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bobby calves

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3 days 22 hours
Last seen: 01/19/2020 - 03:34
Joined: 01/18/2020 - 22:40

bobby calves

Hi
Im thinking of getting a couple of bobby calves. One for the freezer and one for sale.
I can't keep more than 3 at a time. My place is too small. I have a pic number.
Can you sell just one steer at the sales yard ? Or where would you send it ? I don't want to use gumtree or private sales. What would be best option?

Alternatively, Would it be better to buy a jersey house cow and use the milk to raise a bobby calf for the freezer. Meaning that only the jersey would be on the property permanently and the calves would be destined for the freezer.

Hello from a new member and slashing grass

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1 month
Last seen: 12/26/2019 - 10:41
Joined: 12/18/2019 - 15:38

Hello from a new member and slashing grass

I grew up on a dairy farm but have lived in Melbourne for 35 years. We have now found ourselves the lucky owners of 17 steepish, partly bush acres in South Gippsland. Spending time there, thoroughly digging out ragwort, spraying blackberries and slashing ferns (often in the rain), is heaven, to me! We are currently planning a 200 meter road into the property and hope to build an eco sustainable home at the end of it, in a year or two. This is our first summer and the grass is getting long. Is this a fire hazard? (There is a nervy neighbour down the hill from us).

Growing/cutting hay

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2 years 8 months
Last seen: 11/12/2019 - 20:47
Joined: 05/08/2017 - 16:02

Growing/cutting hay

Hi all, we are on 40 acres and new to having land. We are looking to cut a couple of acres of grass hay for our horses. Wanting to find out as much information as possible about what we should do leading up to cutting... We have native grasses... How long should the grass be before it's cut? Does it matter if there is old horse poo and some small rocks in the paddock? What is the average cost for a contractor to cut and bale? What time of year should we look at cutting (we are in SW Victoria)? Anything else we should be asking or thinking about?

Electric Fences n more?

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9 months 1 week
Last seen: 08/13/2019 - 19:25
Joined: 04/11/2019 - 10:34

Electric Fences n more?

Lots of newbie questions here. Stuff i cant find in books/www.
1.Wanting to contain animals with electric fence. But would the zap required for a cow harm a pig or goat?
2. Want to keep piglets in a paddock but there is a dam in paddock. Is this safe? Can they swim? Get stuck in mud? Will it need fencing off?
3. Teeth trimming piglets. Is this really necessary for raising piglets. Sounds barbaric to me. ?

Vaccination of weaner cattle

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7 months 3 weeks
FDE
Last seen: 05/31/2019 - 13:11
Joined: 05/28/2019 - 06:06

Vaccination of weaner cattle

Hello,

We are new to farming and we recently purchased our first lot of weaner heifers and steers. Can some please advise what we should drench and vaccinate our calves with please

Goat Worming

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8 months 1 week
Last seen: 05/11/2019 - 17:41
Joined: 05/11/2019 - 16:59

Goat Worming

Hi Fellow farmers.

I have a little hobby farm that is growing. We have 4 goats ( 3 boar and 1 dairy) we can easily worm two of our goats by injecting Panacur directly into their mouths. However, the other two are near impossible and any whiff of it sends them running. Can I mix Panacur ( or similar) with their food with the hope they will eat it and make it a less stressful experience?

Regards,
Brett

lantana and land clearing

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8 months 2 weeks
Last seen: 05/28/2019 - 20:08
Joined: 05/07/2019 - 17:14

lantana and land clearing

Hello all , I am new to this forum so be gentle .HA.... I need some woody weeds cleared and a bit of earthworks ( lantana , wattle , and general regrowth ) done . I have 50 acres near fernvale QLD . I had a look on gumtree and saw this bloke called buckshot dozer hire . The machine looks like a good size not to disturb the ground too much and seems like he knows what he is doing . Has anyone had experience with this buckshot dozer hire in SEQ ?

Slashing native grasses for horses?

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10 months 2 weeks
Last seen: 03/05/2019 - 19:50
Joined: 03/05/2019 - 17:17

Slashing native grasses for horses?

Hello, I have 50 acres - a mix of forest and pasture and run 7 horses in light work. We have a lot of native greasses like microlenia (along with cocksfoot some clover and rye grass although it is all very dry at the moment.)

Olive saplings in victoria

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11 months
Last seen: 06/15/2019 - 00:24
Joined: 02/17/2019 - 12:55

Olive saplings in victoria

Hello guys,
We would like to plant some olive trees in our acreage. Anybody, please advise us where could we get bulk of olive saplings around in Victoria. Preferably in/out of Bendigo/Ballarat area.

Thanks in advance.

pto seeder

5 posts

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1 year 3 months
Last seen: 03/19/2019 - 22:32
Joined: 10/01/2018 - 20:09

pto seeder

hi all,
Looking at purchasing a pto driven seed spreader and have a few questions.

I'm looking to spread some seed which specifies a 5kg per hectare (cocksfoot) sow rate as the seed is very fine. Will a pto driven spreader do they job? Will it be able to spread the slow enough and far enough wide? Or would I need to mix fertiliser with the seed and spread it that way?

THanks

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