Hi from sunny Rotorua
Hubbie built some lovely big vege gardens which I sowed recently and lots of seedlings are rearing their lovely little heads!
We would also love to try our hand at beekeeping at some stage.
We are hoping to grow/trade as many of our veges as we can. Tired of freaking out at the forever increasing bill from the supermarket :eek: ! Not to mention the sorry state of their fruit and veges.
So, we are busy as, and being newbies to self sufficiency on the small block we are sure to have lots of questions for you all!!!
 Roasty Arapawa 
Remember that it is absolutely illegal to sell meat to anyone, or to trade it. If you sell a sheep for meat, the buyer must have cared for it on a daily basis for 28 days before he can get it homekilled for himself, so legally you cannot allow someone to kill a sheep for themselves on your property.
 Roasty Arapawa 
Lambs taste better when they are not lambs. You usually get more meat, better flavour, and less risk of bacteria growing between killing and chilling if they are homekilled in the following August/September, or if wethers or ewes even that time the next year.
No apology is necessary. Even the most clear posts get sent off track by some of us on here .... not me of course
except for if they have the same type of animal in their regular care....
LongRidge;345494 wrote: If you sell a sheep for meat, the buyer must have cared for it on a daily basis for 28 days before he can get it homekilled for himself.
- Those who can homekill are animal owners who are actively engaged in the day-to-day maintenance of the animal, or animals of the same kind, for a period of at least 28 days.
- Such owners may kill and process the animal themselves on their own property (includes property leased, or where there is other legal right to occupy or use the property), or they may have the animal killed or processed by a listed homekill or recreational catch service provider on the service provider's premises or place or the animal owner's own property.
Having time is a measure of enthusiasm:rolleyes:
LongRidge;346022 wrote: 10 counting the lambs, thus 6 ewes, seems much more possible. Why did 3 or 4 of them not have lambs?
Our ewes are 2 years old and each had a lamb, one had twins. We sold the other lambs a few weeks ago as they were not pure arapawa. We now have 6 arapawa ewes and 1 arapawa ram for breeding, and 3 x-bred ram lambs for the freezer. We are looking forward to the next lot of lambs which will be our rams progeny. Apparently Arapawa's can breed twice a year, so it may not be that far away!!
 Roasty Arapawa