Farm Solutions Advice

More and more young people in the UK are turning to rural work. In fact many may even go into farming full time and eventually own their own patch of land. I am one of those people, and from my experience I have a few pieces of advice for those in the same boat as me.

Kill small weeds

It might sound like simple advice but when it comes to growing crops on my farm, weeds have become the bane of my existence. It can be easy to say to yourself ”it’s a small weed. I’ll kill it when it grows.” Don’t wait! Kill that weed now!

Have a concise business plan

Farming is, in a sense, all about numbers. I always make sure that my business plan is up to date. I work out how I can attain my profits and I stick to that plan. The key is not to deviate.

Help your neighbours

It can be easy to look at a neighbouring farmer and say to yourself that they are your competitor. I know that I’ve been guilty of that myself. But if you look at them as an equal and help them when they need it, then it will come back to you in a positive way.

Keep machinery well maintained

It might seem like an annoying expense at the time but it is much more cost effective to get a machine maintained and repaired early. Leaving it to develop a fault later can end up costing you a much larger amount.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

Farming is all about learning. I learned a lot at agricultural college. But I learned even more from my own mistakes while (literally) out in the field. Every failure is just one more step towards success. The more we fail the more we learn.

Driving through The Lord of the Rings

There are many ways to dive deep into the fantasy world of Lord of the Rings. Viewers can experience more of J.R.R Tolkien’s books and the films adapted from his writing, However, nothing is so immersive as a visit to the locations where the movies were shot.
The set of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films were based in New Zealand. The producer chose its wild and deserted environments to shoot battle scenes and journeys. He decided to move all the cast and crew to his native country.
New Zealand’s famous locations and attractions from The South Island are featured prominently in the film. One of the most visited is Hobbiton, where the low and round houses of the Shire were built. They are located 150 km South from Auckland in Matamata. This sight can be visited through a guided tour which explains some facts about filming in the area.
In the middle of North Island, there is Tongariro National Park, alias Mordor in the trilogy. It is the biggest National Park in New Zealand and includes the volcano named Mount Doom in the films. Walking South in the same park brings people to Ithilien, the famous set for the scene where Smeagol catches his fish. When reaching Mangawhero Falls, the scene where Sauron has his ring finger cut off seems to take shape before the visitor’s eyes.
The Weta Cave, close to Wellington can be visited for an inner view of the set. It consists of a museum with some of the creatures and creations of the movie. A visit can be extended by vising the studios. In Wellington there is another interested spot to be seen at Mount Victoria Lookout. Many scenes were shot at this location, including the escape from the Nazgul.
A lot of landscapes and wide overviews have been shot in the South Island. This journey isn’t just a drive from one end to the other of New Zealand. It is driving through the fantastic world of The Lord of the Rings.

All About: Injection Molding

Injection molding is the process of creating plastic parts in mass quantities. This type of production is used when the same type of product is produced in large numbers (i.e. in the thousands or millions). For example, a plastic swimming pool for children needs to be sold to a large market of consumers. The plastic mold can be used repetitively to make large numbers of children’s pools cheaply.

Injection molding has several major advantages including:

  • Economies of scale; the mass production capabilities of injection molding means that the cost per part is extremely low, especially relative to other production methods.
  • Large quantities; creating a larger number of plastic products meets the demands of the market easily.
  • Consistency; the injection molding process ensures that the output is consistent and that each piece containing plastic is the same. Consistency reduces the amount of errors.

Injection molding also has some major disadvantages:

  • Waste; Large amounts of waste come from the sprue, runner and gate, all of which are crucial components of the production process.
  • Expense: The initial outlay and technology required is significant. 3D printing and significant testing is takes time and costs money. The testing is extremely important as these tools make mass quantities and therefore must be accurate and efficient.
  • Large required lead times: the testing and development phase will take a significant amount of time. The tools and technology must be up to standard and capable of handling large volumes of plastic.
  • Difficult to change; interdependent tools and processes are hard to changes once they are developed. It is difficult to isolate and make changes of any elements without delaying the entire production process.

The initial outlay of plastic injection molding is expensive and the maintenance costs are significant. Furthermore, the process is not suitable for all producers. Nevertheless, plastic injection molding is the only viable option for cheap and consistent mass produced plastic goods.

Relocating: Widening Your Horizons

Relocation for a company can bring significant changes. The positive ones, granted you can do it all professionally, outweigh the negative ones. Moving a company to another area means changing offices, changing details on all publicly available information, and costs due to loss of work hours and new expenses brought about by the need of furnishing your new digs.

To make sure the relocation is a good move for your business, it is necessary to set up a good plan of how to get through it with minimum losses. A new office may require new employees, in case some of the old workers are unable to move with you. It is a good idea to plan this in good time, to not end up short staffed. To get a smooth setup in the new location it is significant for some old employees to be present through the whole move to quickly get the new start rolling.

Consider if the new place is suitable for your new business. Will you attract the same amount of customers? Will your company be ”attractive” to the new area?

How much money will you have to spend on the actual move? Do you have heavy machinery that needs to be moved too?

What is the appropriate time to make the move? Is it possible to do it all during vacation season or is it preferable to have the staff available so that they can help?

The move may bring a more comfortable work environment for your employees and attract new customers. You will need some time to see whether this change was positive for the business: you may even expect some damage to your company, in terms of loss of money right after the move: nothing that can’t be handled by programming the whole process thoroughly, by researching and consulting with professionals that are well-versed in this field.

European way of living

Is there an european way of living? In countries like Sweden and Denmark the restaurant business has completely exploded. It ‘s become a natural part of everyday life to meet up after work for a glass or a snack – as is common in countries such as England, France and Italy.

The increased travelling and europeans historical background of being inspired by other cultures is a clear contributing factor. The fact that we share cultural expressions of other countries through social media and streaming services create unprecedented common frame of reference. We can share our thoughts on the latest episode of Handmaids tale or Game of thrones with our friends abroad, at the moment it is released. We share images of our new interior, garments or books in blogs or social media  – getting us insights in everyday life.

The pace of society has changed, especially among young people, they travel more, live in different places and countries and are generally more flexible.

Nevertheless, most of us have encountered cultural clashes while on the move. Arriving too early or too late at a party, giving too much or too little tip.

A good advice is to always be respectful and read up on your destination!