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    New properties electric supplies, kVas and ASHP

    Hi guys hoping you can help! I have 4 class q conversion barns and I really would like to heat them with ASHP I have a grid quotation but its subject to loading, which I didn't have at the time. For the smallest it is looking like 8.5kW (100sqm) think the heat pumps might push it over, and then...
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    Electric Pylon wayleave property compensation

    Anyone been through this? I understand 95% of the metal pylon towers have been claimed on, so must be lot who have? I am looking at converting the 132kv tower and it's cables from wayleave to easement. And in return capitalising the income stream and more importantly compensating for negative...
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    Solar Farm letters

    I'm getting quite a few letters at the minute asking for me to sign a grid mandate to allow a third party to speak to the DNO about a connection. They say it's not an agreement to work with them and doesn't tie me to anything. But I'm inherently sceptical. Talking about £850/acre, but subject...
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    Pink Eye

    Never had this before done a lot of reading on the forum. But all topics a few years old. I have a mob of 80 that have come back to the farm infected, they are in quarantine as have a further 200 sheep seperate on the farm that are clear, but very worried they could catch it. I went through...
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    Stewardship schemes

    I really fancy some of the capital grants for fencing and water troughs. But I understand the scheme is competitive and points based. From what I can see it is based on totals that are greatly influenced by farm area. And there is reference to claims over £500k!! As a small farm, how does the...
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    Selling lambs deadweight, how does it work?

    I've about 150 lambs, and have always sold them via box sales... However with lamb prices the way they are I'm thinking I might be as well to sell a lot of them deadweight. But I've never done this before and have some questions I'm near Frome but I don't want to send them to the market. How...
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    Twin lamb disease ewe struggling stand

    Have a ewe who had trips unfortunately lambs 2 and 3 were coming ou together when I found her, pushed one back in and then got them both out, nothing too violent but ewe didn't stand after, and wasn't standing when trying to lamb for that matter. Given her calcium (bluetop calicject) metacam...
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    Ewe not standing

    I've an old ewe (9 years) who had twins mid April. Noticed they weren't doing the best so lifted one, leaving her with one lamb. Everything seemed OK until a week ago, when ewe seemed a bit slow. Caught her - and noticed her eye lids almost white, very anemic and in poor body condition. Gave her...
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    AD digestate separation and recirculation

    We get a fair bit of crusting on our digestate storage tank and so are thinking of investing in a separator so the liquor goes into storage and the solids can be stacked. What I am wondering is about recirculation of the separated solids into the digester again. We have just a single tank, and...
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    Ticks on lambs- treatment threshold?

    My lambs are mostly 2-4 weeks old. Last couple of days I've caught a dozen lambs to check weights and the majority of them have one or two ticks on them. I treated for lice last year which would have given some tick coverage (spot on). Just wondering if there is a tick threshold above which...
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    Watch out, Nemo about!

    All this nice weather and more on the way next week, likely see big hatches of Nemotodirus Battus. I had a few early lambs I white drenched today as they have just started bad scour last 48hrs, main flock lambs only 2 weeks so hoping peak risk will have passed when they are consuming big...
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    Footbathing

    Went to an interesting talk last night on lameness, having recently battled to get sheep to stand in a footbath I came across this: However the contact details for Kevin don't work. Question is has anyone made something like this or know where for sale. Basically it raises the bottom of the...
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    Twin Lamb Disease ewe - any thoughts?

    Not had this issue before. Tups went in 7th November, so 140 days today if caught on first day. She was just lying down and panting, and still doing that now. Vet gave IV glucose day before yesterday, I've been giving 100ml propylene glycol split in 3x30 (40kg ewe), but vet said to step down to...
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    Which rare breed sheep seen from m4 nr Chippenham?

    Must be someone else who has seen a a number of rare breed rams running with conventional commercials near Christian Malford outside Chippenham? South side of the M4, looked a fairly sizeable flock. Only caught them out of the corner of my eye as was driving, but they were brown. Anyone know...
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    Ram lamb injured paralysis?

    Just checked on my ram lambs and one was down and being whacked by another as I arrived, I’ve got him separated now but there seems no movement in back legs front are fine. His tail did wag when I carried but not sure if a reflex. Just wanted to know if any test for paralysis or way to be sure...
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    Pale eyelids in ewe

    I’ve a ewe noticed yesterday droopy ears so today caught her and checked her temp and eye colour, temperature was 41 and first time I’ve ever seen one of my sheep with really pale eye membranes. She’s 18 months old having lambed this spring. I guess obvious contender is haemonchus and or fluke...
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    Haylage making - neighbours cows in field.

    Hoping to cut some grass for haylage if the forecast is right for next week, but in the last 24 hours neighbours cows have broken into field. Fortunately they weren't in long <24hrs, but they have trampled and eaten some of the grass, but also there is some dung as you would expect. It's really...
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    Electronic Weigh Scales (with EID) - Productivity grant

    Looks like this scheme will re-open and would really like to get an electronic weigh system on farm. Shearwell brochure has just landed on my desk and EID weigh crate (which doesn't look to have drafting?) is £5,350 without stock recorder! Seems a hell of a lot of money. I don't have a stick...
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    Bottle jaw (rams)

    2 of my 5 rams have a swelling under their jaw that I noticed yesterday and the whole head looks a little swollen. Aside from this they appear well and have hard droppings. I did a worm egg count and 200 strongyle type and 330 of another type photo attached, they are nemo sized or bit bigger. I...
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    Metacam Withdrawal period Sheep

    I know it's licenced under cascade system for use in sheep, but what should I put down for withdrawal period for Metacam in my flock book, I can only find reference for cattle. Thanks
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