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  1. Becs

    Quick cocci question...

    Do I need to give a Baycox dose to the lambs in the orphan pen? I did the rest of the lambs today but I’m scratching my head about the orphans that haven’t yet set foot out onto grass. Thanks
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    How do I stop my new bull from hating me?

    Just bought a new bull, chosen partly because of a quiet, nice temperament. Unfortunately it became pretty clear that he wasn’t a well chap and in his first few days on the farm he’s had the vet out to him, resulting in antibiotic jab ( with us having to give him 2 more doses) and today he had...
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    Renting out a field for dog exercising......

    Having just finished indoor lambing alone and realising I’m getting too old/decrepit to carry on much longer, but needing another income to take over, I’m considering renting out a deer-fenced secure field by the hour to local dog walkers. If I graze a few sheep on it in between dogs, in order...
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    Cows suckling other cows

    Hi, looking for some advice please. Suckler herd that calved between January 1st to now (4 out of 30 still to calf). Cows and calves looking really well. Plenty of space in barn, good grub, no problems calving all happy except that whereas we normally have one or maybe two that suckle other...
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    Help at Lambing- the Good, the Bad and the Ugly!

    I've been reflecting on the various help I've had on the lambing shed over the years, both paid and voluntary, and am thinking that, with Covid, this year it's likely that I'll be flying solo this year. I've been blessed with some real troopers in past years, and a couple of duds. The Good ones...
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    Acorns - are they less poisonous when they turn brown?

    Hi, I don't have any fields on the farm that doesn't have a large amount of oak trees in it (to many to electric fence them off). I've previously lost cattle through acorn poisoning and have had to house the cattle in the past over the acorn-dropping period to avoid this. I've read up on the...
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    CTS - Anyone else unable to get onto website?

    HI, Trying to register some new calves but can't get onto the website - it's saying problems with the third party server (?). I know there were going to be a change of some sort on 1st April but, not being tech-savy, I'm not sure what it all means. Can anyone enlighten me or do I wait till...
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    Solway recycling lambing pens?

    Hi, Does anyone here use them and if so, how do you rate them? A friend has just bought some and I'm impressed with how light they are and how easy they'd be to keep clean. Currently I'm using hurdles that Grandfather made 40 odd years ago which have stood the test of time but are so awkward and...
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    Feeding suckler calves this winter - advice please?

    Hi, I'm looking for some advice on what to feed 5-7 month old CHX this winter. They are being suckled and plan to sell February time. We normally set up a creep area for them and put in the better hay/barley straw and around a kg of calf creep per head once a day. We only have 20 this year to...
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    Cattle and bi-folding doors?!?

    Bit of a strange one here! An old cottage overlooking one of our fields has been sold this year and, as seems to be the done thing nowadays, the new owners have extended it and put a big, bi-folding glass door that’s the full width of the extension so that they can fully appreciate the view...
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    Selenium for cattle?

    Hi, Following blood tests, some of our cattle are low in selenium (everything else ok) My husband thinks he can remember there being a product that you put in the water trough that releases selenium but I can't find anything more about it. Is there such a thing or would it be just boluses to...
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    What to charge?

    Hi, I had to move my suckler heard indoors for 4 days as a favour to a neighbour to enable him to carry out some cesspit work in his garden through our field. He agreed to pay the costs of me having to do this. Over the 4 days I used 3 big bales of straw for bedding, 4 round bales of good...
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    What did this lamb die of?

    Bought the lambs in for footbathing this afternoon. Noticed that one lamb was foaming round the mouth a little and and lagging behind. After turning them back out I went out a couple of hours later to check on him and he was dead. He was 4 weeks old, a good, solid lamb (approx 15-18kg and well...
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    Bateman V IAE Cattle Crush

    We need to replace our cattle crush. We only want something fairly basic but would like to be able to attach a head scoop. I'm looking at a IAE Saracen Suckler cattle crush. Any thoughts on this one or IAE crushes in general? Our last one was a Bateman. Don't want to go above 2K if possible.Thanks
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    Snotty nosed lamb

    Ive got a cad lamb, born first week in April, that's had a permanently snotty nose and just isn't doing well. She's had 2 courses of Betamox but not made any difference. I bought her back in from the field today as she looked pretty rough. Eating and drinking ok but I've got a feeling that I'm...
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    SFP / rented land

    Very basic question so please humor me! Who gets the SFP on rented land - the landlord or tenant? Thanks
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    Lamb muck colours - what do they mean?

    I'm curious about the variations in the colour/texture of my lambs' muck and what it indicates. Lamb 1 - now 10 days old and out in field but had contracted navel-disease. Treated with blue spray, metacam and Betamox. Is still not right but is feeding and improving. Noticed his muck was almost...
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    Looking for a working home for collie x Australian Cattle Dog

    Zig is a 2 year old bitch that we kept from our 'surprise' litter. Dad is a working sheepdog and mum is an Australian Cattle Dog. We just don't have enough work for Zig and she really wants to be out working long days and I feel she is living half a life here as we have other dogs we use also so...
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    A pint of custard from ewe's uterus?!

    Something I haven't come across before. Was lambing a ewe yesterday ( big single) and after it had delivered lamb as all the post birthing gunk was coming out, it suddenly appeared that a pint of custard was being poured out of her uterus! :yuck: It didn't smell and she cleared it up along with...
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    Turning ewes over- tips- getting old!

    Any useful tips to make life easier? I used to be able to catch a ewe and sit it down over no problem but each year the sheep seem to be getting heavier and more awkward (!) and now I really struggle, as does my husband. I've been having to kneel down and then pull the ewes 2 legs furthest away...
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