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25.03.24

Congratulations Graham!

We would like to congratulate Graham for being a valuable member of the team for 10 years.

Graham works on the arable team carrying out many tasks depending on the season. His favourite job though is hedge cutting which he find very satisfying.
When not working, Graham enjoys being with family, friends and is a keen detectorist, going out and about most weekends searching the countryside. Graham is standing to the right of the JD 6250R in this photo (Tommy is standing to the left).

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British farming

20.03.24

OSR growing well

Must have been the tiny bit of sunshine we had that stimulated this rapid growth.  Back to rain again this morning but no precipitation at the moment - keep everything crossed!
Oil Seed Rape (Brassica Napus) is grown mainly for its oil-rich seed and is the third-largest source of vegetable oil in the world. 

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British farming

13.03.24

Ferting at the weekend

Great photo from Tommy of Ollie applying Axan fert on JD 7R350 during a brief period of dry weather at the weekend. Looks like spring - pity we have gone back to winter again!

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British farming

26.02.24

Hedge cutting

Hedges on farms need trimming regularly to encourage them to grow densely and to stop them growing into the field, reducing the land available for cropping.

Typically, a British hedge would have Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Field Maple, Beech and Privet growing in it. Each plant attracts different nesting birds:

Hawthorn - Blackbirds, Thrushes and Bullfinches.
Blackthorn - Song Thrushes, Yellow Hammers and White Throats.
Field Maple - Chaffinches, Dunnocks and Robins.
Beech - Great Tits, Blue Tits and Black Caps.
Privet - Blackbirds, Sparrows and Wrens.

So as not to disturb nesting birds, hedges are not allowed to be cut from 1st march until 1st September.
So only 3 days to go until the flail is put away until next year!


 

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Nature

08.02.24

Get ready for the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count!

WHY ARE WE COUNTING?
This important initiative offers a simple means of recording the effect of any conservation schemes currently being initiated by farmers and gamekeepers on their land.

HOW TO TAKE PART
The 2024 Big Farmland Bird Count is taking place between the 2nd and 18th February 2024

Just follow the three simple steps below to take part:

1. Download your count sheet

  • Those who participate in the count in February 2024 will be able to submit their entries online.

  • To help with the count out in the field you can download and print our helpful count sheet at https://www.bfbc.org.uk/take-part/how-to-take-part/

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British farming

18.01.24

Get ready - Open Farm Sunday is coming to a farm near you this summer!

Open Farm Sun­day, man­aged by LEAF (Link­ing Envi­ron­ment And Farm­ing), is one of the farm­ing industry’s biggest suc­cess sto­ries. Since the first Open Farm Sun­day in 2006, over 1600 farm­ers across the UK have opened their gates and wel­comed over 2.7 mil­lion peo­ple onto farms for one Sun­day each year.

It is a fan­tas­tic oppor­tu­ni­ty for every­one, young and old, to dis­cov­er at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the fab­u­lous work they do pro­duc­ing our food, enhanc­ing the coun­try­side and all the goods and ser­vices farm­ers provide.

Each event is unique based around the farm’s indi­vid­ual sto­ry. Activ­i­ties dur­ing the day may include a farm walk, nature trail, trac­tor and trail­er rides, demon­stra­tions, activ­i­ties for chil­dren or a mini farm­ers mar­ket. 

So get the date in the diary, brush off your wellies and we will see you in June!

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News

20.12.23

Merry Christmas 2023!

Instead of sending out corporate cards every Christmas, Bedfordia donate to charities chosen by our staff. A total of £1,800 was shared with the charities this year.
We would like to send our very best Christmas wishes to all people who are involved and to the tireless teams who touch so many people's lives.

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Christmas

11.12.23

Christmas Tree Recycling

Sue Ryder - a local hospice in Bedford offer a Christmas tree recycling service to raise money for the invaluable care services they offer. All you have to do is register on their website, leave a donation and they will collect your tree, which will be chipped. Their website is www.sueryder.org

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British farming

29.11.23

OSR November 2023

I’m sure we all know that Oil Seed Rape (OSR) is used for cooking either as a cooking oil or as an ingredient in salad dressings etc. Indeed it’s a healthy option too, as it contains the lowest saturated fat content of any oil – half as much as olive oil!
Here are a few more interesting facts about this versatile plant that you may not know:

  1. OSR is a brassica - part of the cabbage family.
  2. As well as looking attractive the vibrant yellow OSR flowers are full of nectar so bees love it.
  3. The oil was originally produced as a lubricant and is still used in chainsaws to help minimize friction in the chain.
  4. Rape seed oil can also be used as bio diesel in specially adapted cars or heating systems.
  5. The high protein by-product left after processing rape seed oil can be fed to livestock.

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