Theft occurs more than you might think, in fact on average one burglary is reported in New Zealand every 10 minutes! Not only is theft incredibly frustrating, but it’s also a safety risk to your family and any workers or contractors on your property. So we’ve put together a handy Rural Crime Prevention Advice Guide to help you minimise theft on your property. Click here to find out more.
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Lumps, bumps, bruises and swellings of all types are all too common in livestock. So if you spot a lump on your horse or cattle-beast or sheep, what does it mean? How can you tell what it is, and what should you do about it?
Ducks are endearing creatures and they make friendly and lovable pets, even if they can be a bit messy! What's so good about them? Ducks are hardy birds that may live for up to 7 years; they lay eggs that you can eat; just like chicken eggs; they provide meat; they are easy to contain; they aren’t as prone to infectious diseases as chickens; they eat slugs, worms and any other wee beasties they can catch, and of course it’s nice to have them waddling around making happy quacks!
You can get away with not having a lot of infrastructure in a garden. It's not the end of the earth, for instance, if you don't have built-up beds or a bean fence. You'll survive without a tunnel house or a tool rack, or even a potting shed. But if you don't have paths, you've got problems.
Paths make life easy. They divide up the garden into undaunting, manageable sections which also help with crop-rotation.
Thirty years ago leptospirosis was one of the most common zoonoses in NZ with over 400 human cases a year, mainly in dairy farm workers. In recent years the widespread vaccination of pigs and dairy cattle has reduced the number of human cases to fewer than 100 a year. However there are still plenty of infected livestock on farms.
Most male cattle, sheep and goats are castrated while they are young, to make their management easier. It goes without saying that castration can be a very painful and distressing experience for the animal.