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    Re: Robot Milking - (All)

    Hi Tim

    Yes I'm sure there have been many cases hence my post although I'm not sure how dairy regs etc would be with bait blocks scattered in the machines?
    Never really thought about it before...
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    Re: Robot Milking - (All)

    Just discovered that all of our robots are harbouring MICE and to make it worse, they have chosen the wiring looms as the ideal place to munch away quietly at stolen nuts ... and when they get bored...
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    Re: wholecrop spring beans

    Would very much doubt that beans would ensile for wholecrop as the stem goes woody before it would be ready to harvest but I might be wrong.
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    Re: Slurry store cost......

    Depends if you want to slat over it as the piers will add cost but there wont be much change from 70,000 (> probably) for that size tank (plus a charge for groundworks which can be anything...
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    Re: Agricultural planning permission?

    No, shouldn't do as it's not part of a "construction" per se but you need to be careful what they measure (& charge for).
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    Re: How do you reverse a heifer?

    Yes, well if we get tired of her antics, she'll be sausage :D :D
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    Re: How do you reverse a heifer?

    Finds a cubicle she fancies, goes slightly passed then reverses in so she can watch all the activity (even though all the cubicles are head to head). Not the end of the world I suppose but it looks...
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    Re: river crossing

    Probably wouldn't need Planning but definitely need to consult and agree works with EA as you will be interfering with banksides and potentially water course/flow.
    If it were me, I would go and...
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    Re: Agricultural planning permission?

    Both will need planning and it may be more advantageous in terms of cost to apply for them separately as the first 465 sq m is 80 and thereafter each 75 sq m is charged at an additional rate.
    Full...
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    How do you reverse a heifer?

    This is how she rolls ...... backs on to the cubicle and is as happy as Larry. Only downside is the next cow to use the space gets a face full. Any/all ideas of how to break this habit welcome.
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    Re: Dairy protests

    Seems that protesting has begun to work. Hearing Tesco are now offering a base price of 28ppl for cheese suppliers.

    Gradually the worm is turning. With the GDT up, maybe, just maybe, we've touched...
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    Re: Dairy protests

    More likely Insurance ........ our dairy is exploring allowing us to hedge some of our production at a fixed price over 2 years. As per in the USA
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    Re: Dairy protests

    Yes of course UK farmers can become full ARLA members. But my point was that the extra 10p promised by Morrisons & ASDA is to ARLA suppliers but as these are part of a broader European co-operative,...
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    Re: Dairy protests

    Ian Potter is having a chuckle too. Problem is that ARLA is a European Co-Op so the divvy will have to go to all its members.
    Good one NFU ..........
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    Re: What Future for family dairy farm ?

    The big farms get economies of scale of course and when times are good make very decent money. Remember too that the industry was being talked up over the last few years where the perceived wisdom...
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    Re: Dairy protests

    My bum's been squeaking for a long time now ........ and I supply milk to go in to Mozzarella & yet the price of pizza doesn't seem to have come down (& its the UK's No 1 takeaway foodstuff) so...
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    Re: Dairy protests

    Yes but my point was that Morrisons are intending to offer "Farmers milk" at an additional 10p alongside their discounted milk. I was wondering which will sell fastest .. and I am guessing that it is...
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    Re: Dairy protests

    Agree. It's going to be interesting to see if the Great British Public will actually put their money where their mouths are ... somehow I doubt it
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    Re: What Future for family dairy farm ?

    No doubt they did make very good money until recently .. and volume bonuses may offer some comfort now (though their costs are going to be much higher too).

    However, you do need to grow your...
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    Re: What Future for family dairy farm ?

    Okay. Let's say that the current losses are running at 3ppl (I imagine that the average break even price would be 24-25ppl & most are currently sitting on an average milk price of 22ppl).

    Now if I...
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    Re: Dairy protests

    If it wasn't for the FFA, we'd all be sitting on our hands doing nothing but moan as the NFU, FUW etc are pretty useless in organising action but great at hot air.

    As for your quota idea, there is...
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    Re: Dairy protests

    Whilst that is all true, I do think the general public are ignorant of how cheap food undermines all agricultural sectors and IF they want high welfare foodstuffs, they need to understand that they...
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    Re: What Future for family dairy farm ?

    Supermarkets are being very clever by saying that they are paying farmers a "fair price over the cost of production". Indeed they are ........... for the lucky ones on aligned contracts.
    This...
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    Re: Blue moon today.

    Also "National Orgasm Day" ............. I think a nice cup of tea will do though :lipsrsealed:
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    Re: What Future for family dairy farm ?

    http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2012/12/1/1354354734043/Cow-Pie-001.jpg


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