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  1. Andrew

    Escorting a large load

    The idea of an escort vehicle behind with a trained driver is to prevent rear end collisions. Leave a decent gap from the vehicle you’re escorting and watch the mirrors like a hawk. If you see a vehicle that hasn’t twigged your speed, you accelerate and move left, hopefully giving the other...
  2. Andrew

    Project Xerion.

    Not really sure why but this axle made me think of this thread! https://www.profi.co.uk/news/quad-shift-axle-veenhuis-slurry-tanker
  3. Andrew

    New toy day

    The regular driver loves that gearbox, we've had a couple now. I don't do enough hours on it to have a preference. No, airbrakes not autolube.
  4. Andrew

    New toy day

  5. Andrew

    Escorting a large load

    An escort vehicle is behind, in contact with the driver, to monitor the other drivers. For example telling him that some idiot is sat 2ft from his nearside bumper waiting to undertake him when he moves right to sweep round the roundabout ahead - or even better to plug that gap with the escort...
  6. Andrew

    How well does banding horns really work?

    https://www.prowormers.co.uk/products/farmsensehornexcalfdehorningpaste-spatula?variant=36044016091302&currency=GBP&utm_medium=product_sync&utm_source=google&utm_content=sag_organic&utm_campaign=sag_organic
  7. Andrew

    How well does banding horns really work?

    The paste doesn’t hurt them at all, just a little irritation. They’re done before they’re a week old. Debudding would be a better term than Dehorning.
  8. Andrew

    How well does banding horns really work?

    Never used tape. Clip hair from round buds. Small bit of vaseline around the bud. Paste on the bud. Put all the tags in. Done in 5 mins.
  9. Andrew

    How well does banding horns really work?

    Never used duck tape? Is that with the bander method?
  10. Andrew

    How well does banding horns really work?

    Will second this. £15 for a tub of Hornex paste, does 100 animals. 120 calves here last year and only one has a small stump grown. Really humane, quick and cheap. No use if you buy in with horns already on though.
  11. Andrew

    1000 sq meter hay/straw store

    Per square foot the extra cost is minuscule and easily paid for by the benefits it brings.
  12. Andrew

    1000 sq meter hay/straw store

    Perfect straw shed would be 2000ft x 2000ft clear span 40ft the eaves with an automatic roller shutter door and a weighbridge insides. Might be quite expensive though.
  13. Andrew

    1000 sq meter hay/straw store

    Worst record I can think on one particular farm is 6hrs to load a wagon and drag.Yet they want the same money for the straw as those that can load in 15 mins.
  14. Andrew

    1000 sq meter hay/straw store

    Depends on your how you stack them in. We stack from the open ends rather than through the posts, so in your example a shorter wider shed would suit us better.
  15. Andrew

    1000 sq meter hay/straw store

    Most straw trucks are either an 18m wagon and drag, or a unit with a 13.6m or 15.2m trailer. When the shed is nearly empty you’ve either got to load / unload all outside and run to the back of the shed, or park the truck and load inside. For ease of use and safety its easier to drive in and...
  16. Andrew

    Road Home Made Trailer

    That reads like you're considering the back end of a rigid truck for a chassis? Don't do it. It will twist everywhere, and you will struggle to get an engineer to calculate the strength for the weight plate etc as you won't know what grade steel it is. Make it from scratch, new box section is...
  17. Andrew

    1000 sq meter hay/straw store

    I would be weary of it though, as the quotes we've had in the past don't back it up. Have you asked any of the manufacturers for information and suggestions? @MD @Minshall Buildings
  18. Andrew

    1000 sq meter hay/straw store

    10x 4*3s or 7 Hestons on the outside, climbing to 12x 4*3s or 9 Hesstons in the middle.
  19. Andrew

    1000 sq meter hay/straw store

    Ours are 80ft span 140ft long 30ft to the eaves, access through the 80ft end. 9 bales across then. Depends how many types you want to store and have access to at once, stacking that high really you want 3 wide so that gives you 3 types you can get to.
  20. Andrew

    Road Home Made Trailer

    If it’s for livestock at 18ft a single axle would be OK, just make sure the suspension doesn’t make it bounce to much. Make it solid with no twist otherwise the box will always be cracking. Unless you’re going 2 decks of cows stability will be fine.

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