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Drawing bales in the famous Ford 7600
Gerald Potterton
Last week hauling 20 bales up the long climb to the yard with the Fendt 718 while the speed tumbled from 52 to 30kmph, brought me back to the Ford 7600 drawing silage in about 1979.
5 June 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: AGA cookers have a mind of their own
Although it has provided much hardship, Gerald Potterton says that has his AGA to thank for his marriage.
22 May 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: I’d stick with JCB for better or for worse
Gerald Potterton writes about his JCB purchase and spraying insecticides on his late-sown barley.
Farmer Writes: I've lost interest in this year's crops
Sowing was a mad rush in the one good week, a couple of weeks ago. The fields were barely dry enough but still, like everyone else, we pushed ahead.
8 May 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: biblical rain ceases at last
I’ll never be remembered for a field of cattle or wheat, but I do hope, in a time to come, I may be remembered by my trees writes Gerald Potterton.
24 April 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: old favourites and why big is not always beautiful
Gerald Potterton bought several tractors from Favourit Tractors until Fendt was acquired by AGCO.
10 April 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: this year may be a financial disaster
"I decided to sow 50ac of our lowest yielding tillage land to grass and arable silage this spring. I like some dog and stick farming."
27 March 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: Farmer protests are justified
Farmers are being "victimised and blamed" says Gerald Potterton, and he believes farmer protests are justified.
13 March 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: no caravan, no tent, no problem
Our first livestock trailer was not a Williams, but made by Jim Murphy in Tuam whose family are still in business today building the Aerlite range of trailers.
28 February 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: Days of industrious farmers are gone
Soon there will probably be no native whitethorn propagation and it’ll be all imported stock, which risks bringing the fire blight disease.
14 February 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: tree scheme is money for jam
In my experience, between the manner in which it has dealt with ash dieback, felling licences and bureaucracy, the like of which I now speak, anyone would be mad to contemplate planting.
31 January 2024 Farmer Writes
Farmer Writes: in the market for a new tractor
I’m thinking of buying one new tractor and selling two, writes Gerald Potterton this week.
17 January 2024 Farmer Writes