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  1. E

    Has anyone had problems with shearwell combi 3000 tag pliers ?

    I ordered a new run of tags off shearwell and got some new combi 3000 tag pliers. I have only tagged 4 calf's with them and had problems with 2 tags not going in. The female part of the tag is not supported enough in the pliers which is allowing it to be squashed into the pliers so the male part...
  2. F

    Calves and electric fencing

    Does it work with young calves and electric fencing, thinking of using 2 or 3 strands to turn out some young calves and cows. Will the calves respect it or will it just cause problems?
  3. H

    TB testing

    Have just completed first test of three . We have ,yet again had a casualty which I'm convinced is due to the TB testing . A good cow has aborted twin calves . . Does anyone else suffer losses like this around TB testing .
  4. L

    Disillusioned with suppliers

    Have always believed that to have a successful business you need to work with good people/businesses. perhaps I’m naive in this. over the last yr this concept is being challenged. have had a bank manager not bother to reply to quite urgent emails. Lately LIC have been interesting My...
  5. F

    Calf cart

    Anyone using a calf cart for moving young calves about and have an opinion on them? Seems to be a few on the market some more pricey than others. Currently just walk calf’s from calving shed to calf house but looking to make the task somewhat easier, thought the integrated head yoke might make...
  6. Agriland RSS

    How can subclinical mineral deficiency occur post-calving?

    Written by Agriland Team The weeks of spring are a critical period for farms in Ireland aiming to get cows back in calf quickly to ensure a compact-calving interval. Teagasc research shows nationally only 58% of the dairy herd calves in the first six weeks of the calving season and a calving...
  7. J

    4xtrahands / farm employee

    It is proving to be incredibly difficult finding a decent person to come and work here. There seems to be a serious shortage of people wanting a job in farming around here which is compounded by the fact that there are other farms in a similar position as me with regards to labour. Has anyone...
  8. U

    What should I vaccinate sheep for.

    Hi I come from a farming family who don't vaccinate for anything hoping to get animals to build up own immunity apart from bluetongue the 1st year which was a waste of money and I've married into a family that does vaccinate for a lot off things and now I got my own sheep about 15 charlais ewes...
  9. Farm Business RSS

    New QMS report reveals the potential of harnessing DNA to improve Scotch Beef PGI

    Written by John Swire Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) has launched the findings from their Scotch Beef PGI Traceability and Performance project, which examined the potential of DNA testing for traceability and improving the performance of the Scottish beef herd. Established to research how QMS...
  10. Agriland RSS

    One third of dairy farmers not implementing biosecurity measures

    Written by Agriland Team A 2020 survey carried out in the UK has confirmed that one in three dairy farmers do not fully implement biosecurity protocols. The list of shortcomings includes the use of the wrong disinfectants for the jobs in hand; incorrectly diluting disinfectants; and not having...
  11. E

    Worcester Aberdeen Angus sale 3rd April.

    I know they aren't everybody's cup of tea on here (naming no names) but is anyone going this Saturday? We have 2 bulls entered and I'm sure there will be a lot of good cattle there.
  12. PuG

    Cattle trailer, 28ft, any recommendations?

    Morning, we're looking at moving cattle up to the mountains thats about an 1hr and 45 minute drive by car. Our idea is to perhaps buy either a second hand or new cattle trailer. The previous farmer use to get them hauled on either one double decker or two smaller cattle lorries but reasonably...
  13. Farm Business RSS

    Opportunity for livestock and dairy farmers to collaborate and beef up the value of Scotland’s calf crop

    Written by John Swire With the increased use of both sexed and beef semen in dairy herds, there is an opportunity to create a network of dairy farmers and beef finishers that can grow the value of Scotland’s calf crop, diversify their income and improve their margins. This is according to SAC...
  14. ADHDan

    a native cross to suit saler cows or?

    long story short, me and my father used to milk dairycows, were lowland farm, east midlands, we stopped milking for various reasons but rather then sell the herd i retained our britishblueX & herefordX heifers and AI'd the dairycows with sexed stabiliser and salers semen in our last year to give...
  15. Farm Business RSS

    Changes will help breed healthier dairy cows

    Written by John Swire AHDB Dairy will introduce three changes to genetic evaluations when dairy bull proofs are published next week (6 April). The major revision is the launch of HealthyCow (HC), which rolls all individual health traits into one figure. Alongside this, a Gestation Length Index...
  16. V

    Foot bathing in iodine

    This may have been talked about before does anybody run sheep through iodine solution to tackle feet issues ? I’m having good results when sorting sheep with foot rot , trim back and spray with iodine rather than a Terramycin spray , they are recovering quick . Normally just bath them with...
  17. L

    LIC

    Sooooooo We ordered some sexed semen from them in late January. We were informed it might not be available fair enough. We were asked to supply a substitute which we did. So last week we were informed that the original bull was not available and oh by the way neither is your substitute because...
  18. W

    Cross Suckling calves

    Does anyone have any ideas on how to stop calves cross suckling? Rearing channel island breed calves in group hutches (as required by milk buyer) on milk bar teats. Calves fed mothers milk for first 4 days on bottle then transition onto feeder with milk powder. I’m feeding 3.5L morning and night...
  19. Bald Rick

    Be Aware ... PETA advert

    Emailed to Glanbia producers by our buyer, Dylan. Advert in Daily Post (so assume other regional papers too)
  20. FarmerDanny1989

    Which breed of stock bull?

    Interested to know people’s opinions on which breed of stock bull they use and why? What they put them over, there kill out grade and %. Iv currently 4 lims, 2 blue, 2 Charolais, 1 shorthorn, but I’m finding my lims to wild even tho there hand bedded daily, so looking to change breed. I’m...
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