James and Jen get draining with a 1982 Barth Holland K171

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We needed to do some drainage works in one of the fields that was a bit saturated over winter. This 1982 Barth Holland machine made a lovely job and we managed to grab a bit of video of it in action during a couple of runs across the field.

For those not familiar with drainage machines, they cut through the soil and lay the pipe into a trench. It’s quite an art to get it right and they work off a laser level to ensure there’s a fall created by the machine for the pipework to lay on, so that the water disperses at the drain at the end.

More modern machines have GPS and more tech, but the principle is the same. Nice to see this piece of kit in action.

About James and Jen

James is a farmer originally from Yorkshire and Jen is a Lincolnshire girl that juggles a full-time job with life on the farm together. We live together in Lincolnshire, Great Britain on an all-arable farm growing combinable crops (wheat, oil seed rape, beans, oats and we’ve tried a bit of soya this year).

James is farming full-time and mostly alone, while Jen helps where she can! We started making videos to talk/share the thing we love most – farming. The industry has a tough time in the UK and we face a lot of challenges people don’t even realise, but it’s a way of life that we enjoy!

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