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  1. Longlowdog

    Strikes

    On a national scale we simply have to accept a lot of 'only's. Even if they are unpalatable. Keeping track of every penny once it is released from the public coffers into the hands of multiple layers of diplomacy is sadly almost impossible, particularly when vast sums are being expended in a...
  2. Longlowdog

    Strikes

    Re-nationalisation at a time when politicians of every colour and government appointed suits behind polished desks are suffering an all time low of public trust probably isn't going to win much favour with the public. Come the revolution brothers..anyone in public office who can be demonstrated...
  3. Longlowdog

    Strikes

    @farmerm exactly, I was mid way through this post when you replied. The problem with the 30k income 30k car statement is not with the economy but with people on 30k being programmed to believe they should be in a 30k car. I know too many folk who have bought into that fallacy and who are now...
  4. Longlowdog

    Strikes

    It is not an inequality to reward skill, knowledge, responsibility, long service, innovation etc within a company. It is an iniquity to reward everyone regardless of their contribution.
  5. Longlowdog

    Strikes

    @Minesapint , our postie is a Steph', coloured hair piercings and yet a truly lovely person. We received a hand written letter expressing her thanks for the Christmas gift we left her. If we don't collect the mail from the end of the road for a couple of days she comes to check we are okay...
  6. Longlowdog

    Pedigree Sheep - Feeding / Show Prep

    Like the bull on This Farming Life who turned out to be one stone short of enough. When you get so wrapped up with the 'best (insert animal) I've ever bred' it is a wise move to have someone rather detached have a quick look before you go plunging into the pre-show banter or the sale patter.
  7. Longlowdog

    Pedigree Sheep - Feeding / Show Prep

    Gentlemen, gentlemen, lets not forget we are talking about showing here which is not about selling the same tups. Shows are sheep on the day hence judges are not given performance figures or anything else which might sway their opinion. Judging is about which of the over fed, bat fastards the...
  8. Longlowdog

    Pedigree Sheep - Feeding / Show Prep

    I've seen a few good judges. I once entered Turriff with two shearlings in order to get cheap entry, preferential parking and a free coffee. I took my tups straight out the field no prep whatsoever and got 2nd and 4th. Talking to the judge as he walked the rows afterwards he said he was...
  9. Longlowdog

    Pedigree Sheep - Feeding / Show Prep

    Show prep' starts with lambing. Synchronise your flock to lamb on the day your society permits. Definitely not a month before in a corner of a shed no-one but your best mate sees. (Although the embryo transfer and A.I companies are busy well before those conception dates so go figure.)...
  10. Longlowdog

    breed fat lambs or pedigree flock

    If you don't pay the society their reg' fees it is a bit harsh to try to sell 'Pedigree sheep'..... Pedigree registered sheep takes a lot of thought if you want to make money from them rather than have a hobby. A.I and E.T work cost a pretty penny, even synchronising for early lambing to put...
  11. Longlowdog

    Badger Population

    By The Mammal Society's figures there are more badgers than foxes. It is high time landowners were given the choice to cull or indeed not to cull just the same as foxes. Foxes may be shot to preserve human interests and to preserve ecological interests, badgers should be treated likewise. I...
  12. Longlowdog

    Best way to deal with a non paying tenant in rented farmhouse

    Holy crap, there are an awful lot of folk on here who want a capitalist price for their farm produce who have a very socialist view of others owning multiple houses. No-one considers farming to be a charity funded by the lowest common denominator so why should letting houses be shameful or...
  13. Longlowdog

    Dissertation Research - Lynx Reintroduction *Admin Approved*

    I don't believe in the phrase 'acceptable losses', not in my lambing shed and not in my fields. As I stated if wildcats were an issue as a resident predator I would revise my system, keep lambs in for longer, perhaps run a hot wire round the outside of my fields but that would be the price for...
  14. Longlowdog

    Dissertation Research - Lynx Reintroduction *Admin Approved*

    To be fair to the O.P, he has been outright insulted rather than given opinions or educated as to why his questionnaire was dismissed by a couple of respondents. I can't stand the indoctrination tactics used by vegans, rewilders, re-introducers and eco-protesters or their lack of true...
  15. Longlowdog

    Dissertation Research - Lynx Reintroduction *Admin Approved*

    I've just read an article by The GWCT regarding pine martin reintroductions and they specifically mention that in order for a release to be considered according to legislation there must be a mitigation and an exit policy. Mitigation meaning a means of ensuring current land use must not be...
  16. Longlowdog

    Dissertation Research - Lynx Reintroduction *Admin Approved*

    Wildcats are native, domesticated cats are of Egyptian/far eastern origin. A lady tried for a long time to have Kellas cats recognised as wild cats native to Scotland. However DNA testing proved the massive cats she was finding and sent by 'keepers were all Egyptian/eastern (domesticated) and...
  17. Longlowdog

    Dissertation Research - Lynx Reintroduction *Admin Approved*

    @Ffermer Bach I think there are two types, the big woolly ones folk have in this country (Carpathian Shepherds???) and the bigger devils they have in Turkey and up into Russia. Certainly the Facebook page used to post pictures of dead wolves and blooded dogs till Fb started putting advisory...
  18. Longlowdog

    Dissertation Research - Lynx Reintroduction *Admin Approved*

    I like the idea of livestock guarding dogs, locals with dogs that are not likely to be welcomed by the stock guarding dogs maybe not so much. These guards kill wolves so I expect lynx and labradoodles would be a piece of cake. https://www.facebook.com/kangalsafarii
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    Dissertation Research - Lynx Reintroduction *Admin Approved*

    The reason I think so is a couple of years back I was approached along with a number of my neighbours by a chap claiming to work for a rewilding charity asking if I was prepared for my land to registered as a lynx friendly part of a linking corridor between a couple of rather large woodlands...
  20. Longlowdog

    Dissertation Research - Lynx Reintroduction *Admin Approved*

    I'm gonna make a prediction here...lynx will magically appear just like beavers did after 'accidental release' and no-one who has a licence for keeping them will be investigated or prosecuted. Then they will be afforded full protection with no redress for losses of livestock or amenity of land...
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