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Skylark

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Hello from Aberdeenshire
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2013, 08:43:14 pm »
Hi MischieMoo, did the farmer grazing work out ok and did you get any kind of contract signed first, what time of year and for how long? Sorry with all the questions!! I am reading up my xmas pressie book on keeping chickens just now, trying to learn the basics.

Nice to meet you by the way!

sabrina

  • Joined Nov 2008
Re: Hello from Aberdeenshire
« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2013, 10:28:42 am »
Hi and welcome. Grazing for a season is April to October. You could get in touch with Thainstone Marts at Inverurie who could tell you the going rates and how to go about it.  :wave:

Mad Goatwoman of Madeley

  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Hello from Aberdeenshire
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2013, 11:09:18 am »

Mad goat woman I think you may be right but at the moment it all seems a bit daunting! We will just have to take little steps

That's a very wise way of going about things.  It's too easy to throw yourself into having everything then find you are out of your depth. 

I would recommend goats (obviously) if you have time to milk them.  Superb milk and you can make cheese and yoghurt for yourselves.  And if you look at Plumseverywhere's posts and those of one or two others, you will see you can also make soap.

lachlanandmarcus

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Hello from Aberdeenshire
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2013, 12:12:49 pm »
Hi and welcome. Grazing for a season is April to October. You could get in touch with Thainstone Marts at Inverurie who could tell you the going rates and how to go about it.  :wave:
thats a good idea, you can also do winter grazing let instead - which means you can still take a hay crop in the summer. Whichever way you would need to agree with the grazier who is looking after the sheep when they are with you as it can work either way.

darkbrowneggs

  • Joined Aug 2010
    • The World is My Lobster
Re: Hello from Aberdeenshire
« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2013, 04:11:59 pm »
Hi and welcome from wet wet wet Worcestershire. 
 
Established meadow grass may not yieldas much silage, but there should be a good range of plants in it which is good for all livestock and makes lovely hay.
 
If you look through the very old records meadows were always worth more than arable.  Maybe follow the old saying. 
 
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lachlanandmarcus

  • Joined Aug 2010
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Hello from Aberdeenshire
« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2013, 04:51:46 pm »
Our sheep almost turn up their noses at good clean but dull bought in hay - but they go mad for the stuff we make ourselves which is greenish and herby and lots of clover and timothy and trefoil and meadowsweet and all sorts of stuff!

Skylark

  • Joined Jan 2013
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Hello from Aberdeenshire
« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2013, 05:27:07 pm »
I think I need to start studying all about grass and the difference between hay and silage!!

Thanks from a snowy Aberdeenshire

Mammyshaz

  • Joined Feb 2012
  • Durham
Re: Hello from Aberdeenshire
« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2013, 08:22:17 am »
 :wave: hello and welcome from Durham.no land here just a couple of allotments with a few hens, fruit and veg

 

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