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  1. cowboysupper

    Can't catch my sheep

    I've been in a similar situation too. I would buy some electric fencing gear and sub divide the field into 4 paddocks. Run a water line up to the central point and stick in a plastic trough which can be slid under the elec fence to the next paddock when you move them on. Which ever paddock is...
  2. cowboysupper

    CODD and other sheep ailments that pee you off

    Bought a batch of ewes and lambs in the spring which unbeknown to me brought CODD with them. Absolute nightmare to get rid of. Was initially recommended LA Alamycin which was not particularly effective. Moved onto LA Betamox which I've found very good if a sheep is caught early, although 2...
  3. cowboysupper

    Lanark texel sales, today.

    There were plenty of lambs in Lanark like that unfortunately and it was pretty obvious before glancing at the catalogue to check their EBVs (if they had any). Harbro and the likes must be laughing all the way to the bank.
  4. cowboysupper

    Lanark texel sales, today.

    I do quite like the simplicity of the Irish EBVs. I think it appeals to a broader base of farmers because of its simplicity. What are the accuracy levels like though? Are they still not on the low side given it being still a relatively new scheme?
  5. cowboysupper

    Lanark texel sales, today.

    You're 100% correct. Some of the lambs making five figures the other day was ridiculous.
  6. cowboysupper

    Lanark texel sales, today.

    Less aesthetically pleasing lambs than normal.
  7. cowboysupper

    Lanark texel sales, today.

    That is a big big problem. These folk have been sucked into buying high price gimmers at winter in lamb sales. More often than not they breed lambs that don't live up to the price tag of their mother, but people keep flushing and flushing hopeing some frozen semen will click. It doesnt seem...
  8. cowboysupper

    Lanark texel sales, today.

    I'm not saying you're wrong, but you're going to find difficulty persuading wealthy landowners that they can't spend whatever they want on fancy sheep and cattle. It's no different to any other person with money wanting to spend their wealth on Ferraris or horses for their own satisfaction.
  9. cowboysupper

    Lanark texel sales, today.

    Texel Society Facebook page.
  10. cowboysupper

    Lanark texel sales, today.

    That pretty much sums it up. But hey for those who are multi millionaires with a farm they have to get their kicks out of something.
  11. cowboysupper

    Lanark texel sales, today.

    I've never really seen mouths being an issue here. For the amount of feed going into a lot of them, easy fleshing is something that seems to be missing.
  12. cowboysupper

    Lanark texel sales, today.

    Trying to find a ram that will make correct shearlings is difficult. Lots of structural faults. Even the top so called breeders lambs are in short supply.
  13. cowboysupper

    Lanark texel sales, today.

    I thought it is a pretty disappointing show, as poor as I've seen in a very long time. Have very few marked for tomorrow. Castlecairn will probably top the sale.
  14. cowboysupper

    Lanark texel sales, today.

    Heading over this evening to see what's about. Not so keen on a lot of the lambs I've seen advertised on Facebook so far, although Proctors look like they have a fair lamb with figures to match.
  15. cowboysupper

    Variable rate lime

    Yeah I appreciate that and I suppose that's where we thought the grubber would be suitable in this instance to work it well into the soil before the plough goes near it.
  16. cowboysupper

    Variable rate lime

    Ideally we'd plough and spread on top but we're in a high rainfall area and with such narrow weather windows we have to adapt sometimes. We find that unless conditions are perfect spreading on ploughed ground the lime spreader will leave compaction which is difficult to reverse. This field...
  17. cowboysupper

    Variable rate lime

    That is what I had in my head but at the same time have found no evidence to back it up. The contractor has spread 4t acre before on land he purchased with poor fertility and saw no ill effects. Our department of agriculture thinks the 3t/acre max rate was always an economic argument rather...
  18. cowboysupper

    Variable rate lime

    We got some VR maps back this week for lime applications this autumn prior to drilling hybrid rye. A couple of fields missed getting lime last autumn due to poor weather conditions and as a result have an increased requirement this year. We've a few fields where sections require 3.5t/acre -...
  19. cowboysupper

    Doosan road compressor

    We have a 2011 Doosan 771 road compressor with an Ingersoll Rand engine in it. Last week the starter packed it in so we replaced it. When the old starter was disconnected from the engine block there were quite a lot of rubber filings in the the flywheel housing. We are led to believe that...
  20. cowboysupper

    Silage 2020

    Yeh we got that dump of rain too in Eglinton😭. Grass is ready to mow on Monday but when on earth will get a settled dry spell that we need! Thunderstorms forecast now for Monday & Tuesday too! Ground is saturated. Not been easy getting grass at the quality stage this summer.

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