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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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.

 

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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

 

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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

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Toyota Hilux – Available Now

    

Available now! Woldmarsh discounted brand new Hilux 2.5d manual EXTRA in grey, 17” wheels, vehicle stability, tow pack + free heavy duty liner & lashing ring kit. Call Katie for more information.

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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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Andrew Ward awarded MBE

Congratulations to member Andrew Ward who co-ordinated the transportation of fodder to farmers affected by this years winter weather which caused terrible flooding.

Andrew was awarded his MBE for services to farming resilience in England and Wales during the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Click here for more information

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Woldlink to launch at Cereals 2014

Supply and service provider Woldlink will be attending Cereals 2014 to demonstrate how you can save on your overheads with their extensive list of offered product lines and services through significantly discounted prices as a result of their purchasing power.

Woldlink’s launch marks the efforts of parent company Woldmarsh Producers to provide a level of assistance and customer-driven solutions not normally seen outside of co-operatives – all without requiring membership or conforming to extra rules and requirements. The service will deliver savings in both running costs, through better purchasing power, and administrative costs, through process improvement, therefore reducing your overheads.

Cereals 2014, the UK’s premiere arable industry technical event provides the launchpad for Woldlink with over 64 hectares of stands and live demonstrations. Woldlink will be demonstrating the value in their agricultural products and service offerings.

The initial market focus will be around Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Contracting, Equestrian, Grounds Keeping, Horticulture, Landscaping and Small Holdings. With a huge range of products and services on offer, Woldlink provides a one-stop shop for clients through their expertise and purchasing power; Woldlink prides itself on the ability to find a competitive solution to client’s specific requirements.

Chief Executive Stuart McKenzie comments ‘this is a really exciting development for the group. We have been proving these services for over 50 years, but it is only just now that we can offer a solution to members who do not wish to fully commit or conform to the rules of a cooperative society and yet wish to benefit from collective purchasing power. Woldlink is our answer to this issue, allowing participation from a wide range of business types.”

Woldlink supplies the following key products/services at significantly discounted rates:

  • Fuel – Gas, Oil, Diesel, Kerosene and Adblue
  • Oils, Lubricants & Hydraulics
  • Gas Cylinders
  • Vehicles and machinery
  • Building materials, aggregates & cement
  • Fencing, Hedging & Timber

A comprehensive list of products  are provided in addition to the above and includes, but is not limited to, paints and DIY, PPE and safety products, tyres, storage tanks, stationary, agricultural and horticultural seeds, animal and equestrian products and feed, irrigation and drainage, steel, harvest plastics and agricultural contracting services, wood pellets and biofuels.

Woldlink also offers contract services – facilitating peer to peer contracting services and keeping operations running smoothly through straightforward invoicing and contract support. All our supplies, suppliers and service-providers are fully insured, with health and safety policies in effect.

Companies wishing to discuss their needs, should contact Robert Copp in the first instance on 01507 605230, email r.copp@woldlink.co.uk or visit the website www.woldlink.co.uk to register their interest.

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Charity Golf Day Raises £6,900

The 2014 Golf Day held by Woldmarsh Producers and LRSN has been a huge success raising over £6,900 for charity. Members of Woldmarsh Producers along with suppliers and supporters of LRSN played 19 holes of golf at Elsham Golf Club on the 13th May. Luckily the weather held out and all the players had a great day of golf on a super course! The winners of the day were:

Winners were as follows:

1st: Peacock and Binnington, Brigg

2nd: Tong Engineering, Splisby

3rd: Tee Totalers, J Wharton (Agriculture) Ltd.

4th: Agrii- East Midlands, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln

Longest Drive

  • Men- Matt Lowes of Howarth Timber Scunthorpe
  • Ladies- Jill Emmerson from the Rotam team

Nearest the Pin

  • Men – John Emmerson- Rotam
  • Ladies- Di Eddington- The Evergreens

Lincolnshire Rural Support Network was formed in 1999 and supports farmers and rural families each year with problems ranging from debt to tenancy, rural payments to health. They provide a free and confidential service offering a sympathetic ear and emotional support to find practical solutions with help from our volunteer Caseworkers and supporters whom themselves almost exclusively come from an agricultural background.

LRSN run health screening services, funded by NHS Lincolnshire, at the County Livestock markets. For more information please visit their website www.lrsn.co.uk

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