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  1. Agriland RSS

    SaMASZ mowers challenge the mainstream

    Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland SaMASZ is a company based in the the city of Bialystok which lies in in the north east of Poland. It was here, in 1984, that Antoni Stolarski opened a small workshop where he serviced and repaired cars. It wasn’t too long before he moved to...
  2. Hilly


    Why do we chop it ? Why can’t I just load trailers with handler run down row push up a heap load trailer tip in pit repeat ? Why bother with the expensive bit ?
  3. thesilentone

    When is the time to confront the elephant in the room ?

    Our action to negate or slow global warming is clearly not going fast enough. I don't point the finger at the UK exclusively, we are far from the worst offenders, however in general, are we doing enough ? Looking at Agriculture alone, currently social media is full of pictures of tractors...
  4. Bojangles

    Fat Hens will they eat them or am I going to have to kill the clover

    Got a reseed that is just full of fat hens 🤦‍♂️ I took the chance as it was sprayed off and put a decent amount of clover in the mix. Now I’m staring at a bloody mess. Have put ewes on it and obviously they are loving the grass but it’s becoming obvious as they eat it down how bad the bloody...
  5. deeplume

    Cut or graze AB8 (Flower Rich Margins & Plots)...?

    Looking at using AB8 for some fairly big chunks of field on my next Stewardship. Do you cut or graze yours? Does anyone make hay from it? I've got cows to graze it with, so thinking that might be the easier / cheaper option but be good to have baling as a back up plan. Fairly happy that the cows...
  6. agcon1

    GS4...any good as feed ?

    We will be establishing some GS4 , Legume and herd rich sward under a CSS agreement...Question is, is it any good baled and wrapped as feed?....would only be fed to heifers or young stock as belly fill along side crimped barley.
  7. Slippery Slope

    Buying land is a hindrance to business development

    True or False?
  8. Wynnstay

    Do you know the 7 Silage Sins?

    When it comes to producing good quality, nutritious silage small things can make a big difference. This is especially true of mistakes. A shortcut or a small oversight can ultimately result in silage that is unusable due to insufficient dry matter content or worse, silage that is dangerous to...
  9. Aspiring Peasants

    Topping grassland

    Just after people's opinions. What would you top this with? Rotary topper Flail topper Disc mower I've done it before with a rotary topper but I think it leaves a rough finish so the grass doesn't recover as well . Also used a lot of shear bolts. Cut it all with disc mower first year we had it...
  10. Lallemand Animal Nut.

    Consider crimped grains to reduce energy shortfall

    Following a challenging grass silage making season, dairy and beef farmers are being urged to consider crimping any cereal crops to help plug the energy gaps. Bryan Buckley, regional business manager for Ireland at Lallemand Animal Nutrition, explains that because of the late silage season...
  11. George from SJM Planning

    Contractor for Smallholding - West Wales

    Hi all, We have a smallholding near New Quay and have 2.5ac (across 3 paddocks) that need cutting for hay. We have previously been able to cut and turn ourselves and contract for baling but this year we haven't got a mower so can only turn and row up. Can anyone recommend someone to mow and...
  12. O

    I remember when.............

    All this canter about electronics, powershift transmissions, computer control etc just makes me smile when I cast my mind back to 1966 when a new Nuffield 10/60 arrived to boost a fleet of 460's. My Gosh - 10 gears instead of 5 just with another lever! Whatever will they think of next?
  13. ccp contracting

    Forage Wagon work rate.

    I know its how long is a piece of string , but what sort of acreage would you like to be clearing on a 8 ton May !st cut on a 3 mile round trip on good roads with little traffic.
  14. A

    Kuhn merger 950

    Good evening, Wanting peoples advise/thoughts. We’ve had the Kuhn Merger 950 for a season and a half now. Got a few problems but the main one is the edge of the pick up reel dragging on heavy tedded first cut grass which causes lumps, belt blockages and a lot of ball ache! (and it doesn’t...
  15. Lallemand Animal Nut.

    Careful management needed to overcome challenging silage season

    With unfavourable silage making conditions causing problems across the UK and Ireland, experts are stressing the importance of careful management and planning to overcome any potential issues at feed-out. Anwen Jones, regional business manager for Wales at Lallemand Animal Nutrition, explains...
  16. spin cycle

    gs4 legume and herb rich

    anyone grow this?.....whats it like to establish/weed control?.....can it make hay?...though nutrient depletion could be a problem :scratchhead: .......grazing wise what sorta lsu can it reasonably support without falling foul of regs:scratchhead:
  17. C

    Hay v silage

    If I cut a field of grass, half is made into silage, half is made into hay, which is the best feed for milking cows and why?
  18. Bojangles

    Winter dry cow rations. Have I been wasting my money

    So I have always tried to feed dry beef cows in winter well being careful to meet all of their dm requirements, best minerals, correct protein etc. then i visit friends who basically give them silage and minerals and free access straw. Their cows look grand and I feel stupid. Am I a victim of...
  19. Bruce Almighty

    Weeds in Westerwolds

    We sowed 22 acres Westerwolds on 3rd April, we've never grown it before. After the rain in May it established well. It's almost ready for first cut, but there is a lot of redshank and knotgrass in the bottom of it and a few other weeds. I know I should've sprayed it but it's too late now Will...
  20. Cows 'n grass

    Feed rate in at higher prices?

    I deliberately cut cow numbers by more than 10% for this year to make for a more sustainable system that is less dependent on bought in feed and fertilizer I am currently feeding 3.5 kg fw of 16% cake for 1.8 kg MS. Cake is £250ish a ton. On an Arla contract my seasonal (B) litres are worth...