The Farming Forum

Get ready for pest monitoring, advises PGRO

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) has issued new advice to help growers understand the importance of measuring pest populations before any decisions are made on insecticides. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Ahead of the trapping season, the PGRO has produced a new masterclass video to help growers understand how to trap and assess pest populations. The key advice is that using a range of preventative tools will be crucial for farmers looking to reduce cases of pea and bean weevil, pea moth, and silver Y moth this spring, while finding more sustainable ways of farming in line with new agricultural policy, according to the PGRO’s research and...

Situation Vacant Jcb 435s driver

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looking for a driver to clamp silage with a jcb 435s for the coming season, located in somerset uk, accommodation available.



Novag Inteliforce plus

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Interesting animation explaining the Novag notill drill inteliforce plus coulter

I helped set a 4m up a machine for a customer 2 weeks ago as the Factory team are unable to travel currently due to French / British Covid restrictions. Was on some heavy soils and I was very impressed with the job it was doing

I think this is the tool for heavy land notill imo

Looking For Work Tractor Driver Norfolk/Suffolk

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Good Evening,

I'm currently tractor driving for a vineyard but looking to move into arable farming.

I have a range of transferable skills and hold my PA1, 2 and 3 certificates and am keen to learn and develop my expertise.
I also have livestock experience.

Many Thanks


Situation Vacant Looking for both harvest staff and a full time operator in East Yorkshire

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We have a need for harvest help on both the arable farm and the contracting side. Various positions available. We also need a full time operator for the contracting business. We are mainly muck spreading contractors but there is some other work at times. Operating good modern machinery with a good tight, highly productive team.

For more details please call Will on 07912 117057

Looking For Work Assistant Stockman/General Estate Worker Available (Scotland)

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I am seeking a position/role as assistant stockman/general estate worker, undertaking aspects of sheep/lambing, beef/suckler/calving/rearing husbandry, aspects of wild game husbandry, pest control, grounds & building maintenance.
I have my own young collie, qualified lambing shepherd certificate, quadbike certificate, stalking/keepering related certificates, qualified gardener/grounds and building maintenance certificates, qualified all round butcher and happy to undertake any other adhoc work.

A cottage/house would be appreciated i would be happy to rent longterm and would consider becoming self-employed.
Fife, Perthshire, Highland Perthshire, Highlands preferred.

Any farms/estates looking for a genuine, hardworking, honest dedicated worker, please contact me any time..

Looking For Work Pig placement

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Hello! I’m a 2nd year vet student at the University of Liverpool. I am hoping to find a pig placement for this summer.
Although I haven’t a lot of pig experience, I am enthusiastic and more than keen to get stuck in and learn.
I am free various weeks between June- end of August. I’m based in the north east of England but have transport so can commute within an hour or if not would ideally be looking for somewhere with accommodation.
Thank you in advance!

Early moves to target wild oats

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Growers and agronomists now face the dilemma of an early application to remove competition from emerged wild oats, or holding off to allow more weeds to germinate.

Syngenta grassweeds technical manager, Georgina Wood, urges Axial Pro treatment as soon as conditions allow, once weeds are actively growing.

“That offers the chance to control wild oats more cost effectively at lower rates, whilst there is still the flexibility to tailor application rates up to 0.82 l/ha for larger or over wintered weeds and difficult situations.

“The variability of crops and situations this season means decisions for appropriate Axial Pro rates and application techniques will need to be made on a field-by-field basis,” she advised.


Miss Wood urges...

Vantage strengthens service backup with engineering expertise

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Dedicated to delivering up to date products and the best back up in the business, Vantage England & Wales have added a new installation & Service engineer to their team.

Harry Hamer is the most recent addition and will be based in the North West of the companies trading area, England, and Wales. Joining the company from a CNH dealership, Harry is looking to apply his knowledge of modern machinery architecture and develop it further with Trimble solutions.

“I have had an interest in agriculture and equipment from a young age which has seen me pursue a career in mechanical and electrical engineering. Joining the Vantage team will allow me to build on this with the added benefit of being exposed to all makes, models and types of machinery’.

Harry’s family have been involved with...

NFU Cymru set to launch legal challenge over ‘damaging’ NVZ regulations

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Written by William Kellett

NFU Cymru is to launch a legal challenge against the Welsh government’s new rules to control agricultural pollution, having previously raised concerns about the lawfulness of the decision.

The union said that the new Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) designation, which came into force across Wales on April 1, poses a “significant threat to the economic viability of Welsh farming, the overall impact of which cannot be underestimated”.

According to NFU Cymru, these regulations “effectively make the whole of Wales an environmental ‘at risk’...

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Looking For Work Tractor driver Norfolk

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Hi, I'm 23, from North Norfolk, looking for some Arable / mixed work over spring and into summer.. I'm expericebd using modern John deere, fendt, jcb, case, new Holland and other tractors. I work hard and am prepared to put in hours where required. I'm looking for something either self employed or on the books work. I have experience doing cultivation work, rolling, topping, carting, some ploughing with a 5 furrow lemken. I have a teleporter ticket, full clean driving licence as well. I'm based in the nr11 area so would be willing to drive up to around 30/35 minutes from my area.

Any questions please feel free to contact me [email protected] or I can provide my mobile phone number on request.

Thanks for reading this, hopefully I can be of some help to you...

Situation Vacant Experienced Stockman-midlands

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Modern beef and arable farm in North Staffordshire seeking full time member of staff.
Daily responsibilities will include feeding and bedding finishing and store cattle with tmr feeder and straw blower. Regular tasks include rolling grain and preparing premixes. You will be a tidy and conscientious worker and be expected to maintain equipment and a clean yard.
You will assist in processing bought in stock and selecting animals for slaughter, so will need to be confident around cattle and be able to handle them in a calm manner.
Other duties will include fencing, fertiliser application, and other grassland management tasks.
There is a small suckler herd so experience of calving and handling cows is an advantage.
Please PM me for further information.

Situation Vacant Estate General Farm Manager/Gardener in West Pennard

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Estate General Farm Manager/Gardener

Position available for a self-motivated experienced Farm Manager/Gardener for a private 170 acre farm in West Pennard, Somerset. This position would suit someone from a countryside management, estate work, or horticultural background).

The farm estate is part of an environmental management scheme (highest level stewardship) therefore, experience in practices such as biodiversity and horticulture is a must. Farming/Gardening experience 10 yrs or less would be required.

(15hrs per week. 7.5 hrs over 2 day's, or 5 hrs over 3 day's). Live in (2 bed Cottage) accommodation in exchange for hrs worked.

Job role may suit either those...

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Conversations we are having

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Conversations we're having

Written by The Team

We are invited to join a number of panel discussions, Q&A sessions and webinars, hosted by external organisations.

This post contains links to some recent events. Posts of this kind are tagged 'conversations we're having'.

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Situation Vacant Machinery Service Manager - Kent

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Sector: Agricultural Machinery

The Opportunity: Our client is searching for an enthusiastic Service Manager who is keen and driven to manage the service team and machinery repairs in one of their branches. The Service Manager is front and center in the aftersales experience for our client’s customers. They are responsible for the efficient running of the service office, covering Agricultural, Construction and both professional and domestic Horticultural machinery repairs.

Employer: An extremely well respected machinery dealer with a large network across East Anglia and the South East, who are one of the largest and longest established companies in the agricultural machinery sector, with a fantastic employer track record...

Harper leads the way

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Written by John Swire

Harper Adams University has been named a leading institution for both research partnerships and work with business in new figures from Research England’s Knowledge Exchange Framework.

The University was placed in the STEM cluster – which includes specialised institutions which cover science, technology, engineering and mathematics – for the new KEF rankings, released yesterday (March 31).

The measurements look at universities across a range of metrics both within their cluster and across the UK – and demonstrate the extensive achievements of Harper Adams in building relationships with both research partners and industry.

Deputy vice-chancellor of Harper Adams...

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JCB to appeal French court ruling on patent breaches

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Written by Agriland Team

JCB has announced its intentions to appeal a French court’s ruling on patent breaches against Manitou.

On February 26, 2021, the Paris Court of Justice (Tribunal Judiciaire) found that Manitou was guilty of infringement of certain JCB patent claims, JCB says.

It awarded JCB damages of €150,000 plus €50,000 in attorney fees.

In a statement, the UK machinery giant claimed:

The case concerned two specific European Patents [the 065 patent and 965 patent] held by JCB, which are also the subject of ongoing infringement proceedings against Manitou in the UK and Italy.
Commenting on this, JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said:

“As I have said previously, JCB...