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Coffee Lounge / Re: I know it's been done before but...
« Last post by in the hills on Today at 08:03:10 am »
Pigs / Re: Pig Feeding and Pasture
« Last post by JackandJill on Today at 07:55:08 am »
thank you, interesting assumption Harmony

The feed was bought and being given to the pigs as per guidance, however, overfeeding is a worry and there are a number threads on here which discuss pasture feeding for pigs (mostly form the US), the land is wild and I was just checking with those with more experience.  Learning for everyone is a life long.

if friendly enquiry is met with judgment and accusation perhaps this is not the community I thought it was. 
Coffee Lounge / Re: I know it's been done before but...
« Last post by Buttermilk on Today at 07:25:08 am »
Pigs / Re: Pig Feeding and Pasture
« Last post by harmony on Today at 07:23:17 am »
Welcome to the forum. As landroverroy says pigs do need feed. They are not vegetarians.

I have to be honest and say when I read your post I was saddened to see you had got yourself pigs and clearly haven't done your homework. Providing food is one of the basic needs you should be meeting as a an owner.
Goats / What type of milking system?
« Last post by macgro7 on Today at 02:23:35 am »
What type of milking system do you think is the best/most efficient for around 20-25 goats?
Would twin cluster milking machine be enough?
Was thinking of something like this locking yoke below and a portable milking machine. How long do you think you would take milking this way?
Goats / Re: Poorly goat
« Last post by angie on May 20, 2018, 11:17:08 pm »
Has she been tested for lung worm? Can cause  secondary infection of bronchitis, leading to pneumonia
Yes, get sheep and learn to spin :) :spin:  :excited:

We're not vegetarian here, but along with the breeding flock whose lambs go for meat, there are also non-breeding long term flock members who are pals and who give us a lovely fleece every year :spin:  :excited:
Techniques and skills / Re: Gravity fed irrigation - any thoughts?
« Last post by pgkevet on May 20, 2018, 09:29:04 pm »
If the plantings will generally follow the same spacings then apart from the nuisance of moving all the pipework a drip system should be feasible. 55yrs ago i did a short stint in tomato greenhouses and each plant was drip fed via thin pvc tubing and a nozzle. I'm guessing the initial setup is tedious adjusting all those nozzles to give the same outputs with the flow resistances along the tube but if your iBC is to one side and you setup a distribution across the bed centre from a larger diameter tube then you have the flexibility to plug the side distros in different orders for different beds and each is only 5M long...
Equipment / Re: Rust pocks on hydraulic cylinder shaft!
« Last post by Rupert the bear on May 20, 2018, 09:22:00 pm »
Wasn't getting any joy locally, so new Bowell cylinder ordered & due for delivery next few days. The flail (hyd' cylinder) will be cosseted at all times henceforth!

Inspect it carefully before you fit it , painful biting a bullet !
Goats / Re: Poorly goat
« Last post by Anke on May 20, 2018, 09:13:35 pm »
Warm humid weather, especially if their shed is quite warm during summer.

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