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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Livestock farmers should be careful when allowing their animals to graze any regrowth in pastures that are recovering from the exceptional drought much of New Zealand has experienced this year – because farm animals are especially vulnerable to nitrate poisoning at this time.
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!
Foot problems can affect all sorts of animals at any time of year and should be treated promptly. Animals need to be able to walk to access food and shelter and an animal in constant pain is not going to thrive.
Do you know about keeping your lifestyle block free from pests and disease? Want to learn more? The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) wants to find out, so it is inviting you to take part in a survey.
The day you are offered an orphan lamb or kid to rear for school pet day - you have to be very hard hearted. You must ask the question - "has it had colostrum from it's mother, or from any other source which would be an adequate substitute"?
When you shear a sheep or a goat, you remove its weather-proofing. After all, a fleece is warm when it's cold, it prevents sunburn on clear sunny days and it's windproof and water-proof. So shearing leaves sheep and goats very vulnerable to the elements. Here's some advice on how to keep your stock happy after shearing.