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February 2016 Issue #63 No Images? Click here
WELCOME TO OLD POND LIFE
With the gust of late December temperatures blowing in there is nothing better to do than keep cosy inside. Which is good news for us at Old Pond as this month sees the arrival of many exciting new books and DVDs which are sure to keep you entertained come rain or shine.
One of the new titles available this month is Keep On Truckin’ – 40 Years On The Road by Mick Rennison. This book is a step-by-step account of his life in the haulage industry which has spanned over four decades! Needless to say, he has seen the industry change since he started driving, which seemed like a time when crooks and conmen seemed to run the trade. We caught up with Mick who is now living on a narrow boat in the Grand Union Canal, to find out more about his stirring career and his inspiration behind the book.
About the Author
Mick began writing for various trucking magazines in the early 90’s recalling on his outlandish experience’s driving around Europe. He then wrote his first novel Diesel Rose which received fantastic reviews and consequently spurred him onto the creation of his latest book Keep On Truckin’.
In this autobiography Mick writes of the dangers of the haulage industry where he has been held hostage by striking Spanish drivers and even outwitted hijackers. And of the good times when he double manned trucks with his wife for nearly 10 years. Reflecting on his varied career with humour and a little sarcasm, he concludes that as good as those days were he certainly wouldn’t go back.
Do you have any comments, reviews or questions? Then please do not hesitate to have your say by emailing us.
- The Publishing Team
NEW AND COMING SOON
Farm Machinery 6th Edition
This revised edition is an outstanding resource for students and farmers, including chapters on tractors, machinery for cultivation, drilling machinery, crop treatment, harvest, maintenance, mechanical handlers, dairy equipment, irrigation and farm power.
Money In Muck Volume 3
With farming becoming ever more intensive, the kit used to handle the increasing volumes of feed and waste must grow to suit. In "Money in Muck Vol 3" we see some real heavy weight machines in action as well as some more main stream hi tech systems.
Lorries of Arabia Part 2
This book is a companion to the hugely popular Lorries of Arabia: ERF NGC, published in 2015. Including 100 new photos, it will further delight fans of Lorries of Arabia 1, whetting their appetite for more.
Out In March 2016
Download our latest catalogue here or call 0114 246 4799 to request a free copy of the catalogue by post.
The Old Pond Spring catalogue will be available to download from April 2016. This edition of the catalogue contains over 40 new books and DVDs!
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The Malvern Spring Time Tractor World Show
The 27th and 28th of February sees the return of the Tractor World show in Malvern, Worcestershire and this year it’s even bigger and better!
Spanning across the entire showground it includes 4 indoor exhibition halls and the smart heated Severn Hall, which has an additional restaurant and lots more outdoor hard standing display space.
At the show you will see restoration demonstrations from a team of experts, Alan Davies (paint and preparation) Lackham College (hydraulics and electrical) and Ben Phillips from Tractor & Farming Heritage magazine, plus a large selection of more specialist restoration companies attending for the first time.
Old Pond Publishing will be attending the show with lots of your favourite tractor books and DVDs including some new titles such as Farm Machinery 6th Edition, Money in Muck Volume 3 and Massey Ferguson – Experience the Power Volume 28.
Trucking at Malvern
On the last day of the show we will see a new classic truck and van display as well as classic plant, tractors and horticultural equipment.
We are looking forward to displaying for the first time many of our best-selling trucking books and DVDs.
Show Opening Times
Sat 9am - 5pm Sun 9.30am - 4pm
Adult £12.50 at gate, Advance £10
Weekend £20 at gate, Advance £15
Weekend camping (three nights) admit 2 adults £60 at gate, Advance £50.
Under 15s free, well behaved dogs on leads welcome.
You can buy your tickets here.
The Intuitive Farmer - Inspiring Management Success
How many times do you find yourself thinking 'how can I make my farm successful'? Run an internet search for "successful farming techniques" and you'll come up with dozens of stories and ideas as to what will make your farm prosperous. But do these techniques work and how do you know which will be best for you?
Dr Nuthall of Lincoln University has addressed this issue in his book The Intuitive Farmer – Inspiring Management Success. Research makes it clear that ‘Farms are run on intuition. Every day every farmer makes a myriad of decisions based on intuition. Successful farm management is totally dependent on the quality of the farmer’s inherent intuition.’
How Do You Make Your Farm Successful?
The book is about Ben, who farms in rolling country in New Zealand, and some of his colleagues. Tom, a management researcher, guides a research programme in which the farmers take part. They face many management dilemmas that get the attention of guided group discussions. The decision problems are universal to any farming system in all countries. Both successes and tragedies emerge from the farmer centred experiment, and a multitude of lessons.
The novel has recently been released by Old Pond Publishing. It is available worldwide as the lessons apply equally in all countries and production types.
‘A farmer’s intuition is the result of experience, training and the farmer’s ancestry’ noted Dr Nuthall. While some would believe intuition is genetic, and a built in attribute, in reality most aspects are learnt from parental influences, experience and training.
A research study on farmers intuition based on over 700 farmers of all types has shown a large variation in profit and other outputs, meaning intuition levels vary considerably. This variation was used to isolate the key factors in the thought process of successful farmers.
The study showed the relative importance of each of the core variables giving rise to a farmer’s intuition. Feedback on decisions contributed 11%, experience 15%, technology knowledge 14%, anticipation ability 5%, observation ability 21%, reflection on decisions 23%, and decision theory knowledge 11%.
Statistical studies of the data suggests at least 60% of a farmer’s intuition is due to the environmental aspects in contrast to genetic influences. And, of course, it is very likely the current farmers’ genetic base has evolved over the centuries with the early farmers who exhibited successful intuition dominating and surviving.
In his analysis Dr Nuthall comments ‘It was discovered that planning ability contributes 4% to output, plan implementation ability 20% and intuition a very significant 76%. It is surprising that planning contributes so little, but the 20% for implementation is to be expected’.
To conclude, Dr Nuthall noted that self-reflection is critical, and also the critique of decisions and outcomes by friends and colleagues. Careful observation is also important as is extensive experience and a knowledge of the technology. These three go hand in hand, and can all be improved with concentrated effort.
Farmers aren't always the best at formal study. Dr Nuthall advises ‘a painless way is to embed the lessons is to put them into a story about farmers and farming. Hence I have put together the novel ‘The intuitive farmer - Inspiring management success’ to help with the process’.
Why Choose the Intuitive Farmer
Farmers will find the book challenging, enjoyable, and potentially very beneficial. Each chapter covers at least one decision skill. Students of farm management will also find the book useful. Instructors can use each chapter as a lead into educational modules.
All farmers have ‘rules of thumb’ by which they operate. A psychologist, Kelly, called them ‘constructs’. He believed they were constantly reviewed and improved. That’s intuition in a nutshell.
You can buy The Intuitive Farmer - Inspiring Management Success here.Read more...