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11 years 11 months ago #23583 by jerseystu
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Hello everyone :)

Id like to introduce myself on the site as im sure I'll be using this as an invaluable resource in the years to come.

My name is Stuart and my wife is Jayne

Our plan is to move out to NZ after paying off our house in Jersey CI (a small island between England and France) in a good few years.

We definatly love the idea of a life style block and have actually been looking into this plan for a year or so.

We are heading out for a holiday/reccy trip over xmas 2011 for 6 weeks and plan to, amoung other things, do a farm stay on a similar setup to what we plan on doing.

If any one can suggest any places we could look at trying as a farm stay that would be wonderful.

What we'd like is a place maybe concentrating on pigs, hens, a few sheep, maybe alpacas, bees and a home cow, along with the self suffiecent type set up of the house and with all the vegs and fruit being grow too.

Thanks for reading
regards
stu

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11 years 11 months ago #335849 by kate
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Hi Stu and welcome to lsb :D

We moved out here nearly 20 years ago and don't regret it :D By the time you're here for your holiday we should have sorted out our new block and you're welcome to come for a look :D

You really should be thinking about goats though...

Cheers
Kate

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11 years 11 months ago #335851 by Westie
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Hi Stu,
You picked a nice time to visit NZ, hope the summer is good for you over the 6 weeks.
Plenty of farm stays, some catering to the self sufficient lifestyle as well.
http://www.tourism.net.nz/accommodation/farmstays/

Depends where you are thinking of going in NZ, South Island- North Island- smaller island (like Jersey) it's all good[;)]

If you like the look of a particular area, ask around on this forum for more information from locals, because a trip over summer may not give a full representation of what it is like year round.

Watch out for the Goat Mafia[:0]

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11 years 11 months ago #335853 by spoook
Replied by spoook on topic Hello from Jersey
Welcome jerseystu, I am sure there is, or are, a couple on here from CI.
You have made a great decision, one you will not regret.....
and you will find you will NEED goats [}:)] an integral part of a lifestyle block and our way of life. [:I]

There are no bad questions only those that are not asked.
"You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed"

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11 years 11 months ago #335854 by Isla
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Hello Stu, wherever you go, make sure you have a good look at the gorse, and know that it will probably be a big part of your life, unless you head for the really cold bits of the country, where I've seen it still used as hedging!

My cousin currently lives on Guernsey. How long have you been on Jersey?

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11 years 11 months ago #335892 by Ghilly
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Hi Jerseystu.... yes, you do need to consider goats, milking ones.... they are just THE business. Easier to manage than a cow and their milk is gorgeous. Ok so I'm biased as a lot of goat people are LOL. They provide you with cuddles and love and although they probably need more hoof trimming than a cow.... well, they are just so worth the effort. You will need more than one though or they will go in search of a friend.

There are plenty of goat people here so you won't be groping in the dark learning about them. [;)] :D :D :D

Yakut

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11 years 11 months ago #335895 by PeterNZ
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Goats? Of course Goats! What else? You wouldn't want to have a Jersey cow, would you? [:o)]:p

Welcome to the forum. Should you be interested in the Far North, the Top of New Zealand let me know. We would be happy to show you around. We even have friends with cows! [;)]

Cheers

Peter


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11 years 11 months ago #335898 by spoook
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As gorse will be a part of your life, as Isla pointed out, you definately will need goats [}:)]

There are no bad questions only those that are not asked.
"You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed"

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11 years 11 months ago #335949 by jerseystu
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Well goats definatley seem to be very popular here, we did initially think about goats but as we are in the very early stages of planning any help like this is very much appriciated.

Isla, you said your cousin lives in Guernsey, my wife is from Guernsey her family names are dawson/blundell.(and i worked over there for a few years too and may kow them!)

Over the coming months im sure you folks are going to be hearing from us more and more,hopefully with not too stupid questions, please be patient with us eh!!!

Thanks for the help so far and all the best

stu

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11 years 11 months ago #336001 by sod
Replied by sod on topic Hello from Jersey
Do not listen to them( goat people) bring a cow from there with you they are the bestesss :) As for questions, as spoook has on her signature :) somes it up

Having time is a measure of enthusiasm:rolleyes:

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11 years 11 months ago #336032 by jerseystu
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Ah Yeah, just read that!! too true

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11 years 11 months ago #336203 by Ghilly
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I was once asked the question "Is an egg fertile before or after it is laid" :eek:

I had visions of our rooster racing about with a tiny hand held or should that be 'claw held' drill and some little drill bits...... hmmmmmm and it wasn't asked by a 'townie'. [:0] :D
Oh and I'm not suggesting that someone from town wouldn't know but you would expect someone who lives rurally and has had a couple of chooks to have a grasp on the hows and wherefores wouldn't you?

You would also kind hope that after having children.. they'd know what a cervix is especially if they were the one who actually gave birth..... :rolleyes:

Yakut

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11 years 11 months ago #336321 by betenoir
Replied by betenoir on topic Hello from Jersey
If you end up in the waikato the damn collymachons are as much of a problem as the gorse
A la perchoine from a sarnian refugee

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