Should you separate a broody hen from other hens and cockerels? This is a tricky one as there are arguments for and against. If you separate a broody hen from the rest of the flock you are safe guarding the safety of the hen and chicks when they hatch as they are not going to … Read more Should You Separate Broody Hen From Other Hens & Cockerel?
Do you have any advice on helping quail chicks hatch out? There is a lot of debate about whether you should help a quail chick or any chick out of their shell. I believe it is up to the individual to assess their own situation and decide if they are going to intervene or not. We … Read more Helping Quail Chicks
I’ve received an email from Graham asking about putting his newly born piglets outside. “Just had a litter of pigs born will they go outside if it is muddy or shall I bring them in?” Here is my response to the question and also a response from another reader. Hi Graham, Congratulations on the birth … Read more Newly Born Piglets – Can They Go Outside?
I use cottage cheese for this recipe, but you could interchange this for a crumbly cheese such as feta, wensleydale, cheshire or caerphilly. I find this is a versatile accompaniment. It obviously lends itself to cold meat and salad dishes or with new potatoes, but can also be served with something like steak or hot … Read more Beetroot And Cottage Cheese Recipe
We grow fodder beet here on the farm as a feed for the cattle. Fodder beet is a similar plant to the more commonly seen sugar beet plant. The sugar content is lower, but the yield per acre is typically somewhat higher. Sugar beet growers may typically expect to grow between 20 and 30 tonnes … Read more Fodder Beet
Certain grass weeds are becoming a very big problem for UK farmers in arable rotations. This is due to a combination of reasons which is providing the ‘perfect storm’ for their proliferation. Most farmers are experiencing this to some degree, although certain farming systems and soil types create the correct conditions for grass weeds to … Read more Grass Weed Control In Cereals
Sales of goat meat have been rising quite dramatically over the past few years. This trend seems to be related to the fact that goat meat tended to be mainly consumed by certain ethnic groups and most of the meat was from older animals (a bit like the relationship between mutton and lamb). However, in … Read more Goat Farming
Today my main task on the farm has been hedgecutting. There is only a few days left of hedgecutting season, as it is illegal to cut farm hedgerows from 1st of March onwards to protect nesting birds. We purchased a new (well second hand) hedgecutter recently. The old one only had a 4.5m reach and … Read more Hedgecutting
I am always delighted to get feedback about the products I am selling at farmingfriends, so I was thrilled to see my Incubating, Hatching & Raising Guinea Fowl Keets eBook described as comprehensive information. Sara, Here in North Carolina USA my husband and I have hatched guinea keets with an incubator. We’ve scoured the internet … Read more Incubating, Hatching & Raising Guinea Fowl eBook Review
We just wanted to let you know that we have had to switch the forum off for a few days as it was getting hit by masses of spam in the background so we are looking at ways to combat this or make changes to the forum, so I will let you know when we … Read more FarmingFriends Forum Switched Off For A Few Days