About Lackham Farm

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y

farm

tract of land for cultivation or rearing livestock


Ferment

The process of "pickling" silage in acid conditions by excluding air


Fertiliser

Man-made product containing nutrients for plant growth


Field

An area of enclosed land used for the production of crops or the grazing of livestock


Fieldwork

Using machinery in fields


Finishing system

Specific method of feeding cattle or sheep for fattening purposes


Fixed costs

These are costs which do not vary directly with size of enterprise. Eg a tractor could be used for growing 300 ha of cereals or 350 ha. Some costs eg fuel are difficult to allocate to enterprises because records are not accurate enough.


Fleece

The woolly coat of a sheep


Flock

A group of sheep


follower

Young cattle being reared as replacements to the dairy and beef cow herds.


forage

The term used for crops grown to feed animals, eg grass, maize, turnips, kale, clover


Forage harvester

Machine used to gather and chop grass or maize for silage


Foremilk

A squirt of milk from each teat before the milking cups are applied. The milk which is in the teat is the milk which is most likely to be contaminated with bacteria. Removing it before milking ensures that the rest of the milk taken from the cow is pure and free from contamination. A milker can also check to see if there are any signs of mastitis in the udder by looking for clots in the foremilk.


Freemartin

A condition in cattle where twins are born, one being male and the other female. This usually results in the female twin being infertile.


Freeze brand

A technique of branding cattle and horses using an extremely cold branding iron. This results in the animal growing white hair at the site of the brand. Most effective if used on black animals where it gives an easily read identity number.


Friesian

The most widely used breed of cow for producing milk (black and white)


Fungal disease

A disease caused by a fungus


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