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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    (apologies for late delay on this - been busy :) ) There was also a nice piece earlier on in the same prog with a dairy farmer, about quarter to 7 (45mins in). The thing about Mr Monbiot is that a lot of what he speaks is good sense, and he is incredibly passionate about it all, and he has a...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    I might be wrong but I think the middle one is Lords & Ladies, I have seen variegated ones before. If it is, pull it out, they are poisonous and self seed everywhere.
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    What about a degree (or the like) in something like agricultural microbiology? Seems that soil is the most important part of farming so a grounding in how it works would be hugely beneficial.
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    Bluebells

    Run some sheep through every year to eat the garlic down?
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    Marker for black sheep

    Good black wool doesn't fare too badly - 80p/kg for super black welsh!
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    Marker for black sheep

    I use Net-tex Promark spray on my blacks, it actually stays on for more than a few weeks, compared with most other sprays (incl those Ritchey ones) Yellow, Orange, Green, Purple, White (I find red not so good, and blue works but also fades)
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    That article was from 2015 - The Guardian have changed sides since then. :banghead:
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    I have a field like that - well, that is what it looks like in winter anyway - in summer it's mostly birds foot trefoil, not much grass. Field history summed up by being "over-horsed". Clay/loam/sand on shale, shallow soil, high rainfall. My plan is to harrow the hell out of it in the spring...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    I have been googling and found the linkies for those that are interested (or need some bed time reading :)): Gerber et al 2013: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3437e.pdf Another report by the same group of authors which casts doubt on the methods used in the first report...
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    BBC 4 farm animals

    Secret Life of Farm Animals - https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b0btyjts
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    BBC 4 farm animals

    I've enjoyed them so far too. Last week's on sheep was good - I never knew that about their eyeballs auto-rotating :)
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    Working sheepdog? No think I have a pet

    If your dog does that on the same command then it's ignoring you and doing wtf it wants :) esp if it's only 80% consistent (it might have a preferred "side" on the outrun?)
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    Working sheepdog? No think I have a pet

    As said a welsh sheepdog (if it is one) works totally differently to a collie and would need to be trained differently too. Not many of the usual dog trainers know how to train a welshie, and it certainly wouldn't take 6 months. There are folk in the Welsh Sheepdog Society that could help you...
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    Smaller wellies

    No, they don't, they do give a little, but I find them useful for general use. They offer much more support than dealer boots, but less support than proper laces. I wouldn't put them in my walking boots.
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    Smaller wellies

    Slight aside - I have recently discovered elastic laces, so have put them on my work boots - bloody brilliant, makes them much easier to put on/take off. On the wellie front, I love my Bekina Steplites.
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    World population.

    :)
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    Sheep breed

    In Iceland they only have Icelandic sheep I believe.
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    Smaller towing vehicle

    I just bought a 3 year old Yeti, 2 litre, 4x4. Lovely to drive, lots of torque, great mpg.
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    Gripples

    Last lot I bought was from this guy: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gripple-Plus-Medium-Gripples-2-00-3-25mm-Wire-Joiners-Stock-Fence-Line-Wire/292194721321?hash=item4408299e29:m:mRmWB_lP22y5j9gFdfCrLEg:rk:2:pf:0 Unlike MVF/screwfix the more you buy the better the price, so pays to buy in bulk.
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    Best torch/lantern ?

    I have an older version of the Trio and it does have a flippin long beam.
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