Highland show 2015

William McGill’s visit to the HIGHLAND SHOW 2015.

William McGillIn its 175th year at Ingliston, the show started off cold (in the weather sense) but soon warmed up to become a record breaking year for attendance. A total of 188,449 attended the show which is 9,880 more than the previous year and 805 more than the previous record set in 2010.
Highland show 2015
As it was the year of food and drink in Scotland there was particular focus on food production, as well as around 7,000 of the best livestock from the UK.

As Scotland’s premier event for showcasing farming, food and rural life it did not disappoint.

Chambrisse harvest 2015(1)

Harvest in France

Nigel WellingsHarvest in France began on the 22nd June cutting the winter barley at Écueille in the Indre department of Central France. Yield is a bit disappointing at around 7 tonnes/hectare. 11 percent moisture and daytime temp up to 33 degrees. Harvested 420ha in 1 week. OSR to follow along with very high temperatures!


Farmers & Mercantile Stand - Lincolnshire Show 2015

Lincolnshire Show 2015

Lincolnshire show was held this week and what a fantastic turn out by all the visitors and exhibitors. It is wonderful to see a show so well supported by the local community. A huge thank you to everyone that visited our stand and stayed for a drink and a bite to eat, it was lovely catching up with you all.

We were very lucky with the weather, not a drop of rain and hardly any clouds just beaming sun both days (giving everyone a nice colour).

We would like to give a big thank you to the show organisers, everything looked fantastic and the show ran smoothly all day from the events in the main ring to the traffic management to and from the show site.

Congratulations to all the winners at the show this year as well.

We hope to see you all again at the Lincolnshire Show next year. In the mean time you can find us at:

  • Aldborough and Boroughbridge show on Sunday 19th July at Dishforth Airfield
  • Blakesley show on Saturday 1st August at Blakesley Heath Farm, Maidford, NN12 8HN
  • Burwarton show on Thursday 6th August in Bridgnorth, Shropshire
The Farmer Article

Preparing machines for inspection (PUWER / LOLER)

The Farmer ArticleQ How can I prepare my loader for its PUWER and LOLER Engineering inspection?

Written by: James Baimbridge, Farmers & Mercantile. First published in The Farmer, June 2015

A PUWER98 and LOLER98 are compulsory Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations which help to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities in agricultural incidents. They state that the owner of any lifting equipment should have the machine inspected regularly, this usually means annually except in the case of work platforms and the machine used to lift it which require inspections every six months, by a suitably qualified, independent person.

An engineering inspection should not interfere with your farming practice and can be arranged to be undertaken at a time of year that is convenient for you. By ensuring that your machine is in a well maintained condition you will not only save yourself from having a large repair bill, but also you will be ensuring that you comply with PUWER and LOLER Regulations.

The following are some common, and very easily rectifiable, problems that you can check before the inspector arrives to ensure a successful inspection.

  • The Safe Load Indicator (SLI) is vital for showing the variable nature of the load when extending or retracting the boom. It is highly dangerous if the SLI is inoperative, and it would lead to an instant fail of an engineering inspection. If the SLI on your machine is not working check the fuses, Check for loose connections especially those to the sensor. Has the SLI been calibrated recently?
  • Check all hydraulic hoses for signs of wear and perishing especially around the headstock of the boom and the hoses to the main lift rams. The hoses that are often forgotten are those connected to the pickup hitch.
  • As with a car MOT it is essential that all lights including flashing beacon are in working order. Change blubs and check fuses. Replace light clusters when they are damaged, don’t wait until the day before the inspection is due.
  • If you can move the headstock from side to side when the boom is full extended then the boom wear pads may need adjusting. This is easily achieved on most popular models of telescopic handler and will save you the cost of replacing the pads prematurely.
  • Most machines have both a reversing light and a reversing bleeper, but not all. It is essential that reversing signals are working correctly to warn any person in close proximity to the moving vehicle. If your loader has both signals fitted, they both need to be in good working order.
  • As with any vehicle, the condition of the tyres is important. Weaknesses in the tyres can lead to catastrophic consequences if the machine was to roll over as a result of a blow out. Replace any tyres that are showing any deep gouges or cuts.

Obviously this is not an exhaustive list and there may be issues with your machine that may not be visible or relate to other components that may require professional attention.

Losing your machine during a busy period is bad enough, but being prosecuted because you choose not to have your machine tested can cause unnecessary stress and financial strain.

Ayr County Show 2015 - montage

Ayr County Show 2015

Ayr County Show 2015 - montage

The warmth and sunshine caught everyone off guard in Ayr on May 9th, though what a pleasure it was.

The 2015 Ayr show was a roaring success; the crowds rolled in at 9am and were there to stay for the day. Thank you to all of our clients that visited our stand, we always appreciate catching up on your news, and for those of us that work in the office putting a face to a name means a lot!

We hope to see you all next year.

The Team from Ayr

Matt, Helen, Will, Dianne, Christine, Karen and Heather.

Farmers Bloodhounds Landscape

Farmers Bloodhounds Race Day

Farmers Bloodhounds LogoA day out at the Farmers Bloodhounds Race Day.

It is at this time of year that a familiar scene can be found throughout the Country as Point to Point horseracing under national Hunt rules is well under way and a feature of the local sporting calendar.

A social as well as a sporting occasion allows both horse and amateur rider to compete in thrilling and challenging racing, that is so much a part of the rural scene.

Last Saturday I spent an enjoyable afternoon at the farmers Bloodhounds race Day held at the Whitfield course near Brackley, Northants. A newish course on well drained undulating ground presents a thrilling spectacle and good vantage points to enjoy the racing close to the action. The usual culinary delights were to in the picnics to be seen in profusion emanating from the backs of many a vehicle; so much a part of such days. Meeting old friends, catching up with the gossip – is the stuff of rural life.

Farmers Bloodhounds Landscape

The seven race card was preceded by some fiercely competitive pony racing; their young riders putting much grit and determination to an appreciative crowd.

The parade of black/ tan bloodhounds presented a fine sight as they made their way past the main stand, giving voice in their deep baying style; a treat to hear.

The going looked good and I suspect much watering was necessary due to a dry April. All then was set for competitive racing over the 3 mile course, 2 ½ circuits with 19 fences to jump. Even so there were some thrilling close finishes in a couple of races.

Once a Gentleman Novice Rider one or two moons ago I bow to the skills and quality of both horse and rider today.

All in all there is no better way to enjoy ‘the sport of kings’ right on your doorstep, up close and personal.

I thank the organisers at Farmers Bloodhounds for an excellent days racing and look forward to next year!

Written By: Henry Worthy