1. Ted M

    Feeding winter beans as protein.

    Evening all. Currently have a shed full of 10-11 month old bulls fattening on a mix of barley and protein pellets, and fodder beet. We are coming to the end of the pellets in the bin and a mate has some winter beans available. Our roller mill has 3 rollers so should cope with beans okay. Just...
  2. Man_in_black

    Ewes blowing guts out

    How do Due to start next week. Tex X lleyn in lamb to tex. Brought them in ny eve. Week later one had prolapse but another one had (my gaffers words, I wasn't there) just shot everything out its fanny. He insists it not a prolapse and everything had come out in bloody mess, obviously dead. Two...
  3. Agrovista News

    Innovation Range - Phosphorus Liberator

    Innovation Range - Phosphorus Liberator A soil-applied product that dissolves existing phosphorus locked up in the soil, making it available to plants and improving soil health. How it works Phosphorus Liberator contains carboxylic acid salt – an organic compound with the ability to break down...
  4. Aspiring Peasants

    Grass vs cake

    Talking sheep here. It's been a largely accepted doctrine that grass is good and cake is bad. I've always thought this is over simplistic because the cost of grass should include rent field maintenance etc. However ignoring that, with fertilizer at £700 to £800 per ton the cost of producing...
  5. J

    Dry cow feeding

    Any jersey herds out there using xzelit calcium binder in the dry period?
  6. Agriland RSS

    Arla Foods to convert to fossil-free milk tankers

    Written by Aisling O'Brien from Agriland European dairy cooperative, Arla Foods has unveiled ambitious plans to scale up its climate target for operations from 30% to 63%. The Danish multinational group said that the revised target is consistent with the reductions needed to keep global...
  7. Chris F

    Foresight Obesity System Map

    This was brought up at the OFC - it was part of a report used to find out why obesity exists in a population. I had no idea just how complex is was. A full scale version is here...
  8. K

    Lamb reviver/ boost/ jump start

    Lambing a few weeks away and wanting to know everyone's views on the lamb revive, boost and jump start products. Do they work? Are they worth the money? I was giving any lamb that hadn't sooked a shot of the Osmonds one and can't decide if it worked or not. It's was a third of the price of...
  9. Direct Driller Magazine

    A Sustainable South African Story

    Written by Justin Platt I was very fortunate to grow up on a farm in the beautiful Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. With no real agricultural experience to speak of, my father left the family printing business in the late 1950s and established us on 500 acres of farmland, a small fry...
  10. Direct Driller Magazine

    Are you happy with the quality of the lime you purchase?

    Written by James Warne from Soil First Farming A word of warning to all of you who buy bulk lime products. There appears to be nobody in the supply chain fighting your corner to ensure the quality of the lime you buy meets the legal requirements as laid down in the Fertiliser Regulations...
  11. Deere 6430

    Diesel Road compressor help

    We have an ingersoll rand diesel road compressor but have a cooling problem. Should the engine fan draw air across the engine and PUSH it through the radiator ie the oppsi to a standard vehicle or should it PULL air through the radiator? I have a feeling the fan is not correct as it looks as if...
  12. jh.

    Direct Driller lime article

    Trying to get my head around this . Surface area "Per metric ton" , so what rate of prilled would be needed to match a ground rate of 5ton a hec. Never used prilled so no idea on how much a ton even costs compared to a bulk wagon tipped for a lime spreader but surely the cost of a prilled...
  13. T

    Contract lambing work

    Evening all, Just wondering what most other people are charging per hour for lambing work. I've been contract lambing for a number of years, I tend to run lambing sheds of 500-600 ewes dealing with calcium cases, prolapses and difficult lambings etc... the only assistance I tend to get is...
  14. Cmoran

    Land with excess copper?

    Friend of mine is having trouble with a farm he is renting it seems the land is poisoned from excess pig slurry over a number of years he lost a few sheep and got them tested showing up copper poisoning as the problem he has taken the farm on long term lease and is wondering what be best way to...
  15. cubby

    Who’s feeding turnips to in lamb ewes

    I have some main crop turnips put them in to to try reduce the bought in feed . In my head I will put twin bearing mules on them after scanning. Decent crop I have a nice leafy second cut dry bales of 14 percent protein to feed along side . My question is do people still feed cobs along side at...
  16. Jerry

    Scanning 2021

    Scanned ewes today and numbers are up about 5% on last year. But 12% are triplets with a few quads mixed in. Outdoor lambing flock and triplets are a pain really. How are others scans? Scanner man said been mixed, some about same as last year but a few back, one place 25% back for some reason.
  17. Just because

    Grazing beet tops

    Going to graze with store lambs are they best left or graze straight away
  18. farmer1989

    Slury addatives, bugs , inoculants

    Im aware this has been talked-about before but thought it needed a refresh with the price of fert im getting alot of post selling the above any googling i do has lots of videos and advice saying we should all be using them but when i ask around no one does even my advisor cant give me a yes or...
  19. Direct Driller Magazine

    Featured Farmer - Ed Reynolds

    Farm Facts: Ed Reynolds 327ha arable farm in west Cambridgeshire growing combinable crops on clay The land is 71% owned, 29% contract farming agreement 1 fulltime employee, 0.5 myself + casual staff at harvest When I started farming there were two choices: conventional and organic. We were...
  20. Direct Driller Magazine

    A guide to magnesium nutrition – are your crops getting enough?

    A guide to magnesium nutrition – are your crops getting enough? Written by James Warne from Soil First Farming An introduction to magnesium and its role in crops Magnesium is a crucial component in the production process of yield in any crop. It forms the centre of the chlorophyll complex. In...