New spray but no licence.

Guy along the road got a new sprayer this week, he's spraying rushes etc on his farm, but l can bet he's not got a licence or what ever you need to use it or does grandfather rights still count if its only used on your farm.
 

Al R

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
I know of a few spraying 100+ acres with those 800 litre cheap galvanised sprayers with no on/off as there to far away from a modern tractor so just leave it on and keep driving, no induction hoppers etc either, no licenses and no idea on how much they use just a “half bottle of this and that” was what they said they used 🤦🏻‍♂️
 

penntor

Member
Location
sw devon
Did my grandfathers rights qualification about 3 years ago, just before it was removed, cost £200. Last year went to buy some Grazon 90, showed my card and the seller said it wasn't needed as it is the person applying it that needs the qualification not the person purchasing it. Therefore it seems anybody can go and buy the chemicals and just swear blind that Joe Blogs contractor will be applying it for them even if this is not true.
 

Kidds

Member
Horticulture
Do you buy other farm items with them? Try phoning a company further afield or get a worker/wife etc to phone or walk in and ask for 20 litres of roundup.....
You me or anybody can get as much as they like off eBay or Amazon, no questions asked. There are a whole host of "professional" chemicals on there that anyone can buy.
 
Location
Suffolk
Did my grandfathers rights qualification about 3 years ago, just before it was removed, cost £200. Last year went to buy some Grazon 90, showed my card and the seller said it wasn't needed as it is the person applying it that needs the qualification not the person purchasing it. Therefore it seems anybody can go and buy the chemicals and just swear blind that Joe Blogs contractor will be applying it for them even if this is not true.
Puzzled with your comment....
Why did you not simply do a proper PA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 course instead of a pretty poor, IMO, substitute? Then there is no issue with insurance or application or simply doing the right thing. Seems like the chemical sellers need a kick up the arse. Yes I can buy a loada stuff using my holding number but I did a heap of PA's a while ago. It was fun and informative and I'm a better spray applicator for the course.
I'm using my quals again for insect infestations so they are a useful tool in the box.
SS
 

Al R

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
Why? Do you think they won't supply the chemical
Unless they have your holding number and know you have a PA1 certificate they shouldn’t actually sell you any pesticides.
Ever had to fill in anything when buying wormers like numbers to be treated and weight etc? I’ve had it with zolvix when I’ve picked it up but when I’ve phoned to have it delivered it’s never been asked
 

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning 100,000ha launched

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...
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