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Controlling Blowfly Strike in Sheep this Spring

Posted by Amanda Walker on 18 September 2017
Controlling Blowfly Strike in Sheep this Spring
Ah...springtime. Birds cheeping, baby animals frolicking, wildflowers blossoming...blowflies striking? It's an unpleasant fact that the time of year that many of us enjoy the most can be very uncomfortable and even deadly for our woolly friends. Flystrike is one of the most important health and welfare concerns for sheep in Australia, particularly in areas experiencing a warm and hum...
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Making Money from Eggs

Posted by Amanda Walker on 16 August 2017
Making Money from Eggs
Is keeping chickens for eggs as profitable as it's cracked up to be? Eggs from hens kept in more humane conditions are becoming more sought-after in Australia as consumers become educated about the environment cage eggs can be produced in. The better appearance and taste of non-intensively farmed eggs is also a selling point. Consumers are willing to pay a premium for the improved qu...
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Animal husbandry 101

Posted by Amanda Walker on 16 August 2017
Animal husbandry 101
Basic Livestock Care for Beginners If you are just starting out in small farming without much experience in raising animals, you'll need to commit to learning about how to care for them responsibly before bringing them onto your farm. Whether you are planning to focus on raising animals to contribute to a livelihood or just want a few around the property for the farm experience, all ...
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So, you want to start raising goats?

Posted by Amanda Walker on 19 July 2017
So, you want to start raising goats?
Goats have a reputation as the ideal small farm animal due to their size, their productivity (they can be used for meat, milk and fibre as well as companionship) and the fact they are relatively easy to look after. So how does their reputation stack up against the reality of raising goats on a small farm?
Small animals for small farms
Compared to other livestock, goats don'...
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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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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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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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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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