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  1. Jackov Altraids

    Trusting Defra

    It is clear from the many discussions on TFF, that there is concern that the one-sided relationship we have with our ruling department means we our powerless and open to abuse. Payments under CAP were made unless we failed to meet basic legal requirements whereas there is a subtle but...
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    How have current circumstances affected your view on ELMS?

    Rather than continuing the criticism of the way ELMS is being set up, I'm wondering how all the other factors that are impacting on agriculture are affecting your future plans. I think there should be a sustained period of higher demand and prices which should hopefully keep up with inflation...
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    Quorn

    I've just started looking at the claims by Quorn to be sustainable. At lot of the information is oblique and often is only compared as a % to the meat equivalent which is probably inflated as much as possible but often not stated. My favourite oblique line is; "We use palm oil in Quorn...
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    The Governments assault on livestock farming.

    The unqualified ban on live exports, the continual mal-apportioned blame for carbon emissions, an ELMS scheme that discriminates against pasture amongst other things, is this all due to lobbying by animal rights extremists or is there a real policy in Whitehall that they think there will be a...
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    Silage in October

    I've just finished harvesting and its looking like I'm 80 bales short of what I'd like. I could go and chuck some fertiliser on this weekend and aim for another cut but I haven't intentionally tried to silage in October before. What is the opinion of the TFF collective?
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    Farm assurance premium

    There are plenty of threads discussing Red Tractor and it is well documented that the vast majority of farmers join through compulsion because there is no premium. When freedom foods assurance started, a couple hours extra work to show I was complying with legal requirements, was fine to earn a...
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    VINTAGE FORD COLLECTION OF 83 TRACTORS

    Nothing to do with me but thought it may be of interest to someone; https://www.kivells.com/agricultural-livestock-heritage/sales/complete-dispersal-phillip-warren-vintage-ford-collection-83?d=agricultural-and-livestock
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    Is it time to acknowledge the difference.....?

    ....... between an agri-business and small holdings/family farms? I try to read a large portion of all that is written on TFF and I see a continuous and growing divide/ confusion between these types of farming. The problems, needs and benefits are so often polar opposites between these types...
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    Sustainable Westcountry Beef

    What does the title of this thread bring to your mind? I'm imagining native cattle on the moors, cows and calves on the clifftop's or sucklers in meadows. So I'd be interested in people's views on this; A brilliant piece of marketing for all the dairy calves that aren't now allowed to be...
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    Tag suppliers

    I'm just calculating my main annual order for cattle and sheep tags and thought I would review my supplier. Shearwell were fantastic when I swapped to them many years ago but I do think that service has gone down while prices have gone up. No big issues but hoped you could advise whether I...
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    To the Directors on the board of Red Tractor Assurance

    Dear Board Members, You will be aware that it has been some time since your conditions of employment were reviewed. Following consultation we are pleased to inform you of some additional requirements that will come into effect in November 2021. In order to demonstrate a full understanding of...
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    How the supermarkets came to own UK agriculture

    I don't know much about horticulture, but I guess it started there. Fruit and vegetable contracts being offered which led to a consolidation of producers and limited marketing opportunities. Enticing contracts which offered some safety from the ever volatile pork prices means there is virtually...
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    The Conservative Party

    I broadly support most of what the current government have done since the last election and I don't support any political party as I'd rather they'd make the best decision rather than the one they are pre-disposed to. The point of this thread is to ask, is the myth that the Conservative party is...
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    Buying and selling sheep handling gear.

    I've been looking for something to help with handling sheep now my knees/hip/ back etc are tiring. I didn't want to spend a fortune and was happy to get some second hand kit but there seems very little about. I'm I missing somewhere or do I need to wait for everyone to get their new kit in the...
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    Sheep breeding survey

    I would guess every sheep farmer should have received this; [credit: yellowbelly] There is no obligation whatsoever to complete it so don't. Enough replies would give your buyers all the information they need to minimise what they pay you for sheep for years to come. Practice your throwing at...
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    How quick can you start using clamp silage?

    The cattle will be coming in any day and I have bales and clamps at different ages but for various reasons, would like to use the clamp sheeted down 24 days ago. Is it too quick? One of the reasons I want to get on with using it is that it was probably the worst I've ever made and would like...
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    Is EP 90 the same/ similar as 80w 90?

    Is EP 90 the same/ similar as 80w 90? Just servicing as putting gear away and manual says EP90 for topper gearboxes but I've got 80w90.
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    Aveling Barford DX, 2 and1/4 scale model, hand built from scratch

    This is absolutely nothing to do with me. It came up on a search and looks amazing so thought I share in case others were interested; https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Aveling-Barford-DX-2-and1-4-scale-model-hand-built-scratch-/193618361468
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    Unliberal undemocratics

    When I was younger, I felt most aligned to the Liberal party. As they have largely disappeared, the Lib-dem's were the next best thing. I agree with them on most things except the UK's membership which I consider as neither liberal or democratic. One of the consistent campaigns of the Liberal...
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