Frontier haulage

kiwi pom

Member
Location
canterbury NZ
Well easy answer is they gotta work the hours adapt to the requirements
UK driving hours rules mean drivers cant work 7 days a week but yes having more than one driver per truck is a better way to work it properly.
Now who's unloading seed at 2am Sunday or loading grain at midnight in January? Fairly sure receivers wont receive outside of office hours either.
From a purely transport point of view the seed delivery trucks would get more done if the one driver did 6pm-6am but who's staying open to allow loading/unloading?
 

Green oak

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Essex
Haven’t read all the thread but Cofco have been bad, but ADM have been spot on.
I disagree Cofco have been brilliant to me. I know the names changed over the years. But over the last 10 to 15 years I’ve loaded at 5am till 6pm. This year I’ve had there transport manager phone up for a load at 5pm for a load for 6.30pm. He was thankful. I’ve dealt with him over all those years. And the first conversation I had with him is feed me lorry’s. I hate 1 a day. we just cleaned up a 9 load contract in two days with 3 lorry’s.
 

kiwi pom

Member
Location
canterbury NZ
When you think of the amount some farms spend on tractors and machinery, a second hand tractor unit, bulker and flat trailer wouldn't be that expensive. Haul all your own grain and straw, fetch your inputs to avoid delivery costs/problems, maybe even market your own grain to cut out the middleman, knowing you could deliver yourself.
Getting all the paperwork in order along with a HGV test and proper vehicle maintenance would be the biggest hassles.
It would make you more self sufficient though.
Why don't more do it?
 

Drillman

Member
Mixed Farmer
Bit ironic when lots of farmers "close" for Xmas for 2 weeks or go shooting odd days and refuse to load grain themselves..........
Farmers aren’t on holiday when there wanting to plant corn

no point merchants taking seed orders if they can’t deliver.

as for loading grain I’ve never said no regardless of time or day of the week unless I’m physically not there and not been given notice they were coming
 

Sonoftheheir

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
West Suffolk
I disagree Cofco have been brilliant to me. I know the names changed over the years. But over the last 10 to 15 years I’ve loaded at 5am till 6pm. This year I’ve had there transport manager phone up for a load at 5pm for a load for 6.30pm. He was thankful. I’ve dealt with him over all those years. And the first conversation I had with him is feed me lorry’s. I hate 1 a day. we just cleaned up a 9 load contract in two days with 3 lorry’s.
Their lorries have been at yours! 😂

They have been ok for years, but there seems to be a bit of lack of communication this year.
 

farmer99

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
suffolk
Fred Smarts at Papworth have been excellent -had the usual drivers who will happily unload seed if no one around also their grain movments have been spot on with plenty of notice when they were coming and no deductions!
 

ajd132

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Suffolk
Great service from walnes as usual. One of their hauliers is an owner driver who lives in our village so he brings all our new seed out to us. Also great service from Premier seeds getting our home saved dressed up, barley we did straight after harvest in July and the wheat we did 10 days ago. We like supporting these smaller companies. We do have seed from frontier aswell sometimes and most of our fert and both guys we deal with are really good.
 

T Hectares

Member
Location
Berkshire
The slow seed supply is an industry wide problem, a late harvest, some seed crop failures and HGV issues have all worked against supply
I’m really thankful to CYO at Didcot who cleaned all of my seed weeks ago, although I’m not planning to drill for 10 days !! For a tiny bit of hassle, home saving delivers a lot for me
 

AlfM

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Norfolk
Great service from walnes as usual. One of their hauliers is an owner driver who lives in our village so he brings all our new seed out to us. Also great service from Premier seeds getting our home saved dressed up, barley we did straight after harvest in July and the wheat we did 10 days ago. We like supporting these smaller companies. We do have seed from frontier aswell sometimes and most of our fert and both guys we deal with are really good.
Walnes are always spot on for us as well.
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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