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bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 4:01 pm    Post subject: The OTG Smallholding Diary.  Reply with quote

Here's what hopefully will be an interesting new feature for the forum A joint diary where everyone can post about whats happening on their respective holdings. Its not really for the everyday routine of feeding and mucking out but more the hight spots and low spots of your year.
For instance, if you were buy a new boar or say an incubator, then I'm sure that folks on here would like to know about it. Sales and purchases are always of interest but births and other events are also of interest. I'm sure you get what I mean.
Slipster, your new tractor could be a good starter for this thread. Tell us about it, the sort of work its going to do for you and how its going to help you on your place.
Hey folks, join in and contribute whatever you can. We have such a lot of potential on the forum but without you we have nothing.
What do you think of this new feature, does it have a future? Will you use it?
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Slipster



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great idea for a thread im well up for this  

This coming thursday 20th I have my 35 Ewes scanned, this gives invaluable information when it comes to feeding and particularly at lambing.
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rhino



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just had my routine TB test and will need another next year as moved to being a yearly county.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great idea this


Just sold 5bulls and 5 cows to works as we drying out bad and far to early
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chicken feed



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

we have just tested out our latest purchase on the pigs, we decided to splash out and buy a masterject after a rather reluctant boar and 2 bent needles. we did the entire herd in the time it would have took to do 1 pig.

should have had one from day dot  
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bodger



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any chance of showing us what one of those looks like and how it actually works?
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chicken feed



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

here we go

http://www.masterject.com

we dont use the extension pole for the pigs but would if need to inject cattle saves running them through the crush.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats a fair bit of kit.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today is the last day for the turkeys. Tomorrow we will kill and pluck, hang them overnight and then dress them the following day.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Simon is down killing and plucking the geese as we speak.  they will be hung until Sunday morning when I will dress them before they go to their new homes that afternoon.  Should have killed them last week to give them adequate hanging time really but our heart wasn't in it.   Our christma turkey is coming from a friend this year and, luxury of luxuries, she is going to dress it for me - will be first time in years that christmas day morning won't see me with my arm up a turkeys bum!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think this thread is an excellent idea by the way.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Last week, Karen gave physio treatment to a young man whose next stop after leaving the clinic, was to set too and pluck 750 turkeys. After finishing them, he was going to move on to another farm where there were a further 1000 of them to do. I must add here that the problem the man was being treated for was plucking unrelated.
He told Kaz that the set up consisted of a large trailer where the turkeys were hung up to be plucked and that there were eleven blokes plucking away in unison. My finger ends are aching just thinking about so many continuous hours of plucking.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 1:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hahaha exactly how simon learnt to pluck!  a dozen old guys and him in a trailer plucking constantly for 5 days - those old guys cold do a turkey in 15 minutes - they have a certain order they go in to get the hardest done before the carcass cools too much.
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Mo



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great idea  

Nowt's happening here....
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slipster wrote:


This coming thursday 20th I have my 35 Ewes scanned, this gives invaluable information when it comes to feeding and particularly at lambing.


Scanning Lady just swam away    Excellent results......
Six singles, 28 Twins and one triplet   No empty
Looking forward to lambing now at the end of Feb.

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