Andrew Kerr

30 November 2001




Andrew Kerr

Andrew Kerr farms 344ha

(850 acres) in partnership

with his parents and brother

at Wyldingtree Farm, North

Weald, Essex. Cropping is

potatoes, including some

on rented ground, plus

cereals, herbage seed and

oilseed rape

agrimoney compensation, ignorance of basic farming issues, the list goes on. All spin and no substance is the inevitable conclusion.

November is the month when we traditionally review our successes or failures and start to plan for the next campaign. To that effect we have decided to review our machinery and labour policy and ADAS machinery guru John Bailey has paid us a visit.

Much to my surprise, our current system was considered reasonably effective but our prime mover tractor, a New Holland series 70, is possibly too small for its work schedule.

My mind sprang to thoughts of sexy beasts such as a Case Quadtrac but like John Jeffreys bank manager, my man from Barclays soon put paid to that idea. We will probably look for a good low hours model of a wheeled tractor instead.

A recent BPC event held locally included guest speakers on exports, volunteer control and the future of heavy land potato growing. I thought the old incarnation of the BPC – the Potato Marketing Board – a bit of an old school tie network with little interest in its levy contributors.

This new organisation is both more accountable and informative in my opinion. If you want to get a return on your levy money then speak to them and take advantage of the information available.

Many of our Continental competitors envy our organised research structure and the fact that our potatoes are often more valuable.

On the farm, I have kept busy completing autumn spraying, drilling winter beans and CIPC gassing potatoes for other growers.

Finally, a word to my fellow Farmer Focus contributor John Best. Congratulations to your Irish lads for a rare rugby victory over the English, but as for the All Blacks – they came and they conquered. &#42

WHO said that farmers would be better off under a Labour government? This administration deserves a public flogging when one analyses just how little is being done to help the general farming situation.

Muddled management of foot-and-mouth, failure to claim EU agrimoney compensation, ignorance of basic farming issues, the list goes on. All spin and no substance is the inevitable conclusion.

November is the month when we traditionally review our successes or failures and start to plan for the next campaign. To that effect we have decided to review our machinery and labour policy and ADAS machinery guru John Bailey has paid us a visit.

Much to my surprise, our current system was considered reasonably effective but our prime mover tractor, a New Holland series 70, is possibly too small for its work schedule.

My mind sprang to thoughts of sexy beasts such as a Case Quadtrac but like John Jeffreys bank manager, my man from Barclays soon put paid to that idea. We will probably look for a good low hours model of a wheeled tractor instead.

A recent BPC event held locally included guest speakers on exports, volunteer control and the future of heavy land potato growing. I thought the old incarnation of the BPC – the Potato Marketing Board – a bit of an old school tie network with little interest in its levy contributors.

This new organisation is both more accountable and informative in my opinion. If you want to get a return on your levy money then speak to them and take advantage of the information available.

Many of our Continental competitors envy our organised research structure and the fact that our potatoes are often more valuable.

On the farm, I have kept busy completing autumn spraying, drilling winter beans and CIPC gassing potatoes for other growers.

Finally, a word to my fellow Farmer Focus contributor John Best. Congratulations to your Irish lads for a rare rugby victory over the English, but as for the All Blacks – they came and they conquered. &#42

"What do you mean I cant have a Quadtrac?" asks Andrew Kerr.


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