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Seen this morning on a walk at the southern limit of the Vosges. The weather and geology is almost identical to the Dublin-Wicklow mountains, but they go in for cattle (and forestry) rather than sheep.

A few fields back the road ... :

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There was a whole herd of these, of all ages up to and including Daddy Bull, who had a great set of horns on him, but was too busy using them to shove the youngsters into the bit of woodland in their field for me to get a decent shot. And then the pansy went galloping off like a puppy when he heard someone rattle a bucket of nuts in the opposite corner. :roll:
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Posing for the camera.
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Beautiful rich land N, you're obviously North county Dublin or Meath. I often drive that area enviously.
I wouldn't mind, but I grew up there!
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SmartinMartin wrote: Sun Jan 02, 2022 10:17 pm Beautiful rich land N, you're obviously North county Dublin or Meath. I often drive that area enviously.
I wouldn't mind, but I grew up there!
North County Dublin Smartmartin. All the area is under pressure from encroaching development unfortunately. Which I find sad as fields and areas are being lost that have been there for hundreds of years and with that goes the rich history of the area. But that's the way things go.
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One way to re-bead a tractor tyre - or not

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I heard of that but thankfully never witnessed it. If I ever need tires changed I'd always get someone that knows what they are doing as you could end up dead if something was to go wrong.

I like this video on tyre changing.

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Great to watch someone that knows what they are doing! I've unpleasant memories of changing tyres on a Hino truck several times and having to jump on an extension bar added to spanners to get nuts to turn...usually on winter evenings...
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Future bridge engineers handy work I discovered this evening :D
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Ncdjd2 wrote: Sun Apr 10, 2022 9:31 pm Future bridge engineers handy work I discovered this evening :D
I must take notes - have to start thinking about a similar project for later in the year. :D
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CelticRambler wrote: Sun Apr 10, 2022 9:45 pm I must take notes - have to start thinking about a similar project for later in the year. :D
I've an idea rattling around my head of some sort of temporary bridge across a 10 foot deep ditch. We may start a thread on it later in the year :mrgreen:
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Dont feck about with a temporary bridge, do it once, and do it right.
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Isnt she beautiful. The Mammy and her 10 day old foal. 😀 I've been giving a dig out to a neighbour over the last week, leading her out and keeping an eye on her.. When I look at that foal all the worries and shit in my head is forgotten about.
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The two looking in at me from the other field wondering where are our bucket of oats and nuts.
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This foal is only about 4 weeks. She's very tall. It's a job in a half trying to get the head collar on her. The mares and foals are brought into the stables at least once a week. The foal follows the mother. When the mare and foal are in the stables the head collars are put onto the foals and we lead them around the stable for a few minutes so they get used to the head collar and handling in general. Head collars are always removed when the horses go back into the fields. Some people leave them on but there is a risk the head collar can get caught in something which can cause injury to the animal. This happened once on a new arrival on my friend's farm a few years ago.
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This is the foal from a previous post that's now about 6 weeks old. They grow fast.

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Spuds with the hawthorn headges in the background. Hawthorn to me is one of the most beautiful native trees we have. A beautiful time of the year and great to look at dusk as the flower seems to nearly glow before darkness.

Second photo is some of the gang of miscreants I've been minding for the last week. They have access to three fields totalling about 40 acres. It's can be a pain in the arse counting them as the black Angus ones have the ability to blend in with the hedge. Thank feck the ear tags are yellow :D
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Winter wheat ripening NCD.
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I'm sure this lad could make a few good memes. 😀
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Edit, the man in that combine is in his late 70s. He is some man to go.
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One more photo for the road from today. She thought I had something in the bucket even though herself and mother had their heads nearly over me while I emptied the feed completely into their feed bucket.
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All these farming pics make me very jealous as we were supposed to buy a small farm when we came back to Ireland but things didn't work out when we discovered the vendor had let out all the farm buildings to another party. Guess it wasn't meant to be and these days I don't even have a window box. Perhaps I should start a Go Fund Me page to buy me a farm?
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Del.Monte wrote: Sun Aug 07, 2022 12:54 pm All these farming pics make me very jealous as we were supposed to buy a small farm when we came back to Ireland but things didn't work out when we discovered the vendor had let out all the farm buildings to another party. Guess it wasn't meant to be and these days I don't even have a window box. Perhaps I should start a Go Fund Me page to buy me a farm?
Well Del we used to have a farm but due to a family circumstance most of had to be sold off. Only a couple of acres left so not a functioning farm. I do have access to rental land and did try to start up something but I've reached the stage now that it would cost too much capital wise and then when you factor in labour / pricing i came to the realisation that what i was doing was nuts considering i have a well paid job with a fixed salary. I could never shake completely the drug out of my system. I had the happiest childhood / young adult period in my life growing up and heading into the markets with my father and brother or sowing crops / harvesting. But it is a hobby / pastime now for me. And i think the set up i have with my friend and neighbour is a more prudent approach. I look after the farm when the owner is away or give him a dig out if i have time at the weekends. All that entails is making sure gates are closed, water and in some cases feeding such as the foals and mares this time of the year etc. I'm very lucky it backs onto my property and is a mixed farm of cattle and thoroughbred blood stock. There is also tillage and vegetable growers renting off him. So there is always something interesting going on.

This man is now in his 60s and has no one to take over as his kids are not interested. Wouldn't blame them to be honest as there are more easier ways to make a living nowadays. Once he retires that's it. I can see myself eventually moving out of Dublin in a few years and buying a small farm somewhere but my mind isn't made up yet on that idea. There are pros and cons to it. Especially when one gets older.

I will always hold onto my tractors and machinery though... just in case :mrgreen:
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