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Thinking of getting alpacas? Here's all you need to know

Posted by Amanda Walker on 28 June 2017
Thinking of getting alpacas? Here's all you need to know
Cousins of the camel, these long-necked animals can add a dose of fibre and fun to your small farm. Alpacas are members of the Camelidae family, which also contains two-toed (nonhoofed) animals, such as classic one-hump desert camels and rarer two-humped Bactrian camels. Many Australian small farmers  are drawn to the alpaca's versatility and the low impact they have on the natu...
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The War on Waste: 2 easy things to do on your farm

Posted by Amanda Walker on 14 June 2017
The War on Waste: 2 easy things to do on your farm
The recent ABC TV show 'The War on Waste' has drawn attention to just how much waste each Australian generates on average, and the actions we can all take to minimise rubbish going into land fill. Composting and worm farming are two things you can start immediately to cut down on what goes into the rubbish collection, while also creating valuable organic material that will help y...
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7 Ways to Make Money From Your Small Farm

Posted by Amanda Walker on 14 June 2017
7 Ways to Make Money From Your Small Farm
For many of us, having a small farm is a lifestyle choice; a chance to get away from the noise and hustle of the city and get our hands dirty. But sometimes it doesn't hurt to have a little bit of extra spending money even if you just reinvest it in improving your farm! If you are looking for some ways to make some extra cash from your small or hobby farm, here are our top 7 ide...
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June Duties

Posted by Chanel Duggan on 1 June 2017
June Duties

 

Keep on top of the following issues during June to ensure your property is well prepared for the coming months......


 

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Safe Chemical Handling on Small Farms

Posted by Amanda Walker on 25 May 2017
Safe Chemical Handling on Small Farms
Many small landholders in Australia rely on chemicals to protect their agricultural enterprises from pests, weeds and diseases. Chemicals provide many benefits to primary production but must be used responsibly to minimise the adverse effects associated with their use. Chemicals can be applied by a variety of means including boom sprayers, aerial spraying, misters, blanket wipers, rope ...
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7 Small Farm Mistakes Guaranteed to let Sheep Worms Take Hold

Posted by Amanda Walker on 17 May 2017
7 Small Farm Mistakes Guaranteed to let Sheep Worms Take Hold
It's not dinner party conversation, but worms are a topic that every sheep farmer, including small farmers, need to address... Most sheep have some worms in their digestive system, and as vaccinations are to humans, a little exposure is essential for sheep to develop and maintain an immunity to worms. But parasitic worms become a problem if they increase to the point where they weake...
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The Farm Co Guide to Rearing Pet and Orphan Lambs

Posted by Amanda Walker on 16 May 2017
The Farm Co Guide to Rearing Pet and Orphan Lambs
I've found a new born lamb! What do I do? Provided there is no mother in sight and you want to hand raise the lamb If the lamb is new born- it needs colostrum either by bottle or stomach tube if it can't suck If the lamb is more than 24hrs old- you can start giving milk replacer straight away Keep the lamb warm and dry it, if it is wet ...
Posted in: Animal Health General Farm Lamb Care Sheep Small Farm Management   Comments

May Jobs

Posted by Chanel Duggan on 1 May 2017
May Jobs
Farming is always a full-time job (even if it's your part-time passion), so its always handy to have a list 'at the ready' to keep you and your farm organised. Here is our 'seasonla snapshot' of what tasks you should consider tackling around your property in May.    ...
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Practical gardening investments for your small farm garden

Posted by Amanda Walker on 18 April 2017
Practical gardening investments for your small farm garden
When you finally get that bit of land you've been dreaming off, it's hard to keep those "The Good Life" fantasies at bay. You know - the ones where you are completely self-sufficient, living off the land and trading produce with your equally productive neighbours! It can be tempting to buy a lot of expensive gardening tools to bring your dream to life. The reality is, y...
Posted in: The FARM Co Farming Equipment Farming Tools General Farm Orchard Trees Seeding Small Farm Management Small Farm Supplies   Comments

Worm Egg Counts - Why Should I Bother?

Posted by Amanda Walker on 3 April 2017
Worm Egg Counts - Why Should I Bother?
Worm egg counting Worm egg counting also known as a faecal egg count is an invaluable tool to help achieve sustainable worm control in Sheep, Cattle, Goats, Deer and Alpaca. It is one of the most useful worm management tools a livestock producer can utilise. A worm egg count is a count of the number of worm eggs in a sample of poo. The results are expressed as 'eggs per gram'...
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