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  1. sheepdogtrail

    Canary seed (Phalaris canariensis) straw ?

    Certainly it has the possibility of working on your immune system. For me, personally, it does not affect me at all, my sheep will eat it and my dogs have no ill effect from it. I have a friend, who is allergic to it. But he is also allergic to other grasses and wool. He knows now that he...
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    Canary seed (Phalaris canariensis) straw ?

    It will certainly maintain condition on animals who are mature in body frame size. Give your sheep a bale and see if they will eat it.
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    Canary seed (Phalaris canariensis) straw ?

    It will wrap around their feet and it is not the best feed. Sheep need to get use to it's taste. It is a high alkaloid plant. Hopefully, you landlord is harvesting the seed from a newer variety which should have lower alkaloid levels. We consider it a weed as it is poor forage for lactation...
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    How to value a tractor?

    If your used tractor market is anything like it is now in North America, you could get close to what you paid for it. Recently, 20 y/o, well maintained, low hours, JD fetched more on the auction then it cost brand new...
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    Best break crop for busting compaction

    @crashbox. A few pictures of the surface and one closer up picture showing the contents of a spade removed from the soil would help a lot here.
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    Best break crop for busting compaction

    There are different types of radishes. Driller radishes are suppose to grow downward with there spike shaped end. Only about a inch or 2 of the root at maturity will be sticking up if the soil is not overly compacted leaving 12" + below the surface.
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    Best break crop for busting compaction

    How much force is required to push a small shovel in? I have tried drilling radishes on ground that was too compacted. They germinated, grew and at some point started growing upwards instead of downwards into the pan. If they did anything at all, they improved the soil structure only in the...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    PowerPosts™ - I get them here in the US. But I think they are made either in Germany or Poland. I have hundreds of them and they stay up or are at least exposed to the elements year round. My oldest ones are about 18 years old now. They will bend 90 degrees before they snap and will return to...
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    Charolais ram to a texel mule

    Nice looking lambs and hoggs.
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    Charolais ram to a texel mule

    Just curious why you picked the ram that you did as compared to his cohorts. Let us know if you want to.
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    Charolais ram to a texel mule

    I would say on paper it is a great cross. I would do the same if we had Charolais genetics here in the US. The actual performance you get from that cross is dependent on a lot of factors. How localized they are to your system and how healthy the stock is and can remain so in your production...
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    Grazing clover

    Well you tried. Once mature it is a very bulky crop. To me, that is a big plus in a organic system. But yeah, it is classified as a annual and I would agree with low persistence due to its hard seed. We are wet here with 65" of rain per annual with a few weeks of flooding each winter. It works...
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    Grazing clover

    Balansa spends it first few weeks establishing its root mass before it pops out of the ground and goes wild. I add no more than 2 lbs to the acre of some fast growing grass to give it a companion. Really the best time to plant Balansa is now for May to June grazing. It will survive the winter...
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    Tractor servicing costs

    In the US: You just need to keep your receipts that have the item # or part # listed. Of course those things need to be the right spec for job performed. It seems to me that the manufacturer would have a difficult time of wiggling out of that. Of course they are going to try. That is what they...
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    Loosing texel ewe lambs

    Yes. Haemonchus. Also known as the Barber Pole Worm. Haemonchus contortus is not biased toward a certain age. They are very happy to infect new born lambs.
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    Loosing texel ewe lambs

    With losing 4 in a weekend I would suspect the following in this order. 1. Some toxin. 2. Sheep Worrying. Harassment will take them out if it goes unchecked. 3. Parasites. HC in particular. HC will go into overdrive at the first sign of ill thrift in the host. Sudden loses by Pasterurella...
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    Grazing clover

    Looks good Neil. My only suggestion is to think about how you could strip graze it next time. But it looks like perfect lamb finishing feed to me.
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    Grazing clover

    I would only worry about the white/red clover if the lambs are clover naive. Other than that, those stores are going to be very content. If possible strip graze it for the farmer who is letting you take that awesome feed. It will make his replanting much easier and cheaper.
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    Herbal leys for dairy cattle grazing

    Some info on chicory. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5745685/ In general, for dairy, you would want to try find a variety that produces lower lactones. It has been about 10 years since I looked into this, but a variety that is based off of Choice or Puna genetics would be a...
  20. sheepdogtrail

    Iso bus problem

    Well it sounds like it is on the baler side. Does the brains of the baler have a fuse that could have popped? Any chance you can try a replacement cable. Good luck.
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