Actually after 900 pages, I think I'm well on the way to understanding the principle of it, it's the application of the principle that I need to get my head around! Time is precious, I to have a day job and confess most of the time spent reading was on my breaks. I have lots of plans spinning around in my head, one of the 1st things I need to address is water. I know what I'm going to do, it involves solar pumps, Ibc's and a good bit of gravity, oh and lots of alkathene pipe!
I read about 800 pages in a day or two last year. Reading this, and watching Greg Judy and Kiss The Ground, have changed my outlook completely. Solar pumps are on my radar too, so would be interested to see what you think/ do.
 

Bowland Bob

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I read about 800 pages in a day or two last year. Reading this, and watching Greg Judy and Kiss The Ground, have changed my outlook completely. Solar pumps are on my radar too, so would be interested to see what you think/ do.
I'm thinking of using maybe 5 ibcs and coupling them together Ibc couplings into 25mm alky. Then I'll run a pipe down to each parcel of land. I've bought cheap 12v submersible pumps and a solar panel, just run with sunlight, overflow will go back into stream. I'll use a mix of portable troughs in places, thinking a kiwitech, but also thinking I'll cut some Ibcs in half and use a normal ball cock valve but plumb into the bottom and have the float on a string in some fields. I'm thinking of racecourse style semi permanent leccy fence so, get multiple use of the troughs. On the moorland there is a pond up there which again I'll use another submersible into ibcs. I've seen the irish solar pump solution pumps, but can't justify the expense just yet. I hope that makes sense?!
 
I'm thinking of using maybe 5 ibcs and coupling them together Ibc couplings into 25mm alky. Then I'll run a pipe down to each parcel of land. I've bought cheap 12v submersible pumps and a solar panel, just run with sunlight, overflow will go back into stream. I'll use a mix of portable troughs in places, thinking a kiwitech, but also thinking I'll cut some Ibcs in half and use a normal ball cock valve but plumb into the bottom and have the float on a string in some fields. I'm thinking of racecourse style semi permanent leccy fence so, get multiple use of the troughs. On the moorland there is a pond up there which again I'll use another submersible into ibcs. I've seen the irish solar pump solution pumps, but can't justify the expense just yet. I hope that makes sense?!
I'd be keen to see some pictures of all that once you get it set up if you could.
 

Henarar

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Livestock Farmer
All this talk of pumps,
Would anyone know where to get a small reliable mains powered pump to pump about 150M away and 20M high ?
The only ones I find are big ish submersible pumps, only need to pump about 800 gallons a day and I don't want to use very big pipe so they are not really what I want
 
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Hope this book has a happy ending.

Wife bought it, somebody recomended it to her on fb. She has started to say that we need to change things, she will take more notice of the book than me.( i don't blame her i've tried allsorts of things in our time here)
Just finished that. Good book.
 

Samcowman

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
I'm thinking of using maybe 5 ibcs and coupling them together Ibc couplings into 25mm alky. Then I'll run a pipe down to each parcel of land. I've bought cheap 12v submersible pumps and a solar panel, just run with sunlight, overflow will go back into stream. I'll use a mix of portable troughs in places, thinking a kiwitech, but also thinking I'll cut some Ibcs in half and use a normal ball cock valve but plumb into the bottom and have the float on a string in some fields. I'm thinking of racecourse style semi permanent leccy fence so, get multiple use of the troughs. On the moorland there is a pond up there which again I'll use another submersible into ibcs. I've seen the irish solar pump solution pumps, but can't justify the expense just yet. I hope that makes sense?!
Ref cutting ibcs in half for troughs. Neighbour used a couple this year and just cut 2 of the corners off at the top to make drinking space but keep more structural integrity.
 

Karliboy

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Livestock Farmer
Location
West Yorkshire
3 nice early season calves born this week without any help thankfully
1 week old today the white one is heifer
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6 days heifer (it’s a lot bigger than it looks )
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1 day bull
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only a couple more early ones then wait for mid/late April for next batch.
got to make the most of the grazing now to add value to these calf’s so early born is much better.
Think I’ll try and add a couple more to the herd this spring with calves at foot as the numbers seem to be stacking up ok to continue buying all winter silage at the moment.
 

Henarar

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Livestock Farmer
3 nice early season calves born this week without any help thankfully
1 week old today the white one is heifer View attachment 934053
6 days heifer (it’s a lot bigger than it looks )View attachment 934055
1 day bull View attachment 934056
only a couple more early ones then wait for mid/late April for next batch.
got to make the most of the grazing now to add value to these calf’s so early born is much better.
Think I’ll try and add a couple more to the herd this spring with calves at foot as the numbers seem to be stacking up ok to continue buying all winter silage at the moment.
Nice heifer that
 

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

AHDB has issued a yellow rust watch list to help flag winter wheat varieties most likely to perform out of line with the disease ratings published in the Recommended Lists. Charlotte Cunningham reports. The watch list, which orders varieties based on yellow rust levels from the three worst RL trials (for each variety), can help identify those most likely to benefit from closer monitoring, says the levy board. It follows the development of a new rating calculation approach that better reflects the diverse and dynamic nature of the UK’s rust populations, announced at the launch of the online edition of the RL 2021/22 in Dec. Discussions on the latest twists and turns...
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