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    Farm digger uses

    Thinking of getting a 13/14 tonne ish digger. Is there anyone running anything similar that have found "extra" uses for it rather than just digging. Obviously loading muck would be a start but what about handling bales, loading bags of fert/seed, putting in fence posts etc. Probably just looking...
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    Best small ATV

    After my last quad got stolen I'm after a replacement. It was a can am 250 which was ideal for what I needed - road legal and fast for chasing sheep/cattle. Any recommendations or is everyone buying these big 1000cc jobs or utvs? I just need something that can zip about and save walking...
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    Umbilical hernia in calf

    I have been monitoring one of this years calves as it's had a umbilical hernia which has been growing. This is now the 3rd one in 3 years, yet never had one on the farm previously. Different bred cows and different bulls so cant be a link in breeding I don't think. One calf per year and each one...
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    Ai technician central Scotland

    Just been told by Genus that they no longer offer a daily service for my area. Only a sync program. Can anyone recommend someone to supply/inseminate beef cows for me? Or recommend the DIY course?
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    Next door farm for sale. What to do??

    So next door farm to me has just come up for sale. I feel it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to extend the farm keeping a ring fenced block and would certainly add a bit of value to my own farm being a bigger block. This is big money so what's the best way to finance it and who should I be...
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    Marker pen for cattle tags

    Can anyone recommend a good marker pen for writing names/numbers etc on cattle tags. Mine always seem to fade/wear off. Thanks
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    Interpret these soil tests

    Can I get some broad input on these soil tests which I've just had back. I'm looking to get the indices up so where do I start. All grassland currently but all previously arable so wanting to get back to good levels. I'm thinking to get some fibrophos on as not needing the N as more than enough...
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    Sumo tyre press

    Looking for some advice on this bit of kit. Should the tyres run straight? Seems a fair weight on when let down and they get well squashed. Do they need replaced and if so how? Also not seen one with a grain box on top is this aftermarket fitted? I only wanted the press and tines so will be...
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    Barley moving dilema!

    Just tried to load some barley out my storage bin-conveyor-cup elavator-conveyor-loading auger setup and bang cup elevator snapped. Hoping to re-attach but don't think it's going to be straightforward and now blocked up with grain. Looking for a backup if anything breaks. Are these...
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    Cattle minerals

    What's the cheapest/best form of minerals. Been using all trace boluses last couple of years but it's quite a job getting them down the beats throat. Even with a headscoop there is a lot of flailing about. At least with bucket licks I used before I don't risk getting knocked out.
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    Limited companies for dummies

    What are the pros/cons compared to current farming partnership (with parents). Do you put all assets into company or keep separate ownership? I have off farm income of about £18k how would this be affected? Presume the more you make the more beneficial ltd companies are but what are the...
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    Selling calves

    Thinking of selling some of my calves straight off the cows this autumn. Save feeding/bedding them over the winter and free up shed space for my cows. April born so would be about 6 months old. Would you try to wean first or just whip them away the day of the sale?
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    Renting out fields

    Have a few grass fields next year that I could rent out but I keep thinking is it worth it? Options would be potatos, peas, barley/cereal, swedes/roots, graze for livestock, cut for forage. Or the hassle free option of leaving as is and just top it if needed. Any thoughts appreciated. Is there...
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    Atcost shed repairs

    Looking to get a cherry picker in for a few jobs and atcost shed is one of them. Gutters leaking and few holes in the sheeting. Have botched a few holes with plastic guttering underneath and gutter joints with all manner of things. Latest reading is to just fit some pvc guttering, will this fit...
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    Hustler chainless

    Looking at getting some kind of bedder for the winter. Does anyone use one of these for the job? Don't need something with a blower as have to drive in most courts anyway just want something to help with rolling out/handling squares of straw which I'm hoping to move too. I'm thinking handy to...
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    Upgrade tractor or get contractor in

    Looking at changing tractor as youngest one is 20 years old now and needing a bit more hp. Tractor to change is 100hp. Biggest job would be round baling and ploughing.
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    Malone mowers

    What's the opinion on these? Seem good value and after a plain disc. Any user experience?
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    Claas Axion 810

    One of the earlier ones I see for sale. Seems to be cheap power. What's the main issues? From what I read later ones after 2012 were much improved. Lots of electronics to go wrong but decent main dealer locally. Are they worth a punt in this climate and is anyone buying/selling anything or...
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    Floating tractor

    With the rain as it is and im thinking this may be the future. Does anyone run big floatations all year round? Saw a pic on a thread of a JCB 4cx digger on big tyres looked a beast. All grass farm here so thinking when do I actually need the tractor tread? Must be benefits from less compaction...
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    Risky or not?

    Looking for more horsepower but certainly can't justify new. Would you be tempted by a over 10,000 hours tractor or is it asking for trouble? What kind of hours would a 10 year old tractor say expect to run too. 1000 hours a year 180hp tractor will have done some heavy work but would that put...
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