The Problem Of Not Being Able To Locate Your Main Mole Run And Using New Traps!
Posted 24 November 2013 - 11:34 am
Posted 24 November 2013 - 11:41 am
Posted 24 November 2013 - 01:48 pm
Hi Mole man Kent,
Have a look at https://www.facebook...553269534750866
They also have a private forum for members and you can discuss in detail your mole catching ways and ideas.
Has anyone on here got contacts with anyone that has done factual research on the bacteria in soil caused by mole hills?
Posted 24 November 2013 - 03:19 pm
Posted 24 November 2013 - 03:39 pm
Posted 24 November 2013 - 03:44 pm
Posted 24 November 2013 - 04:07 pm
I personally wouldn't go raking moles hills on large fields where there's livestock. One for the effort or raking down every mole hill on such a large area and two I know a lot of farmers wouldn't be happy spreading potentially bacterial infested soil around a field with their money on it. That is all I am saying.
On over 80% of my agric work I always run the chains over with the bike. With livestock in the fields and have never once had a problem with potential bacteria.
Posted 24 November 2013 - 04:21 pm
Posted 24 November 2013 - 04:26 pm
well I've not been doing the moles very long, never really interested me
but a few of my permissions were having trouble, cricket pitches, garden centre and horse fields
but I've not done bad, caught quite a few, trial and error until you find what works
and good advice off lads of here, especially moxy ,
I'm not out to make a living at it, I'd starve to death, just keep some of my permissions happy
but I do enjoy it, not had a trap filled in yet so must be doing something right
Posted 24 November 2013 - 04:48 pm
Hey Moley 2 yeah I'll get my friend to e-mail some bits to me have you got an e-mail adress? Clostridium which thrives in aerobic conditions (I.e soil), causes butyric acid which can ruin silage crops and also kill livestock especially sheep. I've just been working on Suffolk and the mole population there are beyond a joke. There's not much livestock down your way is there? Up Yorkshire way, like I said earlier a farmer harrowed a field in mole hills and lost 8 sheep, the farmer believed it to be clostridium.
Thank you for your reply. Can you post the info you get from your friend on here ? or can you PM on this forum?
Posted 24 November 2013 - 04:48 pm
Posted 24 November 2013 - 04:49 pm
Posted 24 November 2013 - 04:53 pm
One of the main reasons apart from reduced grazing is potential spread of bacteria pushed up through the soil. It's not a guarantee if you've got molehills you're going to have dead stock but it's a big risk to take. So what reason do you're farmers have to rid of the mole except less room for grazing and damage to machinery then?
Main reason would be to get a good clean crop of silage/ hay. Bacteria fermentation within stored silage can be an issue but it's not something I have really come across.
Loss of livestock due to dead and festering animals within the cut and stored crop is more common.
I'm not saying it's not prevalent.
I have also found it more common that unexpected losses in sheep are down to parasites.
But I'm no scientist nor have I studied bacterias. Nor do I have a degree in molecatching.
Farmer rings. I go. Harrow out. Catch his moles. Get paid and go back between cuts. And thus the process is repeated each year.
Not once do I enjoy a brew and a chin wag with my farmers and discuss bacterias.
I'm pretty certain the farmer would know more than me as to what if anything is making their livestock sick.
Posted 24 November 2013 - 05:10 pm
Yeah mate I understand what your saying.
Nor do I have a degree in mole catching and I certainly don't know everything about mole catching as with any form of pest control no one does.
Can't help but feel people on this forum are here to criticise and moan sometimes
Posted 24 November 2013 - 05:20 pm
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