Louth Tractors Annual Open Day – 27th January 2015

10am to 4pm Fairfield Industrial Estate, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 0HH

It’s that time of year again when Louth Tractors throw open their doors for an event not to be missed.

Unrepeatable One-Off Open Day Offers, plus experts and seminars from their main franchises including CASE IH, Sumo, Merlo, Husqvarna, Polaris, Twose, HM Trailers and Alpego.

There will be bacon and sausage rolls plus hots drinks served all day.

Paul Massey and Ian Dawson from Woldmarsh will also be there to discuss membership and also to let you know about Woldlink.

Tel: 01507 605441

www.louthtractors.co.uk

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Need some help with your online statements?

Do you want to know how to access your account online?

The Woldmarsh team invite you to attend our drop-in session from 9am to 4pm on the 12th February 2015 which is also the same day at the RBM Open day so if you’re planning on attending why not pop in and see us as well?

The accounts team will be available to guide you through accessing your account online and to answer any questions you may have.

Maybe you’ve not set-up your password yet but are interested in accessing your account online. Pop in and we’ll talk you through the process.

You can also have a cup of tea and a biscuit too!

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Member Advert

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
  • Alarm

If interested contact Tony Dale at DDM on 01652 653669 or email Tony.dale@ddmagriculture.co.uk

Bungalow to let

Also available a short walk from the shed three bedroom bungalow refurbished throughout in 2013. Oil fired CH. Letting details available from Wendy at Masons on 01507 350500

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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?

Testimonial

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. 

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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.

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Listers Toyota – Member Discounts Available

Listers are proud to offer Woldmarsh members discounts. Excellent discounts available on new vehicles, parts and servicing. Simply advise a member of staff your membership number to save money.

 

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We Are Recruiting – Apply Now

Fuel Buyer – Full Time

Due to retirement we have a vacancy at our Louth office.

This is a key position within our organisation.

Your attributes will include:

  • An ability to negotiate with suppliers and build strong relationships.
  • An ability to interpret market data using this to maximum effect.
  • Have excellent customer service skills and knowledge of local agriculture.
  • Be an excellent communicator.
  • An astute mind with the ability to work to deadlines.
  • Must be IT literate and have excellent administration and organisational skills
  • Be a team player.

Crop Inputs Administrator – Full Time

Due to the continuing growth of our business, we have a need to appoint the above position, primarily dealing with seed and chemical purchases.

We are looking for an enthusiastic person who is:

  •  Willing to undertake the training necessary to process crop input purchases.
  • Computer literate and numerate.
  • Has excellent customer service skills and a confident telephone manner.
  • Has some knowledge of local agriculture.

Training to a higher level of development will be available to the right candidate.

To apply in writing to Heather Claridge, Woldmarsh, Agriculture House, Bolingbroke Road, Louth, LN11 0WA or email h.claridge@woldmarsh.com

Deadline for applications is noon on 26th January 2015

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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

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The dangers of using asphalt in silage clamps for concrete protection?

Asphalt contains Dioxins which are harmful to humans and should not be used in the food chain.  Any food products coming into contact with Dioxins need to be destroyed.

Dioxins are formed as an unintentional by-product of many industrial processes involving chlorine such as waste incineration, chemical and pesticide manufacturing and pulp and paper bleaching. Dioxin is formed by burning chlorine based chemical compounds with hydrocarbons. In addition to cancer, other health problems linked to dioxin exposure are birth defects, learning disabilities, immune system suppression, lung problems, skin disorders.

The major sources that expose us to dioxins are in our diet coming from milk and dairy, beef, fish, pork, poultry and eggs.

Concrete needs protecting from acid production caused during fermentation.  The acids concerned are lactic acid, acidic acid, butanic acid and enzymes.  These are highly corrosive to the concrete walls and floors.  The fermentation can carry on for weeks after being ensiled and levels can vary depending on the dry matter and the nitrates in the crop i.e. maize, silage or whole crop

After recent discussions with senior technical people at the Environmental Agency they commented that asphalt should not be recommended to be used in silage clamps

We have been searching for an alternative product which is 100% Eco friendly, highly competitively priced, accepted by the Environmental Agency and can be used on the walls and floors on new and old concrete.

Vetrofluid is a clear liquid that penetrates the concrete which impregnates to a depth of 40mm sealing the pores of the concrete and becoming a permanent barrier offering protection against water, rising damp, acids, carbonation and freezing and thawing cycles.

Vectrofluid is a superficial hardener meaning it protects fresh concrete floors and acts as a curing compound with an anti-evaporation effect whilst also reducing cracking caused by plastic and hygrometric shrinkage.

This must be a better solution for putting into clamps than asphalt or similar topcoats.

RSS are the first certified contractors for this product and are offering a 25% discount for Woldmarsh members.

Certified CE UNI EN 1504-2          Environmental Product Declaration S-P-00143

Rubber Spray Solutions Ltd

www.rubberspraysolutions.co.uk

simon@rubberspraysolutions.co.uk

Simon Towers 07786558811

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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

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