From the young boy, who milked his first cow to the experienced farmer running Easter Dounie Farm in Strathardle Glen in Perthshire with his partner S Ewart, Andrew Housley’s lifelong passion has been the land and farming. Indeed, for over 35 years, this father of three, has been building up an impressive array of professional skills and services that have become invaluable to all manner of farmers, land and property owners. Andrew's main activities are described in more detail below, however, he also has certificates in chainsaw handling, fallen tree clearing and telehandler driving. Given his passion for the outdoors, experience in animal husbandry and the ability to think on his feet, it's easy to see why this highly-skilled Yorkshireman is considered to be such a valuable asset when it comes to the multitude of challenging tasks that require a professional pair of hands.
All types of agricultural and domestic fencing
Including dyking, enclosures, buildings & roofs.
Including Hay and Haylage
Using traditional pet-friendly methods
Whether you have a farm, small-holding or a domestic property Andrew Housley undertakes all manner of fencing according to individual needs. For example, you may prefer him to provide a complete supply and erection service where he will take care of absolutely everything. Alternatively, as long as you have posts, wire and rails of the required specification and quality, he's just as happy to build fences using your materials.
Key to the success of any fencing project, is knowing which type of fencing to use for different livestock. Andrew has a vast amount of experience in this field, so he's happy to advise you.
Most fences are suitable for a variety of farm animals, however, so that you don't waste money on fencing that isn't up to the job, you need to be aware of certain animal behaviour. Some animals have the "Houdini" spirit, which means you need to make sure your fences are "sheep-tight and bull-strong." Sheep, in particular, are notorious fence-testers because they have a tendency to climb up, jump over, crawl under, crawl through - or even walk through fences.
Whatever your project, large or small, rest assured you'll receive a first class service that will not only optimise your efficiency and economic requirements now, but for many, many years to come.
Britain boasts a staggering 125,000 miles of dry stone walls. A few are ancient, dating back to 3,500 BC. But most are field walls constructed in the early- to-mid-1800s, in the wake of the Enclosure Acts.
Armed with only a sharp-edged hammer, a good waller can build - or rebuild - a structure that will last for centuries. It's all down to special eye-to-brain co-ordination. The waller must be able to look at a stone and know immediately whether it will not only fit in with the construction of the wall, but also be strong enough to withstand both harsh weather and enthusiastic rubbing by farm animals.
Andrew's expertise not only encompasses dry stone building work for houses and outbuildings, but also building double walls, boulder walls and Galloway dykes. So if you require a dry stone dyke, dry stone special feature or larger dry stone project, just give him a call.
No matter how big or small your job may be, Andrew also provides quality roofing, including slating and tiling, steel cladding and concrete fibber sheets, shingles and shakes, flat roofing, green roofs, guttering, fascias and soffits, general repairs and lead work.
Baling and wrapping are two equally important parts of the Bale Silage process. Andrew has considerable experience in both.
In addition to the quality of the raw materials being conserved, he points out that there are two factors which contribute to the success of bale silage. One, the structure and density of the bale. Two, the effectiveness of the cover.
Modern farming practices wrap bales in multiple layers of plastic film, creating a secure, airtight cover. This not only preserves the nutritional value of the ensiled crop, but reduces spoilage. Andrew's considerable expertise lies in creating very tight and secure wraps.
These are produced by using good quality film and a stretching unit fixed to a bale wrapper, which is then wrapped around the bale. The plastic memory - which makes the film return to its original dimensions - causes the film to compress around the bale, creating Andrew's highly-acclaimed secure and airtight wraps.
Virtually nothing annoys gardeners more than the overnight appearance of a crumbly mound of fresh brown earth on their trim, carefully-tended grass. The very sight causes inconsolable grief and incandescent rage. Indeed, those of a certain age, will no doubt remember Jasper Carrott's TV sketch in which a man, half-crazed by a plague of moles, stakes out his lawn with a deck-chair and a shotgun!
Despite the many weird and wonderful methods passed on in the local pub, or over a neighbour’s hedge, mole-catching is a highly-developed, labour-intensive task and in order to be successful, you need to know exactly what to do. You also need the right tools, well-made traps and any areas to be worked on must be cleared of livestock.
Poisoning using Strychnine is no longer an approved method of control in the UK. In fact, that particular poison was withdrawn from the market in 2006. Nowadays, fumigation with aluminium phosphide products is still an approved method of control, but Andrew prefers to use pet-friendly traps which, as the name suggests, are safe to use around dogs, cats and other household pets as well as sheep dogs and farm animals.
William Housley - Andrew's Great Great Grandfather - followed in his father's footsteps as a Spindle Maker/Forger. He later became a Mole Catcher. He spent a lot of time working away from home. he would travel from farm to farm or estate to estate to carry out his craft. The customers would provide food and lodgings for "Housley" the Mole Catcher. He would be paid for every mole he caught, he then sold the moleskins, which he had been paid to trap, to fur dealers. Andrew Housley carries on his Great Great Grandad's work today, and over the years has had considerable experience and success in catching moles, which is why he's confident to charge a 'per-mole' fee.
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