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  1. Thread: RAF

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    Re: RAF

    Lots of activity round here too esp at night
  2. Thread: Sexed semen

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    Re: Sexed semen

    Less semen per straw so don't try any daft tricks like splitting straws or loading more than one gun and sticking them down your back to do several at once. Treat it like gold dust.
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    Re: mapping the spread of bTB

    Well it's correct and up to date for our area
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    Re: Red Tractor Dairy & Minor Beef Assurance

    As primarily dairy farmers, we paid about 40 for what sounds like the 'minor beef' - covering cull cows, baby calves and up to I think 10 fat animals. Our stickers just say beef not minor beef and...
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    Re: how to fix nitrogen in pasture?

    Glad you are reading RB209, the only thing that stops N leaching over winter (and worse in a high rainfall area) other than dry or very frosty weather is a growing crop taking the nitrate up out of...
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    Re: Hope they have a movement licence.....

    Cleansing and disinfection could be interesting
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    Re: calf comming backwards calving

    +1
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    Re: Drying Off Tubes

    Cepravin here too, on vet's advice. Did discuss only tubing high SCC cows at last review but as historically we had quite a high cell count problem then he said not yet. We average 63 days dry....
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    Re: Tighten those belts further!! FM another 1.6p

    +1
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    Re: muck speading charges

    We paid 114/hr for 2 drivers /tractors /rear discharge spreaders and including loader. No extra diesel and they have about 3/4 hr each way to get to us.
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    Re: Soil erosion the next big issue

    There's a big new section on soils in cross compliance. River bank erosion is going to be a big issue - we've got over 2km of it and it floods out so sheep fencing would just go flat...
  12. Thread: vat

    by Joules
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    Re: vat

    Agree. Once you are VAT registered you need to raise a VAT invoice. It will be no skin off the nose of the estates or farms as they are VAT registered anyway and can claim it back. Make sure you keep...
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    Re: Slurry storage/handling advice

    We have a weeping wall system from 1990 and originally 1 set of settlement tanks and a lagoon for the liquid and the dirty water. Obviously this liquid classes as slurry under NVZ regs. So 3 yrs ago...
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    Re: Feeding Dairy Heifer calves

    That's the key - accelerated performance. Many of our Holsteins are weaned at 110kg at 6 weeks after ad lib warm milk powder from a machine, reduced access last week and they get cake from week 1,...
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    Re: Best treatment for high scc

    As others have said, get a sample tested so you know what you are dealing with and take vet advice. If an otherwise good cow, may advise killing the quarter (as opposed to drying it off). Has worked...
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    Re: Level Crossing Closures, East Coast mainline

    surely CLA/.NFU etc will assist in a common negotiating angle?
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    Re: Breeding yearling heifers

    Yup I'd second that. And you want to see 3 definite cycles before you serve her for max fertility - shows everything is up and running!
  18. Thread: Anglia farmers

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    Re: Anglia farmers

    Make sure you are making your feelings known to AF we gave them what for at the Livestock Event. However, we were also told that there were no members who had not renewed.
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    Re: Fly control in calf house

    I'd second that. They also need to get warm so if you can site them in a sunny spot they are more effective.
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    Re: Your views on RSPCA

    Good call. Cows DEFINITELY the most persecuted animals.
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    Re: Using light to manage weed seed germination

    Yes this wasn't only organic. I was working as a harvest student often night power harrowing, someone else drilling behind me. Boss swore that there was less weed germination on the fields that had...
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    Re: The future of a family farm

    We are sort of in a similar situation but smaller herd (70) and only one generation (50's) but a large acreage (300) some woolly maggots which lose money (Don't ask)... . In recent years we have...
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    Re: salt for grazing ground

    Clive. not Clyde. Bless him, he was barely older than us students when he taught me in 1986!
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    Re: growing ryegrass

    What is your annual rainfall? I suspect that on your lighter land in a dryish summer then ryegrass may not do very well no matter how much N you throw at it. Posters from the lands of milk and honey...
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    Re: Lincolnshire Show.

    Went last year for first time in about 12 yrs, disappointing. Livestock Event or Grass and Muck the only one I really go to now for farming interest, plus Burghley Horse Trials for craft stands /...
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