Truly Rural

  • Lifestyle farms on the battle front
    Lifestyle farms on the battle front

    As you drive around our beautiful country you can see cattle of all sizes and shapes. Delicate, doe-eyed Jerseys; rangy, angular Friesians; placid red and white Herefords with their tightly curling facial hair. You don't have to travel far afield before you spot a few shaggy-coated Highlands, two-tone Belted Galloways or even pint-sized Dexters.

    in Truly Rural - Kate's Blog

Topical articles

  • Know your wasp before it knows you
    Know your wasp before it knows you

    The yellow and black bullets of evil seem to be everywhere. But not all wasps are equal. Knowing what wasp is what helps deal to these flying menaces. Annette Taylor takes a closer look.

  • Planting your fruit (and nut) trees
    Planting your fruit (and nut) trees

    There is an old saying that you put a $1 tree in a $10 hole. Inflation may adjust the figures but it still holds true. Put tenfold the effort into planting and you set your tree up for life. A good root zone means it will grow a lot faster, fruit a lot earlier, be more productive and suffer from less pests and disease. The ramifications last for years.

  • March in the Garden
    March in the Garden

    March is the month for mulch. Pine needles (my mulch of choice) go thickly around the Asian vegetables sown in February.


Get the basics right

  • Rhododendron poisoning

    Let's hope you never have to deal with rhododendron poisoning.  The signs in sheep and goats include spectacular vomiting and intense pain.  A few hours after eating rhododendron, the animal is in agony, rumen heaving, and it's plastering the shed walls with green vomit.

  • Supplementary feeding in winter

    When there is insufficient pasture for livestock, alternative feeds must be provided. The most common of these is hay. Other common supplements include concentrate pellets and grain.

  • Hand Rearing Lambs, Kids and Calves

    hand rearing lambs, kids and calvesIt is very tempting for lifestylers to adopt an orphan lamb or goat kid, or to buy a very young calf to hand rear. They’re often available cheap, and they are always cute and fun for the children. But they are very vulnerable little animals.

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