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som farmer

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Livestock Farmer
Location
somerset
rather suspect that milk price, is a battle between processors and retailers, with the processors slightly having an advantage, for a change. Which might just pi55 the retailers off, been to used to having their own way.
There will be enormous pressure from retailers,, and guv, to keep food inflation as low as possible, but one could think this drought, must be cutting production back, quite nicely.
 

Stuart1

Member
Buy a decent sheargrab! you can leave perfect blocks of grass silage if your careful and could possibly even stack the blocks 2 high.
I can take 800kg in my shear grab currently but won’t get enough for a few days. It’s the height I’m after, my skills of stacking two on top will be a constant issue 😂
 

Sid

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Livestock Farmer
Location
South Molton
I refuse to be outdone by @Jdunn55 with his altercations.

Had 2 heifers calf on Wednesday night in a piece of rough grazing, bracken, stream,wooded parts.
All fine Thursday morning both heifers and their heifer calves there, both drunk all good.
Plan to run them in Friday morning, yep all heifers present and correct, only one calf. We spent 2 hours walking round but can't find 2nd calf, speak to neighbour in case gone up the stream under the wire , nope nothing. Mother very blasé about no calf.
So we run them all in, split off 2 heifers and one calf. Heifers milked last night, turned out with cows calf tucked into calf shed.
This morning mother of calf we put in shed up by gate calling. No sign of other heifer but given yesterday she didn't give a feck didn't think anything of it.

Popped down shifted fence for cows this morning and drove over to see if any sign of calf.
Just in around the corner was said calf, with mother happily having a drink. She was supposed to be 3 fields and across a road away, but she obviously knew where she had left it.
Few electric fences to mend but hey ho, as the book says " any fool can be a dairy farmer" @Jdunn55 you should read it!
 

Manney

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Penzance
Heard a tale from our tanker driver that Arla are selling milk to Rodda's who in turn are selling it to Trewithan Daries. 🙄

The past few years our Saputo contracted milk has gone straight from farm to Roddas factory. Not this year though so Saputo are obviously short. An artic tanker has been dropped from from the West Cornwall round as milk has dropped significantly. Another local herd is being sold in a few weeks so that will be another one less to collect.
 
Location
cumbria
Hard going here also, bonkers amounts of grass about.
This is one of the calving paddocks:
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Playing hide and seek constantly at the moment 😂
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Jdunn55

Member
I refuse to be outdone by @Jdunn55 with his altercations.

Had 2 heifers calf on Wednesday night in a piece of rough grazing, bracken, stream,wooded parts.
All fine Thursday morning both heifers and their heifer calves there, both drunk all good.
Plan to run them in Friday morning, yep all heifers present and correct, only one calf. We spent 2 hours walking round but can't find 2nd calf, speak to neighbour in case gone up the stream under the wire , nope nothing. Mother very blasé about no calf.
So we run them all in, split off 2 heifers and one calf. Heifers milked last night, turned out with cows calf tucked into calf shed.
This morning mother of calf we put in shed up by gate calling. No sign of other heifer but given yesterday she didn't give a feck didn't think anything of it.

Popped down shifted fence for cows this morning and drove over to see if any sign of calf.
Just in around the corner was said calf, with mother happily having a drink. She was supposed to be 3 fields and across a road away, but she obviously knew where she had left it.
Few electric fences to mend but hey ho, as the book says " any fool can be a dairy farmer" @Jdunn55 you should read it!
I've never been so confident I can win something in all my life... 🤣
 
Location
Cornwall
The past few years our Saputo contracted milk has gone straight from farm to Roddas factory. Not this year though so Saputo are obviously short. An artic tanker has been dropped from from the West Cornwall round as milk has dropped significantly. Another local herd is being sold in a few weeks so that will be another one less to collect.

It’s surprising when you think about it how many have sold up down your area. A lot of milk gone. Does the farm that’s selling up in a couple of weeks time supply saputo?
 

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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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