We are only hobby farmers in the uk

Barleymow

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Ipswich
Son is doing the USA harvest this year ,he has been over there since mid March in South Dakota getting things ready .Yesterday he moved to a different place to help them sow corn ,its only 100000 acres and they have 14000 to sow in 14 days .This chap also has another 100000 acres in Montana
 

Driller

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Down south
Nephew is over there too, currently in Minnesota waiting to head south.
some of the pictures he’s sending home are awesome, 9 new Combines delivered 2 weeks ago and a workshop to be jealous of and miles of flat ground.
but they’re worried they won’t finish drilling their spring crops before they need to start harvest in Texas. Apparently still snow on the ground in canada and a dust bowl down south.
 

Barleymow

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Ipswich
Nephew is over there too, currently in Minnesota waiting to head south.
some of the pictures he’s sending home are awesome, 9 new Combines delivered 2 weeks ago and a workshop to be jealous of and miles of flat ground.
but they’re worried they won’t finish drilling their spring crops before they need to start harvest in Texas. Apparently still snow on the ground in canada and a dust bowl down south.
They are only having 8 new combines pick them up in kansas at the end of the month, as you say amazing workshop's
 

Bill dog

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Scottish Borders
As a Welsh hill farmer, I learned that when I visited an estancia in the Andean foothills which ran 140,000 merinos!
I was thinking I would fit straight in with the workforce except for the fact that I can't ride a horse.
Did u learn pretty damn quick ? Left , right, kick to go, pull to stop !
That’s all I’ve done for 45 plus yrs on the gee gee’s !😂
 

Bill the Bass

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Cumbria
It’s all relative, if some foreign student came and worked a summer at Velcourt or JSR farms they might think that is the norm for how British ag is structured…

On the cattle side of things, I remember Robert Robinson going to Montana to look at Stabilisers 20 years or so ago and the USDA told him the average beef herd size was 50 cows - much the same as the UK, the ranches he visited also had the same rental equivalent per cow as his own uk based operation.
 

GeorgeK

Member
Location
Leicestershire
One thing I've noticed on their equivalent of the 'farmers forum' is
when prices are low and the weather is crap they moan as much as
any UK farmer.
If true this is unacceptable. We must all get over to the drought/flood thread and reclaim our national pastime!

The problem with our droughts is they happen so quick you don't always notice them. They're the most dangerous ones.
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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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...
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