1. andybk

    Thistlex , how soon is it rainfast ?

    Thistlex , how soon is it rainfast ? have a few nettle paddocks to do , bit expensive to throw around ,couldnt find it on my data sheet
  2. F

    End of the Road for Small Livestock Farms?

    I buy store cattle off some small local farms and always try to help them out with bull hire or dehorning and TB testing. Yesterday when I went to see some yearlings on one of these farms that is only around 50 acres of old established permanent grass and a reasonable shed, the owners said that...
  3. D

    Does anyone scratch for ORF

    First cases of ORF for 25 to 30 years. Such divided opinion, its so confusing. Vet & vet websites online all advocate scratching with vaccine. As preventertive not during an outbreak. Local farmers all swear by parafin or homemade remidies. Have to say I'm very suprised how quickly the ewes...
  4. Tiptoe Ted

    Plant ID help please

    Can anyone put me out of my misery and confirm what this plant is please? Spotted locally up in rows and really annoying me not knowing what it is! (Could be having a senior moment...)
  5. Farm Business RSS

    Dow Shield® 400 controlling weeds in game cover crops

    Written by John Swire Game cover crops for shooting and wildlife and wild bird seed mixtures need careful management, starting with reducing the weed population which will help their establishment. This can be challenging, as often there are mixtures of different crop types established in the...
  6. GAM


    I spot sprayed a few Docks three weeks ago, the majority looked absolutely cooked, wilting, yellow leaves, a bit of warmth and they are gradually coming alive!!
  7. Classichay

    Allman 625 valve block dead or dying sprayer

    Don’t suppose anyone has an allman 625 dead or dying I’ve just had the adjustable booms drop and smash the valve block into three pieces on a bank holiday weekend trying to take the thistle out of pastures from horsey neighbours.
  8. Greythundercloudys

    New spray but no licence.

    Guy along the road got a new sprayer this week, he's spraying rushes etc on his farm, but l can bet he's not got a licence or what ever you need to use it or does grandfather rights still count if its only used on your farm.
  9. T

    MCPB on prophet peas

    Is it ok to use MCPB on the spring pea variety prophet and if so does it need 4L/ha? I’ve found the Tropotox label on line but it doesn’t mention prophet peas. I wasn’t aware that some varieties can be more sensitive to MCPB than others but I have some thistle patches to knock back.
  10. J

    Former tenant problems!

    Hi all, taken on some new ground after being left for a year by previous tenant but them not agreeing to leave. A lot of the fields are full of docks/redshank like I've never seen before, some spots of thistle coming now and few spots off nettles. wondering what the best would be to do? Burn it...
  11. steveR

    Late pre DD herbicide choice

    I am hoping to get my WB mixture and some Bumblebird mix in later this week now we have finally had some rain. :) I had a walk around yesterday and am disappointed at the outcome of 5l/ha of 360 generic with additive on some land used last year for similiar crop. Nettle and creeping thistle is...
  12. H

    Will we be ploughing for re seeding in the future?

    With farmers taking the blame for wrecking the planet do you think we will be ploughing up permanent grassland to re seed?
  13. S

    Grass Keep

    Apologies for the long post...So I rent 40 acres of grass (all year round) a couple of miles from the farm so quite handy, for sheep grazing. I have a further 14 acres from the same people as grass keep from April 1st until October 31st. I take the sheep off mid September though as don't want...
  14. Classichay

    Weed wiper glyphosate

    afternoon all, just finished my project weed wiper which I’m more than chuffed with ( pics to follow) what brand glypho do you guys opt for? I’ve a few gallons of clinicace 360g/l in the store. Or am I better buying roundup 460g/l, I’ve been told it has to be the genuine roundup active. And...
  15. Pasty

    Small Ragwort

    I've just noticed some small plants, about primrose size that look like ragwort in a wooded part of the farm near a stream. Not the tall stemmy jobs you would expect but fully in flower. Is there a kind of junior version? I'll keep an eye on it over the year. So far off limits from animals.
  16. M

    Sustainable Farming Incentive - Pilot Information (including PAYMENT RATES) To me this looks far from straightforward and those who moaned about the complexities of the BPS application...
  17. P

    When to apply fertiliser to grassland

    Hi All, This has likely been discussed ad infinitum but here we go again as I can't seem to find a relaxant thread on the subject. When to apply 20-10-10 to grassland now that T sum 200 is no longer published? OK conventional wisdom states "March time" but is there anything more scientific out...
  18. S

    Red clover

    Looking to sow some red clover as a protein crop,any information on soil type,timing regards sowing and mowing would be helpful.Going to try direct drill to establish.:unsure:
  19. The Guardian RSS

    Unstoppable eating machines: why Australian farmers are renting out goats for weed control

    Unstoppable eating machines: why Australian farmers are renting out goats for weed control Written by Bianca Nogrady Goats have a well-deserved reputation for eating anything. Now you can rent them to deal with your weed problems La Niña has been good to the backyards and farmlands of much of...
  20. M

    Buying second hand sprayer and fert spinner

    Hi, looking to buy a rear mounted sprayer and fert spinner. We only have a small equestrian holding about 50 acres of grass for grazing and hay making. Looking to buy a second hand sprayer and spinner. What should I be looking to get ? Size ? New cheap or second hand ? Many thanks in advance