round bales

  1. melted welly

    Loading bulk with industrial forklift

    For reasons I can’t be bothered going into, I’m wondering if anyone has experience loading bulk grain with industrial masted forklifts? Specifically larger size. We have a 4.5t capacity dual wheeled machine that I’m wondering if would suitable for using with a bucket. also interested in...
  2. F

    250,000 heifer

  3. davidroberts30

    shed costs for beef cattle

    how much would a loose house shed cost to house 140/150 cattle? what sort of size is needed?
  4. Johnnyboxer

    Unsecured Loads

    Be careful with your sheep troughs From Face Book today Traffic Cop David Minto was in...
  5. PerformanceLleyns

    How do you get your breeding sheep through the winter?

    How do you get your sheep through the winter? It is a difficult one. It very much depends on your options and priorities. Is it a straight forward cost/output decision? Or do considerations such as biosecurity come strongly into the equation? If you are lucky enough to have your sheep as a...
  6. michael N123

    Homemade bale trailer out of old artic trailer

    Anyone made there own they appear to be quite cheap and I’ve a good mechanic friend who can cut it down fit Drawbar ect Been told that it might flex/twist more but can’t see it being to big a problem or is it?
  7. MickyMook

    Diet feeder loaded with tractor loader

    I'm coming from a place of zero experience with this so I'm hoping some people on here with experience can help: I'm planning on upgrading my feeding method to use a diet feeder. The only problem is that most of my loader work is done with an old JCB 3cx or a NH 7740 with front loader, so I...
  8. M

    Silage Analysis

    I'm very new to analysis of clamp silage as I've only ever been involved in making it & not feeding. Wondering if some members may care to comment on the analysis I've received from the herd manager who doesnt know how to interpret it. I think it's pretty poor as the cows aren't milking too well...
  9. Northeastfarmer

    Valtra v John Deere

    Have had a quote for a John Deere 6130 M and a valtra N134 Both have loaders, the valtra has come in a few thousand more than the JD, I would say the valtra is a higher is spec than the JD but not a lot on it...tyre sizes are the same on both machines. We have never had any other make but JD and...
  10. D

    Loose hay

    It keeps getting a mention on here because of the Austrian/Swiss barn drying with loose hay & using hay cranes to handle the hay. I think most of us agree that is sking money been spent. But does anyone in the UK make loose hay? I suppose a timber lined barn is essential, the harvesting is...
  11. Farm Business RSS

    Evelina spring barley: The ideal choice for livestock farmers

    Written by John Swire A consistently solid performer, even in the difficult growing season of 2020, Evelina is proving increasingly popular with livestock farmers due to its high grain and straw yields. Available exclusively from Mole Valley Farmers, Evelina’s superb disease resistance makes...
  12. A

    Single Market / Customs Union - A Tragic Loss

    As humans, we have an innate tendency to take what we have for granted. Very often, we don’t appreciate the true meaning or value of something, until it’s gone. Then sadly it can all too often be too late. Barely two weeks into the final Brexit trade deal, I dare say there are many, many...
  13. jacobl741

    Which machine for shear grab

    Hi all, got this 5ft mchale shear grab today, going to use it for splitting round bales in half. Would our little JCB 520-50 work it fine or would I be better putting it on our old Sanderson 623? Would prefer it on the jcb but don’t want to do it any harm.
  14. DrDunc

    Bale unroller

    Will the likes of a hustler bale unroller manage solid centre chopped haylage? I currently feed them out with a McHale straw blower, but after all the years of bedding and 10,000 ish bales of haylage, it's starting to show it's age. Will an unroller be slower feeding out a bale? It's a bit...
  15. Jerry

    Eau de Silage

    Tis the season of silage/haylage......
  16. Barleycorn

    Back to traditional farming or hobby farmers?
  17. czechmate

    Far from the madding crowd

    Saw the 2015 film again last night. About half an hour in, they are stood in a dyke of water pushing the sheep under water. Erm, what are they doing?
  18. FarmyStu

    Bedding scarcity

    Is a lack of affordable bedding a reason for dirty cattle or a reason to sell cattle on welfare grounds?
  19. D

    Vacuum Silage

    Are there any livestock farmers still making Vacuum Compressed Silage? It is a system that produces very high quality grass silage and used to be used in the 1960's and 1970's, but I may have been the last to use it in the UK when I retired in 2002.
  20. L

    Buck raking with front linkage

    Hi all, After some feedback/ advise on using a tractor for buck raking. We currently use a manitou 627 with a muck grab, it's only on 20" wheels and struggles to keep up as the pit fills up. To cut a long story short we'll now have a spare tractor at silage time, it's 135 hp with front links...