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    Bullock acting odd

    I have a fat bullock, lim x dairy, coming up to 30 months, will be fit in a week or 2. In the last few days she has been acting fairly skittish, crashing around the yard, slipping, scrabbling about, looking to climb every wall etc. They havent been turned out yet as they will all be gone soon so...
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    Securing a load in a pick up. Tie down points

    I have recently purchased a mk 7 hilux. When idly poking about in the back I realised that it seems to only have 4 lashing points. As I have a roller shutter, that appears to blank off the front 2. Plus they are all half way up for some inexplicable reason. Currently, if I went to the builders...
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    Unusual pick up purchase (Mitsubishi L200)

    Im about to pull the trigger on a L200 5 series. It looks great and is priced to sell quickly. The chap says as much. Its a private seller. He says he is away with work and will only complete the sale if it is delivered to me. Obviously I only pay on delivery but im not clear if i can road test...
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    Woolen jumper

    Been thinking about changing the habit of a lifetime and getting the wife a Xmas present with more than 48hours to spare. She wants a Scandinavian woolly jumper. I'm sure they are great quality but I also think uk produce can be equally as good. Plus I would rather spend my money a little closer...
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    Massey 35x fuel line part?

    Can somebody tell me the part number of this pipe joining the fuel tap and the injector? Can I buy it separately or is it only part of a kit? Thanks
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    2nd hand towing vehicle. Whats still going at higher mileage?

    Our old Subaru Forrester workhorse is coming to the end of its life and am starting to think about replacing it. I am looking in the region of £4k - £7k. Ideally a 3t or more towing capacity, a hi/low range gearbox and basically reliable. I am currently looking at older landcruisers, discovery...
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    Getting sucklers back in calf. Weakening Dam-calf bond

    Before the bull goes back in I have always taken the calves away from their mothers and moved to twice a day suckling for a few weeks to aid bulling. Due to an awkward piece of concreting we are doing this week (in the entrance to the shed) it will be much more difficult to bring them in twice a...
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    Best way of repairing plastic drain.

    We had one out our main outlets chocked solid with sludge and roots. I have cleared the problem now but now i have a pipe with 6 - 7 hand sized holes that need repairing in over around 100m. It is an 8 inch, non perforated plastic pipe. Normally I would slice a small section of the same pipe...
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    Keeping lambs off silage in the ring feeders

    Does anyone have any clever ways of keeping lambs out of the ring feeders when housed in doors? Im tired of watching them crawl all over it and push half of the silage out onto the floor. I can't come up with anything that doesn't impede the ewes getting their heads in. Cheers
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    Buying stolen quad from insurers

    I am quite interested in a quad that a mechanic friend of mine bought at an auction. It was stolen and has come through an insurers although I haven't yet seen any paperwork to prove this. I believe that the owner from whom it was stolen took the insurance pay out rather than the returned quad...
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    Calf house ventilation

    We have recently covered our yard and I believe it has lead to a couple more cases of calf pneumonia than I would usually expect. Both sheds in question open onto said yard. They have space boarding but are pretty spacious in general. The shed is in need of reroofing so will address open ridges...
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    Herd management apps and software. Worth the effort?

    I have been approached to do a free trial with Farm data (a subsidiary of Landmark systems). The set up will take a bit of time and obviously there is the cost at the other end of the trial. I have been thinking about trying herd watch too. Is this sort of stuff going to be worth the effort for...
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    Convince me to not plough

    We have a small field that has been in a cereal/rape/legume rotation for a good few years now and needs to be put back to grass. I would like to get away from using the plough every time we drill but I'm never sure our soils are quite light enough to min till (we are mostly clay with some loam)...
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    Fishing rights renegotiation

    Hi. We have a longstanding agreement with a local hotel to use the fishing on our land. It is approximately 1 mile of one side of the bank of good fly fishing. It was only for £450/yr and I am not really sure what the terms of the agreement are but it has suited both parties fine over the...
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    This guy!?

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jul/14/farmers-wildeast-hatch-plan-return-area-size-dorset-wild-nature-east-anglia
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    Fat hen issue

    Hello all. I wondered if anyone had any thoughts on my issue. We have a field of legume and herbal grass ley (containing chickory, sanfoin etc) which was sown in April. It is currently being swamped by Fat Hen. I am tempted to mob graze it and let the sheep eat and trample it. However, I am...
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    Ebay drench gun?

    Hi all. Our old sheep drench gun needs replacing. I don't really fancy sheeling out £60 on a branded one. Has anyone bought one of those cheap unbranded Chinese ones from ebay like this...
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    Grassland including mycorrhizal

    Hi. I have been interested in the benefits of mycorrhizal fungi to grassland and am looking to incorperate it into a small amount of this years reseeds as a trial with a view to extending it's use. My worry is that I won't be able to control anything I turn up in terms of weed seeds. Although...
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    Suffolk x flock improvement advice

    Hi guys. I'm new to the forum so apologies if this post ends up in the wrong place. I have come here fishing for some sage advice. We have a small 350 lowland flock. We lamb Jan - Feb indoors and finish at about 165%. The flock is mainly Suffolk x and Dorset x but is a real melting pot of all...
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