Our John Deere 6810, bought new in 2000, which replaced two MF 3000 series tractors, now does all the work on both farms.Supplied by Bourne Tractors based in Lincolnshire and supported by themselves and Chris Tallis at Evesham. Currently working over 500 hours a year, it has proved totally reliable from new, and performs every task we ask of it with ease. Equipped with an AutoQuad II transmission makes it an idea tractor for heavy draft work on our sleep slopes.
Applications of chemicals and Hydro Agri liquid fertilizer at Hadley Farm, are applied with our Knight 24 meter crop sprayer based on a Muli vehicle built by Reform.
At Church Farm, this Knight 3000 Lt EU trailed sprayer, which we share with our neighbor, is used for all the chemical and Omex liquid fertilizer application.
We run a Claas Dominator 86 combine harvester, with a 15 foot header. Built in 1985, puts it on its 17th harvest this year, although only on its 5th with us. For its age, this machine is in incredibly good condition and is a credit to its previous owners who I don’t believe allowed a spot of rain to fall on it all its life. It does require a fair amount of money to be spent on it annually to keep it in a reliable condition, but it remains to be very economical to operate
We use a Kverneland LD85 five furrow reversible plough. New in 1997, we bought this plough in 2001 to replace a four furrow plough.
Set at 16 inch furrows, we can get the full efficiency of our tractor, and easily cover 25 to 30 acres per day
All of our secondary cultivation is carried out using our 4 Meter Maschio Rapido power harrow with quick release tines. New in 2002 this machine also carries the drill below
New with the power harrow above, our Sulky GC Compact grain drill planted everything from Oil Seed Rape to Winter Beans in its first year.
New in 2004, our cultivator press was designed and built by ourselves in colaboration with Knight Farm Machinery Ltd.
You can follow this machines history from construction through to work on our Diary Page from April 2004 onwards. Aditional photo’s can also be found here.