Around the Farm

Three useful farming aids to keep your calving pen working for you

Three useful farming aids to keep your calving pen working for you
Kirsten 13/06/2018 0
Your calving may well be underway. Or it will be soon. If you’ve been asking about how to improve your calving environment so your calves are better off right from the get-go, then take a closer look...
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10 Water Conservation Tips for Farmers

10 Water Conservation Tips for Farmers
07/01/2018 0
Agriculture uses an estimated 70% of the freshwater withdrawals globally and 40% of freshwater withdrawals in the United States. With severe droughts, shrinking reservoirs, and freshwater shortages in...
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Fire Protection & Prevention on the Farm

Fire Protection & Prevention on the Farm
07/01/2018 0
Farmers and rural businesses need to be alert to the risk of fire on their land whether it is prescribed burning, using chainsaws, or other machinery. Farm and Land Operations Fires can start from t...
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Farmers must ‘hold nerve’ in tough year

Farmers must ‘hold nerve’ in tough year
04/12/2017 0
The tough cropping year experienced by many WA growers was a pillar of discussion at the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia’s Seeding Success 2017 forum, held at the Perth Convention and ...
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A wet start to summer

A wet start to summer
04/12/2017 0
As the official first day of summer starts in Australia, areas of Victorian and southern New South Wales are on high alert with forecasts of severe weather including heavy rain and thunderstorms. Pa...
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Trough Care

Trough Care
23/10/2017 0
Water is an essential part of your livestock’s diet. It doesn’t often get thought of or labeled as a nutrient, but it most certainly is. Water can play a role in your animals micronutrient intake if...
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Hunkering down for Winter!

Hunkering down for Winter!
03/05/2017 0
The winter months are a time to prepare for the coming year by budgeting for and purchasing things like seed and fertilizer. Many farmers work on farm equipment, like tractors and planters in preparat...
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Pruning Trees: A Quick 'How To' Guide

Pruning Trees: A Quick 'How To' Guide
05/04/2017 0
Large trees aside, there are many pruning jobs that you can do on your own. In all cases, the key is to prune the unwanted branch while protecting the stem or trunk wood of the tree. Tree branches g...
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Pest Control - Rabbits

Pest Control - Rabbits
03/01/2017 0
The Problem Rabbits prefer short, sparsely composed grass land, especially with areas of bare earth. The overgrazing of pasture with horses or sheep helps to create rabbit prone conditions. Rabbit...
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Introduction to Sustainable Farming

Introduction to Sustainable Farming
02/11/2016 0
What is sustainable farming? Sustainable farming is about “protecting the environment for future generations”, so everyone who operates in that environment (eg. farmers) carries responsibilities to...
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Disposal of wastewater on small lifestyle blocks

Disposal of wastewater on small lifestyle blocks
01/10/2016 0
Why is it a big deal? As the lot sizes are smaller than in the past your neighbours are closer than ever, therefore what you do directly impacts on your neighbours, e.g. on traditionally larger farms...
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The Importance of Trimming Trees

The Importance of Trimming Trees
01/10/2016 0
You should take immediate action with any trees under power lines, and the power authorities are urging people to prune, top, or remove trees that are likely hazards. Strong winds are the main haza...
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Using a Fertilizer or Seed Spreader

Using a Fertilizer or Seed Spreader
16/06/2016 0
Many people think they know how to fertilize a lawn by simply taking a walk around your yard with a spreader applying fertilizer. If you see stripes of dark green and light green or sometimes yellow, ...
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Getting the Sharpest Knife on the Block

Getting the Sharpest Knife on the Block
26/04/2016 0
Honing or sharpening a knife is not a science. Still, there is an easy and repeatable way to go about it that doesn't involve potentially cutting yourself. Honing vs. Sharpening The first thing to c...
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Caring for animals in extreme heat

Caring for animals in extreme heat
09/03/2016 0
Extreme heat causes significant stress for all animals. There are a few simple guidelines you can follow to reduce the impacts of high temperatures on animals. Livestock Providing shade or shelter ...
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