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    Re: Alternatives to Soya?

    wheat distillers , good protien feed, quite undegradable in the mid 30s , ring KW feeds
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    Re: sheep footbathing

    sprinkle straw on top the bath first time through , go through no trouble
  3. Thread: Dorset sheep

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    Re: Dorset sheep

    not sure you would get them early enough without sponges , some will but would need sorting over time (some pure dorsets dont lamb early either )
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    Re: Floor surface for new lambing shed

    here we use hardcore base topped off with 4" of small cleanish recycled crushed stone @ 5 tonne (may have been ex tarmac last time ) , which binds a bit and will drain , every few years scrape the...
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    Re: Next question which breed tup for gimmer lambs

    zwartbles society is going in different directions , northern boys , like the holstein type tall and long , the south friesian type (bit smaller but easier fleshed) , definitely keep some ewe lambs...
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    Re: Next question which breed tup for gimmer lambs

    zwartbles is a female producer much like the bfl as mentioned above , great milkers (and crosses) good mothers easy lambing , very hardy and fast growing , but best used with good conf rams ,
    On...
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    Re: Adding barley to lamb ration

    dont roll any cereal for sheep ever ! yes barley will feed ok , but it needs to introduced gradually in troughs ,dont just pour it in preferabally with some sbp or similar to start , or just add...
  8. Thread: advice on tups

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    Re: advice on tups

    Us charollais breeders give thanks to the mindset of many suffolk breeders who went for bone and big heads in the past 30 years , There are good ones out there but are hard to find, @skoda has i...
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    Re: Shouldn't milk replacer be getting cheaper?

    lamblac in MVF is about 40- 42 but there is always a 5 off 20kg voucher in the lambing leaflet up on the rack
    ;)
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    Re: Best value lamb wormer

    mole valley
    albex 10l is quite cheap @ 58 (white wormer group) and will do adult fluke at a dose and half if needed ,
    levicide (yellow group ) levamasole @ about 25 for 2.5 l .

    basic...
  11. Thread: Kangaroo Gait

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    Re: Kangaroo Gait

    could be genetic , had one very good shaped ram we bought , threw maybe 10% lambs like it ,definitely structural , all went down the road , never saw it before or since
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    Re: footvax for sheep

    yes half dose twice a year , for year or so, along with regular footbathing , any that still limp cull , will help you get on top of a problem , you shouldnt need it long term , assuming a closed...
  13. Thread: lamb scouring

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    Re: lamb scouring

    stop the meal , to much protein with that and young grass , put a hay bale out or feed some sbp
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    Re: cost per 'life'?

    Trouble is everyone has short memories , wish i was selling rams and ewes in april / may , confidence was high as it has been over the last few years .
    As i expect it will be early next year as well...
  15. Thread: red clover

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    Re: red clover

    I wasnt advocating using grass seed , just the clover seed to fill in the gaps with a tanker , the damp seed is washed into the base of sward , and you dont need much .
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    Re: red clover

    yes will work to a degree but will take a while to work properly ,or put it into a tanker with dirty water and spray on ,needs good management for a few years , once established we tend to graze...
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    Re: Caustic Soda treated grain and mycotoxins

    the caustic will kill all the bacteria present , but i think the mycotoxins are whats left when the bacteria die , so any on the grain from before treatment will still be poisonous . bigger beasts...
  18. Thread: Ram harnesses

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    Re: Ram harnesses

    Yes think the ped non chaff is the one , give them a ring first see if it has the red padding , the basic one doesn't have any .
  19. Thread: Ram harnesses

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    Re: Ram harnesses

    get the ones with the padding on the chest straps , next grade up , nylon can be quite cutty on some rams ,
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    Re: sheep footbathing

    just a damn good squirt :) , a couple of washing machine tablets are as good , just something to break the surface tension and go through the natural oils , (the zinc can stay in the bath for next...
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    Re: sheep footbathing

    another for zinc sulphate , with washing up liquid ,and we only walk them through it , bit stronger mix , works ok ,
    someone told me this week , the licence for formalin was being withdrawn for...
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    Re: loose bales in emmerdale.

    said to wife only this morning while she was watching it , most farmers unlike the actor wouldnt refer to machine as "HAY baler "only , "the baler"
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    Re: Rumevite High Energy and Protein lick block

    blocks are a waste of time , to soft ,does a similar and more expensive job to nuts , you need something like crystalix HE which can only be licked , and will aid rumen bugs to breakdown fibre in...
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    Re: Best crop to fatten lambs?

    i would keep an eye on the weather bound to revert back to showery before long and go with this idea , along with couple of varieties of white clover , large cutting types and smaller grazing types ,...
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    Re: Missing lamb, how do i report it

    But a seperate Scotland wont be part of the EU untill its accepted as a lone identity maybe a few years down the line ,after proving its financial stability , similar to eastern euro countries at...
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