Are Contractors rates having to go up.

Banana Bar

BASE UK Member
Bury St Edmunds
Its come as a shock here that our main contractor in this area ( West Somerset) is packing in next April . The father who is now 70 wants to rightly retire properly, he has meant to slow down the last 5 years but it has nt worked but the son ( in his 30 s) has decided not to carry on with the buisness although he has been a enthusiastic hard worker since leaving school . Combination of young family / long hours for not much money plus ever increasing costs, weather issues( ie flat out v nothing possible) but main thing he said is the enjoyment has gone out the job , it's just rush rush rush and hassle s.

Going to cause quite a problem as there is no one else in the wings to replace them especially combining . They ran 3 machines ( I drove one for them) but none of the farmers who have their own either don t want to do contract or they are at full capacity . Not sure yet what I will do with mine but got 9 months to sort it out.
Ps I use to be a contractor / farmer myself until 2015 so already got the t shirt so no don t want to go back !
Is he selling the business or just kit?

Pennine Ploughing

Mixed Farmer
North Cumbria
Local contractor is giving up SP chopping and combining,
Not sure if fuel had anything to do with it.
but have heard staff is the biggest problem, getting anyone to work nights and weekends seems to be the issue,
He has another line of business and far easier to get stafffor that from whats been said
Just as a matter of interest, the Company I work for subs out a lot of long distance haulage.

To be fair with the prices we pay we are now costing jobs through a fuel escalator using RHA agreed prices (inc 12.5% margin) per mile and recalculating with agreed average Derv price for the week. It's surprising how little difference the recent steep rises have affected the final cost-less than 5% in most cases.

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...