Category Archives: Lifestyle Farmers

Keeping your stock happy and healthy with RX Troughs

RX-plastics-troughsAs the end of the year rolls around, the heat starts to ramp up, particularly down here on the edge of the Canterbury Plains.

With precious little natural moisture coming down from above, down on the farm we look to our water reserves to keep our pastures and stock happy.

Getting water supply to livestock is one thing, but being able to deliver it effectively requires tough, durable troughs that are not only able to deal with extremes in weather, but also capable of dealing with knocks from large animals. After all horses, cows, sheep, deer and even buffalo aren’t known for their table manners! Continue reading

A Beginner’s Guide to Colostrum

With lambing already happening in some parts of the country and calving about to start in the next couple of weeks, colostrum production will soon be in full swing. This amazing substance is vital to the good health of your young livestock, so we’ve put together a fact file for your reference.

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Culverts 101 – the Benefits for Your Property

I never really gave much thought to the culvert under our driveway until the winter of 2012, the first on our block. Ewan was working overseas, I was looking after the farm by myself and we’d had a massive amount of rainfall.

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Solving Drainage Problems on Your Lifestyle Block

It might seem odd to talk about the problem of too much water when a large part of the country has been in drought for months but the two aren’t necessarily incompatible. Bad drainage is often a soil issue (and sometimes a topography issue), so even the driest, most drought-afflicted paddocks can still turn into bogs after rain.

If your land doesn’t drain well, you probably have a high water table and/or a heavy, clay-based soil. Clay particles are extremely small and very fine. There’s not much air between them, so there’s very little available space for water to penetrate.  That’s why clay soils take a long time to drain. The up-side is that these soils retain moisture longer in dry months.

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