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    Is farming an 'identity'

    Sentimentality is a farming epidemic. It prevents us from selling grandad's tractor for something more efficient, modifying the flint walled shed with tiny doors where uncle Jedd milked his first cow, from turning the odd shaped field with 15 corners and low yields over to stewardship or even...
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    Which 5 furrow plough?

    Agrihire and Dunns are manufacturing new improved versions of Dowdeswell designs in the UK. If you are buying used, Dowdeswells can be bought for next to nothing with fantastic parts support form A-H, Dunns and Westlake.
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    Concerned about Red Tractor collapse.

    That's simply your inspector being an arse. They have a NOT APPLICABLE tick box for those type of circumstances.
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    Concerned about Red Tractor collapse.

    A very good point. Now that AHDB have washed their hands of them, the NFU is the sole guarantor - owner in the eyes of the law and responsible for any liabilities. It's the NFU's fault that they gave away control to the likes of AIC and BRC against their member's interests.
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    AHDB can feck right off.

    * Sponsored by Monsanto
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    Concerned about Red Tractor collapse.

    The loss of the membership fee. The waste of time, money and energy of compliance. The disruption if I suddenly have to sign up to a new scheme. I hope something with more long term prospects is up and running before my renewal.
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    Concerned about Red Tractor collapse.

    With the cut in funding from AHDB and the pending creation of a new competing scheme, surely RT's days are numbered? What will that mean for those of us who are signed up for assurance if RT goes under? Will we still be able to market our produce or will the alternative schemes take us on if...
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    RT Inspector

    On reflection, I think in the short term having a neighbour do an inspection could be advantageous. As soon as they find a non-compliance, I would ask them how they are getting on sealing their leaking septic tank, cleaning up the spilt waste oil, recording the manure that was spread during a...
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    RT Inspector

    I've always gotten on well with the inspectors from a farming background, they tend to understand the realities of day to day farming. The bad ones tend to be ex ADAS, NIAB, NFU or some other such organ where their only reality is boxes and ticking them.
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    Hardox v's kverneland tines on shear grab?

    My apologies. I was repeating what I had been told by different people in the trade.
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    Case or Bateman

    A choice between a family owned British company that has been established 40+years and in that time built a near unrivalled reputation for customer service and quality machines, versus a multinational that entered the field late, bought an established manufacturer, buggered it around then closed...
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    Which organisation has the most up to date satellite photos of farmland?

    The mapping on the BPS rural payments site has sattelite mapping that isn't available on Bing or Google. It's normally only 1-2 years old.
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    Hardox v's kverneland tines on shear grab?

    There is no such thing as a "KV" tine these days. Kverneland stopped making them nearly 20 years ago and anything stamped up with the arrow and sold as KV will more than likely be made in China. We replaced the KV tines in our old Suton fork with SHW tines and bushes. I found these were far...
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    Excellent article about vegans getting ill.

    The Climate Zealots and the Vegan Zealots are the same group. The same loonies on the fringes of society who have been making a nuisance throughout modern history. Whether its chaining themselves to fences at Greenham Common or building treehouses in the path of the Newbury bypass, a tiny...
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    Straw blower

    Buy one that is made in Britain.
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    Red Tractor feed warranty

    I was just going to post that I remember doing a feed warranty declaration for Malt Culms, then the inspector got confused about whether it was till allowed or not, then it definitely wasn't, so the malt culms got hidden for several years, then our supplier joined UK Malt and everything was ok...
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    JD 6420S head gasket advise please.

    What's the cure for sunk liners? Just new liners, or will the block need work?
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    JD 6420S head gasket advise please.

    Hi everyone. Our 2007 6420S has blown its head gasket and we are in the process of repairing. The engine is stripped and there is a hairline crack from No1 cylinder into the water jacket. No3 and 4 are also looking like they would have failed if left much longer. I've not yet checked the head...
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    Lwc bucket brush

    Should have bought an Eastern Attachments one.
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    Is it way too late?

    Only just started here. Still got another 20ha to go. We never start before mid October and have drilled WB in February. We have kind land and climate here in the middle eastern badlands, but if you can make a seedbed and are willing to gamble on the weather, crack on.
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