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    Virtual fencing

    And should keep virtually all of the animals in for virtually all of the time...
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    Virtual fencing

    It’s for cattle grazing common land
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    Virtual fencing

    Anyone trialled this or heard of someone who has? I’m involved in a project where it could be useful and would like to see it in action first. Thanks
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    Hot wiring farm

    I’ll have a run of HT along at least one hedgerow or boundary of every field, linked up with lead-out cable between fields (because most cross a public footpath, bridleway etc). I then come off the HT with poly wire to form my daily cells (I’m mob grazing so move cattle To fresh grazing every...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Yes compaction, bare soil, poaching etc in my experience. They appear around water troughs, gateways and if - like us - you try bale grazing in a wet autumn and poach a ring round each bale, they will grow there for a number of years (as evidenced on Google World history search which clearly...
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    Hot wiring farm

    I’ve just taken on a block of land and have hot-wired the whole area. Approx 5km of HT wire and about the same of poly wire used, plus most of the 250m-roll of lead-our cable (taken through road underpasses, dug under hardcore-covered green lanes, under lots of footpaths etc etc!) My earth is...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    You’re spot on. Thistles (and weeds in general) aren’t a problem. They are a symptom of a problem. They’re nature’s way of trying to heal something you’ve done to damage the environment. Poaching, over-grazing, too much N, etc etc. If we can learn to read the signs then we can start to make...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Ah...... One solution I wouldn’t recommend is to spend nearly £2k on a herbal ley mix, spend three days In early April scratching the surface of the old sward, broadcasting and rolling the seed in, allowing it to sit baking in/on bone-dry soil for three weeks, then get a solitary wet day which...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    It’s a physical space - an air gap - between the water pipe coming in and the maximum level of the water in the trough (or other vessel) being filled. That way, if there’s ever a negative pressure in the supply, it draws in air and not contaminated water (which could then contaminate the whole...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Kiwitech micro troughs and an umbilical. Much of the land was unfenced and had no water supply when I took it on. I’ve moled in a mile of water pipe with risers every 100 yards. I’m pumping water out of the river - hence being able to use the Micro troughs (they’re illegal for connection to the...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Look up Hugelkultur, the ultimate raised beds, as far as I can tell I think you’re way too cheap with your egg prices, @martian. I’ve got some eggs hatching and my plan in a few months, when they start laying, is to sell for 85p per egg, £5 per half dozen, £9 per dozen. With a good story...
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    Jaime Elizondo

    Really interesting person with a great background story. However, given that he’s from such a different climate to us, much of what he has to say - about forage type and cattle breeds etc - aren’t really relevant here in the UK. That’s not to say the principles behind what he’s doing aren’t...
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    A summer cover with the aim to graze

    Although I did watch some of my cattle hoovering up dandelions today when moved to fresh ground, in preference to everything else. They will also strip a dock bare of its leaves, and delicately nibble the tips of creeping thistles
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    Pumping river water

    Naturally the best laid plans etc etc...... the 32mm pipe wouldn’t fit through the home-made mole plough/pipe layer I’d borrowed (despite being assured it would, before I bought the pipe!!) I now have some 25mm on order and am sitting, twiddling my thumbs in hot sunlight (and posting on here)...
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    Pumping river water

    Collected my pump and pressure vessel from Trevor yesterday - what a lovely chap. Thank you very much for the recommendation. Laying 1,500m of 32mm today and tomorrow to get water to all the fields. V exciting!

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