Energy Now Expo – Free Tickets for Members

 

Energy Now Logo_redrawn_2015_OLThe Energy Now Expo, the renewable energy event organised exclusively for the agricultural and rural communities, returns to the Telford International Centre, Shropshire, on 8th & 9th February 2017. Each year farmers and landowners from across the UK visit the event to seek out the latest opportunities, see how the technologies continue to evolve and understand the latest in related government policy.

The event will once again be supported by Woldmarsh Producers (all members are entitled to free tickets to the event) and consist of a large exhibition, an advice clinic, a new product development zone, an education zone and a multi-streamed conference. The main theme of the 2017 conference will be “renewables in a post-subsidy world”, showcasing the benefits a well-chosen renewable energy 105_c0149_mmscheme offers, with or without subsidy support, and examining the ways technologies and the industry as a whole are adapting to offer financially viable, sustainable options.

Also returning to the 2017 event will be the Energy Now awards – recognising and celebrating the achievement of UK farmers and landowners within the renewable energy and low-carbon sectors. There will be 7 categories in total – best Ad & biogas, biomass, heat pump, hydro, solar and wind schemes, plus the most carbon neutral farm award. Members that own a scheme that has been operational for more than 12 months should enter, with each winner receiving a £500 prize and the award itself on the night (8th February 2017).

To book your free ticket to the show, to enter the awards, or for more information please visit www.energynowexpo.co.uk. Alternatively please call a member of the Energy Now team on 01293 854 405.

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For Sale – Member Advert

60 Silent Herdsman collars + screen, 6 months old, paid £8,000 but will accept £5,000. Saves time and money and reduces calving index. Call Andrew 07932 716710.

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Pig Stockman Required – Scunthorpe

Pig stockman required to manage all day to day operations on 2000 head finishing herd. The role will include all operations around the farm, including maintenance, both machinery and property (an interest in gardening will help!).

The role is part of a development plan for the business including expanding the pig operation, developing a poultry enterprise, increasing contract work and working with a fledgling alpaca herd.

The person will be expected to be self-motivated and be happy both working alone and with contract staff. The person will work closely with the business owner, who has a range of on farm and wider industry experience and roles

Qualifications are important, though training will be provided for the right candidate. However, telehandler and driving license are both essential. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and situation, the role is likely to suit a self-motivated, enthusiastic individual who wants to be involved with a range of work in a varied business.

To apply please send CV and introductory email/letter to Mark Coulman mark@hallmarkfarming.co.uk tel: 07739 034815

The Hall, Eastoft, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire DN17 4PG.

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Bales of Hay For Sale

For Sale – Member Advert

1,000 conventional bales of hay (seed mixture bought from Woldmarsh). No ragwort.

Delivery available within a 15 mile radius of Faldingworth with a full lorry load or smaller quantities.

£3.00 / bale + delivery costs.

Call Edward on 07801 766668

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Join us at the Great Yorkshire Show & Driffield Show

The Great Yorkshire Show – Tuesday 12th – Thursday 14th July 2016 

GYS Logo This year we’re having a stand of our own (206 on Avenue Q) at the Great Yorkshire Show. If you’re attending the show, we’d like to see you. Come and join us for a beer, some delicious Pipers crisps and a chat. Ian Dawson will be there for the duration and will be joined by other members of staff throughout the three day event. Don’t forget you can bring a friend along as part of our referral scheme.

 

Driffield Show – Wednesday 20th July 2016

Driffield show logo large 2016Join us on stand A10 where we will sharing a stand with Brown & Co and Wholecrop Marketing. There will be food and drink served throughout the day, so please come and see us. If you know someone who may be interested in joining Woldmarsh, bring them along too!         

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Pesticide amnesty in Lincolnshire hailed a success

Anglian Water has worked with farmers to remove more than two tonnes of unused pesticides from Lincolnshire farmland.

The pesticide amnesty was run by the water company to provide a service for farmers with out of date pesticides, or left over chemicals which have recently been banned. Around 30 farmers took advantage of the free scheme which saw Anglian Water employ specialists Chemclear Ltd to remove the unwanted products.

The aim of the scheme is to safeguard against any chemicals accidentally finding their way into the county’s watercourses and ground water.

Anglian Water farming advisor Kelly Hewson-Fisher, said: “Pesticides are a vital tool for farmers in Lincolnshire who are battling harmful insects and weeds in our fields.

“But sometimes even the most organised farm manager can find themselves with an out of date bag of chemicals or a product which was perfectly legal when they bought it, but which has since had its license revoked. If any of these accidentally found their way into a water course there would be implications for wildlife and water quality.

“The safest option is to remove them from the farmed environment completely. All the farmers we dealt with were more than happy to take advantage of the service and it’s now something we’re looking to expand in other areas.

“We can remove most pesticides from raw water before we put it into supply, but it’s much more energy efficient and environmentally friendly to work with farmers and ensure they don’t enter the water in the first place.”

Any farmers in the catchment area around the Louth Canal, Great Eau and River Ancholme were eligible to take advantage of the pesticide amnesty. The service was free and was entirely anonymous.

Kelly is part of the team of catchment advisors at Anglian Water and regularly works with farmers across Lincolnshire to help them ensure they are harvesting healthy crops while also protecting local rivers and water courses.

One of the biggest issues for water quality in the region is the slug pesticide metaldehyde. It is not viable to remove the chemical at treatment works and there is strict water quality legislation covering it. Working with farmers to encourage them to move to an alternative product will bring benefits for farm businesses, Anglian Water customers and the environment.

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Rural Flooding Forage Aid Campaign

Forage AidMany of you will be aware that Forage Aid, a charity set up by Woldmarsh member Andrew Ward, has been aiding livestock farmers who have lost some or all of their bedding and feeding materials for their animals. An appeal over the Christmas period has generated a generous response from many farmers prepared to offer bales of straw and silage for those who have need.

We are appealing to all our members and suppliers for assistance in transporting feed and straw from its source to a farm in need. We realise that many of you have been generous already, however if anyone feels they have the capability to utilise spare space on one of their wagons or trailers even if only on a one off basis, you would be aiding a farmer in distress.

If you feel you may be able to help, please contact the Forage Aid helpline on 07967219991 and the co-ordinator will take your details and discuss options with you to help.

You can find more details via their website – www.forageaid.org.uk

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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.

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