Part 1

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Harry Ferguson's system of farm mechanisation is brought to life here by some 25 implements filmed at work. Beginning with early summer cultivations and potato planting, the programme covers weed control in potatoes and kale, hay and silage-making, hedge-trimming and general farm tasks such as post-hole boring and milk-churn transport. It concludes with potato lifting, disc ploughing, earth-moving and work with the Ferguson reversible plough, leaving a companion programme to look at other winter and spring activities.

The majority of the implements are from Harold Beer's working collection in North Devon and many were bought new. A range of Fergies provide the power, one of them still at work on the family farm where it was first used in 1949.

The programme has a full commentary scripted by Stuart Gibbard, author of The Ferguson Tractor Story.

The narrator is BBC broadcaster and tractor enthusiast David Holt.

DVD Info

Region: 2
Running Time: 60 minutes

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