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    Allotment on my boundary with no planning.

    5 ladies own the field above me (top right in photo). They are doing a bit of rewilding, outdoor yoga, praying around trees, and the latest is a community garden to sell vegetables in town. The land was/is permenant pasture. It is now becoming covered in bodged poly tunnels, raised beds...
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    Is my grass growing?

    So we've had above 10 degrees for around a week now (Gloucestershire)and I'm fairly sure my grass is growing. Wish I had measured it a few days back....Or am I going mad? I really hope it has done as the sheep would be most pleased.. Anyone else seeing new growth? Looks like the cold is back...
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    My sheep have lost me my mortgage!

    So I bought 3 fields with a mill to convert into a dwelling. Got planning and a self build mortgage. Recently the lenders asked for photos and info on progress. I thought it relevant to tell them about my Stewardship grant and works creating a small farm, as this obviously adds value. You can...
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    Sheep welfare funding

    An article popped up on my phone the other day through google. It discussed funding for sheep farmers in the UK, and figures of £10 a ewe were involved. The conditions included: * having suitable feet issue treatments * Scanning before lambing * Using correct fly treatments * Feeding lambs...
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    What lamb cuts to get??

    I had my first crop of lambs this year and most simply went to market. The final 3 are for a friend and will go to the abattoir in a week or so. What would be a good selection of cuts to get? My friend will be dishing it all out to his family for general meals... The lambs are low 40kgs...
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    Liability grazing sheep

    So my neighbour has 12 acres and mows it!! He was originally keen on letting my sheep graze but then read that he would be liable if one escaped and caused problems. Surely nowhere would get grazed if there wasn't a way around this... What insurance schemes/companies do people use??? His grass...
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    Rapi injector and sheep

    Wondering how people manage subcutaneous injections using rapid injectors on sheep? Most injections seem to be required under the skin. Even with my newly built race it is a real challenge to hold a ewes head (as they know what is about to happen), lift the skin on the neck, and inject with the...
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    Ram pumps..worth it?

    I have a couple available on a grant, but need to get done this year. I'm wondering if it is really worth the effort for 40 sheep? Would mains be easier as it is close by. I need to calculate how much the sheep cost with water but I doubt its that much... I am in 2 minds as I have a trough...
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    First time selling lambs

    So I'm very small scale and have just 16 to sell (mules x charolais). A very spread out lambing so all sorts of weights. Some close to 45kg and others 20+. Looking to sell at Citencester market. What's acceptable in terms of pen numbers and mix of weights? Maybe take 4 or 5 over 40kg? Just no...
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    Tube Feeding lambs...rules of thumb

    My first year lambing and sadly lost one yesterday....otherwise things went very well. I feel it may be my fault so want to learn for next year. After finding the lamb (2nd of twins) fairly cold in the rain and no sign of standing, I warmed it for a while and gave it a tube of colostrum. He...
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    Supporting stone when renovating mill

    So I'm converting this mill into a small home. Walls are Cotswold stone and nearly 1m thick! Some large stones need changing due to fire and frost damage. Just getting started on the area concreted to the left of the door. Pulled a huge chunk out and need to fit a big stone (pic with snow on...
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    Ok trailer for a Ram?

    I need to hire this to collect some tall sheep scales. I was wondering if it might be ok for moving my ram 20mins down the road. I could tarp the sides and use a Hurdle to keep him tight at one end.... Any thoughts? My proper livestock trailer wont be made for a few more months...
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    Lambing essentials for first timer!!

    I have 20 Mule Ewe lambs due 2nd week April. I will be lambing outside but live in the field in a caravan which should help. Looking for advice on equipment or anything really.. Things I have so far: Purchased a big garage tent which will have 4 pens inside if required (running power to it...
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    Living in the field with my sheep

    I'm converting an old mill in the adjacent field so I've been in the caravan over a year. Just 4 months experience with sheep but a joy having them in this field for a while. A great way to watch and learn. On a zoom training course recently...watching them do their thing all day. Only one has...
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    Help save my sheep

    It's a North of England Mule. Purchased the lamb in September. Arrived with a sore on back of neck with flys and discharge. To cut a long story short it has had several courses of amoxicillin which stops the ug and brings the ewe back to full character. Wait a few weeks and back to square 1. It...
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    Sheep with Fruit Trees

    I have some Stewardship capital to plant fruit trees. They will also pay towards tree protection (posts/wire etc). My original idea was to replenish an old apple orchard in a 6 acre field which has reduced to just one tree. Now that I have sheep I am wondering if they will get sick from...
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    Gatepost capping

    So DEFRA are refusing to pay for my capital claim of field gates and gateposts. The gateposts need capping. I thought this meant simply cut at angles to remove the rain..and they comelike this anyway. But it sounds like they need proper metal or plastic caps!!! Does anyone know where to buy...
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    What to buy to help with my small flock

    I am new to sheep and have a flock of 20 ewes on 14 acres (split into 3 fields) I was looking at the Productivity small grant scheme and wondering what to get....if anything! I live on site so trailer systems are not vital I am on my own so working on the animals can be tricky...especially...
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    Can't catch my sheep

    Don't laugh!! So I am new to this and received 20 North of England Ewe lambs last week. They are in a 6 acre field with permanent electric fencing around it. They have lots of grass and don't seem overly interested in sheep nuts yet. They don't come to a bucket. I made a pen outside the...
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    Buying At Market for the 1st Time

    I am off to Kirkby Stephen to buy around 20 Ewe Lambs in September. I am new to this. I have my holding number. I have sorted transport and vets. What else do I need to do before I try purchase? Reading a document for sales in Scotland, you need to join the APHA (animal & Plan Health...
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