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    wholecrop spring beans

    Been making alkalage using wholecrop wheat for a few years, not too happy with keeping quality of it this year & don't think it is worth the money for the extra protein it provides. Considering...
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    New slurry lagoon

    We are looking at digging a new lagoon for pig & cow slurry, we are on heavy clay, do we still need to line it, do I need pp & do I need to inform the EA? (Capacity will be approx 250000 gallons).
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    Re: MY COWS ARE HORRIBLE

    Done my first milking tonight after a week holiday and my cows were horrible too, but I reckon it is definitely the flies. There were a lot before but they are really biting now. I recommend sticky...
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    Re: Group calf hutches

    Looked at the calf o tel ones on website & got a price (almost twice the price of jfc & a third dearer than teemore !) Going to have a look at some on farm tommorrow. What age do those of you with...
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    Group calf hutches

    Went to livestock event last week to look at group calf hutches. Saw four different types and narrowed it down to the teemore or the jfc one. Teemore is bigger (6 calves) with opening back doors and...
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    salt for grazing ground

    Does anybody use salt to improve pallatability for grazing ground which cows have been on all year & how much? Or would I be better buying a nitrogen/sodium fertiliser & again how much per acre?
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    cross breeding bulls

    Looking for a new sweeper bull for crossbreeding on my holstien fresians, to improve longevity, legs & feet & generally a stronger cow. Previously used a montbeliarde but not yet milking any & don't...
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    Re: Cost saving by grazing

    [QUOTE=davidroberts30;228696]all the labour and extra work whilst they are in,bedding,silage[/QU

    I was at a farm walk recently by some new zealanders who reckoned 2/day /cow could be saved by...
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    Which breed of bull?

    Been using a montbeliarde bull for 2 years, as a sweeper on holstein fresian heifers with the intention of milking the progeny, bull now gone. I don't want to buy another monty until I have started...
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    Re: Too early for 1st cut fertiliser?

    Still too wet to travel with fert here in lancashire, too early yet I reckon. we could get 3 weeks of cold wet nasty weather yet which will wash all that expensive stuff down the drain! I usually go...
  11. Thread: Ffis grants

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    Re: Ffis grants

    Cheers, I have just called the helpline & he said they are not on the eligible list unfortunately, so I may look for some second hand ones to try keep costs down.
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    Ffis grants

    Does anyone know if calf hutches are available for grant funding on the latest round of ffis grants? I have read the online handbook but they don't get a mention as being either eligible or not?
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    Re: Polar vortex and cattle

    Ha! no but I think even he'll prefer it the alternative of flooding the canal with the dirty stuff!
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    Re: Polar vortex and cattle

    Good could do with a frost to get on land to empty slurry store, all this rain fills it up too quickly! no more than -5 though.
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    Re: Livestock numbers to earn a living

    Well you'll need to make enough to pay some casual help if you want the two weeks hols per year! Time off/hols more important than cash in the bank sometimes!
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    Slippy milking parlour floors

    My milking parlour now in its 15th year and the flooring is getting very slippy to the point were at least five cows have a stumble each milking :mad:.
    Shall I just groove the concrete or go for...
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    Re: Minor herd expansion with Robot

    Sounds like your over complicating your system, with a parlour you are tied to milking cows twice a day, but once you have finished, all done & you can have your tea/ go out knowing job done. With a...
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    Re: static caravans for farm staff

    Thanks, think I'll tuck it into a straw barn, be nice & cosy in there & if anyone asks then it's only temporary ( I like the idea of sewer pipe into sla
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    Re: static caravans for farm staff

    My last worker said 20 mins too far to travel, so if they're on farm they can't use that excuse eh! I lived in caravan in my younger days on farm & the gas fire didn't even work!
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    static caravans for farm staff

    Currently looking for a new farm worker, all the good ones who have contacted us seem to liive far away and need accomodation. We don't have any but our neighbour has a static caravan for sale. Just...
  21. Thread: montbeliardes

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    Re: montbeliardes

    Our montys are out of a stockbull I bought a couple of years ago, not used any AI yet but may well do if this batch do well. I chose a monty stock bull partly due to his good temperament. We won't...
  22. Thread: montbeliardes

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    Re: montbeliardes

    oh dear, we have 50 heifers in the pipeline. Think I'll shove a bull in with them and hope for the best.
  23. Thread: montbeliardes

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    montbeliardes

    We have just got our first montbeliarde x holstein fresians to 16 months of age in good conditiion and ready to serve, no bulling activity as yet. The vet scanned them & said the ovaries are still...
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