1. Farm Business RSS

    Forage Aid urges farmers to start planning winter feed and bedding strategy

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business Forage Aid Trustees are urging farmers around the United Kingdom to start forward planning how they can manage and build winter forage and bedding stocks following the cold, wet spring of 2021. The charity has been receiving reports of shorter stocks of...
  2. Z

    Preserving barley pea crop for feeding

    I've got some barley and pea mix planted, and hoping to combine intend to feed it to dairy beef this winter what's the best way of preserving, i have some propcorn, probably not enough , and its scarce or use a urea type product. i favour the urea type treatment, as its rumen friendly, id...
  3. ZXR17

    Drilling OSR early

    What seed rate did early drillers use last year or are going to use this season ?
  4. J

    Mchale rollers

    We bought a mchale f560 3 years ago but the bale count was unknown as the clock said 10000 but there was obviously more. We have had the bottom roller on the chamber crack at the ribs just wondering what sort of lifespan others were getting out of them just as a guide
  5. onthehoof

    Lucky escape

    Farm safety week too Amazingly no one seriously hurt, go steady
  6. Sir loin

    Fire extinguishers

    Is there a legal (or insurance) requirement to carry fire extinguishers in tractors when round baling straw for instance. Didn't want to ring up broker might tempt fate!!
  7. northernmonkey

    New Holland 648 problem

    Hi guys .Recently bought a 648 new holland. Bales 80 bales of Hay without a problem yesterday. This afternoon Went out to bale some more and am having a problem when on a small swath the some of the hay is going up the front of the baler rather than into the chamber and accumulating in front of...
  8. Fragonard

    CNH vs Fendt Vario

    Do the CNH cvt have much the same lifespan as the Fendt vario?
  9. DrDunc

    McHale or Kuhn Fixed or Variable?

    Which baler to replace a variable chamber Krone? McHale roller makes best shaped bales of grass, Kuhn belt best for swallowing dry stuff (and presumably straw), but bales of second cut sag before wrapping (or I didn't set the density correct on the demo). What are the McHale V6 like for making...
  10. Farm Safety Week

    Wake up to Tiredness

    WORK-RELATED FATIGUE CAN BE VERY BAD FOR YOUR SAFETY AND YOUR HEALTH AND NOWHERE IS THIS MORE RELEVANT THAN IN FARMING! In a recent UK-wide study of 95 farmers we carried out in partnership with our funder NFU Mutual back in April 2021, 69% of respondents identified tiredness as a major risk to...
  11. 5

    Do you need bales to be below a specific moisture?

    Just finished commissioning a 60m Ventus 2400 bale dryer on an AD plant in Kent. They have on average 4000 Hestons annually that are over moisture and could not be used, an need to be dumped and replaced. All at a big cost. The Ventus Bale Dryer will reduce the moisture content down to a...
  12. D

    Leaving hay to "sweat"

    Interested to know what people do with big bales regarding keeping them out? We have a bit of rain coming in this weekend, they've been baled 3 days ago and there is good weather after the damp weekend. Better to keep them out for a few weeks?
  13. Bojangles

    Shepherds pay?

    I may have to employ a full time shepherd soonish and was wondering what’s the going rate atm. house with job, needs own good dogs, 6 day week. I think they are usually underpaid?
  14. jacobl741

    Round baling hay

    Got one field of hay left to bale, we usually do it all small squares but have filled the lofts sooner than expected this time. So it’s going to get round baled, it’s nice and dry good hay, should I turn the baler density down from what we use for hayledge as we usually try to get as much as we...
  15. spin cycle

    swath wilters

    anybody use something like these?
  16. topground

    How to prevent hay barn fire?

    Left to his own devices contractor has baled 60 round bales a day earlier than I would have liked. How long would they need to be left in the field to eliminate spontaneous combustion risk or how much a risk will there be if they are stacked 2 or 3 high under cover?
  17. CPM RSS

    Balers – Output powers innovation

    Written by cpm from CPM Magazine Download PDF With harvest 2021 on the horizon, balers everywhere are about to get put through their paces, marking an apt time to consider whether or not it’s time for something new. CPM picks out some of the most recent launches. Mounted on the wrapping table...
  18. B

    Mites in hay advice

    I’ve got a supplier of nice hay, just trying a few bales before buying a load, but there’s mites on them. Hold your bare arm on the bale for 10 seconds and 3 mites will crawl onto you. Some pink, some white/cream coloured. Is this the common straw itch mite? They were baled about 3 weeks ago in...
  19. Hilly


    Why do we chop it ? Why can’t I just load trailers with handler run down row push up a heap load trailer tip in pit repeat ? Why bother with the expensive bit ?
  20. thesilentone

    When is the time to confront the elephant in the room ?

    Our action to negate or slow global warming is clearly not going fast enough. I don't point the finger at the UK exclusively, we are far from the worst offenders, however in general, are we doing enough ? Looking at Agriculture alone, currently social media is full of pictures of tractors...