Mid UK price rise from April 1st. Dispose of your waste now to avoid this. Free disposal of cardboard, spray can & fertilizer bags will remain.
To avoid the revised price of £90 per tonne for disposal of your farm waste, please visit Mid UK with your waste before April 1st. Booking to Woldmarsh offers you a discounted rate, although I have been unable to avoid the increase which is set to come into force in the near future. Free disposal of your cardboard, spray cans and fertilizer bags remains free of charge at Mid UK providing you arrive with them washed and segregated.
Call 0800 310 1815 to book in your waste remembering to quote your Woldmarsh membership number.
Woldmarsh sparks interest for new member
A new member has compared their existing electricity deal with the Woldmarsh offer that our team have negotiated. The new member was astounded at the savings available through Woldmarsh, saving them an average of £450 per month, equating to over £5,000 per year.
Members are able to buy fixed price electricity and mains gas contracts for all their commercial and domestic premises, including Half Hourly supplies. We currently buy electricity for over 3,000 sites, including grain driers, irrigation pumps, caravan parks, poultry sheds, golf clubs and even water fountains!
If you would like a quote for any electricity or mains gas supply, please contact us or send a copy of a recent bill and we will be happy to assist. We can request quotes for up to a year in advance, Woldmarsh can save you time and money by purchasing directly from the wholesale market, ensuring you receive the best possible rates (on that day).
Why not call Woldmarsh, for a no obligation quote on 01507 602396
A full description of the service we are able to offer is shown on the Trading Areas area of our website or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For Sale Wragby, Lincolnshire area
- 36 x big heston bales of spring barley straw
- 100 x 5ft round bales of hay
All well got and barn stored
Call Andrew on 01673 858152 / 07770667632 for info
Fencing Demonstration –10th March 2015
Front Row Fencing and McVeigh Parker are holding a fencing demonstration day on the 10th of March. The day will start at 10am with Charlie Wright of Front Row Fencing demonstrating traditional fencing skills, including wire tying, tensioning and installation of strainers and stakes, this will be followed up with Charlie and McVeigh Parker erecting the new Clipex Fence system, an all new high tensile steel post with a quick and simple clip system for wire netting, barb wire and electric fencing.
The event will be held at: Spring Bank Farm, North Willingham, Market Rasen, LN8 3RW
All members are welcome to come along throughout the day and see the different fencing techniques and products on show. Discounts available for members and light refreshments will be provided.
We hope to see you there.
Join us for our vehicle open day – 12th March 2015
Lincolnshire Farming Conference – 12th March 2015
Following on from the success of the Spring Lecture, the Lincolnshire Showground is pleased to announce that the first Lincolnshire Farming Conference will be held on Thursday 12th March 2015 from 3pm – 9pm.
In addition to two guest speakers in the evening the conference will include talks, case studies and one to one sessions with industry experts from accountants to agronomists and machinery dealers from the event sponsors; AHDB, Andrew and Co, Bionature UK Ltd, Brown and Co, Collinson and Associates, CLAAS UK, Great Plains UK Ltd, Househam Sprayers, HSBC, Streets Chartered Accountants and Omina Precision Agronomy
Throughout the day there will be chances to speak to individual companies at their stands and also sign in to gain Basis and NRoSO points too. Refreshments and a Lincolnshire hog roast will be available to enjoy after the afternoon sessions.
Members of the LAS are free, non-members £12 and Students under 21 are £6. For more information and to book tickets visit www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk
Farm Walk at Heneage Farms 19th May 2015 – Book Now!
Places filling up fast for our annual Farm Walk which this year will be held at Heneage Farms in Hainton, Lincolnshire. The event will be held on Tuesday 19th May and we are aiming to start around 6pm. There will be a tour on foot around the main grounds and attendees will be able to view their bio-mass boiler as well as have a tour of the farmland. Food and drink will be provided after at the village pub.
This is a free event for members and their families, if you are interested in attending please email Lucy – email@example.com. Please note places are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis.
Member Advert – For Sale
50 x 6ft x 3ft x 3ft wrapped 1st cut grass silage Heston bales.
Call 07831 533351 for details. Skegness area
Harvest Fuel (2nd fix) 2015
At the request of Members we are going to look at a second fix for harvest fuel volumes.
This will cover those who were not included in the initial fix and those who now wish to participate.
Given the nature of the market it is challenging to provide a cut off date for returning forms as the market on any day may prove favourable and require us to act.
If you do wish to be part of this 2nd fix, please complete and return your form as soon as possible.
Winter Grade Fuel
Some members have expressed concern regarding the waxing up of fuel during this colder period of weather. We have sought the latest advice from all our suppliers and the following is a summary.
- No samples have been found from farms with waxed fuel that are out of technical specification.
- Summer grade fuel will not store successfully over the winter. Phasing will begin at around 0 degrees C and at -4C crystallisation occurs that is not reversible until the temperature reaches +20 degrees C.
The current recommended actions are ,
Trace your steps, what date was the fuel in each of your equipment put in?
If its prior to November 1st , then take the following steps.
- Add an additive to reduce the CFPP (waxing).
- Drain the fuel from the machine and put in winter grade fuel.
BE AWARE: Putting Winter grade and summer grade together will not solve the problem. The summer fuel will wax and lie below the winter fuel in the tank.
This advice is applicable to all fuel deliveries. All the distribution companies source their fuel from the same refineries and storage tanks.
If you are still concerned please contact Denise, Heather or Stuart in the office.
For Rent – Shed at Great Tows (approx. 7 miles from Louth/Market Rasen)
- Approx. 7000 square feet
- Brick built with asbestos roof approx. 40ft wide and 11ft to eaves
- Includes porta cabin office inside
- Wash basin and toilet
- Has rollover door
- Concrete floor
- Satellite broadband
If interested contact Tony Dale at DDM on 01652 653669 or email Tony.firstname.lastname@example.org
Bungalow to let
Vodafone Landline Contract
The new Vodafone landline contract goes live on 1st March.
All members are welcome to join the deal, the rates are listed below. For current contracted members the deal will automatically role into the new terms unless members opt out.
Health Insurance due for renewal?
Whether your health insurance is up for renewal or you are contemplating getting covered, WPA is worth considering. With a multitude of policies available and offers giving significant savings available until March, why not give them a try?
In the late 90’s and on behalf of myself and my co-director, I decided to provide an additional layer of risk cover for us and our families. I obtained quotations from WPA and two other well known national providers of medical health cover. In the round, I felt WPA was offering the best cover and contribution level. In 2005, I developed a life threatening condition and had need to make use of the cover. All the way through the process including consultation, radical surgery and rehabilitation, I received a friendly, supportive and complete service on a ‘no quibble’ basis. Subsequently, my wife had need to make use of the insurance and with the help of the local representative, Deborah Jenkins received the same excellent level of support and service. You may be lucky to find a similar service, but I have my doubts if you’ll find this at the same contribution level. We continue to have WPA insurance and we offer a strong recommendation to use the excellence of this provider.
Please call Katie in the office to arrange an appointment with the WPA/Woldmarsh representative or if you prefer call direct but ensure you quote your Woldmarsh membership number and where you heard about WPA. This will ensure that you get the Woldmarsh terms. The representative will visit you in person or contact you by telephone to discuss the available options. There is no pressure to sign up but this company is definitely worth exploring.
Tyre Rebates for 2015
Tyre rebates agreed again for 2015. Extra discounts payable back to members on Mitas & Continental, Bridgestone & Firestone brands. The rebate also remains in place with BUSH Tyres. Please take into account when pricing the fact that you will get up to another 9% discount back on many tyres. To ensure you get the best price and for full rebate details please call Amy in the office.
Vari rate applications made easy with new app
Growers can now manage precision farming tasks direct from the tractor cab with the first variable rate application system to run on a tablet.
iSOYL, the pioneering new app from SOYL, will streamline the variable rate application process for iPad users, saving growers time, money and effort. It uses a smart cable and adaptor to connect with all popular spreader, sprayer and drill controllers, and a data transfer system allows information to be effortlessly and efficiently transferred between field and office.
Simon Parrington, SOYL’s commercial director, says, “We are always looking for ways to make precision crop production as simple as possible, and this is a really exciting development. It is the next generation of precision technology and will enable more growers to use variable rate techniques on their farms.”
SOYL has listened to its customers, and has responded to their feedback by ensuring that iSOYL is easy and intuitive to use. The clear, uncluttered layout makes it easy to find files, and the touch-screen interaction allows the user to quickly control and edit them. Tom Parker is business development manager with SOYL and he explains that iSOYL is much more practical to use than current systems. “When you mount the iPad in the tractor cab, you have a large, full colour display making everything really clear and much easier to use than having to peer at a small screen and fiddle with tiny buttons” he says. “That can make a real difference if you are amending your application files on the move or dropping markers to record a point or interest.”
Another key feature of iSOYL is that it can automatically write back your precision farming data from the field straight into your crop recording systems, eliminating the need to manually write and transfer notes, and reducing the amount of time spent on office admin. Tom says “By using iSOYL with our web-based information management system, MySOYL, you can sync data straight from your cab, into your records.”
One of the farm software systems that will be taking advantage of the new iSOYL platform is industry leading GateKeeper, which is developing a link to allow the as-applied records from iSOYL to be easily imported. Ben Hatton, national account manager for RBI which develops the GateKeeper software, says “The ability to incorporate precision farming data alongside the day-to-day crop records in GateKeeper is vital to our users. Accessible and accurate data is key for decision support and business management. The link with iSOYL continues our business approach for integration with the industry’s leading providers of agronomic advice, services and machinery.”
iSOYL also allows users to add their own points of interest such as weed populations or crop variation in their fields by simply dropping a pin on the relevant area and recording a note.
iSOYL is compatible with iPad, iPad Mini and iPad Air. Tom goes on to explain that many growers are already using iPads, “That helps to keep the initial outlay to a minimum” he says. “Furthermore they will be used to the way that apps work, which will make iSOYL even easier for them to use.”
Using iSOYL will cost £495. The one-off price includes a licence for MySOYLsync, and supply of the smart cable and adaptors and the in-cab mounting system. The app itself is free to download from the Apple App Store.
Listers Toyota – Member Discounts Available
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
• 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
The Woldmarsh/Silvey price this week is just 92.58 nett / 111.10 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.
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 email@example.com or phone on 01507 602396.