Mobile handling

Al R

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Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
Cattle or sheep?
Your best using the search tool for one of the very many “which mobile handling system” threads
 

Al R

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Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
What size groups mainly, what do you want from it? Size of ewes etc etc...

Basically the list is like this:
Rappa
Prattley (if you can get one)
Alligator
Scotpen
Others
 

dazza b

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Location
Lancaster
We run about 350 sheep in total so we have batches from 40 sheep with lambs to 180 sheep with lambs mainly mules with a few pure texels. Wanting to be able to setup in fields to minimise bringing them across a busy road but also being able to set them up in our sheep building for times like clipping making life easier then drafting lambs off abs out of the way, using at scanning time. Cheers
 

Electricfencer

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Cotswolds
I don't think you can beat a rappa yard. I have a 10 foot super with a double race and 48 hurdles, would be lost without it, I bought it second hand off LMS in Worcestershire and traded my very tired 10 year old prattley in for it. I bet I haven't lost any money on it because it isn't getting broken like the prattley did and that only lost me £500 in 10 years (what piece of farm kit can you say that about!).
 

sheepdogtrail

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Livestock Farmer
I would recommend getting the specs on all of the ones you like. Only you know your sheep. Look at the ID and OD of the framing. Bigger ID will be better for the ewes that run. It will be more durable. Bigger OD will be heavier which is not nessecary a bad design. Just heavier. But not by much.

Any of them should save you time if that matters to you. Lets us know what you choose after you have worked with it a little bit.
 

Bill dog

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Scottish Borders
I have a portayards made by landquip, and would be lost without it. The hurdles are solid at the top to stop ewe eye contact, and to stop dogs catching their legs jumping over them . They are also a bit taller than the rappa hurdles. Rappa is great stuff as well, just the gates are easier to get over if you’re a short arse !👍
 
I don't think you can beat a rappa yard. I have a 10 foot super with a double race and 48 hurdles, would be lost without it, I bought it second hand off LMS in Worcestershire and traded my very tired 10 year old prattley in for it. I bet I haven't lost any money on it because it isn't getting broken like the prattley did and that only lost me £500 in 10 years (what piece of farm kit can you say that about!).
I’ve found my second hand prattley to be very strong, a few rivets gone on the shedding race and that’s it.
 
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Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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