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    fodder beet for ewes and lambs

    We split the singles away from the the twin and triplets and only they get the fodder beet. sprinkle half a bucket of beet on the grass and ewe help themselves as required. If we have plenty of fresh new grown grass they dont tend to touch the beet but if grass is delayed then the top up on the...
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    fodder beet for ewes and lambs

    Hi all. This may be a stupid question but if you don't ask.......! We have a small but expanding lleyn ewe flock. For several years we have bought in fodder beet to feed ad-lib to the ewes 4/5 weeks before lambing to coincide with max lamb growth. We have also grown stubble turnips of...
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    Bracken for bedding

    Where about is this photo. We have just climbed up pen y drug which looks a bit like your photo.
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    Bracken for bedding

    We tend to rotate cattle throw this grazing. So first summer they are go to this grazing and second summer they go down to the water meadows to fatten so I suppose they get there exposure in year one.
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    Bracken for bedding

    Should have read every 4 weeks.
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    Bracken for bedding

    We treated for red water three years ago when we took on some more summer grazing and know the previous graizer who lost a couple of yearlings to it. Had a change of vet and he said he wasn't convinced about it so we just treat cattle with spot-on every 4 years. We have not had any cases. So...
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    Bracken for bedding

    What you suggest is that local stock pick up a level of immunity to red water? We have a similar problem down on the mendips where Cu is a problem for brought on stock.
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    Bracken for bedding

    The common we walked on had several skylarks, a few swallows and a couple of red kite about but I didn't see any yellowhammer's. When walking about unlike your common there seemed to be at least 6 mark's on the different ewes. What did surprise us was the Heinz variety of breed from what look...
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    Bracken for bedding

    There seems to be a difference of opinion about its usefulness against its cancerous spores. I assume that common land is owned by the crown and the commoners have the right to graze it with a set number of LU each. What is the environmental benefit to the crown/the public for the "fern" that...
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    Bracken for bedding

    We will be going past the common on our way to the walk we plan to do tomorrow. I will see if any was done tonight.
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    Bracken for bedding

    Y fan wen. Ignore last post as just read yours
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    Bracken for bedding

    No bracken on my wiltshire boys ground just thistles. Ahhhhhhhh😃. Pistonbroke. With the weather as it is, is it just other work taking priority or am I missing something as the crop was dry even on the think stems as far as I could feel but not being baled. How well does I sock up liquid and...
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    Bracken for bedding

    I was not looking to do it my self I was just interested in the process because of the weather at present and could see no activity in rowing up or baleing. Being a traditional mixed farm I have all the bedding straw I need and a use for any failed malting barley for the beef cattle. The ewes...
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    Bracken for bedding

    Just read article. Genius. What a great idea. Just a shame the wool is not being use for carpets, insulation etc where we can also reduce carbon footprint and use less oil.
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    Bracken for bedding

    I that case I don't suppose it matters if it is too dry.
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