Farm Walk at Aswarby Estate – 17th May – 6pm

20151202_104302_resizedOn Tuesday 17th May we will be holding our annual Farm Walk event. This time we have been invited to attend Aswarby Estate near Sleaford by George Playne.

We will aim to start this event from 6pm and the usual format is that we will have two groups. One group will be on a trailer for a tour of the farm and the other group will be on foot for a walking tour of the grounds. Both groups will switch over and afterwards we will enjoy some food and drink and a chance to meet the Woldmarsh staff and other members of Woldmarsh.

Our previous Farm Walks have been a huge success and are always fully booked.

This is FREE for members to attend but places are limited to please book early to avoid disapointment.

If you would like to attend this event please contact Lucy. Email: l.mather@woldmarsh.com / 01507 602396.

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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The pesticide amnesty was run by the water company to provide a service for farmers with out of date pesticides, or left over chemicals which have recently been banned.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“But sometimes even the most organised farm manager can find themselves with an out of date bag of chemicals or a product which was perfectly legal when they bought it, but which has since had its license revoked.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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Member Vehicle Test Drive Day – 21st April

image1The very popular and eagerly awaited Woldmarsh members’ annual vehicle test drive day is planned to take place on Thursday April 21st 2016. The venue this year will be at agriculture machinery supplier Amazone Ltd at their new UK Headquarters near Doncaster. The site Amazone have recently bought is next door to Robin Hood Airport and was a 28 acre farm, complete with buildings and will include a training and hospitality centre and field trial site areas. The site will have around the field perimeter a 6 metre dirt track margin approximately 2 miles long on undulating land providing some ‘off road’ work as well as plenty of roads around including the A1 and M18 close by to really try out vehicles performance levels on tarmac.

We hope to have full range of vehicles available for you to test drive ranging from double cabs, 4 x 4’s, family cars etc. with Stoneacres, Listers, Duckworth’s Isuzu and Land Rover , Nunns Mitsubishi plus more in attendance with a full range of vehicles to jump in and test drive. This is an opportunity to try a range of vehicles on real farm conditions in an unpressurised sales environment with dealer experts on hand.

So please keep the day free.

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Member Advert – Mitsubishi L200 For Sale

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  • Mitsubishi L200 LWB Diesel Warrior LWB 134Bhp 2008
  • FSH
  • 67k
  • Very tidy
  • Price £7500

Contact Mick Clarke on 07748 657307

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MEMBER ADVERT – TOYOTA HILUX FOR SALE

TOYOTA HILUX HL3 4WD DC 2.5MIMG_4405

  • YEAR: 2013
  • MILEAGE APPROX 28000
  • COLOUR: BLACK
  • FITTED TOW BAR AND LOAD LINER
  • REVERSING CAMERA

£12,999.00 = VAT ONO

Call Tony Scarborough on 07711 848383

 

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Charity Golf Day – 13th May 2016

Golf Day 2016 LOW RESWoldmarsh and Lincolnshire Rural Support Network​ are holding their annual charity golf day this May. Get the date in your diary and be quick to book your team. Sponsorship opportunities available – speak to Lucy for details.

To download the application form and for details on sponsorship please click the link below:

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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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