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    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    ££££ oh come on Jack, keep up!
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    Getting paid for straw ?

    In fact, it's the moorland cowboys are the real loons! (We do quite a bit of nefarious doin's with a former Romanian cage fighter as it goes...but he's a pussy cat compared to some of the bruisers out over the veldt)
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    Adding a new breed to a suckler herd

    no quads here at all, and I don't work cattle with the dogs....cows are mostly dead quiet. My boy wants to work the cows with dogs....but impetuous youth eh?
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    Adding a new breed to a suckler herd

    very much so. I could (well, have) write/written books on it. After FMD I bought (Galloway) cows from various sources. One group-the largest group of course- had been shunted before they came here, after a marriage breakup. I'd say they hadn't heard many kind words. They were very difficult...
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    Adding a new breed to a suckler herd

    some must be Ok...don't the Frenchies milk em on the hill?
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    Getting paid for straw ?

    Might be different with you, but there would be straw sold standing, at auction here, which would pay the interest on freehold land. I've no doubt it'd be better in the soil, but-as they say- business is business. I'm sorry @Clive has had some wrong'uns. I'd give them fair warning, then name...
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    Never had it so good!

    'snow melted and left the hills'....bl;iddy hill farmers, we should rewild it.....er...... sobering bit of film but
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    Never had it so good!

    poignant tale....rather reminds me of Mark Twain's thoughts on giving up smoking. It's the easiest thing in the world he claimed...he'd done it hundreds of times
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    Excellent article about rewilding

    I usually keep to the slow lane. They go whistling past me with their asses on fire (a donkey raising expression) I often pass the smoking ruins on the hard shoulder a bit later. (to be fair, never see some again, but seldom miss em)
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    Adding a new breed to a suckler herd

    looked at a few nerds m'self
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    Excellent article about rewilding

    ah...the mantra of the survivor
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    Adding a new breed to a suckler herd

    That one of the differences twixt them. If the going is good, Rubies will run to fat. But there's no such thing as 'too good' for a SD....they just get bigger, faster, then some more 'bigger'. It doesn't manifest at Chateau Egbert, but their potential is endless. I was once asked to host a...
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    Adding a new breed to a suckler herd

    ah...Ruby country? (mutual respect)
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    Adding a new breed to a suckler herd

    not as lugubrious as some Waddeton stuff!
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    Adding a new breed to a suckler herd

    Most of my SDs would be housed for their first winter as weanlings, then never come inside again. 100" of rain, grouped 17-18 adults to a round bale of moderate silage. We usually fluke the cows -but not always- and that's the only meds most ever see. Very seldom have much bother calving -...
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    Adding a new breed to a suckler herd

    It was tried, openly and covertly, 30-40 years ago. But since the breed already carries the double muscled gene - which is nothing but a pain in the backside- it never gained much traction. Pedigrees are being DNA'ed for stuff nowadays, so it would quickly show up if it were done now. As said...
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    Adding a new breed to a suckler herd

    If you're not worried about pedigree, I'll keep you a polled bull calf off an outlying herd that live at 1000'. Dopey old things that just get on with life. a dream to work with.
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    Adding a new breed to a suckler herd

    South Devon
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    So what if the fert price doesn't stabilise by August

    'corn'....we didn't get as far as specifying which. (and since we were gas axing holes in my telehandler boom, i didn't really want to distract him overly) He's from hellish strong red soil, so I'd anticipate their not having to chuck as many granules on as some.
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    So what if the fert price doesn't stabilise by August

    OK fella in my yard today applies 4 cwt/acre, thinks others might use 6 He reckons it might -fag packet maths here- give him a tonne an acre. So £120 worth of fert gains £200 worth of corn....not allowing for other extra inputs. Still stacks up. Further analysis - which would need bigger fag...
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