An enthusiastic crowd
of machinery enthusiasts is expected for the opportunity on the 19th
October to buy a 1982 registered County 1884 tractor. No more than twenty of these
machines are suspected to be left in preservation. Part of the reason for the rarity
of this tractor is that only a handful where built before the company that
built them County Commercial Cars Ltd went into receivership in February 1983.
Despite sales continuing until 1989-90 under a reformed company the number of
sales of the County 1884 remained low.
Scarcity and its striking
appearance are why this particular model is desired by enthusiasts, the one
going up for sale has also only recorded a use of 3,833 hours and is also
described as in super condition making it even more desirable. It is based on
the Ford TW-30, it uses a turbocharged and intercooled engine delivering 188hp
its high specifications at the time demanded an asking price in 1982 of
This tractor will no
doubt be a star of the show at the Cheffins auction. It will also be sold with
full documentation including original manuals, part books and sales leaflet.
This year’s program is
open to up to 300 farms, and focuses upon different skills taken in from seven
workshops. These skills are designed to maximise profitability and resilience.
The range of topics includes business planning, understanding accounts and
budgeting. All the workshops are designed to help farmers explore new opportunities
for their farm.
The programme will
also help by giving one-to-one farm support and a health check where your farms
strengths and weakness are determined and cost comparisons are made with
similar size farms, allowing a farm to be able to see if he is spending to much
on a certain area and work out why.
With this background
of uncertainty at the moment and years of declining farm gate prices the
Resilience Programme aims to help farms keep their businesses open in order to
help benefit both the owners and the local community they provide work for.
The Environment agency
is working with the River Stewardship Company to deliver a Pilot project aiming
to reduce the risk of flooding and create a better natural habitat. The site of
this Pilot project is a small sheep farm near Earby on the boarder of Yorkshire
The flood risk management trial will be focusing on the land near the River Aire and will focus on natural flood management, the creation of wetlands, leaky barriers to slow the flow of rainwater and hedge planting are all proposals this project aims to test.
This work is part of the wider program been funded by Leeds City Council which aims to work with nature not against it in order to reduce the flow of water from upstream so the landscape has more time to absorb the water. It is hoped that this pilot project along side the wider NFM program will encourage more landowners to take part showing the benefits of the project while maintain arable land that can be used by farmers while reducing flood risk.
Announced by Digital Secretary
Nicky Morgan a competition which has the aim of sparking a tech revolution in
countryside communities has been put into place. This will see up to ten rural
locations chosen for trails of innovative 5G applications. This is the latest
wave of a £200 Million batch of funding to pioneer 5G across the UK this technology
offers 10 to 20 times faster speeds than the previous generations.
One place which is
already using 5G technology is the Orkney Islands where is it monitoring the salmon
fisheries and wind farms. Another is in Shropshire where farming is been aided
using the technology for targeted crop spraying and soil analysis using both
conventional farming equipment and drones for the monitoring.
The biggest problem
however with 5G is having a signal in order to use the technology as well as
this competition which aims to bolster growth and development, the government is
seeking to reform planning laws in order to allow the expansion of infrastructure
quicker and better. Changes could include lifting of restrictions to allow
quicker upgrades and also construction of bigger masts by raising the height
limit so less masts have to be built.
A government funded small grant scheme where famers can buy the equipment required for growth and improvement on their farms is still open, but the deadline is fast approaching. There is still plenty of money available for the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme, which can be used for purchases that either improve technical efficiency, resource management, nutrient management and animal health and welfare.
These grants can be
used to cover 40 percent of the cost of purchase (50% if you are in Cornwall or
the Isles of Scilly) for equipment that matches the criteria and for a value of
between £3,000 – £12,000. Famers who have already applied in the first round of
applications can do so again providing the total of both applications still comes
below the value of £12,000. The deadline for all applications is Midday on Tuesday
3rd September. Once an application has been made and the deadline
passed the Rural Payments Agency will contact famers to inform them on if it
has been successful or not.
It is advised that
famers check with the suppliers regarding delivery for the Items as any
approved applications must be claimed within 150 days of been accepted to
order, receive and pay for the equipment before the claim becomes invalid. Any
equipment on the agreement would have to also be ordered after the agreement was
made as well as evidence Invoices and Bank statements provided in order for
farmers to successfully be repaid the money for their investment.