Skid steers

Jack Russell

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Holderness
Evening,
Just thinking about getting a skid steer to make mucking out the awkward spots in the pigs a bit easier. I’m sure there will be other work come along as well. Having never h-ad anything to do with them, what makes are there that are worth looking at and where’s a good place to find them?
 

daveydiesel1

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Co antrim
Quite like a cat i drove. It had controls that left hand controled direction and steering and right hand controled boom same as any loader tractor which left it dead easy for any1 to jump on and use
 

le bon paysan

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
Limousin, France
Not a which make but JCB must be the easiest to access, all others is a climb in to. I've only used hand / foot models but the choice is yours . Working in tight spaces IS what they excel at. Great on concrete or very dry ground, if wet best left in the shed. Mini loaders like the Avant or Multi- one or one of the many German ones give you more options wet dry or even road travel.
 

MGS6930

Member
Location
West of Scotland
We are massive fans of skid steers now being on our 3rd at home and use them a hell of a lot for our civils contracting as well.

We have a New Holland LS185 at home and its a phenomenal machine, will out run just about any other machine in a tight yard.

It will rip up loose stone but sympathetic turning and not doing 180's every time you need to reverse makes a big difference.

Also luckily it turns far easier on wet concrete than dry, so being West of Scotland our machine rarely sees dry concrete!

Main questions would be lift capacity required , any width constraints and budget
 

Mathew.90

Member
Mixed Farmer
We've got a JCB Robot , great piece of kit . We wouldn't be without it. :)
Having the side door makes it alot easier and safer to get into the cab . No climbing onto the attachment to get into the cab etc .
 

Classichay

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
The moon
bobcat is better, driven GEHL and mustang in my life and the foot pedals are clumsy and horrid to use. The case ones get a decent write up I believe.
 

CPF

Member
Arable Farmer
Used to have bobcats and case .
Case are easier machine to drive .
But when working on concrete or tarmac to save tyre wear always spill a little bit of muck so they can spin around better .
 

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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