Forfar firm helps out with flood relief


A Forfar company has rallied round to help keep vital flood relief for Somerset farms moving.

David Ritchie (Implements) Ltd. has provided a multi bale handler to the Somerset Sedgemoor Cattle Auction site – from where farm flood relief is being co-ordinated – to assist in bale movements.

Aid has been sent from around the country to the worst-hit areas of the Somerset levels, with donations of silage, hay and straw, along with the delivery of hundreds of tonnes of sugar beet to ensure feed and bedding for animals.

A partnership arrangement between the NFU and Somerset County Council has also provided two agricultural co-ordinators to take on the day-to-day management of distribution of fodder and bedding, donated or pledged by the agricultural community, and help farmers to access the support they will need to get back into full-scale production,

Specifically designed to make the handling and transport of bales quick and easy, the bale grab can be mounted to either a telehandler or heavy duty front loader and can handle two large round or square bales or three midi square bales.

The two outer wings of the grab each feature five high-tensile, curved steel tines, with each wing having its own hydraulic ram to maintain a strong grip on the bales.

Bob Ritchie, company director, said: “As a family-owned farm machinery manufacturer, who work closely with our customers, Ritchie are well aware of the suffering Somerset farmers have experienced this winter.

“This bale handler attachment should help keep farm relief feed donations moving.”