One characteristic shared by all lifestyle farmers is that we are 'doers'. Farming is not an easy option, it involves hard work, making practical decisions and getting your hands dirty. Sitting back and hoping that things turn out right is not an option.
My trailer is on the road several times a week this month as I haul load after load of bull kelp off the beach and onto the empty garden beds.
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.
Flystrike is a horrible disease. In flystrike, blowflies lay eggs on the skin. Maggots hatch from the eggs and eat into the skin causing sores. This is a horrible sight for even the most experienced farmer.
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?