Kiwi Pete

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😂it was easy enough a quick look on goggle maps, pick out the odd coloured paddocks......and ask for confirmation😜. Haven't been yet! Although I'm guessing smoke signals won't be pc anymore🤔
That's what I've been doing this evening 😁 local LandSAR group were having a boatie training, so I've mostly been firebugging so they had something to extinguish.

Then one of the flares failed to ignite, but went up in the rubbish bin 🙈 we won't talk about that

But if you saw flares and smoke on Google, that was me! Also gave some high-performance CPR demo's on Annie (the dummy) because the St John's guy got paged. And my eyes have only sorted themselves after looking at flares 🙈🙈
 
😂it was easy enough a quick look on goggle maps, pick out the odd coloured paddocks......and ask for confirmation😜. Haven't been yet! Although I'm guessing smoke signals won't be pc anymore🤔
Don't worry, PC has not reached that far south yet!😉 Maybe this dinosaur should relocate there!(wife was keen until she found out how cold it can get down there, phew😱)
 

som farmer

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we have a quarry hole, on the top field, dig a bit stone for tracks, and when it was legal, put some things in there. Local horse man, asked me to dump some round bale hay, full of thistles, anyway, cash job, so dumped them in hole, and lit a match, fine, but as dense black smoke plumed straight up, i remembered our contractor had put some tractor tyres in there. It would be fair to say, excellent views from up there. Fire brigade turned up, lights and siren, other engines ready if needed, there isn't much between that hill, and the Bristol channel, bearing in mind, we are near wincanton, 15 miles away, street and glastonbury, were ringing up in numbers, furthest call was 40 miles away. Luckily, I hadn't broken any rules, and local fire brigade, enjoyed taking the p, also enjoyed lying down, and rolling down the steep hill. Left me rather red faced, but careful about bonfires since.
 

Kiwi Pete

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we have a quarry hole, on the top field, dig a bit stone for tracks, and when it was legal, put some things in there. Local horse man, asked me to dump some round bale hay, full of thistles, anyway, cash job, so dumped them in hole, and lit a match, fine, but as dense black smoke plumed straight up, i remembered our contractor had put some tractor tyres in there. It would be fair to say, excellent views from up there. Fire brigade turned up, lights and siren, other engines ready if needed, there isn't much between that hill, and the Bristol channel, bearing in mind, we are near wincanton, 15 miles away, street and glastonbury, were ringing up in numbers, furthest call was 40 miles away. Luckily, I hadn't broken any rules, and local fire brigade, enjoyed taking the p, also enjoyed lying down, and rolling down the steep hill. Left me rather red faced, but careful about bonfires since.
I've had the brigade come up here to "check" out a controlled burnup in a hole, loads of rubbish from the yard.
They were so professional that myself and Mrs KP had to drive most of them home, about 2300hrs, after I got the rum out
 

Kiwi Pete

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So they should be sacred. Nothing much else is going to turn a thistle's worth of minerals into a cowshit, for the ecosystem.
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LIFE is sacred, not just human life either, cattle should be elevated far beyond "food for apex predators".
And the people who herd them should likewise be treated with utmost respect; for their tireless work in improvement of landscape water and carbon storage, enhancing the function of a landscape so heavily impacted by human presence
 
So they should be sacred. Nothing much else is going to turn a thistle's worth of minerals into a cowshit, for the ecosystem.View attachment 925238

LIFE is sacred, not just human life either, cattle should be elevated far beyond "food for apex predators".
And the people who herd them should likewise be treated with utmost respect; for their tireless work in improvement of landscape water and carbon storage, enhancing the function of a landscape so heavily impacted by human presence
The farmer near us keeps Longhorns. They had been eating the tops off stinging nettles when I walked through them the other day
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som farmer

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reading things on here, about things we have done, and seen, with the old characters, which, alas, now means us, makes me think i ought to write a book, else, who will remember, today, young farmers work pretty well alone, and therefore don't hear the stories. Funny l/horns have been posted, we had an illegal gathering tonight, 7 not 6, OH birthday, and were talking about english, and texan longhorns, some of both i had bought off the mendips, from a chap that had 2 wives, and an illegal slaughterhouse.
 
reading things on here, about things we have done, and seen, with the old characters, which, alas, now means us, makes me think i ought to write a book, else, who will remember, today, young farmers work pretty well alone, and therefore don't hear the stories. Funny l/horns have been posted, we had an illegal gathering tonight, 7 not 6, OH birthday, and were talking about english, and texan longhorns, some of both i had bought off the mendips, from a chap that had 2 wives, and an illegal slaughterhouse.
Two wives, what was he, a masochist :oops:
 
we have a quarry hole, on the top field, dig a bit stone for tracks, and when it was legal, put some things in there. Local horse man, asked me to dump some round bale hay, full of thistles, anyway, cash job, so dumped them in hole, and lit a match, fine, but as dense black smoke plumed straight up, i remembered our contractor had put some tractor tyres in there. It would be fair to say, excellent views from up there. Fire brigade turned up, lights and siren, other engines ready if needed, there isn't much between that hill, and the Bristol channel, bearing in mind, we are near wincanton, 15 miles away, street and glastonbury, were ringing up in numbers, furthest call was 40 miles away. Luckily, I hadn't broken any rules, and local fire brigade, enjoyed taking the p, also enjoyed lying down, and rolling down the steep hill. Left me rather red faced, but careful about bonfires since.
Since I've discovered the delights of putting brash through a wood chipper to make soil carbon, I am hoping not to have too many more fires. Waste of carbon
 
reading things on here, about things we have done, and seen, with the old characters, which, alas, now means us, makes me think i ought to write a book, else, who will remember, today, young farmers work pretty well alone, and therefore don't hear the stories. Funny l/horns have been posted, we had an illegal gathering tonight, 7 not 6, OH birthday, and were talking about english, and texan longhorns, some of both i had bought off the mendips, from a chap that had 2 wives, and an illegal slaughterhouse.
reading things on here, about things we have done, and seen, with the old characters, which, alas, now means us, makes me think i ought to write a book, else, who will remember, today, young farmers work pretty well alone, and therefore don't hear the stories. Funny l/horns have been posted, we had an illegal gathering tonight, 7 not 6, OH birthday, and were talking about english, and texan longhorns, some of both i had bought off the mendips, from a chap that had 2 wives, and an illegal slaughterhouse.
@som farmer you should definitely write a book or at least start a thread on here for your old yarns. I have heard some brilliant stories from old butchers over the years, unfortunately a lot of the fun has gone out of that job now too
 

som farmer

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here's one, an exceedingly dirty farmer, who kept a motley collection of cattle, had a rig steer, would decided to visit our hfrs, out on keep. Dad had had enough of it, and went to the farm, to sort it out. Things started to go wrong, when dad saw chicken wire around the kitchen table, hen and chicks. Started on, then the sofa moved noisily, sow and litter, walked past him, and out the door, he lost the thread then, and came home. Follow up, some of the hfrs calved to the rig, FH, kept the hfrs, which milked, fantastically well. Billy, the farmer, lived with his sister, also exceedingly dirty, she actually had a boyfriend, with the 'bandiest' legs, i have ever seen, her brothers sow, could have run between them, without touching the legs. Any way, they got a grant to do the house up. Lorry driver, close to us, used to deliver bagged food there, so after the modernisation, had finished, asked billy, where shall i put it, 'same place as usual', but thats your bathroom', yes, but i haven't used the old metal bath, or toilet, for 50 yrs, and i'm not going to start now, 'but that's the only toilet', so what, do it on paper, chuck it in the fire place.
when they died, they left a lot of money, but perhaps the best quote, came from the vets, he was way better than any of them, for calving difficult births.
 

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

Subsidies paid to farmers for protecting the environment lead to more stable incomes compared with payments based purely on the number of ha being farmed, according to a new study of farms in England and Wales. Charlotte Cunningham reports. The research, from Rothamsted Research, the University of Reading and Newcastle University, also shows that farmers shouldn’t put all their eggs in one basket, as those diversifying into a wider variety of crops or livestock receive more consistent year-to-year incomes – as do those who reduce their use of fertiliser and pesticides. Lead author and PhD student, Caroline Harkness said: “Farmers are facing increasing pressures due...
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