1. O

    Critique my basic sheep financials

    As per title. Basic calculations based upon inputs i can think of off the top of my head. Based upon purchasing 30 Easycare/Exlana ewe lambs in Year 1 and run as low input as possible in SW England. Retaining ewe lambs where necessary to replace culls/fallen stock. I have not priced in...
  2. TFF

    New research: What limits bumblebee populations on farmland? 2022-07-20

    Authors: Dr Tom Timberlake and Prof Jane Memmott A new study by Tom Timberlake and colleagues at the University of Bristol shows how important late summer flowers and rural gardens can be for supporting bumblebees on UK farmland. Does this offer an opportunity to devise more targeted...
  3. TFF

    Can agroforestry help achieve sustainable developmental goals? 2022-07-19

    Agroforestry is an intentional integration of trees on farmland. Globally, it is practised by 1.2 billion people on 10 per cent area of total agricultural lands (over 1 billion hectares). It is widely popular as ‘a low hanging fruit’ due to its multifarious tangible and intangible benefits. A...
  4. B

    Pre Calver blocks/licks

    Anyone use them? Trying to keep pre calvers on a simple system and thought the blocks would work quite well, anyone had experience with them?
  5. B

    Sucklers on hay

    Usually feed cows ad lib baleage. Salt licks right through then lifeline crumb on feed about 2 weeks pre and right through calving. Looking at making more hay this time due to cost of wrap. Thinking hay until new year then switch to baleage. What would people feed with it? Would be medium to...
  6. will6910

    Sick ewes

    I’m sorry if this comes across as moaning but I am abit down at moment with one thing and another and this is getting to me badly this evening. Since 1st March Iv lost 5 ewes to identical symptoms and now Iv found a 6th one this evening. Symptoms are, very very wet dribbly mouth. Either no...
  7. gavd

    Calving disaster

    Just come in from the latest stillborn calf, so far 3 stillborn out of 6 calved. Only have 20 sucklers and this year making me question having them. Seems a lot of work and hassle for very little reward. Managed to get the second stillborn and placenta to the lab for a PM the other day. Still...
  8. P

    Heatwave/ bulk mixing lamlac "hacks"

    Had a heatwave for two years now. Generally think it's a very good thing. I just wondered if anyone had "hacked" it to improve it? The pumping-through system could surely be improved somehow. I found the weights supplied for the end of the pipes annoying and now jubilee clip a nut and bolt on...
  9. twizzel

    Improving suckler cow colostrum quality

    We’ve been having a few rumbling issues this winter with calves and rotavirus (which we vaccinate the cows for), navel ill, pneumonia. The cows calve all year round but generally from nov - April. I try to get them scour vaccinated within the 3-12 week pre calving window. Anyhow, the vet was on...
  10. CWS

    Ewes not doing at all.

    Looking for some advice. Wife's got a handful of zwartbles and this lambing has been a balls up. There's just no go about them, no intakes and not cleaning after lambing. There fit but wouldn't say fat. As soon as we brought them in they went off feed and haven't recovered. There adlib 1st cut...
  11. Danllan

    China to enforce no-fly zone

    No, not news, just an idea of mine, because: Putin could do nothing, NATO wouldn't have to do anything, China gets a chance to pretend it is nice really, lots of Ukrainians don't die. Seems like an all-round winner. How about the TFF Massive starting this as an idea on social media? Thoughts?
  12. devonbrion1998

    Fat Ewes

    Hi all Ok I have left my main ewe flock out on some good grass this winter along with a molasses feeder I bought them home today, lambing in 4/5 weeks, and was shocked to find just how fat they have got, I normally would start feeding now Could do with your thoughts on feeding going forward...
  13. neilo

    Pine shavings for lambing pens

    Using pine shavings for bedding lambing pens seemed all the rage a couple of years ago, and lots on here were on for trying it. Of those that did, how did you get on, and are you still doing it? Is it worth the extra expense over straw, and reduce disease challenge? What shavings are best for...
  14. T

    Self Replacing Maternal Breed

    Thinking of having another breed of sheep on the farm. Want something hardy and maternal, that I can breed pure, keep replacements and sell surplus ewe lambs. Upland wet farm. What breeds would you suggest? Want to keep 2-300 of them.
  15. Agriland RSS

    NFU Scotland welcomes LFASS payments

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland NFU Scotland has welcomed the announcement that more than 9,000 eligible farmers and crofters in some of Scotland’s most remote and marginalised areas will start to receive payments through the lifeline Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) 2021...
  16. 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...
  17. Farm Business RSS

    Address nutritional shortfalls in forage ahead of calving and lambing

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business As concentrate prices hold strong and livestock farmers push stock harder on homegrown feeds, nutritional shortfalls in forage needs to be addressed for breeding stock, says Dr Alison Bond, nutritionist for Rumenco. “Throughout the winter feeding...
  18. S

    Auction v Deadweight

    Which system does everyone believe is the most trustworthy system?
  19. Agriland RSS

    Supporting ewe nutrition pre and post lambing leads to heavier lambs at weaning

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland Sheep producers looking to maximise weaning weights and lifetime performance for this lambing season, should adopt a combo supplement protocol for colostrum quality pre-lambing and milk production post-lambing, said Dr. Alison Bond, nutritionist for...
  20. 4755dave

    Avadexer way

    So Much thinking Lots of digging round in the nettles And a new box of tea bags I've begun the build of an avadexer pack....