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Don't run dry - wireless monitoring for efficient water management.

Posted by Amanda Walker on 12 November 2017
Don't run dry - wireless monitoring for efficient water management.
On Aussie small farms water monitoring is essential, particularly during the summer months in low rainfall areas. When keeping any livestock, it's essential that you have access to a good quality, reliable supply of water for their care.   Digital approach for efficiency Farm experts Gallagher have made the most of new digital technology to solve the age old problem ...
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Getting Started with Cattle

Posted by Amanda Walker on 6 November 2017
Getting Started with Cattle
  Are you daydreaming about getting a herd of beautiful bovines to graze your small farm?  Keeping larger livestock like cattle requires preparation and planning but can be rewarding for lifestyle farmers. Before jumping into buying your first cow or three, there are some important things to consider.   Is your property suitable for cattle? The first t...
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Fire Management Planning - Start Now!

Posted by Amanda Walker on 2 October 2017
Fire Management Planning - Start Now!
Summer is coming! While fire is a year round risk, fire season over long hot summers in Australia poses a significant threat to anyone living in rural or semi-rural locations, including small farms.  Large bushfire events across our country have caused devastating damage and loss of life, with the trauma of these events lasting for years. Before the hot, dry weather hits you nee...
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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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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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