Soil, The Most Important Asset on The Farm

The Farmer Network Ltd has for many years encouraged farmers to embrace best practice, new techniques and technology. With reducing margins and increasing costs across all agriculture sectors, it has never been more important for farmers to keep an eye on “what’s new”.

Soil management is currently very much in the spotlight for many reasons. Now the Farmer Network is teaming up with Origin Fertilisers and Carrs Billington to offer an excellent, informative soils event.

Farmers are invited to join the Farmer Network and the Addison family at Spittals Farm, Temple Sowerby near Penrith, on Tuesday 26th November between 11am and 2pm.

The event will feature a guided farm walk, a soil sampling demonstration and analysis of results, fertiliser equipment calibration, nutrient planning and farming within the water framework. There will also be a best practice guide to winter feeding this year’s crops.

Adam Day, Managing Director of the Farmer Network said “Soil management techniques can be improved in many ways. We hope our demonstrations will lead to discussion. We also want farmers to contribute their own knowledge and experiences on the day. We believe farmers work best when they work together. This will be a really inter- active event”.

See: 5 good reasons to join the Farmer Network at Spittals Farm

Lunch will be served at the meeting.
For more information or to book a place, please contact the Farmer Network on
Tel: 01768 868615, Text: 07714 187034 or email:

The Farmer Network Ltd is an independent, not for profit Company, providing services and support to the farming communities of Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales.
For further information about The Farmer Network please contact Adam Day, Managing Director.
Tel: 01768 868615 e- mail:

New Vario Volume system ensures flexible container for BvL mixer wagons

Bernard van Lengerich Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG (BvL) has introduced a new Vario Volume extension system as an option for almost all its range of trailed mixer wagons. The Vario Volume attachment is hydraulically raised to increase the container volume by approx. 30 cm. This effectively increases the volume in a twin auger mixer by up to 3.5 m³.

When the feed is mixed and chopped, the Vario Volume extension can then be lowered again in order to be able to drive into low or restricted height sheds if necessary. For components that require a lot of space when mixing, such as straw bales, etc., the Vario Volume is a useful aid as it simply and effectively prevents feed components from spilling over the container edge.

The new BvL Vario Volume extension can also be fitted to feed mixers with a rear-mounted 2.0 straw blower. The straw blower is mechanically driven and has a high throughput of about 300 kg of straw per minute, which can be thrown up to 30 m. The stone trap and the softstart aid, round off the straw blower product range.

For more information on the Vario Volume extension system or other BvL products, contact your local machinery depot. Carrs Billington depots at Annan, Barnard Castle, Carlisle, Hexham, Morpeth and Penrith.