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Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Field Drains
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2022, 05:52:18 pm »
We use water defining to find the farm drains when thereís a problem. It can get a bit confusing at junctions but does work.

Two lengths of fencing wire about 15Ē long bent at right angles about 5Ē along. Go to a wee burn with a bridge and walk about 30m from one side to the other holding the wires about chest height and facing forward. Youíll get the feel for it and then you can walk your fields to see where the pipes cross your path.

Itís pretty horrible when it first works as you have to throw out some beliefs youíve held a long time, but good luck! Some say imagining cold, deep water or waterfalls helps key into it.


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Re: Field Drains
« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2022, 07:11:32 pm »
It's really scary when the wires first jump together - even more so if you try it with a couple of twigs
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Steph Hen

  • Joined Jul 2013
  • Angus Scotland.
Re: Field Drains
« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2022, 12:04:39 pm »
Iíll try it


  • Joined Mar 2019
  • North Shropshire
  • Dreamer with docile cow and sheep!
Re: Field Drains
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2022, 09:14:44 pm »
"Sadly these old drains were not built to cope with todays heavy tractors and machinery, which I think is cause of most of our problems."

 Too true - on land we used to farm, was 1 water trough, strange because it was 26 acres, but 1 mains water trough! Cows made a path to it (why do cows and sheep ALWAYS walk on the same path, slightly twisting too? I currently have one on my back field.) Anyhow, mum, donkey years ago, decided to get a contractor in to lay some pipe work to connect that mains trough to several others, that's when trouble began. "Oh, sorry mrs" came the reply as tractor hit a land drain and never repaired it!

I pride myself on my good memory and where we are, on a small field, it's wet, always wet, reeds, everything, put it down to landdrains and septic tanks. A few months ago, I came across some photos taken in the early 90's and that field is NOT wet, NOT 1 REED, a bit of damp but nothing else, so I got thinking, "what happened?" Then I remembered: a neighbour spread some muck with his big tractor/spreader, we told him DON'T go down that side, he knew better! Another neighbour with a bigger tractor had to come to the rescue and we were left with big welts in the ground, waiting for neighbour to come and repair (never happened) we forgot, land now wet.....

I was always told though, if you want to find a land drain or forgotten water pipe, get a contractor and digger in and tell them "Don't hit a drain or water pipe!" We and my sister had to have our septic systems replaced last year, she had new tank and pipes, we had new pipes. Sisters digger hit a water pipe, twice! We told him it was there, wouldn't believe us! Our contractor clipped a land drain (but repaired it).
Halter train the cattle to keep them quiet but watch your back when they come a'bulling! Give them all names even those you plan to eat. Always be calm. Most importantly, invest in wellies with steel toe caps and be prepared for the clever cow who knows where the toe caps end!!


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