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Talkback: Wildlife

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 14:44
GemmaJF wrote (see)

Does anyone know if there is a current subsidy for storing straw? We've noticed tons and tons of it being moved around the back roads this year. The harvest was ages ago, but still there are dozens of lorries and tractors hauling bails of straw around. It seems it keeps disappearing from one store, only to return again a few days later, then be moved again. I'm suspicious!


Although harvest was a while ago, now is the time of year that more dairy cattle are being housed rather than being outside, so the arable farmers who grew the straw will be selling it to the dairy farmers who need it.

Also you may have a straw-burning power plant near you, there are several here in East Anglia - this will cause a lot of haulier traffic in the area moving straw about - sometimes it's accumulated and stored in a holding area then moved on.  Not sure how energy-efficient that all is, but there you go ....

Talkback: Wildlife

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 08:10

Absolutely agree with you about the importance of mixed farming Gemma - I grew up on a mixed farm, then lived for some while on a small-holding - grass-fed beef cattle, dairy goat herd, poultry, pigs, sheep etc. (and an Exmoor pony).  A great way of life if your partner has the same priorities.

Now I live on the edge of a city, but we still eat healthily, buying most of our food from the local farm shop where my OH works


Fragrant tree

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 07:36
Woodgreen wonderboy wrote (see)

If the price of milk falls any further this problem may not need a horticultural solution?

Yes Woody - such tragic short-sightedness

It's my birthday

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 07:28

It's Fidget's birthday!!!

Happy Birthday Fidget - hope you can enjoy your day!



Posted: 26/11/2014 at 07:24

Oh poor you Fidget - Have a Lovely Birthday!!!  ((hugs))

At least you got over it before Christmas - my Christmas Dinner two years ago was half a slice of dry toast, and that didn't stay where I put it


Posted: 26/11/2014 at 07:14

Mmm - Think I might go into Carluccio's  for breakfast

Just across the way and along a bit from the Doctors'.


Posted: 26/11/2014 at 07:00

Good morning folks - milder again - no frost - just more torrential rain.  I'll be going to the docs for a fasting blood test in a bit, then I'll stay in the city and do some more Christmas Shopping - better find a brolly!

Mini skirts at finger-tip length, black kneelength boots, loadsa mascara and a Twiggy haircut - that was Dove

Talkback: Wildlife

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 06:44

That's interesting Mike.  Do you have any data correlating the introduction of GM and the rise in obesity?

I had rather thought it to be a combination of factors - including lack of physical exercise, the fact that most manual work is now done by machine, the constant time pressure meaning that people use cars or public transport rather than walk or cycle,, an over reliance on cheap carbohydrates in the diet and the introduction by food manufacturers of corn syrup into almost every type of processed food in an attempt to make it more palatable - it's proved to be addictive. 

Something else that might interest you is the relatively recent discovery that grass-fed beef is much healthier for you than beef that has been produced indoors and grain-fed, as the grass-fed meat contains considerably less of the harmful types of cholesterol and more of the good omega-3 fats, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and CLA (a beneficial fatty acid named conjugated linoleic acid). 

Now there is a strong move in the US  away from grain-fed intensive beef production to producing beef cattle outside on pasture as it used to be done. 

Grass-fed beef has always been considered the best in the UK, but intensive indoor reared beef fed on carbohydrates has also been commonly available and is usually cheaper.  Hopefully the health benefits of grass-fed beef will soon be more recognised. 


Orchid Lady

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 06:15

There's been plenty of information on the Hello Forkers thread about her being very busy setting up a new family business - why should you think you've offended her?


Sparrowhawk dilemma

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 21:45

I'm sorryto disappoint you butterfly, but I have quite enough housework here thank you

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