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  1. SolwayFarmer

    Milk Recording vs Genomic Testing

    I’m thinking of stopping milk recording and pedigree registrations. It’s a bit of a hassle CIS website is terrible to use and their app is rubbish so hard to actually extrapolate information out of it. Parlour system tells me the yields would just miss the butterfat, protein and scc though these...
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    When to take calves off heifers

    Was wondering what folks thoughts are on when to take a calf off freshly calved heifers.
  3. SolwayFarmer

    collecting yard drainage

    sorting collecting yard for dairy conversion and was thinking of using a twinwall pipe to transfer slurry/washing to slurry tank. anyone any experience of this. I know a channel would be better but tight for time and budget, pipe would be a quick way of dealing with it. looking at either a...
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    Water troughs

    Converting beef sheds into a dairy unit and wondering what to do about water troughs. We've a pretty poor water supply so fitting a large tank to supply troughs etc. Don't like the look of the tipping troughs but wondered about the fast empty ones but looking at min of £450 each for a 3 metre...
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    Boiler for Hot Water

    We’re putting in a new dairy and are slightly limited in terms of electric supply so looking for ways to reduce demand and thought about an oil boiler to heat the water for the dairy. Was wondering if anyone doing similar. What size might I need and would a Combi boiler do the job? Would save a...
  6. SolwayFarmer

    Paint for Panels in Parlour and Dairy

    any advice as to what I should paint precast panels with for a tank room and parlour. Tempted just to lease them as they are - easy to wash etc but painting them would make it look smarter and brighter perhaps. any advice would be much appreciated. Tight budget so fibreglass and that type of...
  7. SolwayFarmer

    6130R or 6155R

    im hoping to lease one of these but can’t decide on which one. It’ll spend most of its time attached to a Keenan 360. Wagon weighs about 10 tonne and batch of feed will probably be about 6tonne. Worried the 6130 might be too small to handle wagon. Fairly steep concrete track to deal with in th...
  8. SolwayFarmer

    Long term lease

    Need a tractor and telehandler for new livestock unit, capital fairly limited so wondered about leasing tractor and handler rather than buying and/or financing. Been looking at 12 month deals and it looks like I could get a 130hp JD for around £250/week and a telehandler for around £320/week...
  9. SolwayFarmer

    Calf House

    Thinking of changing the layout of the calf shed, floor slopes all roads and directions so want to sort drainage. was going to create pens across the shed about 35ft long and 15ft wide, wondered what sort of slope I should have on the floor to drain any liquid to the front of the pens into a...
  10. SolwayFarmer

    Feed Space

    Hi just looking for thoughts on feed space for dairy cows. The shed will hold 116 cows with around 190ft of feed space. They will be fed TMR so hopefully enough space overall but I've some self locking yolks I'd like to put in as I have them anyway. There would be 100ft of yolks with only 45...
  11. SolwayFarmer

    Dairy Heifer Calves Wanted

    Looking for dairy heifer calves from 2 to 4 months old. Looking for around 120 in total over the next 4/5 months.Holstein bred out of 9000 litre + dams TB4, and full vaccination programme.
  12. SolwayFarmer

    Cubicle Design

    Been looking at putting some cubicles in new dairy unit looked at a few designs and prices. Wondered what people's experiences and preferences are. I've slatted tanks so sand is probably a non starter for bedding was think of mattress and small amount of sawdust. Any help or guidance would be...
  13. SolwayFarmer

    Cubicle Design

    Been looking at putting some cubicles in new dairy unit looked at a few designs and prices. Wondered what people's experiences and preferences are. I've slatted tanks so sand is probably a non starter for bedding was think of mattress and small amount of sawdust. Any help or guidance would be...
  14. SolwayFarmer

    Livestock Handling Equipment: Other - Titan Cattle Master

    Livestock Handling Equipment: Other - Titan Cattle Master Category: Livestock Handling Equipment Manufacturer: Other Price: £9500 Condition: Used Description: Titan Cattlemaster Squeeze Crush 3 years old and only used once to weigh young calves. Complete with hydraulic pump. Hydraulic...
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