Protect your property against fire with an RX Plastics Fire Fighting Kit

Images of the fast-spreading fires which recently wreaked havoc in parts of New Zealand and Australia are a sobering reminder of the extreme danger of fires this time of year.

In order to ensure you minimize the risk of a fire destroying your property it is best that you have a protection plan. You should also pay attention to the alerts and notices on the New Zealand Fire Service and National Rural Fire Authority websites.

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Choosing a Water Tank Level Indicator for your Lifestyle Block or Bach

There’s no doubt that summer has well and truly arrived, even here at the northern end of the Southern Alps.

NIWA’s seasonal climate outlook is predicting near normal rainfall across the country and that’s great news for anyone reliant on rainwater to fill their water tanks.

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Useful Farming Equipment for Lifestyle Properties or Smallholdings

If you’re setting up a lifestyle block, you’ll need to buy stuff, at least in the beginning. Be prepared to spend money. Even if you don’t want to. Even if you don’t have any. Unless you’ve got unlimited time and resources, it’s unavoidable. The best approach is to be clever about what you buy and canny about how much you spend.

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Gravity-fed water systems

Our water comes from a stream flowing through our property. It’s piped to two tanks — a 1,000 litre break tank and a combined break/header tank — and then gravity-fed to our livestock troughs and our house.

The great advantage of a gravity-fed supply is that you’re not reliant on a pump. If you live in a region that often suffers severe weather and the attendant risk of power cuts, not being dependent on a pump is a very good thing.

Gravity-fed system - break tanks

The main disadvantage of our gravity-fed system is the potential vulnerability of the source to drought, logging activities and earthquake damage, but none of these have happened so far and the stream has served us well.

If you’re thinking of installing a gravity-fed system from a dam or a stream, here’s what you should take into account: Continue reading

Gearing Up for Growing

The 23rd of September, marked one of the most important days in our personal farming calendar: the Spring Equinox.

From now on, with days longer than nights, everything – including our pasture, we hope – will really start cranking.

spring comes late here

Spring comes late here!

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How portable equipment can save your lamb chops

Portable electric fencing and a portable water trough are two of the most useful – and least expensive – pieces of farming kit we own.

We bought the trough for the sheep yards and the fencing because we could afford it at the time and figured it would come in handy.

They were both sensible buys but it took a “real” farmer to get us out of our townie mindset and show us how useful our portable stuff could actually be.

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