Wreckers!!

Turnip

Member
It would be interesting to know if these drivers were the farmers or just staff sent out with no equipment to do the job properly?
I can't see many 18 year olds telling the boss they're not going to cart bales unless they have all the straps and everything's road legal.
With no training or tests required how would a newbie even know what was right, especially if the boss told them they didn't need to bother and hurry up the job needs doing now.
Ignorance as an excuse especially when the points are going on your license, not the bosses. You make a great point and probably close to the truth in many cases but the stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me. I've done some stupid sh#t in my young life but also walked away from a couple of bosses who told me to just get on with it. In one case I did apologize to the gaffer as I found out he was right in that it was a legal way but just wasn't comfortable doing it.
 

Turnip

Member
My 2p worth.......firm round bales on a wide bed trailer, with one row down the middle holding them on with no straps, will fair better than 4 square bales high strapped.
# Prepares for severe pooh-poohing from armchair Hercule Poirot's on a mildly mediocre farming forum #
Think you are right that it is the least bad of two options, but still bad.
 
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southwest
TBH that load looks fairly stable to me. The problem for the driver is that being "unsecured" gives the police a reason to pull you over and go through everything with a fine toothed comb if they feel like it.

I'd also say that I suspect there's a higher percentage of "insecure" loads on flatbed or low sided trucks (eg Builders Merchants with big bags of sand etc) than on farm vehicles.
 
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box

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Livestock Farmer
Location
NZ
Young or old, you'd have to be f*cking thick to drive that on the road and expect to get away with it. Impound the tractor and the trailer, that'll teach the dumb hicks and stop them doing it again.
 

Will 1594

Member
Arable Farmer
Young or old, you'd have to be f*cking thick to drive that on the road and expect to get away with it. Impound the tractor and the trailer, that'll teach the dumb hicks and stop them doing it again.
And green and steam
 

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bumkin

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Mixed Farmer
Location
pembrokeshire
40ft bed,+dolly/drawbar,+ tractor= over length
I think the lack of straps was the reason for pulling him over why make it obvious by not fastening down the load I very much doubt they would notice the length of the vehicle till they pulled him over. what I don't understand is why he has gone to all that trouble to make a forty-foot trailer and paint it but not put lades on it so he only has 29 bales on it with lades I get30 on a twenty-four-foot trailer two rows on end two on their sides and a row down the middle
 

Sid

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Livestock Farmer
Location
South Molton
I think the lack of straps was the reason for pulling him over why make it obvious by not fastening down the load I very much doubt they would notice the length of the vehicle till they pulled him over. what I don't understand is why he has gone to all that trouble to make a forty-foot trailer and paint it but not put lades on it so he only has 29 bales on it with lades I get30 on a twenty-four-foot trailer two rows on end two on their sides and a row down the middle
 

35% of English and Welsh farmers possibly/probably depressed

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has today, Thursday, October 14, published the findings of The Big Farming Survey, which shows 35% of English and Welsh farmers are either possibly or probably depressed.

The survey, based on over 15,000 responses, concentrates on the health and well-being of the farming community in England and Wales in the 2020s.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is a national charity that provides support to the farming community across England and Wales.

Mental health​


Mental well-being, the survey notes, describes our ability to cope with the ‘ups and downs’ of everyday life.

According to the survey, 14% of the farming community is ‘possibly depressed’ while...
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