Sheep theft and offenders caught.


Soggy Shropshire
First night in Shropshire, we were sat in a pub having a quiet drink when were approached by three blokes who had been looking at us from the bar. They knew who we were and where we lived and brought us a round of drinks, we thanked them and bought them a round, to which they bought us another round....My head was beginning to nod and they suddenly realised they could get a last round in at another pub several miles away. We weren't driving, but apparently the three had been drinking since 6pm and did that regularly before driving home.


One thing puzzles all accounts the Smokies business is still thriving in West Wales. So where do the sheep come from? So let's say hypothetically, I have 50 old ewes to sell to a Smokie buyer... they would be sold for cash...with no movement licence.. so the only get out is wait two weeks, then report the sheep stolen, get a crime number for the records, and if I was on the ball, I'd have insurance to cover the livestock against theft. Win ,win ,win.


Shropshire has something like 10 police covering the whole county including Shrewsbury and Telford on an evening and sometime the territory extends to cover a chunk of Herefordshire too and of that the armed response unit are held in reserve. When you need them the nearest unit might be 30 miles away or more and tied up dealing with a domestic incident or someone having a mental health crisis. Criminals operate with impunity and the situation is only set to get worse. When the likelihood of conviction is low the implications of conviction need to be severe.
Exaggeration? 10 police, surely not?

Hfd Cattle

Got a friend in CID and he says that criminals watch faceache like a hawk and if there's is a major incident in one area taking up a huge police source then they will spring into action elsewhere !

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...