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Energy Now Expo fundraising drive to raise money for Forage Aid a year on from the Somerset levels flooding

The route for a fund-raising tractor and trailer run is finalised, and will take the Energy Now Expo drive through the counties of Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.

The run aims to raise over £10,000 for Forage Aid – and is being planned for early February next year, 12 months to the day when the Somerset Levels flooding crisis hit national headlines.  The rural route will start from Sedgemoor and end in Telford on February 11, the opening day of the Energy Now Expo.

Cheques and pledges will be picked up en route, with a series of stops being planned at key renewable energy companies who are based along the way.

“There’s a definite need for a fund-raising event that will put money in the bank for Forage Aid,” says event director, David Jacobmeyer.  “We saw the wonderful work this team did last year, and are delighted to be working with them in starting something very exciting that will really support farmers in the future.”

JCB is supplying a 4000 series tractor to tow a trailer that is being supplied by Bailey Trailers.  Both companies did much to support Forage Aids’ efforts in the area earlier this year.  Young farmers are enthusiastically supporting the event, doing the bulk of the driving on the 170-mile trip, come rain or shine.

“The link with the Energy Now event is an obvious one, with farmers looking at how to weatherproof their units, to help safeguard their businesses in the future, especially in times of crisis and looking for reliable new income streams.

“For example, a well thought out renewable energy scheme, such as solar PV or a biomass heater, will enable its owner to be more energy self-sufficient, providing power and/or heat throughout the year, even during horrendous storms,” says David.

Forage Aid is not just about providing feed for stock, explains the man behind the hugely successful operation, Lincolnshire farmer Andrew Ward.

“We want to be ready to help in any emergency,” he says.  “We have proved what a handful of farmers spread across the country can pull together in a time of crisis – now we need to step up another gear and offer a service where immediate aid can be co-ordinated when there’s a natural disaster.”

“It’s a reality that access to funding can sometimes take months, and that rural areas and people suffer while paperwork is being processed.  Our aim is to step in quickly and help when necessary.”

Some of the first funds raised will be used to develop a Forage Aid website that will allow pledges to be taken on line, and manage some of the significant logistics involved with a national crisis.

With approximately 12 stops planned en route – at both existing renewable energy schemes and places of work – these companies will be challenged to raise a sum of money each to swell the Forage Aid coffers.  Activities to raise the funds will be left to individual businesses to plan, and it’s hoped that many of the Energy Now exhibitors will dig deep to add to the funds.

One stop off along the route will be a biogas plant in Peterchurch, Herefordshire. The company who installed the plant, PlanET biogas UK, have already donated a generous sum to the Forage Aid cause.

“Young Farmers are already getting behind the drive,” says Essex County Chairman Ed Ford.  “They are keen to see funds raised for Forage Aid, and while there is still some final planning to do, we will soon be at the point where we can announce the route, and some of the drivers who will be taking part.”

To register for the Energy Now Expo, the renewable energy event behind the fund-raising drive, visit www.energynowexpo.co.uk  or call 01293 854405

Health Insurance

Woldmarsh are proud to work alongside WPA offering members excellent value health insurance. Please call Katie if you wish to book an appointment with the Woldmarsh/WPA advisor.

Late Night Shopping

Mole Country Stores late night shopping event – present your Woldmarsh membership card to get 10% discount and have goods booked to your account.

 

Highly Commended for English Whiskey Co

Well done to the English Whiskey Co for receiving a Highly Commended for Family Business of The Year at the Farm Business Food and Farming Industry Awards – For more information about the event view http://www.farmbusiness.cc/news.asp?section=249&newsid=17598

New Supplier Chemclear

Woldmarsh have recently signed up with a new supplier called ChemClear
They can dispose of your unmarked, leaking, and out of date or revoked Pesticide
and Chemical containers.

  • They can offer full mainland UK coverage by fully licenced staff
  • Free advice on any aspect of hazardous material storage
  • Collection and disposal of illegally held or surplus chemicals
  • A guaranteed 20 working day collection from confirmation of order

For more information please ring or email Nathalie in the Woldmarsh Office

Members Winning Sausages and Cheeses

This month has been a celebration of British produce for members Cote Hill Cheese and Uncle Henrys. Cote Hill Blue has won a Super Gold at the 2014 World Cheese Awards. It is one of the 62 best cheese in the world! Cote Hill Lindum also won Silver. For more information go to: http://finefoodworld.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/WCA-14-Super-Golds-A4.pdf

Uncle Henrys featured on the BBC One Show on 26th November and won best sausage as part of their Sausage Fest. This is great publicity for both members and it’s great to see local produce being recognised.

Farmflo

Farmflo secure major distribution deal in UK with Woldmarsh Producers Ltd buying group.

Farmflo has secured a major distribution deal with Woldmarsh Producers Ltd one of the UK’s largest privately owned buying groups. Farmflo will distribute its award winning farm management software to over 800 farmers which will enable them to keep their farm records up to date and meet their regulatory requirements.

“Back in 2012 my brother Gareth Devenney and I created Farmflo to help Gareth as he struggled with the mountains of compliance paper on his farm. Woldmarsh Producers Ltd has a similar beginnings to Farmflo where a group of farmers came together to solve a problem producing peas for Bird’s eye. It is great to see two organisations coming together with the primary focus on the farmer. For us at Farmflo is it a fantastic achievement to have been given the opportunity to work with Woldmarsh that share similar respect for farmers” says Farmflo co-founder and CEO Jason Devenney.

This exciting new distribution deal agreed with Woldmarsh Producers Ltd will provide Farmflo with great potential for extending their existing growth in the UK agriculture market.  Working together Farmflo and Woldmarsh Producers Ltd provide high standards of efficiency in administration, distribution and product quality. This ensures that a first class, value for money service is consistently delivered to farmers and members.

Member Publication

The memoires of well known Lincolnshire Farmer, Bentley Nelstrop, have recently been published and his book “Now Then” is available for purchase.

The photograph filled 160 page book follows the life and farming career of the Author, who describes himself as “a dirty boot yeoman farmer”. From war time childhood memories, to the 16 year old school leaver on 351 acres of tenanted land, through an extremely exciting period of opportunities and developments and onwards over the course of six decades to see the family business grow and diversify significantly.

His passion for livestock husbandry, for conservation, for the development of arable crop profitability through his 29 years of service at NIAB and his devotion to a wonderful family life are all reflected in this super book.

He shares anecdotes from the shooting field, tales of characterful waggoners and gathmen, stories of farm auctions that went wrong and remembers a few of the “good ideas” that weren’t so good after all!

If you would like a copy, please send a cheque for £15, made out to

“Bentley Nelstrop” to WestfieldFarm,Hall Lane, Branston,Lincoln,LN4 1PZ.

Please ensure that you clearly write your name and address and your copy will be posted to you.

25 years in business for British Hardwood Tree Nursery

British Hardwood Tree Nursery Ltd has reached a quarter of a century in business this year, supplying trees and hedging to forestry, farming and landscaping markets.  To mark this milestone and to support the future development of UK farming and the countryside, the Lincolnshire-based company has nominated their Anniversary Charity Partner as FACE (Farming and Countryside Education).  As well as becoming a FACE Partner, British Hardwood will be donating a penny per bare-root plant sold online this season via their consumer site www.treesandhedging.co.uk.

FACE aims to educate children and young people about food and farming in a sustainable countryside and is aligned with British Hardwood’s own values to secure long-term sustainability – inspiring, supporting and educating the farmers, foresters and landowners of the future.

Zoe Henderson, part of the www.treesandhedging.co.uk team states:  “We’re really thrilled to be working with FACE as our official Charity Partner.  We’re keen to encourage schools and other youth organisations to learn more about the countryside around them – where food comes from, how it is grown and harvested and the importance of planting and maintaining hedgerows and forests for nature, wildlife and conservation”.  Andrew Henderson, the company’s Managing Director continues, “Our focus remains on supplying UK-grown stock, raised from UK seed where available.  With the bare root season about to start, we’ll be raising a glass to our first 25 years’ successful trading with our staff and our customers – here’s to the next phase!”

British Hardwood Tree Nursery has grown considerably since its establishment in the late eighties.  Established by Andrew’s late father, John, the family business initially focused on growing their own stock for contracts with local, regional and eventually national forestry, farming and landscaping customers.

From the mid-nineties, they expanded by having stock contract grown to service the demand for UK plants. Andrew, opting for a change of career direction from Chartered Surveying, took a more direct role in the office and honed the company’s business strategy. The company’s ethos was then, and still is, to offer the most comprehensive and relevant plant and product range to the forester and landowner, backed up by their own first-hand early years’ experience with planting and aftercare. The company’s focus now is purely on a supply and advisory basis to their client base.

Looking beyond their anniversary season, the company has some exciting new ventures planned that will only serve to further develop British Hardwood as one of the UK’s leading specialist tree and hedging suppliers.  They are now one of the UK’s selected distributors of Tubex tree protection products – a partnership built over several years and backed up by their commitment to offer their customers the best products available with high service levels and a broad range of top quality plants and planting accessories.

They have invested in personnel, expanding the team to help grow and develop their strengths in purchasing, sales support and customer service.  www.treesandhedging.co.uk is also growing in status, range and appeal, with regular offers and promotions afoot to drive online sales.  They continue to invest in system and process improvements which are already having a positive impact on service levels and customer satisfaction.

Lexus NX300h

Woldmarsh are test driving the Lexus NX300h. Look out for the write up in the December issue of the Woldmarsh World. Call Amy for info on vehicles.

Energy Now Expo – 2015

The Energy Now Expo showcases the latest renewable energy opportunities available to the agricultural and rural sectors. Being held in association with the CLA and NFU, sponsored by NatWest & Lombard and supported by Woldmarsh Producers, Anglia Farmers and REA, the 2015 event includes:

  • A two-day multi-streamed conference including panel debates on energy management, solar, wind, biogas, hydro, biomass, heat pumps, low emission vehicles, finance, planning and energy crops, as well as keynote presentations on the latest issues affecting the industry.
  • An exhibition of more than 160 product/service suppliers representing the length and breadth of the renewables market. The current list of exhibitors can be viewed here
  • A low-emission vehicle zone, where electric, hydrogen, gas and other low-emission vehicles will be on show;
  • A renewables advice clinic, in which a team of experts will be on hand to discuss visitor’s projects or ideas on a one to one basis
  • A grid connection workshop, providing participants with the opportunity to discuss grid connection issues with experts and understand the processes, timescales and possible constraints involved.

Visitors can attend the exhibition for free providing you pre-register!

Visit www.energynowexpo.co.uk or call 01293 854405 to organise your ticket

Date for your diary – Woldmarsh & LRSN Charity Golf Day

Where & When

Blankney Golf Club, Blankney, Lincolnshire, LN4 3AZ

Friday 15th May 2015 – tee off from 9am with tea/coffee and bacon buns on arrival.

Teams

Teams of four players with two best scores to count.

(Am-Am Stableford – full handicap) Handicap limit: Gents 28 / Ladies 36

How much does it cost?

£40 per person or £160 per team of 4 players.

What’s included…

All players will receive a bacon bun & tea/coffee prior to teeing off. There will be refreshments available at the halfway house courtesy of Witham Oil & Paint and a 2 course meal served after play in the clubhouse.

Prizes

• First four teams – prize for each player in winning team

• The Dick Patrick Memorial Trophy

• The longest drive for both men & ladies

• Nearest the pin for both men & ladies

• A raffle will be held on the day

Call Lucy if you wish to sponsor this event or to be sent the booking form, you can also download the form here - Woldmarsh & LRSN 2015 Golf Day Booking Form

New, Cheaper Fuel Card Option On Pump Diesel

Woldmarsh has secured a deal with fuel card provider Silvey.

Silvey are offering members:

  • Low cost pump diesel across the UK at thousands of sites
  • A choice of three cards
  1. ESSO - Full Esso site list
  2. Fastfuels - Fastfuel Site List 2014
  3. Keyfuels - Keyfuels Driver List

The Woldmarsh/Silvey price this week is just 103.33ppl nett / 123.99 gross.

As with our other fuel cards the individual invoices (one per member) will come to Woldmarsh each month and will appear on your consolidated monthly statement. This gives you the added bonus of longer payment terms than most fuel card providers’ offerings outside the group.

THERE IS NO CHARGE TO HAVE A CARD PRODUCED 

The link below shows you all the sites that are in the scheme and identifies which card is linked to which garage.

http://map.interface-test.com/silvey.htm

The ESSO card is for use at any ESSO garage (list attached for clarification), the Fastfuels  is a Texaco branded card but can be used at various garages including all Morrisons supermarket fuel stations (list attached) and finally the Keyfuels is a multi-branded network.

Please email or call Katie or Amy with any card orders you have and we will place these with the supplier for you.

Please do not contact Silvey direct, this is a Woldmarsh deal that needs to be done through the office.

Hydraulic and Mechanical Tailgates on Trailers

With the root crop harvest in full swing and the grain harvest coming to an end it is time for all farmers to ensure that they have covered all the bases as far as safety is concerned.

There are two types of auto tailgates used regularly on farms; the older mechanical ones used a lever system which opens the tailgate as the body is raised. More common are the hydraulic type which are activated from the auxiliary controls both have their faults as far as safety is concerned.

In the last week a farmer’s coop has been fined £130,000 after a worker was killed by a hydraulic tailgate on a trailer. In the court the HSE were keen to point out that if simple controls had been put in place then the accident could have been avoided and a life could have been saved. A simple barrier was all that was required to stop anyone approaching the tailgate. When reversing onto a hopper all that’s required is a section of plastic fencing with clear signs warning of the risk if the tailgate is lowered.

When work is being carried out on the tailgate ensure that a locking bar on the ram or other physical means are used to prevent the tailgate closing.

All too often, people seem to believe that all they need to do is disconnect the pipe from the tractor and that will lock the system, but you must be clear that if there is a failure of the pipe or ram seal the tailgate will fall.

When planning work you should work on the fail to safe system in that if anything fails the tailgate will still be supported

Ask yourself the question “Have I done all that I should to ensure that my workforce has a safe place of work and safe systems”.

Woldmarsh supplier RBP UK can help with impartial health and safety advise, specialising in agriculture and farm good practice.

Call Lee on 01522 686661 to book at appointment or have an informal chat

Woldmarsh Awarded Investors in People Accreditation

We are delighted to advise you that Woldmarsh Producers Ltd has been awarded the Investors in People award.

This is a national standard designed to allow organisations such as ours to benchmark what we do against those elsewhere in the country and to indicate that our staff are fundamental to the wellbeing and future development of the company.

To achieve the standard we needed to meet the minimum requirements in 10 categories of measurement. These categories are designed to encourage staff contribution to the goals of the organisation and their own personal development.

Achieving the standard, is a proud moment in the development of Woldmarsh, however this should be seen as the foundation to build  for the future.

Why Woldmarsh for Sundries? – Written by Katie Jarvis-Grove

Over the five years that I have been with Woldmarsh I have been asked on many occasions about the benefits for members of buying their sundry items through the group. Certainly, in my experience, members may not always be aware of the huge range of products and the services we are working hard to bring them and the strict supplier management we apply to ensure our prices are always as sharp as possible. Constant benchmarking is undertaken within the department and suppliers not conforming to the terms are often removed from the database.

I think it’s important to try to explain what “sundry” items actually are, and this could be summed up as “everything that you need and use that isn’t a core input, fuel or machinery.” We would always actively encourage members to contact us first if they are unsure of whether Woldmarsh have arrangements in place for what they need. Think of the Sundries Team, Katie and Amy, as your “one-stop-shop” who will take the time and effort out of your sourcing your often complex needs. The time you take to go through the process of finding a supplier and negotiating a deal could be saved by simply calling the office and taking advantage of the expertise within the Sundries department.

Woldmarsh suppliers, especially those awarded the Preferred Supplier Rosette go through a robust process to ensure they meet our members needs for price, service and quality. Where rebate deals have been agreed, any volume lost within the group impacts negatively on the membership overall. With offers that require Woldmarsh to achieve a volume to trigger a lower price the same applies. Some member enquiries are very time consuming and it is disappointing when a member takes our pricing and attempts to use it outside of the group potentially undermining agreements we have in place.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask members for feedback on their experience of dealing with Woldmarsh for Sundries and invite any suggestions for products/services that the membership feel we should look into.

Please contact Katie by email k.jarvis@woldmarsh.com or phone on 01507 602396.

Are you getting Woldmarsh emails?

We have recently been reviewing our email lists which we use to send you the latest member news and offers from suppliers. It has been noticed that a lot of our emails to members are not being delivered due to being rejected from members email servers. To ensure that you receive these emails please check your junk email box as well as making sure Woldmarsh is marked as a safe sender and not marked as junk. We use email to communicate a number of messages to members including very important details about the fertilizer markets to information about what is happening in the office – all information we think you should know about.

We have created a number of tailored email lists so if you are receiving livestock emails and you’re not interested in these you can simply click unsubscribe. We want our members to make the most out of their membership and communication is key.

If you are not currently receiving emails from the office, please speak to Lucy who will be happy to add you to our lists.

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