer John Angus (inest) witnessed a record turnover at last weekends sale of farm and industrial equipment at Thanistone, Inverurie. Five auctioneers cleared 2500 lots, with more than £300,000 changing hands at the north of Scotlands largest such event. Top tractor price was £24,500 for a 1996 Leyland DAF, while an MF860 tractor digger made £11,800.

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Archive Article: 1999/03/26

26 March 1999

Going with the flow… A crowd gathers around a Case 2188 Axial Flow combine (1995) as it goes under the hammer for J Postlethwaite & Sons at Welkin Farm, Rugby, Warks last Friday. The combine made £43,000, report auctioneers Howkins and Harrison.

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Archive Article: 1999/03/26

26 March 1999

Six of the best… Rearing six live lambs will be a tough task for this Charollais cross Mule ewe. Multiple births, with as many lambs as this, are not common without artificially boosting conception rates. However, Overman and Sons shepherd Robin Williams (left) and assistant Charles Gowling at The Hermitage, Brampton Ash, near Market Harborough, Northants say these lambs were conceived naturally. They plan to foster some of these lambs on to other ewes but shes currently rearing all six.

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Archive Article: 1999/03/26

26 March 1999

FROM Apr 1, tank and sprayer cleaning achieves a new significance.

Under the new Groundwater Regulations, disposal of pesticide contaminated water, other than by spraying on a crop or land within a label approval, requires Environment Agency authorisation.

"The secret is to clean the sprayer in the field," says Patrick Goldsworthy of the British Agrochemicals Association. If the sprayer has no rinse tank and rinse nozzles, it is a good idea to get them fitted "Sprayers with boom recirculation have an added advantage, too."

Triple rinsing is best. Add a quarter of the rinse tank water to the sprayer tank and circulate it through the tank rinse nozzles for several minutes. Spray the rinsate on to crop that has not received a full approved dose of product.

Repeat with half the rinse volume, adding a manufacturer-approved tank cleaning additive and fill the boom line and tank rinse for 15 minutes before spraying out.

Add the last quarter of rinse water before circulating for a few minutes and spraying out. If a jet wash or hose reel and brush is fitted, clean the outside of the sprayer during the last rinsing.

If you do not have tank rinse nozzles, the preferred option is to use an in-field bowser for triple rinse water. Fill the sprayer tank to 4% of capacity before circulating and brush round the upper tank before spraying out. Then wash the outside of the sprayer.

For sulfonyl ureas, however, the second rinse must have a full tank of water, cleaning additive and a purged boom. &#42

CLEANINGPROCEDURES

&#8226 Wash tank and sprayer in the treated field.

&#8226 Use tank rinse nozzles whenever possible.

&#8226 Boom recirculation improves cleaning.

&#8226 Wash sprayer with hose reel and brush or jet.

&#8226 Do not let rinsings enter soakaway or drain.

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