Tuffdip goes International

24 September 2012

Tuffdip has opened for business in Eire and in Canada.

Tuffdip Ireland Ltd under the capable control of Liam Gavin has opened in Mullingar, Co Westmeath and is centrally located to serve the whole of the Republic. Liam is well known to many in the farming community for his experience in agricutural machinery sales. He will be distributing Tuffdip from Mullingar and ÔéČuro price lists and packing sizes will be available shortly.
He can be reached on +353 (0)872 369 772 and email links will be posted in the next few days.

Tuffdip is now being distributed in Nova Scotia, Canada by LaHave Forests of Lunenburg County. LaHave are pioneering the development of the Haskap berry and understand the problems that face farmers, vineyard owners and fencers alike from prematurely rotting timber.
Logie Cassells can be contacted on +1 902 527 2139 or his cell +1 902 209 2912 and Can$ prices and distribution details will be available shortly.

Meantime contact us on info@tuffdip.com and we will ensure your enquiry is directed to the right quarter.

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Guessing the age of the Old Stob

21 September 2012

Tufdip exhibited at the recent APF show at Ragley Hall and were delighted with the reaction from foresters, fencers and farmers alike.
During the show we ran a competiton to guess the age of the Old Stob – a tar-treated Larch fencepost that had come out of Malcolm Leng’s farm in good condition and eminently re-usable.

Guess the age of the old stob

Its condition was such that most guesses were wildly out – a tribute to the efficacy of tar and bitumen protection. Three winners – one for each day – were pretty close and we have great pleasure in sending them each a complimentary 5 litres of Tuffdip.

The winners were
Thursday: Richard Wainwright of Wainwright Timber and Tree Services, Cheshire (www.wtts.co.uk) at 136 years
Friday: Toby James of VLandscapes,Wiltshire, tree surgeon and fencer (vlandscapes@aol.com) at 145 years
Saturday: Myles Dickinson of AM & O Dickinson of Grange over Sands, Cumbria (acorntherapy@etherway,net)at 150 years.

The “old stob” is in fact 146 years old and still going strong.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who participated.

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What a summer!!

10 September 2012

Like much of the country Tuffdip has had a mixed summer – lousy weather with cancelled shows but behind it a bright silver lining.
Since Tuffdip launched in April 2012, we have had a very encouraging reaction to this simple yet effective protection system with sales as far afield as Canada, Scotland and deepest Cornwall.

What started off as a response by a couple of irritated farmers to timber failure looks as though it will grow into a substantial business. What is really gratifying is that it will benefit all of us in the agricultural industry and our friends in the timber trades.
Even the guys selling chemical treatments will come out of this with a smile as they have had a difficult eight years with increasing scrutiny from the environmental lobby fighting with growing awareness of timber failures. Tuffdip supplements their existing treatments and provides the one element that copper azole and its kin can’t – total in-ground water protection.

Tuffdip of course has its detractors – we are viewed by some – notably the sleeve manufacturers – as “unproven and untested” parvenues. What may have escaped their notice is that bitumen and tar have been used as stand-alone waterproofing agents for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians discovered it, the canny Victorians used it extensively and the practical examples of its efficiency are all around us in the form of roofing materials, car underseal, window sealant. And of course we all drive on it.

So when your next fence post fails don’t throw up your hands in horror. Before you revert to expensive anti-rot remedies whether they be heat-treated bitumen-lined plastic sleeves or old-fashioned creosote, spare a thought for the benefits of inexpensively simple, unashamedly old technology and TUFFDIP it.
Sometimes the old ways are the better – Dip it. Seal it. Job done.

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Welsh farmers co-operative chooses Tuffdip

09 September 2012

Clynderwen & Cardiganshire Farmers, better known by their customers as CCF, are the latest co-operative to stock Tuffdip. Keith Gosney, CEO, has decided to offer his customers fenceposts pre-treated with Tuffdip.
The problem of quality control on chemically treated fence posts has become an endemic one and even well treated posts can be subject to premature failure. Tuffdip acts as a supplement to traditional tannelising and is an obvious physical barrier to moisture ingress and therefore rot.

If you are a local Cardiganshire, Pembrokeshire, Powys or Gwynedd farmer, contact your local branch and have a look at this simple, effective yet inexpensive solution.

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Super protection for super berries

05 September 2012

Tuffdip has been specified for new fencing on a series of Canadian berry farms who are growing the fashionable Haskap super-berry. Haskap berries (Lonicera caerulea) are also called blue honeysuckle, honeyberry, sweet berry honeysuckle, and edible honeysuckle and are a new and exciting fruit crop for Nova Scotia. Haskap juice has perhaps a 10 to 15 times more concentrated colour than cranberry juice and the berries are high in healthy anti-oxidants.

The growers specified Tuffdip to treat the timber thinnings from forest clearance which they are using to deer-fence the newly cultivated areas. The timber is untreated and with its inert qualities, Tuffdip has been found to be ideal for use near the sensitive young plants.

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Tuffdip farm walk

05 September 2012

Mr John Vanstone of North Eastcott Farm, Morwenstow, Bude in Cornwall kindly hosted a farm walk on Thursday 13th September at which he showed his new Tuffdip fence posts.
The walk (more of a drive in fact!) was well attended by about 60 local farmers including one who had even come down from Cumbria. We were able to explain the Tuffdip principle and the guests were polite enough not to throw Mrs Vanstone’s delicious pasties at us.
If you have tried Tuffdip and would like us to come and talk to your local farming friends, we will be delighted to attend. Thank you, Mr Vanstone.

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Tuffdip helps raise a glass

16 July 2012

Tuffdip has been selected by a new Gloucestershire vineyard to protect their vine supports from rot. Vines are highly valuable plants and can fruit for over seventy years. Tuffdip expects to be still supporting the vines when they reach maturity and are producing award winning grapes.

As a pure bitumen product, Tuffdip meets the most stringent European legislation in respect of leaching and is considered to be harmless to plants and aquatic life – a natural choice for the environmentally sensitive horticulturist.

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Tuffdip finds a new use on steel!

12 April 2012

T Nielsen Shipbuilders in Gloucester have chosen Tuffdip as the steel hull coating for their restoration of the world’s oldest working steam-powered bucket dredger.

SND No4 in dock

SND No4 was built in Holland in 1925 and was used on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal until 1981. It is now looked after by the Friends of the Gloucester Waterways Museum. It is in dry dock to have its hull inspected and repainted, and while there its boiler tubes will be replaced, thanks to financial assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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