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That’s an interesting stone rake, do the tunes work on a ram and flick he stones up onto the grid?
Ha ha yes that’s how it worked, and a ram to tip the whole thing for unloading. Granda was a great inventor back in the day, that stone fork was originally fitted to a Claas jaguar chassis with a stone box built on the rear, so you could pick stones from the seat. Used to be pulled by an MF 165 . He hated picking stones the old fashioned way of them walking behind the tractor with a 3 ton trailer on. When we got a Ford 6610 it had front linkage so the fork was moved onto the front. The fork was eventually replaced by a Murray which we still have today.
No photos back then unfortunately, however the stone box has survived and is used as the scrap bin at my Dads engineering shop, it was built from the floor of the rotary parlour when they gave up the cows.

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Written by John Swire

The new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) must be flexible and have farming at its heart, the NFU said today, as the government consultation draws to a close.

The scheme is due to be rolled out in 2024, replacing the existing environmental schemes currently available under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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Tom Bradshaw

NFU Vice President Tom Bradshaw said: “The consultation on the new ELMS has given us a great opportunity to get a range of views from our...