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  1. Andyt880

    Kiwitech fencing PAC

    Anyone using one of these? Thinking about something to make fencing winter runs a bit easier. Currently just using geared reels. 2 strands is plenty for my ewes in winter but sometimes put out 3 for ewes with young lambs if there’s no hedge behind the fence. If I buy a 3 reel system can I just...
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    What to do with potatoes to leave them ready for harvesting

    We have 2 acres of main crop Maris pipers and a few drills of pinks which we will be hoping to harvest towards the end of the month. In terms of the size and crop we are happy with where they are at now. Tops are still very green and we would like to take the tops off soon and let the skins set...
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    Advice for someone thinking of getting a working collie for the first time

    Just wondering what advice people would give me on getting a working sheepdog for the first time. I have never worked a dog before but sheep numbers are increasing and could be doing with something to make things a bit easier. Running a paddock system so would only ever be gathering sheep of 3...
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    MF 40 digger slew motor

    Would anyone have a workshop manual/ parts book for an MF 40 that shows an exploded diagram of the slew motor? Back hoe will slew but doesn’t stop when you let go of the leaver or digging on a slope, it just falls on round. Presumably it needs seals in the slew motor. Would like a diagram before...
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    Sheep poisoned by bracken?

    I’ve lost 3 ewes in the last 10 days. All with identical symptoms. They go blind all of a sudden and walk into the hedges and get stuck. Few hours later go off the legs and go into fits and constantly shacking, they just gradually deteriorate after this. The first one I just put it down to a...
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    How long between applying forefront and topping?

    As per the title, how long do I need to wait after spraying weeds with forefront until I can top the paddock off clean? I don’t want to cut the weed off before the spray has made it to the root. Mainly thistles I’m spraying for.
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    DD turnips into permanent pasture without glyphosate

    I am thinking of getting 4 acres of old grass land Direct drilled with turnips after second cut silage. Winters are wet here and land wouldn’t be the lightest but this would be one of my driest fields in winter. Never grazed a forage crop over winter here before. I am wondering would I get...
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    Dosing lambs for nematodirus and coccidiosis at the same time??

    What are the thoughts on giving the 2 doses at the same time? I will be doing them with their first heptavac as well. To much all at once? Cocci does is a preventative measure. Had a bad touch of it last year in lambs
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    Keeping an ibc clean when used as a water tank

    I use an ibc for watering sheep in one place and I fill it once a week. I have a white one and a black one. The black is great for staying clean but with the light getting into the white one it goes green in days. Anything I can add every time I fill it to help keep the water fresh and the tank...
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    Gallagher MB150 or Hotline Raptor 170

    Anyone using a Gallagher MB 150 or MB 300 fencer? Comparing the MB150 to a hotline raptor 170. It’s looking like the Gallagher is slightly cheaper. Or could go for the MB 300 which is more than the raptor but it would have a bigger output. Have a Hotline raptor 170 already which isn’t a bad...
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    Tarrup KD824 and silage bales

    I’m feeding bale silage to ewes on wire mesh slats for approx 4 months if the winter. Bales are chopped in the baler but I’d like to chop them more at feeding. Does anyone know if something like the tarrup KD824 will handle silage? Would only be doing 3 to 5 bales a week so can’t justify...
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    Feeding Potatoes to lambs

    I have plenty of stock feed potatoes at the minute and I have also recently housed the tail end of my ram lambs for finishing. Are there any issues with feeding waste potatoes to lambs or sheep in general? They will still be on add lib meal but was thinking of just firing some up along the feed...
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    Is this blight on my potatoes?

    New to growing potatoes here. We noticed a few plants with black stalks and black on the leaves tonight. Is this blight? They are British Queens and are ready to dig. They were sprayed with Infneto 48hrs before these photos were taken. Spoke to the spray supplier over the phone and he thought it...
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    Super faun potato harvester

    We have just bought a super faun potato harvester ( haven’t got it home yet so don’t even have a photo to post) It seems to have been well looked after and always dry stored by a small scale grower who would have been an owner operator set up. It’s had new bearings in the gear box and looks to...
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    Click or crovect??

    I winter shear my ewes around Christmas and so don’t shear now at this time of year. My ewes would have at least an inch of fleece on them now (some might have more). I usually apply a blow fly prevention around now due to not shearing. I have used click extra in previous years. It seems to be...
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    Cold spell and mastitis in ewes

    Still a lot to learn about sheep here so always like to hear other people’s thoughts. I hear people round here saying that a cold wind or a late frost can cause a ewe to take a ‘bad bag’ or mastitis I assume is what they mean. Is this true and if so how does the cold cause this? I was of the...
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    Krone rotavator gear box oil level

    Just bought an old krone rotavator. I’m just wonder if anyone knows how to check the gear box oil level. The Allen key bolt on top is to change between the 2 speeds in the box and the plate beside is just on top of the casing.
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    Redstart for grazing lambs

    I am planning on sowing approx 3 acres of redstart now in early May to graze lambs on after weaning time, say mid August. I have never grown or grazed brassica before so all advice is greatly appreciated. My plan is to spray off the old PP and plough it. Any tips for the seeding process? I...
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    Nose fill drinkers for sheep?

    Anyone using these nose fill type drinkers for sheep when inside? I am thinking of trying 1 or 2. I’m fed up with the standard self fill bowls overflowing and need a few replacements anyway. http://jfcagri.com/sheep/small-capacity-drink-bowls/dbl5/...
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    How much feed will fattening pigs eat?

    I am thinking of buying a few litters of pigs again to take through to finish. I can get landrace x Duroc stores at 25kg/30kg. I am wondering approximately how much feed it will take to bring them to finished (100 kg live weight). They will be housed in old loose box style houses, partly...
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