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Contractor Comment: Warranty dilemmas and pricey pickups

High lamb prices, new kit and plenty of silage in the stack have lifted spirits at Daniel Freeland-Cook’s family-run farming and contracting business, following a dismal winter that hampered lambing…

CONTRACTOR COMMENT

Contractor Comment: Lots of plans but not enough staff

The final members of our 2024 Contractor Comment cohort are Suffolk-based Derek and Linda Keeble. See also: Contractor Comment: Infuriating weather sees new kit sit idle About the contractor Straw is…

CONTRACTOR COMMENT

Contractor Comment: Infuriating weather sees new kit idle

Third in this year's Contractor Comment hotseat is James Townley, who runs JD Townley & Son with his father Roy. See also: Contractor Comment: Interest rates a threat for Cropmech About…

CONTRACTOR COMMENT

Contractor Comment: Interest rates a threat for Cropmech

For this year’s Contractor Comment it’s all change, as we visit a fresh batch of four contracting firms located in different regions of the UK. Second up is our new…

CONTRACTOR COMMENT

Contractor Comment: Beet lifting headaches in the Borders

Our second season of Contractor Comment kicks off with the first of four new contributors – Daniel Freeland-Cook of Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. See also: High kit prices and…

CONTRACTOR COMMENT

High kit prices and falling profits pinch contractor margins

The rains and winds of Atlantic depressions Isha and Jocelyn may have wreaked short-term havoc, but two metaphorical storms are causing South Lanarkshire contractor Jim Watt greater angst. Squeezed on…

CONTRACTOR COMMENT

Workshop and building projects maintain contractor's cashflow

Most agricultural contractors need a strategy for keeping the workforce busy and the bank account ticking over during the leaner winter months. And for Graham Hayllar, this is involves running…

CONTRACTOR COMMENT

Contractor Comment: Foragers parked as Lexion finishes maize

Rank autumn weather has made for a rotten maize harvest, but with a tracked combine and Conspeed header at his disposal, all was not lost for Tim Russon. Rather than…

CONTRACTOR COMMENT

A&B Contractors' tractor replacement policy under scrutiny

There’s a shortage of cash in the entire farming system, according to Richard Barrow, who co-owns and manages A&B Contractors, based at Porte Farm, Kentisbury, north of Barnstaple. “Ten years…

CONTRACTOR COMMENT

Jag 980 a success but silage lurches from perfect to painful

It has been a harvest season of extremes for East Kilbride contractor Jim Watt, with a stonking first cut of silage preceding a stinking second. But the decision to replace…

MACHINERY

Expense of wholecrop header softened by buying ex-demo model

Splurging £50,000 on an ex-demo wholecrop header might have put an end to time-consuming breakdowns, but it’s been a difficult expense for Graham Hayllar to justify. For the past few…

MACHINERY

New Fastrac and trailer investment lifts contractor's fleet

Last year’s sub-par maize yields have forced anaerobic digester (AD) plants to expand their acreages to shore up dwindling feedstock supplies, and that has meant more work for P Russon…

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