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This section contains articles on non-farming topics of interest to rural people. There are hundreds of other useful articles in our lifestyle file. If you're looking for something in particular then use the search box above. If not, then browse the article titles and see what there is to help you. If you can't find an answer here then why not ask in our discussion forums? One of the very friendly and helpful members is sure to be able to help you.

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As a country based on animal exports, it's important that our animal welfare standards lead the world.

Those of you who have eaten home-killed meat will have noticed that it is more tender and tastier than meat from animals killed in the freezing works.

Honey bees are really cool. No really, they're amazing. The more you know about them the better they get.

In recent months we've had snow, floods, earthquakes and high winds.

Some people get confused about the SPCA - there's the RNZSPCA and your local SPCA - what's the difference?

One of the nicest things about having a lifestyle farm is that we can keep a few pets and friendly farm animals,

There are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk of introducing animal diseases onto your property.

None of us likes the idea of hens being kept in battery cages

Trug-maker Bill Blair talks to Diana Noonan about his craft.

 ‘Get Pickled’ - Sharon McNabb talks to Diana Noonan about her home-based preserving business

I live in a very watery part of the world with an ocean and river estuary at my doorstep

Whether we like it or not, 1080 poison is widely used to kill introduced mammalian species that may threaten native wildlife and harbour TB.

I refer to Dr Marjorie Orr's article posted on your site recently; a number of statements are made that in my view are not correct.

Rod Slater is correct in some of his responses to my article on home-kill vs meat works meat,

Katrina Hampton’s latest patchwork quilt, a warm mix of golds, reds and greens, adorns her living room sofa.

He says she’s a wonderful cook. She says he’s a wonderful story teller.

If you’re planning a trip into Central Otago, give serious thought to arriving in the small town of Roxburgh on a Thursday.

Make-it-Work – how you can turn your lifestyle block into a business. Jane Young lives with her husband, Jim, on a 4 hectare lifestyle block in South Otago.

Make-it-Work – how you can turn your lifestyle block into a business. Boarding kennels may not be the first thing that comes to mind as you consider a lifestyle block occupation.

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