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  1. Ted M

    Grass 2020

    Yields here (west Shropshire) are probably around half to two thirds of last year. Quality though looks pretty good although I haven't any test results to base this on🤞
  2. Ted M

    Field of standing grass

    If you take the average price of a silage bale at around £20+, putting in rough contractor costs (mow, ted, rake, bale) will work out minimum £10/bale on a 10 bale /acre crop. Fertiliser can easily be £30/acre which leaves you around £7 for just the grass. Obviously not many 10 bale crops...
  3. Ted M

    Field of standing grass

    We buy straw like this off one farm, agree the average price per acre locally then just divide by the tonne /bale. Seems to work well and like you say, fair to both sides. Good crop we pay a bit more, but not paying for bare patches, poor crop in a year like this.
  4. Ted M

    Field of standing grass

    £90/acre locally and had 100kgs of 27-5-5 in the price
  5. Ted M

    My slinoid keeps clicking when i try to start my driveon mower. What have i done? I repaced the solinoid

    Yes, low battery would be my guess too. Ours was doing it, once the battery was charged and it had a good run its been fine since
  6. Ted M

    Costing of baling via contractor v baling yourself

    Similar to last year I think. It will have been manufactured before the oil price fell. Maybe down a bit if we're lucky
  7. Ted M

    Costing of baling via contractor v baling yourself

    I'm surprised about the mchale, maybe depends on how fast they go. A roller baler makes a tighter bale if you go steadier. We had a krone to try several years ago and the new holland we had at the time had to go a lot further to make a bale. And noisy as you say.
  8. Ted M

    Costing of baling via contractor v baling yourself

    Could be, I can't speak for others but I like to take pride in what I do and produce. My concern would be if I made soft bales then word would soon get round and any extra "profit" would be shortlived. I'm not a mchale fan myself but that's more down to backup than the machines. Any good...
  9. Ted M

    Costing of baling via contractor v baling yourself

    Quite agree. We try to not take on too much work so can be on time for our customers. We have I think, a good relationship with our dealer so should problems occur they are sorted quickly or a backup provided. Also if I think back to balers we used to run, (which might be low cost machines now...
  10. Ted M

    need help with info to beat a vegan

    That's quite funny. I have seen other posts that suggest the opposite though (could be made up obviously) that a lot of vegan foods were left on the shelves. Even in a crisis no one wants it. Not sure which I like the most :finger:
  11. Ted M

    need help with info to beat a vegan

    Yes. I think I mentioned on another thread that I wondered how many recent "converts" resorted back amidst the recent panic buying?
  12. Ted M

    need help with info to beat a vegan

    I notice their trolling on various farming /dairy social media pages has reduced enormously. No doubt they will be back using this pandemic and it's supposed source to try and further their cause.
  13. Ted M

    Whats your machinery line up.

    Fairly modest compared to some but in our shed there is.... JD 6175r Jcb 526-55 (1995) JD c441r combi baler JD f310r and 331 front and rear mowers Kuhn 7 metre rake Kuhn 7 metre tedder krm m2w fert spreader Amazone 3 meter power harrow Accord 4 row maize drill (was a 6 but we cut it down...
  14. Ted M

    Stabiliser bull?

    Crikey, they don't even sound like the same breed as we have. Ours are all pretty quiet apart from the odd one that can be a bit protective after calving but settles down after a day or two. The only thing I can suggest is the lad we had ours off originally has 2 herds on 2 farms. One lot are...
  15. Ted M

    Has anyone else noticed or is it just me?

    Yes, bit of sunshine makes anyone feel better
  16. Ted M

    Has anyone else noticed or is it just me?

    And me, most impressive. :poop::X3:
  17. Ted M

    Has anyone else noticed or is it just me?

    Actually yes. Was digging into a pile next to the bottom of a drive up to a couple of houses when one of the families appeared (out for their daily walk I imagine) and they all waved. Kids didn't run for cover when I was spreading by their garden either. We do try and cultivate it in asap as...
  18. Ted M

    Has anyone else noticed or is it just me?

    Unbelievably I met one on the road with the slurry tanker the other day and he raised his arm with a big thumbs-up. Absolutely unprecedented.... 🤗
  19. Ted M

    Has anyone else noticed or is it just me?

    Since the start of this lock down I've been fortunate enough to be flat out on fieldwork, carting muck and injecting slurry, drilling and spreading fertiliser. We've fields to attend to around a few local villages but the one thing I've noticed is that when I meet people on the road either...

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