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

    Close to the Ardennes/Eifel
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    We have lynx and wolves. Lynx aren't a problem. Wolves completely different story. However in my context, wild boar bulldozering in and over electric fencing and spreading asf are a bigger problem and dogs off leash. When I kept geese, I used alpacas against foxes. Out of the 6 that I tried, 2...
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    Rumevite

    Made my own, check youtube/google for urea molasses mineral blocks. Bought 2000L of 35% protein molasses to mix up into block/lick buckets. Came down to about 1/3 -1/2 the price of rumevite depending on what you add (sal, minerals etc) to your block. I use it as a supplement on particularly poor...
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    beltex x texel onto mule ewes

    Exactly. Almost all dutch texels have a rattail. Since the Beltex is just a Dutch Texel exported out of Belgium is quite obvious. The English Texels over here have more wool on their tail. I agree with @neilo, one and the same breed. Old name for one of the extinct sheep used in the Texel is...
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    Would you take it? (40ha of payed grazing)

    I don't fear it will not work financially however I agree with everyones hesitation about breakouts 50 miles away. I'll check if excluding it from the deal and take the 4 other sites (total of 35ha) which are much closer (20miles max). Or investigate if haying that particular site is possible...
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    Would you take it? (40ha of payed grazing)

    However you can't spread any fert (manure or from a bag) it's not your average pp. (Dogs, dogwalkers, city folk etc) My concern as well however the 50 mile one is a permanently fenced cattle location. Although, permanent fencing can be cut....
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    Would you take it? (40ha of payed grazing)

    Some might already know or remember, people usually pay me to arrange grazing of their property. I currently graze/manage around 40 hectares under contract. All within 5 miles from our home farm, ten minutes by car. Grazing is done with sheep, cattle will have a role in the future. A client has...
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    Iceberg diseases like MV and Cla , is it time we need industry action ?

    I'm over in the Netherlands. New flock is certified mv free, however has been expensive to do so and mv is not the only health issue you face with sheep.
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    Iceberg diseases like MV and Cla , is it time we need industry action ?

    Sold my whole flock (140/150 ewes at that time) last year (no mv related problems). Wanted to be mv free without to much fuss. Buying new was quickest. Over here it would have cost me around €35-50 per ewe all cost included to have my own flock be tested twice, vet, samples to the lab, labour...
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    Coming Home For Lambing.

    Is the showering instead of dipping, works well?
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Really nice bit of kit, the bike. UBCO has a distributor over here in NL. Checked the pricing. €6500 incl vat. All kinds of tax reduction possible however you have to be making a profit to reduce taxes on profit. If I'd only have cattle (single wire fencing) and or an arable operation it would...
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    Syrup

    Have taken on some pretty poor grazing (with the idea of improving it over time). To keep gut function normal and keep the ewes and lambs condition/growth improving, have thought about experimenting with some urea syrup (32% proteine syrup). How do you feed it to your animals? It's just meant to...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Used about 100kg of feed grade oats per ha and broadcasted them with a fert spreader. If you drill them and use seed grade oats I'm sure you will be fine with 80kg. Hope you like it as much as we did!
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Over here when not using spray to kill the old pp or anything unwanted after seeding, we use oats in the mix. Grows so fast that it will outgrow weeds or the old pp. You graze it or mow it before it goes to seed, by then the new pasture you have sown together with the oats will take over. Have...
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