Luck

Eden.Agri.AD

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Mixed Farmer
I was always brought up being taught that only real farmers give luck.
If I'm buying cattle/machinery.. I expect luck in return, my father has never sold an animal at the mart without crossing the buyers hand with silver.

But it really is a thing that is dying out, I wonder will there be a time where giving luck is in the history books?

I know recently I asked a salesman for a coat for the driver of a new machine purchased as some luck.. you would swear I asked the salesman to cut one of their arms off.
 

Cowmansam

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Shropshire
I don’t know why salesmen wouldn’t give a coat or a set overalls with a new machine sounds silly but the 50 quid worth of gift can actually be the difference between people going back there for the next tens of thousands purchase farmers in particular do like to feel like they been looked after a bit and there business is valued
 

Turnip

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I don’t know why salesmen wouldn’t give a coat or a set overalls with a new machine sounds silly but the 50 quid worth of gift can actually be the difference between people going back there for the next tens of thousands purchase farmers in particular do like to feel like they been looked after a bit and there business is valued
Long term VS short term thinking. The sales person is thinking of this quarters sales target not the return sales in several years when he might have moved on to another employer.
 

farmerm

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Location
Shropshire
Long term VS short term thinking. The sales person is thinking of this quarters sales target not the return sales in several years when he might have moved on to another employer.
The overalls will have long fallen apart by the time I look to buy again.... the salesman will have moved on... brands and dealerships reputations will have evolved or devolved... much as I like a new set of overalls thrown it certainly wont seal the deal for me!
 

Eden.Agri.AD

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Mixed Farmer
I don’t know why salesmen wouldn’t give a coat or a set overalls with a new machine sounds silly but the 50 quid worth of gift can actually be the difference between people going back there for the next tens of thousands purchase farmers in particular do like to feel like they been looked after a bit and there business is valued
When you even get charged for washing the mechanics hands in this day and age, it's nice to get something back at the start.. the coat's value will hopefully pay for all the hand washing for the life of the machine.

CNH are good to us and I always look forward to getting my Lemken ruler.

I would never have the nerve to ask anyone at the mart for luck but I'm not afraid to ask the machinery reps
 

Dry Rot

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Livestock Farmer
I've no objection to 'luck' but flatly refused the son of a neighbour who was already blazing drunk and was loudly haranguing me for money after a sale. It didn't seem to be the responsible thing to do to return him to his mother in even worse condition. I hope my stock sell because they are worth buying, not because of some other financial inducement.

Interestingly, I've recently had a couple of inquirers interested in making a purchase. As both owe me money (not huge sums, but significant) I won't be selling to them either!:)
 

quattro

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Location
scotland
I don’t know why salesmen wouldn’t give a coat or a set overalls with a new machine sounds silly but the 50 quid worth of gift can actually be the difference between people going back there for the next tens of thousands purchase farmers in particular do like to feel like they been looked after a bit and there business is valued
Same as making a fuss of farmers young son
Give him a hat or overalls as one he’ll be the decision maker
 

Werzle

Member
Location
Midlands
Alot more buyers around the sale rings these days buying on multiple accounts, if they know they are in for £20 they might bid an extra £20/hd on a bunch of cattle so giving luck is a sound investment imo. I never ask for luck though, its a gesture not a bribe.
 
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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...
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