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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Question for the assembled company v Just reading my ag textbook, from 1979, and it said this: The stocking rate they're talking about is the average stock equivalents per hectare of grass on the farm, rather than the stocking density (no. of animals per ha on a particular patch on a particular...
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    Installing overhead cable

    An electrician mate of mine gave me a pack of stainless cable ties a while back. He says they're used more and more nowadays on heat pump/solar installations that have a lot of cabling outdoors. https://www.cef.co.uk/catalogue/categories/cable-ties-stainless-steel-cable-ties
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    Today at work

    Let me guess; you only popped in for a box of grease cartridges and a draw bar pin? :ROFLMAO:;) Nice tractor. Blue and silver looks smart. Light bar looks like it'll throw a lot of light. (y)
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    Storm ciara

    All pig huts present and correct here in Wilts. Managed to pick today to run out of diesel though - an hour's downtime I didn't need!
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    Red tractor rat poison question

    No, you (we) need to know what they are. Most inspectors only want to see something plausible in the box, and would stop looking at this point. If pressed during the inspection, our verbal answer would run something like this: Our LA does not require us to dispose of them in a particular way...
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    Red tractor rat poison question

    Have you considered reading the standard? The answers are all in there. Finding the right paragraph in the pig standard took me 20 seconds. When I look on our bait bucket, the label will say "in line with local authority requirements". Your bait manufacturer may be different.
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    Red tractor rat poison question

    "In line with local authority requirements", innit?
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    Today at work

    Amen to that! It's the third time we've had a bearing go on that trailer since Christmas. Have some new stub axles to go on, but with so much stuff breaking, and so many things getting stuck, welding the new axles has never made it to the top of the to-do list. Welding up the crack on the...
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    Today at work

    Smart looking bunch. Nice even size. (y)(y) We had a bit of a nightmare weaning day today. One of the sows broke off from the group and went walkies in the fog. I got her in the trailer, but she hopped out to go for more walkies. Then I got stuck in the RTV with a couple of first parity sows...
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    Work wear/boots

    I have Engelbert Strauss Alrakis as my summer boot. Rate them highly. Only two minor issues: 1, the laces they come with are really long, sorted with a hot knife; 2, the front of the sole seems to stick out further than it should, so I catch it on the pig fences (shin height) more frequently...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    I want my farm to look like that.
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    Suspended from Red Tractor

    Grape vine says this whole unannounced inspection thing is being challenged on that basis. It's clearly impractical to oblige a sole trader with no employees to either be available to receive a spot inspection 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, or to provide three phone numbers to be contacted at...
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    Best grassland improvement implement

    Helped one of the lads fix a broken wire today, just by the lead out cable from the energiser. Caught a couple of belts at 6.9kV while standing in wet mud. Fairly sure I now have a hole in the sole of both boots.
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    Best grassland improvement implement

    Puroforts are better than Noras in this regard. Something to do with the type of plastic they make em of. Standing on one foot also helps (and helps more people think you've lost the plot completely, as if touching a live fence wasn't enough...).
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    I thought mooli was the flash culinary term? Either way, great as a component of kimchi.

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