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Sheep / Are Sycamore seedlings poisonous to sheep
« Last post by Twotwo on Today at 07:12:34 pm »
In the last few years it has been discovered that sycamore seeds and young leaves to horses (the toxin is hypoglycin-A) A horse vet friend of mine has been advised to graze sheep over her paddock with many newly emerging sycamore seedlings. She has offed me the grazing for my sheep. For parasite control it might be worth swapping fields for a month or so......but are there any reports of sycamore poisoning in sheep including 6 week old lambs?
My friend is also doing more research but I thought I might ask via the forum.
As he's supplying the container I would charge £10 - £15/week depending on size.
Wouldn't worry about creating a tenancy - it's commercial not agricultural so the minute he stops paying the rent is the minute he has to leave (with or without his container!), as he then becomes a squatter.
You're  not likely to get a visit from the enforcement officer unless someone complains and if they do you then have several months  in which to argue the case, before you actually have to remove the container. So - worst case scenario - he has to remove his container. It probably won't happen and if it does it's not the end of the world.
Vegetables / Re: Potatoes got by the frost
« Last post by Fleecewife on Today at 07:04:40 pm »
Fleece is pretty useless against frost I find.  When you earth up, make sure you draw the soil right over all the foliage - it looks as if you're killing the spuds, but you're not.
We're forecast -7 tonight, and have had snow since yesterday, so I'm pleased we're a bit behind with preparing the tattie patch.
Keep a record of your weather over several years, and eventually you'll arrive at an average last and first frosts date for your garden.  Then plant your tubers about 2 weeks before that date.

They'll keep on growing in spite of the damage.  You could always try digging up a couple to check what's going on below, to set your mind at rest  :garden:
Goats / Re: Advise please. Relocating to pastures new
« Last post by landroverroy on Today at 07:00:10 pm »
 If it's not been cut or grazed for 2 years there's likely to be a lot of long old growth, so I wouldn't have any worries about it being lush. I would just put them on it and let them pick through what they want and then top it after and let the new growth come through.
Sheep / Re: Orphan Lamb won't suck the bottle
« Last post by landroverroy on Today at 06:54:07 pm »
I would be inclined then to make his feed a bit weaker, ie add more water.
Sheep / Re: Orphan Lamb won't suck the bottle
« Last post by crofter 65 on Today at 06:21:05 pm »
Both end seem OK, we agree stomach tubing isn't a way forward, only a means to get something in a poorly lamb, his poops seem very hard so he's getting some liquid parrafin.
Sheep / Re: Orphan Lamb won't suck the bottle
« Last post by Marches Farmer on Today at 06:03:26 pm »
Have you checked the top and bottom jaw line up OK?  Is the tongue attached correctly?  Have you tried a Pritchard teat, rather than a standard size one?  Lambs often find these easier to start with.  Wear waterproofs, be patient, make sure the milk is just warm (I use 70% cold water and 30% hot) and leave a couple of hours between small feeds to start with.  Being hungry may give him the incentive needed to persist with suckling from a bottle.  Repeated stomach tubing isn't good for the lamb (or you!)
Sheep / Re: orf or something else?
« Last post by Marches Farmer on Today at 05:56:38 pm »
As I understand it, lambs can get a staph. infection, which probably enters via a small breach in the skin, perhaps caused by nibbling around thistles or hawthorn.  This tends to clear quickly and doesn't get transferred to or from the ewes teats.  A spray with a/b spray may help it to dry up.
Sheep / orf or something else?
« Last post by country soul on Today at 05:41:42 pm »
hello everyone
Ibeginning to think what I initially thought was orf may possiby not be.It seems not to have spread even amongst twins and the odd one which had small scabs/blisters around there lips seems to have gone within a week.
Could be be something else? The lambs are 3 -4 weeks old and are not  in any way poorly or  showing signs of not sucking etc
Wildlife / Re: Who's eating my rats?
« Last post by Marches Farmer on Today at 05:39:16 pm »
Blimey, where are you?  The ship rat (Rattus rattus) is rare in the UK and I'm glad it is.  Worse news than Rattus norvegicus, the brown rat.

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