Tractor & Farming Heritage | February 2012

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Tractor & Farming Heritage - February 2012

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3 Welcome

12 News
What’s going on in the world of tractors.

74 Tractor Talk
Your views and latest product reviews.

78 Model World
Henry Smith reports on developments in the model world from the Agritechnica show, Hanover in Germany over November 13-19.

81 New wings for Christmas
After a spell working on relatively newer machinery, Graham Hampstead is pleased to be back working on ‘proper’ tractors!

84 Preserving local treasures
If you are looking for ways to preserve our farming heritage by starting your own collection why not try old barn machinery for a change.

88 Foula style
Polly Pullar visits the island of Foula, off mainland Shetland, to witness a rare breed of sheep set among some breathtaking scenery.

120 Farming Focus
Tales from the Kailyard: Peter Small examines the history of Kale, which has been a valuable source of winter sustenance for farm stock over the centuries.

121 Rare Breeds
No. 95 Meuse Rhine Issel Cattle

122 Next Month
Preview of the March issue of Tractor & Farming Heritage magazine.

Your tractors

6 Green to orange
Gerry King’s amazing collection of Allis-Chalmers tractors (including the first and last built) gives us the opportunity to delve into some of the history of one of the oldest agricultural machinery manufacturers.

16 Baker turned mechanic
Roy Ferguson collects tractors and, with a surname like his, it would be something of a denial if he collected anything but those bearing the Ferguson name.

18 A matter of strength
Dan Casanova recalls his experiences with the International Harvester 1455XL which worked hard for its living on the family farm in Italy.

24 Moving on up
A tractor fitted with an interesting farm appliance always attracts attention at shows; we take a look at Lawrence Whitaker’s David Brown Cropmaster with power driven loader/elevator.

28 Fordson project reaches maturity
There is a small village a few miles from Wooler in Northumberland where Alan Barnes can indulge three of his great passions, cheese, ice cream and classic tractors like this 1939 Fordson Standard N.

34 Club Focus
The new national club, Blue Force, made such a big impact at the 2011 Newark Show with its award winning stand that we feel it deserves a follow-up report of its own.

36 A tale of two engines
In the 1960s, when America’s independent tractor makers couldn’t build their own big diesel engines, they bought them in. Here are two very different examples: Caterpillar V8 (the White 2255) and Detroit Diesel two-stroke (Oliver 1950).

47 Driven to succeed
Alan McEwen visits the collection of Raymond and Andrew Clough, ardent vintage tractor and agricultural machinery enthusiasts from East Lancashire.

56 In the land of the Minotaur
David Bowers takes a trip to Crete on his ‘Tractor Travels’ and discovers the land of legend is fertile ground for many breeds of tractors.

Farming heritage

42 100 not out!
With the passing of an important Tractor & Farming Heritage milestone, who better to look back at the title’s origins and subsequent development than Pete Kelly the magazine’s launch editor.

52 On the right track?
Norman Chapman rakes through his archives and traces the introduction, development and state of the art advances of tracked tractor design.

60 Three generations on the land
In the last part of our series on the 72-acre farm in Suffolk we take a look at farming today.

66 The land that time forgot
On most farms and fields time progresses, massive modern machines take over and with help from satellites and computer chips the crops are gathered, Ben Phillips recalls a different vintage.

69 Rare as hen’s teeth
In 1958, the same year that the hot bulb SFV 201 tractor was revamped to become the 202, the SFV Company had decided to produce its own non hot bulb small tractor - the 203.

70 Nuffield: equipped for the job
After the launch of the Nuffield Universal tractor at the 1948 Smithfield Show a plethora of implements sprang up for use with it.

87 Down in the archives
Imagine a museum and archive dedicated to British farming and farm machinery - it exists, and Peter Henshaw went along to find out more.

92 The big five-oh!
You’ve reached the big one, the half-century, the bullseye, the big five-oh! What do you do, throw a big party... world cruise? Dorset’s Philip Elms had his perfect answer!