Expressions Only Farmers Know The True Meaning Of!


She's Only one spin

Expressions Only Farmers Know The True Meaning Of!

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She's Only one spin

She's Only one spin

This does not mean she has only gone for one drive in the car or for a cycle. It refers to a cow or ewe having only one teat having milk in it. Saying a cow has 3-spins means that she has one blind quarter / teat and does not provide milk. ‘That cow has only got one spin’.

Diet Feeder

This name for a way of feeding cattle is unusual as we tend to use ‘diet’ as suggesting eating less to help with weight loss and yet here is a term that relates to feeding more. A diet feeder is a machine that mixes up the various mixes of food that are put into it so that the mixed food can then be fed to the cattle. It makes it more digestible and makes it easier to put on weight, even though diets are about losing weight.

Soft Rain

At the moment you wouldn't see much of it with floods in so many places. Although Ireland is reputed to be always raining, the soft rain that falls is enough to wet the ground and not severe enough to saturate fields or cause floods. Quite exhilarating if there is a wind too. ‘It’s a grand soft day.’

Going to do a spot of fencing

This doesn’t mean that farmers are off swinging their fencing foil at another farmer. It actually refers to a farmer grabbing a bunch of stakes, wire, hammer and staples heading off to fence the field to ensure cattle or sheep stay in the field. Yet more often than not “Heading off to do spot of fencing” is code for I need to get out of here before I'm drove mad. They want some quite time with the grass, the birds, the hammer, wire and nails.

Drawing cattle

This is not farmers off with easels and watercolours to spend an afternoon painting images of the picturesque cattle out grazing in the rain or sunshine. Drawing cattle refers to moving cattle in a trailer to bring them to another part of the farm that can only be reached by road or to the shed from the land. Many farms in Ireland are fragmented hence drawing cattle is a relatively frequent occurrence. What are you at for the day? ‘I’ve to draw cattle today’.

Locked Up

If you hear a farmer saying another farmer has been ‘locked up’, or their going to be locked up it doesn’t mean their heading for prison! It refers to their herd been locked up because of a TB reaction and the farmer is unable to sell any animals (apart from to the factory) until they have two clear tests in a row.

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