Soon to be lifestyle farmer

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11 years 3 weeks ago #27588 by jjmattson
Hi everyone, newby here. Just about to take over ownership of 5acre block of land. So excited! Grew up on farms and have been itching to get own land after living in town. Didn't take much to talk the husband into it either! Have 2 kids, 1 horse (soon to be more), 1 dog, 1 cat. Really want our kids to grow up appreciating country life and all the benefits of it. Looking forward to reading advice and forums here.

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11 years 3 weeks ago #379192 by The Kats Place
Hello and welcome. What area do you come from? Good luck and much happiness in you new home

kats
Live your life in such a way that it will be easy for people to say nice things at your funeral [;)]

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11 years 3 weeks ago #379193 by Stu_R
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Welcome to the LSB cyber family :)
Bet you will love having your own patch of dirt thats bigger than a postage stamp :)

5 retired Greyhounds ( Bridgette , Lilly, GoGo,Sam and now Lenny) 15 friendly sheep all of whom are named and come when you call them :) , 2 goats, Mollie and Eee Bee :
Olive trees , .. old bugger doing the best he can with no money or land :)

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11 years 3 weeks ago #379197 by Ruth
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Good luck with the new venture! Is there a dwelling on your new land?

The first very important advice which will help your long-term relationship with neighbours: never let your dog run free, except under your direct control, knowing you can stop it and call it back to you at any time! :)

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11 years 3 weeks ago #379208 by Rothwell
Good luck from me too.
Where are you?
Ruth's very good advice should be amplified slightly, because about now birthing is taking place, and dogs can be shot without questions asked if they are in the same paddock as a farm animal and disturbing it in any way. And you will get the invoice for vet advice :-(. With our dogs, I took them around the neighbours and asked them to chase my dog home by hurting them but not injuring them.
Most children hate the routines required for farming, so be very happy if they enjoy themselves.

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11 years 3 weeks ago #379218 by witheze
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She did say she grew up on a farm. So she's not clueless I would presume. :confused:

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11 years 3 weeks ago #379221 by Ruth
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My new neighbour told me I could shoot his dog if I saw it on my place. I'd prefer he prevented any chance I would ever see his dog.

Make sure your children know to introduce themselves and ask for permission if they want or need to go onto a neighbour's place. Most people won't mind at all, but they'll be even more positively disposed toward you if they're asked first.

It could be wise, when doing all this friendly stuff, to let your neighbours know what your cat looks like too. As you may find on other threads here, many people are plagued by the appearance of feral cats, and some of us have live-capture traps. If your neighbours do that and trap your cat but know what your cat looks like, it may survive to come home again!

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11 years 3 weeks ago #379222 by Ruth
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witheze;372225 wrote: She did say she grew up on a farm. So she's not clueless I would presume. :confused:

Sure, but twenty or thirty years ago, farms were big and communities were different from the patchwork of remaining farms, amalgamated farms and lifestyle and residential lots which make up most rural areas now. Things we used to be able to do may not necessarily still be allowable or sensible.

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