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farmerfred

  • Joined Jun 2019
Handling systems
« on: January 14, 2020, 07:26:52 pm »
Hi guys, looking at purchasing some cattle soon and wondering what cattle handling systems people hand for small herds. Also am I right in thinking the productivity grant for handling systems has finished?
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twizzel

  • Joined Apr 2012
Re: Handling systems
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2020, 08:30:47 pm »
I think the grant has finished now, and it still required a substantial amount of expenditure to qualify. What are you looking to do with the cattle when handling- have you got a crush or do you need to start from scratch ?

Rosemary

  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Handling systems
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2020, 09:29:58 pm »
Halters and a gate. And arnica.

SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Handling systems
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2020, 10:07:05 pm »
For milking we now have a “parlour” made out of scaffolding tube, and I am made up with it.  The girls are used to coming in and getting tied up with a few grass nuts, so we can do most of what we want with them in there :).   

We have to have a crush for our annual TB test (and it’s annual at least around here.). But thankfully there is a  generous beef farmer who lets us all borrow her mobile crush, and another generous local farmer who tractors it from farm to farm! 
Don't listen to the money men - they know the price of everything and the value of nothing

Live in a cohousing community with small farm for our own use.  Dairy cow, beef cattle, pigs, sheep for meat and fleece, ducks and hens for eggs, veg and fruit growing

 

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