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Cancer Research cake sale

Thank you to everyone who supported our #CancerResearch cake sale yesterday. Many of our staff baked some delicious treats. Thanks to those who baked and for those who donated to this great charity. We managed to raise a total of £206.38.

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New Gritters

Two new trailed gritters and a larger tractor operated gritter have joined our fleet! They are ready to grit our customers’ sites when the next cold spell arrives. We offer bespoke winter gritting and snow clearance services across Kent and the South-East. We undertake gritting across shopping complexes, schools, offices and Industrial areas.

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Solar Panels

We’ve expanded our green energy production at Stanford Bridge Farm. Additional solar panels have been installed, supplementing the green energy already generated by our existing solar panels and our biomass heating system. The electricity produced by the solar array is completely utilised by the farm. We are pleased to be able to increase our use…

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Weald of Kent Ploughing Match 2021

We attended the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match at the weekend and what a great day it was. It was a great event with plenty of visitors to the stand. We exhibited alongside our sister companies FGS Organics and FGS Pilcher. It’s great to see a lot of visitors to our stand. It’s been a…

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KSS Ride

We are proud to be sponsoring the KSS Ride event taking place this weekend. It is being organised by Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance who operate the vital helicopter medical service. The event will allow riders and their horses to enjoy a gentle seven-mile route around the Kent showground and surrounding beautiful countryside, finishing…

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Farm 24

Farm24 is a great opportunity for farmers to show everyone what goes on in the farming industry. It’s a chance to show and demonstrate just what goes into feeding the nation. Nobody does it better than us British farmers!

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Maize Maze

The maize maze’s that we drilled for Pumpkin Moon a few months ago are looking excellent. It wont be long until they open so head over to their page to find out more about when they are open and how to book a visit.

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Renault Electric Van

Over the last month we have had the pleasure of using an electric Renault Kangoo van. We have been awarded a loan of the vehicle from KCC as part of their “Realising Electric Vans Scheme” (REVS) We have been using the trial vehicle at our north Kent sites and it has been a great opportunity…

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Stanford Bridge Beef Boxes

Boxes of sustainably reared beef from our red tractor assured farm in Pluckley, Kent, our cows and calves are turned out to grass pasture all summer. Aged for 3 weeks our quality beef is vacuum packed ready for cooking or freezing. 5kg box – £55 collected 10kg box – £110 collected Depending on weight each…

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Agri South Event

We attended the Agri-South show at Faversham showground yesterday. It was a great event with plenty of visitors to the stand. Our new excavator mounted tree saw attracted quite a bit of interest on the stand. It was great to be out exhibiting at a show again after the long break from being able to.

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Earth Day – Restore Our Earth

Thursday 22nd April marks Earth Day, a decades old global initiative to celebrate and protect our planet. Each year, the Earth Day movement sets a theme as a way to start conversations, inspire people and encourage positive changes for our planet. The chosen theme for this year is ‘Restore Our Earth’. We have been advocates…

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New arrival on the farm

One of our new Hyundai 14 ton 360 excavators was delivered today. It won’t be long until its put out to work loading spreaders and using our tree saw on boundary maintenance jobs.  

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Kiss the Ground – 2020

It’s rare to see a documentary about global warming that actually provides solutions to the problems in the world but here it is. Ground-breaking Netflix documentary Kiss The Ground explores how we can potentially reverse the effects of global warming by drawing carbon from the atmosphere back into plants and soil.   Biosequestration: Biosequestration is…

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Photo Competition 2020

The FGS Team were busy snapping away at work hoping to win our photo competition. We had some fantastic entries from the staff. Here are some of the best photos from our recent staff photo competition. Thanks to all that entered, it is always great to see our operators and machines in action. Congratulations to…

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Landscaping Services

FGS have branched out into Landscaping! This is a project we undertook locally in Lenham. We were tasked with laying turf for the gardens on a new build housing site. Contact us for any Landscaping requirements www.fgsagri.co.uk / 01233 820055

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The New Normal at FGS Agri – Supporting our Farming Industry

The British farming industry remains crucial to our economy and also to our need for healthy food. Despite the current Coronavirus crisis, we are continuing to support our farming industry by running business as ‘normal.’ Of course, this new normal includes increased hygiene levels, social distancing and remote working but our offering to customers remains…

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Covid-19 Update

  We hope that you, your families and colleagues are all well and doing what they can to get through the current situation whilst keeping an eye out for elderly or vulnerable people around you. In spite of the unfolding Coronavirus crisis farming carries on. As such FGS Agri is operationally ready for as normal…

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Surge in Popularity of Micro Farming

Surge in Popularity of MicroFarming

Micro farms are popping up across the country at an unprecedented rate. Many are located in urban or suburban areas that lack open acreage but these farmers would argue that operating a profitable farm doesn’t necessarily require a huge amount of land. How Does It Work? Micro farms are typically under 5 acres in size…

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Love Lamb Week

Love Lamb Week

British farmers are throwing their support behind a week-long campaign for British lamb. The campaign, which will run from 2nd –  7th September, encourages both shoppers and retailers to back British lamb. Love Lamb Week is now in its 5thyear and continues to highlight the work that farmers put in behind the scenes of one of the…

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New joint venture sees launch of FGS Pilcher Ltd

On 1 June 2019 the Civil Engineering division of FGS Agri Ltd combined with IG Pilcher Ltd and all trading activity transferred to a new joint venture, FGS Pilcher Ltd. The reason for this change is to combine the skills and experience of both IG Pilcher Ltd and FGS Agri Ltd into one operation and…

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FGS Agri successfully achieves UKAS accreditation

We are pleased to announce that FGS Agri Ltd, working with UKAS accredited certification body NQA, has successfully integrated its Quality and Environmental Management Systems and achieved UKAS accreditation to the internationally recognised standards ISO 9001:2015 & ISO 14001:2015 for Quality and Environmental Management. This achievement assures our clients and other interested parties that customer…

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UK Care farms helping vulnerable young people

Anyone who has ever lived in the countryside or worked on a farm will understand how being near animals, breathing fresh air and having open space all around can boost your sense of well-being. These elements are now being harnessed to help vulnerable young people overcome the challenges in their lives, gain confidence and develop…

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Climate change: should UK Sheep numbers increase or decrease?

Climate Change: Should UK Sheep Numbers Increase or Decrease?

Following the release of a report issued by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) last month, the National Sheep Association have suggested that some people are “hell bent” on portraying sheep as the “enemy”. The report recommends a reduction on UK sheep numbers to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. The report also claims that a 20-50%…

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New poultry apprenticeship launched

The British poultry industry launched a new apprenticeship at the British Pig & Poultry Fair earlier this summer. The new poultry apprenticeship scheme has been designed to bring skilled workers into the sector. It also aims to develop the existing skills and talent of those already working in the industry. The scheme was launched by…

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reducing the risk of wild fire on farms

Advice on farm fire and wildfire risks

Following the recent heatwave, there has been increased concern about the risk of wild fires such as the ones seen in Marlow and Saddleworth Moor. There is always a risk of wild fire on farms, but this risk is increased with high temperatures, a lack of rain and harvest.   Here’s a reminder of what…

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Farm Safety Week

This week is Farm Safety Week (16-20 July). Follow #FarmSafetyWeek for practical advice and guidance. Here are their top tips for staying safe on the farm. Top Tips for Staying Safe on the Farm You can’t work safely unless you know how to – make sure someone experienced shows you what to do or that…

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Planning Rules Relaxed for Farm Buildings

Planning Rules Relaxed for Farm Buildings

Recent changes to permitted development rights (PDRs) mean that farmers will be allowed to increase the size of buildings on their land and convert more buildings to housing. PDRs allow particular building works and changes to be completed without the need to apply for full planning permission. Announced by Dominic Raab, Housing Minister, last month,…

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Would a Super-Monster Wolf Protect your Farm?

Would a Super-Monster Wolf Protect your Farm?

A robot wolf designed to protect farms has proved hugely successful in Japan. So much so that it is going into mass production next month. The aptly named “Super Monster Wolf” was designed to keep wild boar away from chestnut and rice crops in Japan. The 65cm-long and 50cm-tall robotic wolf was deployed in trials…

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UK AgriTech Companies on the Rise

Agriculture technology, also known as agritech, is a fast-growing industry focused on improving traditional forms of farming through technology. The industry is particularly appealing to investors and very much an on-trend area of investment. According to UK Government figures, the agritech industry currently generates over £14 billion in turnover and employs more than half a…

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40% of UK Farmers to Invest in Animal Welfare in 2018

40% of UK Farmers to Invest in Animal Welfare in 2018

According to research commissioned by fast-food giant McDonald’s, almost half of UK farmers are prioritising animal welfare over other investments. Retailers and consumers are increasingly demanding high-welfare food and becoming more interested about where their food comes from and the farming practices used to produce it. The survey, carried out by the National Farm Research…

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PM Theresa May Visits Dairy Farm

PM Theresa May Visits Dairy Farm

Prime Minister Theresa May visited Fairview Farm, a dairy farm in Bangor this month. She was shown by owners Stephen and Susanne Jackson. After her tour of the farm, Mrs May met with representatives of the Ulster Farmers’ Union for lunch in the farmhouse. They discussed their concerns within the agriculture industry and talked about…

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FGS Agri staff help tidy-up

FGS Agri staff at Kemsley Mill, Sittingbourne gave back to the local community by helping with a clean-up event. The employees from FGS Agri joined forces with employees from DS Smith Kemsley Mill,members of the public and Swale Borough Council to spend a morning tidying up their area. They cut back hedgerows and collected litter…

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Environment Secretary Backs Post-Brexit Seasonal Workers Scheme

Environment Secretary Backs Post-Brexit Seasonal Workers Scheme

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has indicated that the UK government would support a special deal for EU farm workers post-Brexit. Mr Gove addressed the National Farming Union’s (NFU) annual conference saying that “agriculture needs access to foreign workers to remain productive and profitable.” This comment was seconded by Meurig Raymond, NFU President, who claims that…

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Cold Winter Ahead

Temperature are dropping! FGS Agri’s gritting team are on hand to keep businesses safe across the South East. Our winter gritting and snow clearance service is tailored to the needs of commercial, industrial and personal premises. We monitor national weather conditions, notifying clients of potential risks in their area and gritting each site or clearing away any snow…

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Dairybed – Alternative Livestock Bedding

Through our recycling of materials from various clients, FGS Agri have developed Dairybed, an alternative product from recycled paper which is suitable for use within the Livestock Bedding market. Through our trial work and feedback from existing customers we have discovered many benefits from the use of this material. For further information visit: www.dairybed.co.uk or…

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Weald of Kent Ploughing Match

  We had an excellent day at the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match on Saturday. It was nice to see so many faces despite the weather. Thank you to all that came and visited us on our stand! We will be exhibiting at the Basingstoke Ploughing Match on 7 October. We hope to see many…

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FGS Agri visits the Big Cat Sanctuary

  Through a kind invitation, FGS Agri staff have been lucky enough to be given a rare opportunity to visit the Big Cat Sanctuary as a thank you for the support given to the charity. Set in a beautiful, 32 acre site near Smarden, Kent the Big Cat Sanctuary provides excellent conditions for the successful…

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40% of UK Farmers to Invest in Animal Welfare in 2018

More UK Pork Cleared for China

Seven additional meat processors across England and Northern Ireland have now been cleared by the Chinese to export their pork to China. This announcement follows a long and thorough accreditation process which involved Chinese inspections of plants by China’s Certification and Accreditation (CNCA) agency and visits to China by several agriculture ministers from Northern Ireland.…

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Vertical farming

Investors Sinking Millions into Vertical Farming

Vertical farming startup Plenty has, so far, attracted $200 million in agriculture-tech investment and plans to use this money to set-up more farms around the world and make the concept of indoor farming more viable and accessible. This huge investment has created more interest around the vertical farming technique which grows food in hanging modules…

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What you need to know about the egg scare

What you Need to Know about the Recent Egg Scare

Around 700,000 eggs containing an insecticide called fipronil made their way into the UK food chain. While these eggs were not sold directly to consumers, they were used to make things like sandwich fillers and salads. So, what is fipronil? You may be aware that fipronil is a toxic insecticide, often used by vets in…

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Environment Secretary Backs Post-Brexit Seasonal Workers Scheme

Agriculture Workers Among Healthiest Workforce in UK

According to a survey of over 2,000 adults conducted by IronmongeryDirect, those working in the agriculture sector, including farm managers, technicians, mechanics and administrators are among the healthiest workers in the UK. The average agricultural worker is active for four and a half hours per day, with many in the industry being physically active for…

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Summer Fun Day 2017!

  FGS Agri, FGS Plant, Countrystyle Recycling, Water Direct and Envar staff and their families enjoyed another brilliant annual Fun Day at Stanford Bridge Farm last month, raising an amazing £1952 for Kent Air Ambulance.

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Kent County Show

FGS Agri were proud to sponsor the Commercial Beef class at this year’s Kent County Show. Congratulations to Barwood & Padfield, Gt Yarmouth who won the Shell UK Oil Cup for the Champion Commercial Beef animal.

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Valley Park Young Farmers

Good luck to Valley Park School Young Farmers at the Kent County Show this weekend. We are proud to sponsor this great young farmers club and hope they have a great time at the show.  

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New Balers

  Our new Claas Quadrant 5200 has been working hard Hay baling. We also have a new Krone HDP II High Density 8 string baler so we are all set for harvest and straw baling.  

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The Rise of Drones in UK Agriculture

While the use of commercial drones has recently generated interest in the national press, the increasing use of drones in UK agriculture has largely flown under the radar. Agricultural businesses are utilising drones for a wider range of purposes than ever before. From soil and field analysis to the monitoring of arable and pastoral stock,…

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Herds of Women Taking up Farming

Recent figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show that the number of women running farms in the UK jumped by nearly 10% between 2010 and 2013. This trend has continued in the years since and now over 25,000 UK farms are now run by women. What’s more, 28% of the…

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UK Pig Farmers Reduce Antibiotic Use

UK Pig Farmers Reduce Antibiotic Use

The UK pig sector is making ‘significant’ strides in reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock. Figures released show that less than 18% of all feed for young pigs in 2016 contained antibiotics, compared to 37% in 2014. The Pig Veterinary Society has applauded the news and praised the efforts of vets who work with…

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Agricultural Sector Urged to Cut Emissions

Agricultural Sector Urged to Cut Emissions in Holyrood Report

A recent report by the Scottish parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee states that the agricultural sector is one of the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases but has one of the lowest climate change targets. MSP Graeme Dey commented: “Our committee feels that it is crucial for all of Scotland’s sectors to play…

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Agri-Expo 2017

We had a great day at Agri-Expo on 1st March. It was a fantastic show with lots of visitor to our stand. It is always a pleasure to meet with our customers and fellow farmers at this annual event.

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Ashford Cattle Show

  FGS Agri were proud to sponsor the cattle championship at the recent Ashford Cattle Show. Congratulations to Charlotte Husk, Dover, whose Limousin steer won the overall champion beast. The overall reserve champion went to another Limousin steer shown by the High Weald Academy Young Farmers Club.

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MegaGrowth50 Runner Up

  FGS Agri were delighted to be included in the KM’s MegaGrowth 50 list of the fastest-growing private companies in Kent by turnover growth over the last four years. Managing Director, Jonathan West and Farm Manager, Alan Higgs enjoyed a presentation breakfast at Turkey Mill, Maidstone on Wednesday 2 November where FGS Agri was recognised…

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FGS Agri invest in new Vernaet spreaders

  Following the renewal of our spreading contract with Thamas Water we have recently taken delivery of two new Vervaet Hydro Trike self-propelled spreaders. The new Vervaet machines are powered by 510hp DAF engines and are fitted with specially designed integral 18-tonne Panien spreader bodies. Large tyres spread the weight evenly over a 4.50m width…

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Thames Water contracts renewed

  FGS Agri are pleased to announce that we have renewed our two existing contracts with Thames Water which will be effective from 1st November 2016.  The first contract renewed is for the “Biosolid Spreading” across the Southern Region of the Thames Water operating territory and the second is for the recycling of “non-compliant biosolids”. …

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Ploughing Success!

  Congratulations to our Arable Operator Paul Apps on winning his class and going on to come third in the overall Championship of the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match on Saturday. The picture shows the winning combination of the John Deere 6210 and 6 Furrow Kverneland Plough.

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Farm Machinery Journal – July Edition

  FGS Organics have been featured in a 5 page write-up in the July edition of Farm Machinery Journal. Their feature includes all the details regarding the machinery, and the reasons why these types of machines are used to complete their waste recycling operation.

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FGS Organics New Fleet

FGS Organics has recently taken delivery of their new fleet of rigid bulk delivery vehicles. These will replace their existing tipper fleet, in which they will mainly be delivering recycled materials to farm land.

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FGS Organics acquires Envar

  FGS Organics, are pleased to announce the acquisition of Envar Composting Ltd. FGS Organics is an established provider of recycling solutions for the agricultural, industrial, energy and utility sector. The acquisition will see the capacity of their compost operations significantly increase. Based in Cambridgeshire, Envar Composting is the United Kingdom’s largest waste in-vessel and…

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HRH The Princess Royal at Agri-Expo

  Jonathan West, FGS Agri Managing Director, met with HRH The Princess Royal at Agri-Expo, Wednesday 2nd March, discussing the core activities of the business and explaining the latest developments harnessed by the business including the opportunities bought about by the Anaerobic Digestion sector whereby agriculture can benefit from the application of the digestate by-product…

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Green Energy at Stanford Bridge Farm

A new biomass heating system has been installed at Stanford Bridge Farm. Using on farm produced feedstock to feed the burner, FGS Agri are now able to dry arable crops through their existing drying facility and heat the  farm buildings and offices without the need of either kerosene or LPG.

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New Digestate Spreader

FGS Organics have a new Kaweco Digestate Spreader – 30m3 36m wide dribble bar based in East Anglia for our existing contracts. Call 01233 820055 for details of our digestate spreading services.

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Vredo

FGS Agri have had a new Vredo arrive this month, with 600 hp, and a CVT Gearbox. Fully loaded it will hold 24 ton, and has the largest tyres in Europe on a Self-propelled machine, at 1250/50R32, also, weigh cells, an on board computer, an ‘on the go’ tyre inflation/deflation system and 0-40km step-less transmission, the Vredos offer high output, precision…

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Precision Spreading

Contact us now to book our spreading services. Our spreaders and tractors, which are fitted with GreenStar GPS, enable us to offer accurate and efficient spreading. With a fleet of 12 trailed and 6 self-propelled spreaders, ranging from 9 to 20 tonne capacity, we have a machine to meet your every need. Our smaller machines…

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Avadex Application

Contact us now to book our avadex application services. For the treatment of herbicide resistant black-grass and sterile brome, FGS Agri have invested in two mounted 24 metre pneumatic spreaders, specifically for the application of Avadex granules. As well as, our Unimog U90 Turbo Forward Control with Torque Converter. Pommier Ally booms with 4m section…

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New Claas Mower

Soon to arrive, ready for the 2013 silage and hay season, will be our Claas Arion. Equipped with 3m front and 3m centre pivot conditioner mowers this new mower will enable us to mow in excess of 100 acres per day.

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New Vaderstad Tempo 8 row maize drill

We can now offer an improved maize drilling service thanks to our new Vaderstad Tempo 8 row high-speed precision maize drill fitted with high capacity fertiliser unit. The Tempo offers high speed drilling without compromising singulation and the greatest output with the highest quality of drilling. When fitted with the larger seed hoppers and fertiliser…

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