Back Issue - Practical Farm Ideas - 49 - Vol 13 - Issue 1 - Spring 2004

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EDITOR'S NOTEBOOK MADE IT MYSELF Beans sown with Shakerator/drill combination Loader extension for bales and bags Handler loads / unloads 3 Hesstons Rear tractor weight uses water tank Bulk tank used as water reservoir Electric fence stake holder Calf cart moves them easily COVER STORY: 'Gypsy shepherd' keeps large flock Tractor transport trailer carries 120 ewes Turn-out trailer holds 25 ewes and lambs Outdoor drift lambing uses sheep's instincts Mobile footbath made from caravan chassis Wool sack frame Electric fencing management Mobile water system uses bowser / header tanks Deadstock incinerator Mobile raceway full of novel features FARMWORLD Farmer-shareholders need to watch contracts Will houses drop 20% in next three years? Agricultural land values in Britain Turbo-charging your agricultural business Spam - it's damaging communications Scrap iron and the China factor Buyers' market in machinery worth exploiting The fate of the 'lumpinvestor' Tips to help every farmer cut costs Machinery hire - starting a database Ryegrass on maize stubble impressive LPG tax increases Hydraulics - ten tips for trouble-free Training qualifications in farming MADE IT MYSELF High speed cultivator / press for JCB Fastrac High speed disc / press for Fastrac Front cultivator / roller on drill tractor Hedge trimmer rotor motor moved for reliability FINANCIAL FOCUS New or used? Tips to make the choice easier HEALTH Get it seen to! Doctor shouldn't be last resort MADE IT MYSELF Windscreen scratches removed like magic Loose wheel studs - it pays to check them Workshop crane for MF 135 Batch driers loaded using hopper Hydraulic hose holder saves damage Drill teeth repaired with hard facing Rubble sorter grades inert material Scraper tractor front bumper Workshop drill has adjustable rest for work Tyre remover improves safety FARM WALK Squeezing costs on a Surrey dairy farm Artificial Insemination stalls Workshop equipment makes, modifies, repairs Cow kennels house 400, 300, 200 cow herds Rotary parlour milks fast but with headaches Modified Kidd straw chopper Sequential bailing speeds herringbone milking Slurry pit piers prevent straw blockages Rolling roof makes unique feed store Home built front linkage carries one tonne Grass seeding with accuracy and fewer weeds Low loading trailer carries all loads HIAB trailer uses small Lombardini engine 900 cows self feed to cut costs