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Equipment / Re: Freezer for shed
« Last post by Womble on April 23, 2019, 10:25:40 pm »
It's hard to know exactly why some models are rated for external use and some aren't. I think that some of it is due to the external surface temperatures of the freezer, in that if it's cold, airborne moisture is likely to condense on it in a shed, whereas it wouldn't in a house.

FWIW, we have two 'Vestfrost' outdoor rated chest freezers and are very happy with them. They're both painted and galvanised, so should hopefully last a long time. They also come with a decent guarantee.
Equipment / Freezer for shed
« Last post by GribinIsaf on April 23, 2019, 09:39:07 pm »
We need to replace one of the chest freezers in the shed and it does not seem as easy as one would think.

It appears that chest freezers are less popular than was once the case and so there is less choice out there.

We want an energy rating of A with as many ++ as possible.  It also appears that some freezers are designed for a shed environment and others aren't although not sure if that is important.,

Would be interested if anyone has fairly recently bought a freezer that fits this spec.

many thanks
Buildings & planning / Re: Cost of land - ridiculous or acceptable!
« Last post by SallyintNorth on April 23, 2019, 09:19:18 pm »
Smaller sections of land are almost always more per acre than the local agricultural land rate.  Especially if suitable for horses :/. And of course, any land adjacent to one’s own holding has a specific value to you, which the seller knows.

Ragwort would make it unsuitable to most horsey people, but some seem to not mind it.  There are expensive and rare Tennessee Walking Horses kept on land adjacent to my folks; the land is covered in ragwort and they don’t seem to worry about it at all.  I think it’s more of a problem in hay, when the animals can’t detect and avoid it so easily. 

Mowing ragwort is just about the worst thing you can do, I believe.  Likely to turn a naturally biennial plant into a perennial, according to the info I’ve read.

According to my calcs, £35k is approx 160% of the upper end of your price per acre locally.  Probably not out of order, in my experience.  If you can pay up quickly, sounds like you might get it for less?  Try ‘em for £30k, if it’s worth that to you? 
Goats / Re: Which HORNLESS goat breed is best??
« Last post by macgro7 on April 23, 2019, 09:13:55 pm »
All goat breed are horned. Some guernsey are polled but only some.

My goats actually ate thistles!
I saw someone on internet removing adult goats horns with elasticator bands (like lamb tails). Horns fell off after like a week. I don't think this is legal though and certainly very risky for the goat (risk of infection and injury).
We are still eating our goat. To be honest I find her flavour very strange - more used to eating lamb - perhaps because of her diet? Mostly ate brambles, ivy and rough grass.
Goats / Which HORNLESS goat breed is best??
« Last post by PipKelpy on April 23, 2019, 09:07:00 pm »
I know I know, disbud when young etc! Been to auction and also sold privately and bulk of sheep flock now gone! Jennifer the calf is testing my patience as unlike the others, she goes into "donkey" mode when On the head collar and lead. Front feet stretched out, eyes squint and she growls at me! Previous owner been informed, who laughed and said 'Juniper genes!'.

However, I've ALWAYS wanted a goat or 2. Now, I've googled and read and no, I don't want to set myself up as a micro dairy, so am only interested in a goat that can rear a baby that will become burgers (have found a supplier of very tasty goat ???? burgers - who needs beef burgers?) and will live very happily with remaining sheep and 4 cattle. Hornless due to electric fences!!

Now, I like the idea of Golden Geurnsey or English goat yet can't see anything about breeders for English goat. Also, different goat websites differ about what a goat will eat. Some state grass, others say thistles and rough which is great as got plenty of thistles. Swearing doesn't seem to frighten them, neither does digging them up or topping them! Last resort is spraying and the last time we did that we had fertility problems in the cattle (2013), so since then, we've been chemical free.

Goat folk, opinions please!
Coffee Lounge / Re: I know it's been done before but...
« Last post by in the hills on April 23, 2019, 09:04:27 pm »
Coffee Lounge / Re: I know it's been done before but...
« Last post by Rupert the bear on April 23, 2019, 07:59:31 pm »
Buildings & planning / Re: Planning access help
« Last post by Shinding on April 23, 2019, 07:44:47 pm »
Big delay replying I'm sorry - did the new campsite you know about have to comply after they opened or was that before they had opened?

Buildings & planning / Cost of land - ridiculous or acceptable!
« Last post by Shinding on April 23, 2019, 07:39:24 pm »
We have just been offered a little under 2.2 acres of pasture that adjoins our land. It doesn't have a water supply and there's a clause on it that no structures can be built on it (which is a good thing as far as we are concerned) and is based in West Wales.

The owner's children want £35k for it and have said that there is also another party interested in it (there's always another party interested in land!!) and that they want to keep horses on it, but they'll be slow to produce the money (owner's children want to buy 1 big house and move their infirm mother in with them).

I know that land is usually worth between £8.5 and £11k, so I'm wondering if people think a horse lover (if one even exists in this case) would be prepared to pay £35k for just over 2 acres of land. BTW, there's usually a lot of ragwort on the pasture but current owners just mow it down - don't know it that makes a difference.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Coffee Lounge / Re: I know it's been done before but...
« Last post by Zyg on April 23, 2019, 07:32:00 pm »

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