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  1. Re: Brian May interested in buying Somerset Estate

    As long as he keeps cattle as well and then we will see....
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    Re: Farm ready pushchairs.

    We had a Mountain Buggy for our four - superb bit of kit, pneumatic, three wheeled buggy, would go anywhere - things have moved on since then - there may be other makes available that are better?
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    Re: grant applications

    Goes to show how popular direct funding is. Just need to broaden their horizons on some items. But what a difference a relatively small grant can make to farming tasks.
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    Re: Shakenhurst Estate

    Good luck to them - opportunities like that are rare - they must have been through difficult times with dealing with compulsory purchase and now they have a brilliant opportunity - the world really...
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    Re: help needed with landlord!

    get in touch with tenant farmers association
  6. Thread: Geep

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    Re: Geep

    I reckon it was an April Fool - too woolly and as you say, more 'native' breed
  7. Thread: Geep

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    Re: Geep

    What exactly makes anyone think it is got by a goat? Looks like crossed up or throwback, but all sheep - maybe I am missing something?
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    Re: tagging lambs

    I found this useful guide:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/191538/sheep-tag-rules101217.pdf
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    Re: Most satisfing job on the farm.

    That really is the loveliest thing to hear - What a lucky family
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    Re: Most satisfing job on the farm.

    At the moment it is leaving the lambing shed with all the sheep quiet inside - all fed, no lambs hungry, no sheep thinking about lambing - just a quiet shed for an hour or so!
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    Re: Lambing Live 2014

    For your paper - I consider there is a necessity for larger ears in sheep to carry the tags effectively. I also consider the larger ears, as in the Border Leicester have a much improved surround...
  12. Thread: Entitlements

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    Re: Entitlements

    I can only say what I have done in England. I had to have the same number and type of entitlements as to land - I transferred the whole parcel area, rather than the eligible area.
    I hope someone...
  13. Thread: B.V.D.

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    Re: B.V.D.

    I am in favour of BVD eradication, BUT - if we could guarantee that we only had to lose cows or young stock by selection for PI, combine with bTB losses and the plan to get rid of PI's becomes...
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    Re: tb in new forest

    There are other areas of common land with cattle grazing. With the recent Defra consultation presently being mulled over, it is hoped by some that we can continue to graze the common land and that...
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    Re: Starting a new food production venture.

    I would cross mushroom growing off your list, unless you grow the exotic types. As a manager of a mushroom farm - many years ago, the trouble was always disease and the technology needed to control...
  16. Re: Confused about AG apprenticeships and collages

    There are lots of different courses out there, why not look at NVQ
    http://www.cityandguilds.com/courses-and-qualifications/land-based-services/agriculture/0066-workbased-agriculture
    See if you can...
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    Re: Tagging sheep

    I reckon a night in the warmth of the house will dry them out and solve your problems. Gone are the days when tags can be kept outside in the shed.
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    Re: Lamb Adoption

    I met a very wise Welsh man last week and he had the following tips on lamb adoption:

    Collect fluid from several ewes - have a bucket for the job, ready in anticipation
    Use salt on the lambs -...
  19. Thread: Bloated ewe

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    Re: Bloated ewe

    yes, I think we have done several things at different times - a bicarb drench, I think we may even have made a hole in the side (left) with a calcium (thick) needle and release the pressure.
    Do...
  20. Thread: Council farm

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    Re: Council farm

    A friend went for one, they were exceedingly keen on the diversification factor and what else the applicant would bring to the business as other sources of income.
  21. Thread: EID

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    Re: EID

    Don't forget there is another round of FFIS starting 4th April I think - EID systems used to be on it. I also think the minimum spend is reduced on this round, but don't quote me on that.
    i also...
  22. Thread: EID

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    Re: EID

    here is a link to the lambs and chicory and their faecal egg counts - how interesting - well I sadly think so!...
  23. Thread: EID

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    Re: EID

    I think EID is brilliant - we can record the sire, the lambs date of birth, days to slaughter, seeing which ram performs better, make notes on productivity and health, record treatments with ease and...
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    Re: Ewes not bagging up.

    Did the scanner give any indication as to how far on they were? Some young ewes/breeds do not bag up a huge amount - what breed? are they young ewes or a ram lamb? Have you handled the ewes - are...
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    Re: What is known to 'mess up' TB tests

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    The problem with keeping inconclusives is that you don't know the hour or the day when they'll leave you down and allowing for the possibility of animals becoming 'anergic'...
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