1. will6910

    Sheep wintering options

    I’m having a bad sort off day and been trying to think of stuff and options for future. Probably been covered befofe but what options are the most achievable for maximising sheep numbers on small farm. I have 38 acres of home farm and then in winter I have anywhere between 30 and 50 acres for...
  2. C

    Wholecrop hybrid rye fed too cattle.

    I wholecrop a lot of spring cereals for our beef herd. Mostly oats to form the base of a tmr. I'm looking at the yield from hybrid rye and thinking it maybe a good option. Has anyone done it, what is the feed value if cut late? Is it palatable enough for them? Thanks in advance.
  3. M

    Potash Soil Deficiency

    Recent soil analysis is showing K levels at 0 on a lot of the cutting ground. PH around 6.0. The margins around the fields are showing good growth but can see where I’ve cut last year very clearly and the yields don’t look very promising! Is MOP the best long term option? And if so where would...
  4. F

    End of the Road for Small Livestock Farms?

    I buy store cattle off some small local farms and always try to help them out with bull hire or dehorning and TB testing. Yesterday when I went to see some yearlings on one of these farms that is only around 50 acres of old established permanent grass and a reasonable shed, the owners said that...
  5. Agriland RSS

    Arla Foods to test the feasibility of using biochar commercially in agriculture

    Written by William Kellett A consortium of eight organisations, including farmer owned dairy cooperative Arla Foods UK, has been awarded funding as a part of the government’s Direct Air Capture and Greenhouse Gas Removal Technologies competition. The project will test the feasibility of using...
  6. jondear

    Worst gate !

    Not done much contracting for a few years but today came across this ! Got me thinking I don't miss the getting to a farmers field and being first through with rake and trying to open a Contraption of a gap filler . Either not hung Tied up with string ! Not wide enough ! Some fence across the...
  7. L

    Worsening blackgrass/ryegrass problem.

    I'm in my fifth year of strip tilling following a more traditional plough/power harrow based system. I had some decent results in the first few years but the last two wet autumn /winters have not been so great. My main problem is the blackgrass is getting out of hand, I don't think my...
  8. MOG

    Masses of ticks on sheepdog, best treatment?

    Our sheepdog has started coming back from going around the sheep with me covered in ticks. We can expect to remove 10-15 after each run out. Now we have never really seem ticks before on the farm so it is a bit of a worry all round. However, we need to get something on the dog to repel the...
  9. Dog Bowl

    Crimped Spring Barley

    Never had anything to do with it. Always take spring barley as a wholecrop but looking at other options as feel I don't need the bulky nature of all that forage. What is the process involved? How would I clamp it? How do folk feed it? What sort of feed rate would you feed it to weaned suckled...
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  11. oldoaktree

    Sunday morning sinking feeling !

    Just moving around 1st thing this morning and I get a call from the local equestrian centre “there’s some cows out on the road near you “ thankfully not mine so I call neighbour who has some fields next to me , not there’s quick look out with the pickup and I spot them in a gate way . 9 smart...
  12. Aspiring Peasants

    8 month winter?

    Came in from feeding cows etc and realised they are now into their 8th month inside having come in on the 15th October. I don't think they will be out much before June after yesterday's rain. Not so many years ago they would be out well into November and go back out early May. But in recent...
  13. Bossfarmer

    All grass with straw for muck deals OR all cereals!

    The direction of travel with farm support in the uk seems clear it seems i was right about brexit, that said what is now the way forward on mixed farms? no support leaves a big cut in net profit, whether your still making anything or not depends on prices either way nobody wants to make less...
  14. H

    Feeding fields beans to finishing cattle

    Currently finishing Lim x cattle on maize silage, grass silage, brewers grains and 5.5kg of barley/wheat mixture. Beans grow well here and interested in if they would have a place in our finisher ration. Thanks in advance
  15. shumungus

    Spraying Docks and associated weeds on grassland.

    Been quoted £110/£120 per 5l of Forefront. what mixes out there would do the same job for less money. What is that like as a price for Forefront?
  16. NADIS News Feed

    NADIS - Lameness Control in Sheep

    Introduction Lameness in sheep is a significant cause of financial losses with an estimated cost to the UK industry of £28 million per year. It creates serious welfare implications and negatively impacts public perception of sheep farming with three million UK sheep thought to be lame at any...
  17. jerseycowsman

    Calving gate location

    My calving gate for the grant scheme has finally arrived, a Ritchie one. Anyone got any pictures of where you have put yours and pics of it in action? In a rush now as have to it paid, installed and claimed for by next week! TIA
  18. Sid

    Paying farmers a lump sum to retire Average farmer could get 50k with the largest landowners getting 100k Average farmer gets 21k per year "Older farmers are often most resistant to new "green" methods, and Environment Secretary George Eustice wants them to move on" "The...
  19. Johnnyboxer

    Australia Free Trade Deal?

    UK farmers sound alarm over Australia trade talks UK farmers sound alarm over Australia trade talks Could be trouble ahead
  20. Agriland RSS

    How good are your calf rearing practices?

    Written by Agriland Team Ongoing Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) research is highlighting the opportunity for calf rearing practices within Northern Ireland’s dairy sector to be improved dramatically. A survey carried out as part of the institute’s OptiHouse project, is pointing...