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Griffith Elder celebrates 35 years of weighing grain into store

October 3, 2016 by  
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It was in time for the harvest of 1981 that Griffith Elder introduced their first grain weigher to agricultural businesses in the UK.

Launched at the Royal Show that year, the ‘Yield-Per-Field’ weigher became an instant success, giving yield information directly off the combine harvester, and also showing the amount of grain in store, after drying.

It was an exciting time: having undertaken the product development at Saucemeres Farm, Bishop’s Stortford, courtesy of Mr Andrew Collins, the Yield-Per-Field won a Silver Medal from the Royal Agricultural Society of England.

For the first time since the bulk handling of grain became commonplace in the 1960s, farmers were again able to know how much grain they had for sale – as well as getting good accurate management information about how their cultivation practices were performing.

The next year the ‘Ton-Tel’ single axle weighbridge was launched as a low cost alternative to a full size weighbridge, which in those days cost £35,000. Prices started at £2,900 for the weigher that could weigh all traffic on and off the farm; less than 10% of the price of a weighbridge.

Today the company has a wide range of weighing systems specifically for farm use, from weighbridges with grain storage software to muck spreader weighing and specialist software for biogas production.

Managing director David Elder says: “We concentrate on electronic weighing systems for arable farmers and we have our own in-house software designers to keep the products up to date with the latest thinking in storage and handling.

“In recent times portability has become important so that farms with outlying stores can drop a scale down, weigh in the grain, then move on to the next one.”

For more information go to www.griffith-elder.com or contact Peter King on 01284 719 619.

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