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Managing your pasture & stock numbers

A year-long plan and guide to managing your pasture and stock numbers for small cattle and sheep farmers in New Zealand.

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How to tame your livestock | RD4 The First Time

Animals on a farm are important. They make it a farm. Otherwise you just have a lot of grass. If you do have farm animals, you need to make sure you they know you are the boss.

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Wandering Stock | RD4 The First Time

There is one thing that all types of farmer should have in common and that is their ability to keep animals inside their farms.

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Picking the right stock for your rural block

If you have bought a block, and are planning what livestock you should keep on it, make sure you consider all the necessary factors before purchasing your stock.

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Livestock & Mental Health | RD4 The First Time

I am not talking about man-made mental issues here. I am talking purely about the rather odd behaviour of animals. Specifically my animals.

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Plants that are poisonous to livestock

There are many common plants in New Zealand that are poisonous to livestock. Make sure you know what is on your property to ensure that your livestock is safe.

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Livestock Feed Requirements

Discover the feed requirements of different livestock to work out how much stock you can keep on your property.

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How much livestock can you keep on your property?

Work out an estimate of how much livestock you can keep on your small farm or lifestyle block with this calculation.

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Has waterway fencing gone far enough?

Fonterra have been organising to have 90% of farm waterways fenced off to manage riparian areas, but have they gone far enough to ensure New Zealand's waterways are unpolluted?

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Poisonous Plants: Yew Trees

Other than the red fruit of a yew tree, most parts of the plants are toxic to livestock.

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