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  1. neilo

    Sky+ box dead

    We had a bird strike on a cable over a stubble field yesterday, so the mains voltage was dropped for a while before we could get it turned off. Nothing seems to be damaged, apart from one fried goose and my 10 yr old Sky+HD box. Sky have kindly offered me an upgrade to Sky Q, for an additional...
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    Barley volunteers in turnips

    Heavy rain after WB harvest meant every shed grain has chitted before the hundreds of marauding geese hoovered it up. I normally spray them out with Falcon/Shogun (propaquizafop) if there are a lot, as most do. What’s the lowest rate you can get away with? Just trying to work out if I need...
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    Ag bank recommendation, mid-Wales

    Been with HSBC since I started here in 2012, and previously the farm partnership since 1985. Pleased enough with the day to day service & online banking, but the customer service centre is getting past a joke and I've about had enough. I don't borrow enough to warrant a visit, or a personal...
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    Beltex shearling rams

    2 forage reared Beltex shearlings from the fledgling 'Lymore' flock. These haven't seen an ounce of hard feed in their lives, so won't be melting. MV accredited and Signet recorded, with one being the highest gigot muscularity Beltex lamb of 2018, having been through the CT scanner. £500...
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    Maternal rams

    Having kept a few maternal rams back from my Highlanders last year, I have a couple that are surplus to requirements. All April born twins and haven't seen any hard feed. One Lleyn x Highlander and one 3/4 NZ Texel (x Highlander). Both are tested as carrying double copies of the MyoMAX gene and...
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    Charollais shearling rams

    Forage reared Charollais shearling rams available. Average index is in top 10% and 50 to pick from at the moment. Price £500 for the pick currently, which reduces as the numbers drop. Also a couple of Beltex x Charollais shearlings, reared in the same way. £450 each. Situated at...
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    Anyone cutting for hay now?

    Still got hay to make, which was grazed a couple of months ago. Headed nicely but lots of green in the bottom, making for quite a heavy crop (like everyone else’s). We saw bugger all of the promised rain yesterday, and doesn’t like we’ll get more than a shower today. Forecast is now for 30...
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    How to buy a recorded ram (Signet Webinar)

    In case anyone wasn't aware of it, Signet presented the above Webinar the other day, entitled 'How to buy a Signet recorded Charollais ram'. Obviously it's heavily loaded with Charollais data, but it makes a good job of explaining the new Signet analysis, the new traits recorded via CT, which is...
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    Charollais ram semen for sale

    We have a small quantity of semen from Wedderburn Peleus (15WNY02086) for sale. Purchased jointly for 2000gns as a lamb, and now exported to Germany, he has been a hugely successful ram in all four flocks in the syndicate. Numerous progeny selling for 1000 gns+ and he was the top ranked...
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    My Pruex trial

    I've been meaning to write this for a while, but hadn't got round to it. First, a bit of background..... We lamb our pedigree Charollais ewes in 2 flocks, between a third and a half of them inside in December, the rest inside in March. The December mob (usually 80-100 ewes) stay inside until...
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    It's getting to that time of year again. Has anyone seen any decent prices about for Clik, or Clik Extra (as price seems to have got closer)?
  12. neilo

    Clik/Clik Extra

    Looking for a price on 10 x 5L of Clik, or Clik Extra (if it's not much different). Delivery to SY15 6UL. Thanks.
  13. neilo

    Hogg feeders

    I’m toying with the idea of getting a Hogg feeder. Which is the best one, from the Walter Watson and the Portequip? 10’ Portequip quoted at £775 and holds 750kg. 10’ Watson quoted at £865 and holds 1250kg. Both local delivered prices.
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    Fodder beet for sale

    Fodder beet for sale, variety Geronimo. Lifted very clean, just before the rain started. £30/t ex-farm at Montgomery, Powys. SY15 6UL. Contact: Neil on 07977458544
  15. neilo

    Pig muck value

    I’ve been offered the chance of some pig muck, strawy stuff from a fattening unit. Any idea of the typical nutritional value?
  16. neilo

    HSE inspections

    Last Autumn, our friends at the HSE bombarded everyone in this area with invitations to go to one of their ‘roadshow’ events, ahead of a round of farm inspections. Unsurprisingly, I had better things to do with my time than sit in a warm room falling asleep in front of a projector...
  17. neilo

    Spring is just around the corner.

    I’ve long been telling @Kevtherev that there is no finer thing than a turnip. Whilst I was out frollicking in the turnip fields today, I saw the first flower bud of the year, official confirmation that Spring is just around the corner, usually preceding daffs by about a week. I almost rushed...
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    Charollais and Beltex x Charollais shearling rams

    We still have a good selection of Charollais and Beltex x Charollais shearling rams for sale. Charollais are Signet recorded and we currently have the highest average index flock in the UK. Forage reared and all would run a mile if you shook a feed bag at them. These rams will go on and...
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    Mr Mole gets his comeuppance.

    I wish to report the sad demise of Mr Mole. The tenth of the little barstewards in a 4ac field, recently reseeded back to grass, he has been skilfully evading capture for some time. Checking the traps this morning I found him climbing back in over the end of one of yesterday’s traps. Swift...
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    Haymaking quandary.

    I have a field of hay down. It’s only 8ac and a lightish crop of mostly ryegrass, with a couple of big trees in it, and bounded by woodland that puts it in shade after 6pm. It was cut last Thursday afternoon (couldn’t cut sooner as sprayed to clean up nettles & thistles) and is nearly there. It...

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