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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 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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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

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

Small Farm Summer Livestock Management

Posted by Amanda Walker on 18 January 2017
Small Farm Summer Livestock Management
Caring for your farm animals in summer Caring for livestock on your small farm is year-round chore, but summer brings its own set of issues. Heat stress, increased risk of parasites and the need to supplement the diets of your livestock are all factors that you may need to consider during the hottest part of the year. Heat Stress The extreme heat that we can encounter in many par...
Posted in: The FARM Co Animal Health Buffalo Fly Flystrike Flystrike prevention General Farm Integrated Pest Management Pigs Poultry Sheep Sheep Lice Small Farm Management Small Farm Supplies   Comments

The top 10 articles on The Farm Co Blog in 2016

Posted by Chanel Duggan on 2 January 2017
The top 10 articles on The Farm Co Blog in 2016
If you haven't kept up to date with The Farm Co's blogs and articles - don't worry, we've done the hard work for you! Here are the top ten most read articles from our blog this year.  10. Fruit Fly Control for Small Farms Fruit can be a hobby or a lifestyle either way nothing is better than growing fresh fruit ripe for the picking. Worst of all is the p...
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December To-Do List

Posted by Chanel Duggan on 31 December 2016
December To-Do List
During December it can be crazy. Who knows if you will be still harvesting at Christmas, fighting fires, or basically getting everything organised and clean for next year! Here's a few handy hints to keep you up to date or things to look keep an eye on for your small property/                 ...
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Turbocharge Your Windmills This Summer!

Posted by Amanda Walker on 28 November 2016
Turbocharge Your Windmills This Summer!
Summer is well and truly here and for many of us, hot and dry days are what we will face for the next 3 to 4 months!! Windmills are an essential part of farm water systems, so why not give them a bit of a health check before they really start working hard? Failure of the windmill pump may be caused by the breakdown of one small, but important part, the pump bucket or cup. Inferior b...
Posted in: The FARM Co Small Farm Management Water Management Windmill Windmill Buckets Windmill Maintenance   Comments

Fruit Fly Control for Small Farms

Posted by Chanel Duggan on 15 November 2016
Fruit Fly Control for Small Farms
Fruit Fly Management for Small Farms It's the epitome of disappointment. You pick what looks like a perfect, ripened piece of fruit from your fruit tree and anticipating a delicious snack, cut into it.  Little wriggling creatures wave their greeting. Yep you've been hit with fruit fly. And suddenly those trees laden with ripe fruit look like a picture of disappointment, not ...
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