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

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, but for Sarah Hydes it’s a job that suits her down to the ground.

I live in a very watery part of the world with an ocean and river estuary at my doorstep, lovely sluggish amber channels that snake into hectares of bronze rush, trickling creeks, gushing waterfalls, and wetlands filled with birds.

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. Twenty years ago, when they first moved there, a couple of hectares were planted out in pines and the rest was all paddock. It was always Jim and Jane’s intention to revegetate in native trees so raising plants from seed was a necessity. But it was the death of a much loved pet that got Jane started on raising natives on a nursery scale.

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

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

There are a number of things you can do to reduce the risk of introducing animal diseases onto your property. The following are some straight forward, common sense steps to help you protect your animals against diseases and reduce the likelihood of widespread outbreaks.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

meatThose 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.

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

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

stock losses in winter stormsIn recent months we've had snow, floods, earthquakes and high winds.

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

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

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