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GRASSLAND AND MAIZE EQUIPMENT

How to sort out grassland compaction

The UK saw another very wet season this winter resulting in waterlogged fields and the risk of the long-term damage to soils. The rain has had a massive impact on…

FLY-TIPPING

Spiky rubber mats could help keep fly-tippers away

Sections of spiky rubber matting could help landowners stop fly tippers and trespassers from accessing farmland. The kits are commonly used at the ends of railway platforms, but maker Rosehill…

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Labour-saving vegetable machinery transforms staff reliance

A small agricultural importer is hoping to revolutionise the vegetable planting and harvesting world with a selection of new machines aimed at hacking back the sector's labour dependence. Growers' reliance…

TRACTORS

Case-IH's Quadtrac gets AFS Connect technology

Case-IH has added the AFS Connect system onto its monster Quadtrac tractors. The new machines will be available in Europe throughout the second half of 2020 and they follow the…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

What coronavirus means for kit orders, spares and servicing

Mass factory closures and the lockdown of more than one-quarter of the world's population may have sent world economies into a whirlwind, but farm machinery manufacturers are doing everything they…

ROOT CROP CHASERS

J Riley converts old Vervaet beet harvesters to chaser wagons

Vervaet importer J Riley Beet Harvesters has converted and sold the first two self-propelled Beet Eater Chasers to UK contractors, in an attempt to limit soil damage caused by multiple…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Makita expands battery-powered tool range with 36V kit

Makita has added a wide selection of new kit to its battery-powered ground care product range as it encourages users to make the switch from petrol engines to eco electric…

4X4S

Isuzu, Mitsubishi and Nissan release new pickups

Three of the big-name pickup manufacturers have launched new versions of their trucks. The Nissan Navara Off-Roader AT32 and Isuzu D-Max AT35 have been tweaked by well-known pickup pimping company…

TRACTORS

John Deere to phase out support for old Starfire iTC kit

Users of John Deere’s Starfire iTC receivers are being urged to upgrade their kit as Deere will end basic correction signals for these devices by January 2021. See also: LH Agro…

TRACTORS

John Deere to phase out support for old Starfire iTC kit

Users of John Deere’s Starfire iTC receivers are being urged to upgrade their kit as Deere will end basic correction signals for these devices by January 2021. See also: LH Agro…

TRACTORS

Taking your tractor test – all you need to know

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) tractor test gives budding farmers the chance to drive machines on the road at the age of 16, but it shouldn't be taken lightly. The…

TRACTORS

Kubota unveils beefed-up M6002 tractor range

Kubota has beefed-up its 120-140hp tractor line-up with a three-model M6002 range that offers more lifting power and a smarter cab. The M6122, the M6132 and the M6142 deliver outputs…

TRACTORS

Machinery Milestones: Steam-powered tractors

Britain once led the world in developing agricultural steam power, with stationary engines arriving on farms in the 1790s, followed later by portable and traction engines as well as cable-operated…

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HEALTH AND WELFARE

How technology can help improve poultry flock uniformity

An uneven flock is a familiar frustration for poultry farmers. Not only does it make management harder, but it can lead to higher rejects at the processing plant if birds…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How slurry cooling techology can cut ammonia on pig units

Slurry cooling technology is an effective way to reduce ammonia emissions from indoor pig production, and the heat recovered can be used elsewhere on the farm, reducing bills and cushioning…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How mastitis detection tech helped reduce antibiotics use

Wrexham dairy farmer Stephen Massey says using technology to sample individual quarters for cell counts has given him the confidence to start using teat sealant alone on some of his…

DAIRY

Dairy-Tech 2020: Latest gadgets and tech for your herd

The Dairy-Tech event returns to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on Wednesday 5 February, which showcases the very latest gadgets and innovations. Organiser, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), has…

DAIRY

How to decide if investing in dairy tech is worthwhile

The technology available to dairy farmers is developing fast and it can be difficult to decide where to invest your hard-earned cash. To help decide which technology is really worth…

ASSESSING PERFORMANCE

5 new livestock gadgets for farming in 2020

From innovation to slightly improved design, engineers and inventors are constantly striving to produce the next big gadget in livestock farming.  Farmers Weekly has looked at the top products that…

TELEHANDLERS

On test: Kramer’s KL60.8 loader

Kramer's KL60.8 offers the unusual combination of four-wheel steer and central cab layout, giving operators great views from a lofty perch and the manoeuvrability of equivalent telehandlers. That might make…

4X4S

Pickup test: Isuzu D-Max Utility

The D-Max Utility is a proper no-frills workhorse with a generous towing capacity, impressive payload and a reasonable price tag. Couple this to a five-year, 125,000-mile warranty, and it makes…

4X4S

Pickup test: Toyota Hilux Active

There is little doubt that budget Hilux models are well made and reliable workhorses. Tidily laid out controls and a comfortable drive make it a particularly appealing option at this…

4X4S

Pickup test: Mitsubishi L200 Club Cab 4Life

A major redesign of Mitsubishi’s L200 has delivered a stand-out exterior, though whether it has actually improved its looks is debatable. Base spec 4Life models get a smart cab with…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What’s in Your Shed? visits a Cumbrian farmer and contractor

The latest instalment in our long-running What’s in Your Shed? series features 27-year-old Cumbrian livestock farmer and contractor Edward Beard. He reveals the best and worst of his largely Case-branded…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What’s in Your Shed? visits a Dorset contractor

The latest farming business to open its doors to Farmers Weekly’s machinery team is Dorset contractor T&L Hiscock. Owner Tim Hiscock has amassed a fleet of six Valtra tractors all…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? revisits Andrew Gould's Dorset dairy farm

This week’s What’s in Your Shed? revisits Dorset dairy farmers Paul and Andrew Gould, who first appeared in these pages in 2014. We find out what has changed over the…

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WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Time-saving feeding and bedding kit inventions

Clever feeding and bedding kit is helping livestock farmers shave hours off their daily routine. We've picked out some of the best ones from the many entries to our 2020…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Conversion turns Discovery into off-road milk float

Charles Kinston’s off-road milk float took third place in the simple category of the Farmers Weekly Inventions Competition. Mr Kinston, a dairy farmer from Burton on Trent, is doing his…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Clever cradle invention lifts seed bags safely

Robert Schwier's seed bag cradle took the top prize in the Farmers Weekly Inventions Competition simple category. After a 1t seed bag strap broke, narrowly missing the operator and damaging…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Video: Clever electronic bird scarer gets worldwide interest

Farmers are flocking to buy a bird scarer which uses fire alarms and flashing lights to keep pigeons off oilseed rape crops. More than 300 orders have been placed in…