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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 ...
Posted in: Chemical Handling Chemical Safety Chemical Transfer Farm Safety General Farm Small Farm Management Spraying Equipment   Comments

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...
Posted in: The FARM Co Animal Health Integrated Pest Management Sheep Small Farm Management Worm Control   Comments

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.    ...
Posted in: The FARM Co General Farm Small Farm Management   Comments

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'...
Posted in: The FARM Co Animal Health Alpacas Cattle General Farm Goats Integrated Pest Management Sheep Small Farm Management   Comments

Selenium Deficiency in Sheep and Cattle

Posted by Amanda Walker on 13 March 2017
Selenium Deficiency in Sheep and Cattle
Selenium Deficiency in Sheep and Cattle Selenium is a trace mineral found naturally in the soil. It appears in certain foods and there are even small amounts in water. For humans, selenium is a vital mineral to increase immunity, protect cells from free radical damage and inflammation, and support a healthy metabolism and fertility. It is also essential for your farm stock, particularly ...
Posted in: The FARM Co Animal Health Cattle Sheep Soil Analysis   Comments

Small Quantities for Small Flocks

Posted by Amanda Walker on 8 March 2017
Small Quantities for Small Flocks
Even if you have just a few sheep, you need to drench to keep them in the best health. But there's no need to buy commercial quantities! Our best selling drench products come in smaller quantities from 1lt to 5lt, so you can get the right amount to treat your smaller flock. Not sure when to drench or what to choose? Our friendly team is on hand - just call 1300 327 626 for an...
Posted in: Animal Health General Farm Small Farm Management   Comments

March Checklist

Posted by Chanel Duggan on 1 March 2017
March Checklist
March Checklist   Starting to finish up Summer and hopefully cooling down just a little. Time to get organised on your property for the beginning of Autumn and the busy time of getting ready for seeding!             ...
Posted in: The FARM Co General Farm   Comments

Electric Fence vs Traditional fence: what's the best choice for small farms?

Posted by Amanda Walker on 15 February 2017
Electric Fence vs Traditional fence: what's the best choice for small farms?
Choosing the best fence for your farm Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above/Don't fence me in
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love/Don't fence me in
When Bing Crosby immortalised these words in song, it's clear he wasn't living the reality of farm life. On a property containing (or excluding) animals, fences are a necessity. D...
Posted in: The FARM Co Electric Fence Products General Farm Small Farm Management   Comments

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