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Summer Water Management

Posted by Amanda Walker on 16 November 2018
Summer Water Management
Summer water management for small farms In parts of Australia, we're already experiencing the start of the long, hot days of summer.  In the southern half of the country, summer can mean long periods without rain. This season, paying attention to water management on your small farm becomes critical.   1. Water Management and Monitoring
Setting up correctly fr...
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Water Monitoring: Why it Pays To Go Wireless

Posted by Amanda Walker on 22 October 2018
Water Monitoring: Why it Pays To Go Wireless
Water Monitoring: Why it Pays To Go Wireless An effective water monitoring system enables anyone on the farm to see quickly and clearly how much water is on hand. Agricultural specialists Gallagher, are bringing innovation to rural properties all over Australia with their Wireless Water Monitoring System.  Traditional Water Tank Monitoring Tradit...
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Fire Management Planning - Start Now!

Posted by Amanda Walker on 18 October 2018
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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The 5 Biggest Mistakes Farmers Make When Tackling Buffalo Fly in Cattle

Posted by Amanda Walker on 5 October 2018
The 5 Biggest Mistakes Farmers Make When Tackling Buffalo Fly in Cattle
If you're a Cattle producer anywhere across northern Australia you are bound to be seasoned battler when it comes to managing the annual burden of Buffalo fly.  You'll know that the horrors of this wee beastie not only physically affect your cattle, but impact significantly on your bottom line too. In fact In Queensland alone, Buffalo Fly is estimated to cost the industry, $...
Posted in:The FARM CoAnimal HealthBuffalo FlyCattleCattle Fly managementCattle ProductsIntegrated Pest ManagementPest and Vermin ControlSmall Farm Management   Comments

Livestock Tips for Spring

Posted by Amanda Walker on 1 October 2018
Livestock Tips for Spring
With Spring underway, here are some issues to consider when planning your livestock management plans this month. To save yourselves the expense of purchasing tag applicators and earmarking pliers always make sure that you purchase calves that are already earmarked or branded. They must already have an NLIS device in their ear. To find out more about your NLIS requirements head t...
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Controlling Blowfly Strike in Sheep this Spring

Posted by Amanda Walker on 18 September 2018
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 humid sta...
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Weed Control for Small Landholders

Posted by Amanda Walker on 18 July 2018
Weed Control for Small Landholders
It's essential for weeds to be managed and minimised through effective control measures, not only for your own property, but to stop the spread of invasive and unwanted plants in the wider area. Each district in Australia has a list of declared species, which pose a threat to the local environment, and must be treated by landholders. Your local council, NRM / CMA board or state govern...
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5 ways to make shearing day run smoothly

Posted by Amanda Walker on 9 May 2018
5 ways to make shearing day run smoothly
Making Shearing Day Stress-Free Do you have a small flock of sheep on your farm? Most breeds of sheep, excluding those that shed (such as Dorper sheep) will need to be shorn at least once a year. Other woolly residents of your farm such as alpacas also need an annual haircut. Shearing is necessary to avoid matted wool, heat stress and flystrike.  So even if you do not plan on taking up...
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8 tools To Help You Become A Garden Guru

Posted by Amanda Walker on 26 April 2018
8 tools To Help You Become A Garden Guru
8 tools To Help You Become A Garden Guru 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 t...
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Getting from Eggs to Chooks: A Hatching Guide

Posted by Amanda Walker on 14 March 2018
Getting from Eggs to Chooks: A Hatching Guide
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Well, if you have started out keeping chooks the usual way, you probably purchased a chicken that had already matured enough to start laying fresh eggs for your household.  However, with a higher level of chook-keeping confidence, your might be considering taking the next step and hatching your own chickens from eggs. Now a little word o...
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