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Sid

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Livestock Farmer
Location
South Molton
Seb calf (I think!) sebs so far have been really lovely and stylish, , GTW are strong buggers with loads of width to them, and then the contenders are very black calves, with a touch more grace than the gtw's but with just as much power - contenders are my favourites of the 3

So if you are "Pedigree " how can you ever register that calf?
 

som farmer

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Livestock Farmer
Location
somerset
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first lot were taken after lunch, the second early morning, shows the difference some sun makes.
first sample, had 40 units N, 25 days ago, and slurry in early march, proteins and
nitrates high, and a lot of clover.
2nd, 40 units N as above, no slurry
3rd 40N and no slurry, but is a red clover ley.
samples taken after lunch
next taken early morning
both had 40 N, no slurry
bit different to what we would expect, sun obviously has an effect, But either the slurry has more N than we think, or N use is very slow. The nights are still cold, frost yesterday and again last night. Grass is at ideal stage to cut, so mow weds/thurs, decent cut there, which will only go stemmy and head, if we leave it. Shows r/clover must put some N into the ground, all three top samples were grazed by sheep, and all 'nice' grass.

The other big worry, ground is so dry, our 'barometer' stream, is dry. We sorted out some drains, and found one running a serious amount of water, mid jan, that's down to a dribble.
Lets just hope we don't get another dry summer.
 

crashbox

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Livestock Farmer
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first lot were taken after lunch, the second early morning, shows the difference some sun makes.
first sample, had 40 units N, 25 days ago, and slurry in early march, proteins and
nitrates high, and a lot of clover.
2nd, 40 units N as above, no slurry
3rd 40N and no slurry, but is a red clover ley.
samples taken after lunch
next taken early morning
both had 40 N, no slurry
bit different to what we would expect, sun obviously has an effect, But either the slurry has more N than we think, or N use is very slow. The nights are still cold, frost yesterday and again last night. Grass is at ideal stage to cut, so mow weds/thurs, decent cut there, which will only go stemmy and head, if we leave it. Shows r/clover must put some N into the ground, all three top samples were grazed by sheep, and all 'nice' grass.

The other big worry, ground is so dry, our 'barometer' stream, is dry. We sorted out some drains, and found one running a serious amount of water, mid jan, that's down to a dribble.
Lets just hope we don't get another dry summer.
How did you apply the slurry, splash plate and tanker?
 

Jdunn55

Member
Is there a method to stop parents driving through electric fence wires 🤬
Dad had a few seconds whilst the forager changed farms and he scraped up for me (very helpful and said thankyou) but has driven through an electric wire that goes across the yard AGAIN 🤣

Drives me feckin crazy, he's the only bugger that does it, any tips to help the elderly see it better before I kill him? 🤣
 

Farmer Keith

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Location
North Cumbria
Is there a method to stop parents driving through electric fence wires 🤬
Dad had a few seconds whilst the forager changed farms and he scraped up for me (very helpful and said thankyou) but has driven through an electric wire that goes across the yard AGAIN 🤣

Drives me feckin crazy, he's the only bugger that does it, any tips to help the elderly see it better before I kill him? 🤣
We have tape like you’d see on a horsey reel across the yard, seemed to sort the problem
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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