“Holy Grail” County 1884 to be auctioned off.

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 £40,940.

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.

Few days left for signups to the Princes Farm Resilience Programme

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.

Click here for more information and to sign up.

Pilot Project to reduce flood risk begins.

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 and Lancashire.

The flood 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.

£30 Million UK-wide competition for countryside 5G

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.

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