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Suggested Guidelines for Contractors

When it comes to the Miscanthus supply chain, quality is in everyone’s interest – from growers right through to buyers and end-users. At Terravesta we are committed to upholding the very highest quality standards through every stage of the process, which is why we have put together these supplier guidelines. Ensuring our growers work with the best suppliers is an important part of our commitment to deliver a premium product that attracts the best market price and drives long-term demand – ensuring Miscanthus is placed to become the no. 1 sustainable energy crop in the UK.

 

Relevant Legislation

General (All Contractors)

It's a pre-requisite for any contractor to hold sufficient insurance and to comply with relevant legislation, including Health & Safety and Employment. Before starting any job, contractors must also liaise with growers to carry out an on-site risk assessment.

Sustainability Policy

Planters

To help ensure first-time growers get off to the very best start, and that planting is carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Policy, we recommend that planters:

  • Offer a minimum establishment guarantee per hectare for rhizomes supplied and planted (within any planted area selected at random)
  • Guarantee a minimum of at least 3 buds on each rhizome
  • Provide proof of a recognised viability procedure via rhizome stock numbers, which relate to the stock lot viability tests
  • Ensure they use a tractor power proportional to the specific task (with an engine rated at Euro 5 emissions standard) to avoid unnecessary carbon emissions during the planting process

Harvest Contractors

We recommend that contractors contact the grower to discuss the specifics of the harvest before arrival, so that any particular requirements or potential problem areas are identified in advance.

Harvest contractors should also ensure they cut cane in line with Terravesta's specifications:

  • A maximum stubble length of 10cm
  • A maximum length of 40cm for cut cane
  • Undamaged cane (that is not crushed or split longitudinally)
  • Cut using a self-propelled forage harvester (with maize header appropriately set and an engine rated at EU emissions standard 5)

Baling Contractors

To ensure buyers are provided with consistent, premium quality, it's essential that all crop is full senesced and meets moisture specification before baling. To this end, we suggest that contractors visibly inspect cut crop on arrival so they are confident that it is ready for baling before starting out.

EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE SET UP TO PRODUCE FULL HESSTON BALES
(TARGET BALE WEIGHT 600KG) THAT MEET TERRAVESTA'S SPECIFICATIONS:

We also recommend that contractors:

  • Carry a moisture probe in their cabs so that they can sample the moisture content of bales at different stages of the process
  • Sample the first ten bales with the moisture probe then carry out subsequent moisture tests on random bales every hour, alerting the grower to any readings exceeding 16% moisture
  • Alert the grower to any out-of-spec crop and stop baling as soon as possible if this is discovered. (Ideally, the grower should rearrange baling once the crop has fully dried out, but if this is not possible, they should keep all out-of-spec bales separated and declare them on the harvest declaration form)
  • Look out for any suspected wet areas or significant weed problems and let the grower know about these if they are present

Contractors should use a tractor with an engine rated to Euro 5 emissions standard, and keep power proportional to the task to minimise carbon emissions. We also recommend using an attachment that can turn bales so that strings are kept to the side on the stack. This will help with the loading process when it comes to haulage

 

Useful contacts

West Midlands

Cutting:

Wilson Farming - 07817 220671

 

Baling & chasing:

Stephen Banks - O7712 627858

Rob Deane - 07889 780572

East Midlands

Cutting:

Tim Russon - 07721 333558

Kevin Wendt - 07860 518625

Adam Preston - 07968 309140

Mick Hurst - 07765 401618

Paul Ducksbury - 07860 269788

 

Baling & chasing:

JN & AJ Austin Ltd. - 07860574665

Rob Deane - 07889 780572

Adam Preston - 07968 309140

Paul Ducksbury - 07860 269788

Dennis Stocks - 07973549338

K H Wednt - 07860518625

Yorkshire & Humber

Cutting:

Tim Russon - 07721 333558

Kevin Wendt - 07860 518625

Paul Ducksbury - 07860 269788

Chris Liversedge - 07973 965490

 

Baling & chasing:

Kevin Wendt - 07860 518625

Richard Francis - 07786 134161

Andy Holmes - 07973 120620

Paul Ducksbury - 07860 269788

JS & J Buckley - 07850652131

Paul Headley - 07860712261

South West

Cutting:

Mark Andrew - 07767870400

Alvis Contracting - 07787241341

A & B Contracting - 01271882006

Chris Awdry - 07885243446

Ian Webber - 07831 364644

 

Baling & chasing:

Mark Andrew (far SW) - 07767870400

Alvis Contracting - 07721 558361/07787241341

Phil Hill - O7774989120

Ian Webber - 07831 364644

Central England

Cutting:

Tim Russon - 07721 333558

Adam Preston - 07968 309140

Mick Hurst - 07765 401618

Phil Benson - 07860 232632

 

Baling & chasing:

Dennis Stocks - 07973549338

JN & AJ Austin Ltd. - 07860574665

Rob Deane - 07889 780572

Adam Preston - 07968 309140

Graham Watts - 07966 444332

Phil Benson - 07860 232632

East Anglia

Cutting:

Tim Russon - 07721 333558

Paul Ducksbury - 07860 269788

Wilson Farming - 07817 220671

 

Baling & chasing:

Richard Sneath - 07860 633455

Dean Bartram - 07880 793399

Paul Ducksbury - 07860 269788

Mid & South Wales

Cutting:

Stepside Agri - 07966 521386

 

Baling & chasing:

Stepside Agri - 07966 521386

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