Who wants a flock of ewes and lambs....

Guleesh

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Livestock Farmer
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Isle of Skye
Are they going over or through the fences?

I have sheep here that jump fences like deer, but they're broken to a 3 strand electric fence, If yours are recently shorn it's ideal time to get them trained to it.
 

spin cycle

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north norfolk
If you wait a while they will deliver themselves I am sure.... I am not sure how they will get to the Isle of Skye but I wouldnt put it past them
y'know you could turn this into a very popular thread by getting ppl to post pics of their 'at large' sheep ? .....mine have been pretty good but they do tend to get a little 'restless' around spring barley t2 time i've noticed:rolleyes:
 

andybk

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Mendips Somerset
cant be doing with sheep like that , first time they touch a fence it needs to weld their feet to the floor , i have a mains training fencer that does just that 2j and good earth under a well used tap that keeps ground damp. week old lambs go out and go straight for the fence ONCE ! lol
 

Al R

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West Wales
cant be doing with sheep like that , first time they touch a fence it needs to weld their feet to the floor , i have a mains training fencer that does just that 2j and good earth under a well used tap that keeps ground damp. week old lambs go out and go straight for the fence ONCE ! lol
I’ve got welsh taking run ups at 5.8J very well earth 250metre run of triple strand, there’s a hedge behind the wire too so hardly anything enticing, then they go through 4 strand barb into a bare field...
it’s fascinating watching different breeds walk into a new field. Most breeds will put their head down and eat, welsh run around the outside finding out where the weak spots are or if there’s another exit before eating ?‍♂
 

andybk

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Mendips Somerset
I’ve got welsh taking run ups at 5.8J very well earth 250metre run of triple strand, there’s a hedge behind the wire too so hardly anything enticing, then they go through 4 strand barb into a bare field...
it’s fascinating watching different breeds walk into a new field. Most breeds will put their head down and eat, welsh run around the outside finding out where the weak spots are or if there’s another exit before eating ?‍♂
best advice i had from a dealer neighbour , get the shotgun and stand the other side the hedge and shoot the first 2 through , . I didnt but caught them up and sold them next market , no issues after .
 

Al R

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West Wales
best advice i had from a dealer neighbour , get the shotgun and stand the other side the hedge and shoot the first 2 through , . I didnt but caught them up and sold them next market , no issues after .
I’ve heard people that did it back in the 60’s. It was bad enough people had to roll the posts and wire up for each field let alone sheep breaking out too :banghead:
 

andybk

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Livestock Farmer
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Mendips Somerset
I’ve heard people that did it back in the 60’s. It was bad enough people had to roll the posts and wire up for each field let alone sheep breaking out too :banghead:
oh god memories , we did that on keep (before electric 3 strand was norm ) , then the ewes would stand on the tied up fence and squash it down anyway , took half a day to move fences between fields , can still feel that stock net digging in the back of my head now carrying rolls of it across 20ac because ground was to wet to drive on lol
 
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andybk

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Livestock Farmer
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Mendips Somerset
sotck fence the outrside boundary - then leccy for everything else. - saves no end of hassle.
hammer the sides well back in winter with the trimmer and tie it as tight to hedge as poss , with bale twine (thicker the better ) , have had some on a rented piece ,then let hedge grow out through it , been good for over 30 years have to pull occasional bit back up , but most ok .
 

dudders

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East Sussex
IMO electric is the best - it's all I've got. BUT: earth it well (2 or 3 stakes) and use a high-power energiser; Works better in wet weather, not so well in drought. Needs regular checking to keep grass and hedge out of it, coz each bit of shorting out saps a bit of the energy. I regularly strim under it, but you could use herbicide instead. It takes more work than stockfence but they won't be always pushing at it.

Another great plus of electric is that walkers are a lot more likely to put their dogs on leads. Got lots of bright yellow warning notices here - with picture of a dog being zapped...
 

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