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  1. SteveHants

    Let's Just Plant Loads of Trees Shall We? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    Planting huge numbers of trees to mitigate climate change is “not always the best strategy” – with some experimental sites in Scotland failing to increase carbon stocks, a new study has found. Experts at the University of Stirling and the James Hutton Institute analysed four locations in...
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    Vive Les Paysannes! - France Passes "Sensory Heritage" Law to protect the sounds (and presumably, smells) of the countryside.... I've seen notices on the way into French villages explaining that the country has noises and smells etc.... Now it's gone one step further....(y)
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    Tell me about ferrets...

    Righto, So, the nipper (12) wants some ferrets and I, being a single dad (and soft touch) have given tentative assent to getting some. However, I don't like the thought of them being idle when she isn't here, and also like getting her out into the countryside, so am thinking of buying some nets...
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    Churchill and the current racism storm

    [Moderator note: large amount of content moved off Rashford dairy promotion thread about Churchill on to separate politics thread] Churchill (and his statue) Has been "controversial" since 1910 (Tonypandy), 1919 (Glasgow) and from at least 1920 in Ireland. I find this Churchill fetishization...
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    Sheep & Cattle Health and Welfare Day - Harper Adams 9/1/20

    Did anyone here go to that? What were your thoughts? I thought there were a couple of "elephants in the room", one of which was definitely genetics...…. I was, however, very pleased at the time spent on sheep things - everyone loves cattle and sheep don't normally get a look in.
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    MAF sensor cleaning

    I seem to have a powertrain fault on my Volvo V60, which diagnostics has suggested is a dirty MAF sensor. Has anyone gone about cleaning them themselves? How did it go?
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    Wanted: House to Rent (Gloucs area)

    Bit of a long shot this but: I have just taken up a job lecturing on Ag Sci degrees at Hartpury and am looking for somewhere to live within about 1/2 hours drive - I have checked all the usual outlets. Looking for: 2 bed small house (or similar) preferably in the country, I have a daughter...
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    Indoor Lambing Flock?

    If you had to have an indoor lambing flock, what breed would you choose and why? Would you pen them individually or have some sort of system whereby they could still roam and were lambed in batches? Bear in mind that I'm not a massive fan of mules, but I'm willing to have my mind changed. This...
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    SufTex Ram For Sale

    Three shear. Out of Peter Baber stock. Has been put to outdoor lambing Exlana ewes to produce market lambs. £200. Pics to follow.
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    Charollais Ram For Sale

    Three shear - Does everything he's supposed to do. All of his offspring have been born out of doors with no difficulty. Never been fed anything but grass. £200. Pics to follow.
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    Exlana Ram For Sale

    Proven Exlana Ram, 3 Yr old. Does everything he's supposed to. £200. Also have a couple of woolshedding teasers for meat price plus a tenner.
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    Char x and SufTex x Exlana Ewes For Sale

    These are either Charrolais or Suftex X Easycare ewes that I'd been breeding from because I had more grass available than I could breed replacement ewes. None shed, except around the wool line. There are a few shearlings that have never lambed, but the two tooths and older have all lambed...
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    Ram Lambs as Stores

    Due to a cock-up with teasers last year (basically I hadn't realised it would take them so long to become infertile after their vasectomy) I had a rather spread out lambing this year with a number being born middle May. I am now running out of grass and am going to put all the females in as...
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    Stocking Rate on Winter Turnips

    I have just been offered about 60ac of turnips. However, to do with whatever scheme the landowner is in, they can't be fertilised, so apparently they won't have much top to them. How many sheep do you think I could put on them? I imagine the sheep could be up there for a few months max. They...