Discussion in 'Stock Talk' started by johndeere6920s, Sep 11, 2016.
Same deal here - but had most of it fed before we ever got to winter!
Mixing hayledge these past few days it's as quick to mix I'm finding. No pit silage in this mix.
This shed, I put 6 or 7 bales of silage and 1 bale of hay. Feeds 58 cow's for 2 plus days. They like their hay.
The girls tucking in to rations.
Got em on silage, sweet mix (biscuit meal I suppose) ultra soy and a drop of molasses. Looking well enough on it, very content in the shed
and udders are forming well.
I thought the fashion was to have all white faces,well it is round here.
Not here. Suffolk x mostly. Few texle x's in there too.
Do have a bunch of Whiltshire horn x texel about. They were run with easy care and exlana rams this year. So I suppose we are slowly going to the white faces.
A sufolk x is like a Fendt. Has a good resale value at the end. Even if the vario is close to giving out!
I've always had a soft spot for Suffolks,my neighbour has a flock that lives infront of his house,he got my brother to make him a Suffolk weather vane at Christmas,my bro spent more time drawing sheep for a template than he did fabrication.
In my sheep farming days, I always found the Suffolk to have the best growth rates .
We find the same. Cross everything to Texel tups and always find that any TX ewe has very nice lambs, but always last drawn from the field.
I'm in the process of building them ATM. I made the uprights out of 3x2 angle iron and 14x2 timbers. I'm doing a span a day while I'm waiting for the feeder to chop the bales. There's a bend in the passageway which made it a bit complicated but the next few spans should be no hassle until I get to the end of the shed.
How are you going to get the silage in over that Peter, Diet feeder ? What if you had to clean away stuff are you not restricting yourself alot ?
Could you make that removable for cleaning away waste?
Yep I'm feeding into them with a Keenan feeder. There's no hassle with troughs I find once you keep them cleaned out with the yardbrush daily. It's keeping it pushed into them is my biggest hassle.
It's not a big job to take them down if you wanted to. It's all bolted together except for the box iron that I welded from the trough to the pillar. The last set of troughs I fitted in the other shed are there seven years and I never touched them after.
Nearly there now. Not much waste so far anyway.
Have you access to the back of the pens to let cattle in and out of the pens or have you to take down the troughs.
Yes I can let the cattle out from the back of the pens.
What's the nutritional value of the timber Peter