Posts from "September, 2011"

Nominate your sprayer operator

It’s time once again for owners of custom application businesses to think of a reason to nominate their best employee for AGCO’s Operator of the Year Award. The company is looking to give away a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to Canada’s best application equipment operator. If you have someone working in your business that goes above and

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Technology marches on

Have you ever been at an antique farm machinery display and noticed how older, retired farmers act when they look at the vintage equipment? They seem to get a faraway look in their eyes as they reminisce with each other about actually using some of what are now little more than museum pieces. I gained

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Trip to England comes to an end

Well we have just come through the blogging blackhole of rural England and are now back in London. I am sure I could have found internet service some place the last few days, but they just didn’t make these 18th century cottages like they should have — with free WiFi. We disappeared into the English

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We survived the tour

The tour is over — thank God! Another few days of that and it might have killed me. The tour is done but not the holiday. We still have a few days left in England to visit cousins on my Dad’s side of the family. Other than trying to make a good impression to these

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The studs of Ireland

We visited the Irish National Stud at Kildare, Ireland this Friday morning. It is a 1,000 acre government/private farm dedicated to breeding racing horses. It was established in 1900 and turned over the British government in 1943 and then to the Irish government in 1945. It is today run by a government owned company that

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I learned something about Ireland

I started the day in Glasgow, Scotland and ended the day having dinner at the oldest pub in Dublin, Ireland – The Brazen Head, which was established in 1198 — some 813 years ago.  What a road and a time traveler I have become. It was a full day of seeing the Scottish and Irish

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Case IH joins the fray

This season was a busy one for both large and smaller farm machinery manufacturers, who showed off a lot of new models to the farming public. Following on the heels of AGCO and John Deere, Case IH became the third major brand to introduce significant changes to its lineup. It launched several new products at

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The home of Haggis

I am in Glasgow, Scotland tonight  (Monday) as I write this, but I wanted to draw your attention to the fact that Beatrix Potter raised Herdwick sheep? That is one bit of trivia I learned today was we took the tour bus through northern England and into Scotland. Potter who was the writer of children’s

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As the London Eye turns

In honor of the Canadian dairy industry we went to see a West London musical called “The Jersey Boys” on  Thursday and Friday in honor of purebred beef breeders everywhere we ate dinner at a restaurant called The Angus Steakhouse. It featured Black Aberdeen Angus beef. I am sure someone in Canada has shipped breeding

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Tally ho, from Grainews London correspondent

What do four old people, London, 6 p.m. and pizza have in common? That’s what happens when you have been up all night traveling to England from Canada – you fall asleep at 6 p.m. eating pizza in London.  Geez, salmon fishing at Campbell River, B.C. one day and a less than a week later

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