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    Relocating Swallows

    Having just seen the first swallow return to the farm this year, it’s reminded me that I’d like to try and encourage them to nest elsewhere if possible. One of their nesting spots is in one of the old stone barns but it’s currently being converted. They don’t seem to like any of the bigger farm...
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    Used straw choppers

    Apologies if this has been covered before! My Teagle 8080 is on its last legs so I’m looking at replacements. Any recommendations? I wouldn’t really want to spend any more than £4k so it’s going to be a well used machine! Main thing I’m after is a good spread distance, electric controls would...
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    Electricity tariffs/Prices

    I’m out of contract with SSE and currently on 65p/day standing charge and 27p/kw. Not sure wether to just sit tight or renew contract? Haven’t managed to get any prices yet, sitting on hold for ages makes me nearly as angry as the current prices!
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    JPM low loaders - any good?

    Only problem is a lot of the other manufacturers are likely to be well out of my price range, which is what attracted me to JPM. But if the steel/paint is poor it won’t last 5 minutes with me, everything gets damp here and the roads are gritted a lot of the winter, my old Marshall trailer looked...
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    JPM low loaders - any good?

    Thanks for the reply. To be honest, if I could find a semi decent used trailer id be more likely to go for that than by a new JPM. There doesn’t seem to be many around though!
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    JPM low loaders - any good?

    I’m looking at changing in my 26ft bale trailer for a low loader to move swing shovel and telehandler around, as well as moving bales still. Good idea? JPM seem well priced, what’s the verdict on them? I’m not expecting it to be as well made as some of the more expensive trailers but it won’t...
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    The future of tenant hill farming

    Well I’m glad it’s not just me thinking this way. I think long term there will be a need and place for livestock farming in the hills, people need food…although the vast majority of the population currently don’t actually understand that. But in the shorter term, I think things will be very...
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    The future of tenant hill farming

    Apologies if this has previously been covered in another thread. I’d be very interested to hear how other tenant hill/upland farmers are planning to tackle the next few years. I may be being pessimistic but, I keep seeing red flags where agriculture in the hills is concerned, from environmental...
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    Vicon RF135 Baler, Any good?

    Unless yours is different to mine you’ve been worried about the computer side for no reason! The density adjustment is beside the pressure gauge, wind off the locking ring and wind in to increase pressure.
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    Feeding cow rolls

    Thanks for the replies. Snacker sounds like the way forward, any recommendations? Something simple and robust would be best, will only be used for cattle
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    Feeding cow rolls

    Just curious if anyone has a method of feeding cow rolls on the hill? I’ve been thinking about buying a snacker for a few years but not sure if they work with rolls? And covering rough ground? I’ve always just fed from bags but it can be a bit hazardous! Thanks
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    Finding a new working pup

    Looks a nice dog! I’ll keep an eye on that one. No bitches from that litter? Those herdwicks look a bit tired! Did you edit out them being blasted around the field for 20 minutes? :LOL:
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    Finding a new working pup

    Just dragging this one back up again. I see there’s a sale at Dolgellau, just wondered if anyone’s bought a dog/pup out of these sales and how they got on? I’ve had a look through the catalogue and watched some videos of pups being put to sheep, I’m tempted because at least I can see these pups...
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    Finding a new working pup

    I have to admit I don’t know anything about them, other than I was told they can be quite strong willed…which could be a good or bad thing! Are they a completely different animal to a border?
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    Finding a new working pup

    Ah I know the ones. Some years ago I went and looked at a dog, as soon as the handful of ewes saw the dog they all ran in the pen and packed themselves in the race…be handy if all of mine did that! I’m also a bit wary given the recent circumstances, puppies for sale everywhere and people trying...
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    Finding a new working pup

    8 hebs?? :unsure:
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    Finding a new working pup

    I’m going to be looking for a new working collie pup to join the team soon and I was wondering how everyone goes about finding a pup that will hopefully do the job? Do you just find a local litter and take pot luck or do your research, watch the parents work etc..? I’ve always thought of it like...
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    Recording Hill Ewes

    Tried lambing Welsh ewes indoors once and it was a disaster! Square peg round hole comes to mind. Impressive skill if you can do it! Sadly my memory isn’t quite up to that
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    Recording Hill Ewes

    I hadn’t thought of that! That would work with a lot of them, although we tend to get a few that have self weaned early. And then there’s the ewes and lambs that have attained every sheep’s ultimate goal in life!
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    Recording Hill Ewes

    I’d like to start recording more with my hill ewes at lambing and I’m trying to work out the best method. They lamb outside with no feed and all very hands off unless absolutely necessary. I mark any problems as culls but what I’d like to try and do is work out which ewes are rearing the poorest...
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