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Tractors, Tools and Traditions Parts 1 & 2

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Trevor Kerfoot is an enthusiast for the farming of days gone by. He still uses vintage tractors and tools, as well as following the traditions of how to live and work on the land. This new two DVD set has been 3 years in the making and follows Trevor and some of his friends through the year as they work a ‘yesteryear farm’.

In this first DVD we join him in the spring and early  summer as he uses Fordson and other vintage and early classic tractors and implements to prepare the land, then to drill barley, oats and fodder beet. Crewyard muck is cleared, moved and spread onto the land. Feed for his cattle, sheep and pigs is prepared using his own belt-driven mill and root cutters. Hay is cut with finger and drum mowers and finished with a tedder and spider wheels. Cereal harvest begins with a near-century old Binder cutting the oats while men stook the sheaves behind it. For his own use, we watch the process of making butter by hand from the milk of his own cows. A look at a busy time on a farm as the effects of the change from man and horse power to machine working was making a big difference.

This second DVD rounds off the year from the end of summer to the winter jobs that prepare the farm for the spring work we saw in part one. Another binder, preparing sheaves to feed into a threshing drum, and a Ransomes combine continue the grain harvest, while an old International baler takes up the straw for livestock feed and bedding. Fodder beet and potatoes are lifted, and more land is treated with muck and worked with assorted cultivation gear including a mole plough. Trevor’s pigs, cattle, sheep and poultry feature strongly, including a sequence on Christmas geese and ‘putting the pig away’ for meat for the family. Trevor’s enthusiasm for early mechanisation and his ability to keep them working on the farm makes these DVDs real gems for all machinery and agricultural fans.  Truly a glimpse back at what life was like when mechanisation was taking over on the farm.

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