Straw for lambing pens.


I normally buy some small square bales of barley straw for the lambing pens but my supplier doesn't have any this year. I have plenty of 4×4 rounds but not keen on using them as they are not chopped and ewes just make them into a rope in the pens. I am just wondering what the collective use .
As a last resort I might bale up some of my rounds into small squares.


I've never used chopped straw. I find the ewes that bind straw into rope usually have a wee bit of a long toe that is snipped off if I have to untangle them or are in a small pen relative to their size where they have to rotate on the spot rather than walk round. Necessity sometime means ewes get placed temporarily into hastily made pens but rope binding seldom occurs in 6x6 pens here.

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...