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10 years 8 months ago #29306 by Dragon_NZ
Greetings,

Thought that it was about time I popped in and said 'hi'.

Just looking after an 10ha block in Carterton, in the sunny Wairarapa.

While it is a 10ha block, realistically there is only about 8ha that can effectively be used as grazing (still a good handful, which should keep me busy), :D

Have only just got access to this block, so currently no livestock on it at all apart from a few chickens. Hopefully this will change soon. So I am on the lookout for a couple of good weaner calves, and a couple of ewes.

Have some experience in the dairy industry, but saw the light and got out :) , and on large scale farms, so by no means new to the rural lifestyle, but need to adjust mindset that 10ha is not 358ha (which was the size of the last farm I was on).

Great to see such a helpful community here, and am looking forward to being part of it.

Talk soon

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10 years 7 months ago #398463 by LongRidge
Hi Dragon and welcome. A couple of points ..... Wairarapa is windy. A neighbour was brought up on a farm up that way, and when the wind blew he had to hold on to the fence to stop from falling over. So get some wind shelter, and a chainsaw to cut it up when it blows over :-)
Weiners are what you turn weaners into when the weaners have grown to the size that you want them to become weiners. Weiners are related to frankfurters, weaners are any mammal that is being weaned off milk .... or alcohol in the case of humans :-).

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10 years 7 months ago #398472 by Dragon_NZ
Ok LongRidge you got me .. altho spelling was never my strong point :-)

As for the wind, you learn to walk whilst leaning into it. :-) also means we get real good at fencing, so you know you have something strong to hold onto.

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10 years 7 months ago #398473 by bayrose1
Hi Dragon and Welcome.
Longride we sure do get windy up here.
The good thing about it is what you class as a wind we class as a breeze. lol :D

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10 years 7 months ago #398481 by eelcat
Replied by eelcat on topic New member in the Wairarapa
Hi Dragon - ditto to that though tonight is a perfect evening - no wind, mild, clear, peaceful - perfect.

1 Border collie, 1 Huntaway, 2 Lhasa Apsos, Suffolk and arapawa ewe crosses, an Arapawa ram,an East Friesian ewe , 5 cats, 42 ducks , 1 rooster and 30 hens, 5 geese, 12 goats, 2 donkeys, 2 house cows, one heifer calf, one bull calf, 3 rabbits and lots and lots and lots of fruit trees...

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10 years 7 months ago #398483 by Dragon_NZ

eelcat;393516 wrote: Hi Dragon - ditto to that though tonight is a perfect evening - no wind, mild, clear, peaceful - perfect.

Just another evening in paradise :)

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10 years 7 months ago #398590 by foufee
Replied by foufee on topic New member in the Wairarapa
Hi Dragon, welcome to the website and that is one helluva downsize :)
We are in Carterton area though east side (not so windy) and only 5 acres.

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10 years 7 months ago #398603 by pisa
Replied by pisa on topic New member in the Wairarapa
Welcome Dragon, we're south of Featherston and enjoying a sunsational evening, totally becalmed!!!
Look forward to your posts!

1 hubby, 2 kids, 1 cat, 1 dog, 2 swallows and I've lost count how many offsprings with even more grandkids, 5 bunny girls, 5 bunny boys, 12 chickens (rooster, pullets, chicks and more about to hatch hopefully) and 4 goats with two of them expecting any day! (24.10.14)
But who's counting [;)]...

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10 years 7 months ago #398644 by Hawkspur

LongRidge;393497 wrote: ...Weiners are what you turn weaners into when the weaners have grown to the size that you want them to become weiners. Weiners are related to frankfurters, weaners are any mammal that is being weaned off milk .... or alcohol in the case of humans :-).

Dragon_NZ;393506 wrote: Ok LongRidge you got me .. altho spelling was never my strong point :-) ...


Welcome Dragon. :)
Heheh at least on this site the corrections are usually fairly light-hearted too.
I can't resist adding that Wiener really means someone from Wien (Vienna) just as Hamburger means someone from Hamburg.[;)][;)]

Now which would you rather be mistaken for? A sausage or a meat patty? :D :p

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10 years 7 months ago #398646 by Dragon_NZ

Hawkspur;393690 wrote: Welcome Dragon. :)
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Now which would you rather be mistaken for? A sausage or a meat patty? :D :p

Ummm now where to start... some would say I am as tall as a sausage is long, but probably as wide as a meat patty [;)]

Now I am sure that you are glad you found that out, otherwise I may have just have caused permanent damage [:I]

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10 years 7 months ago #398664 by clarry
Replied by clarry on topic New member in the Wairarapa

Dragon_NZ;393430 wrote: Have some experience in the dairy industry, but saw the light and got out :) , and on large scale farms


Welcome D-NZ

I agree large scale dairying not that attractive for staff & wonder what the owners will do when all the staff have worked that 1 out [:0] maybe we will see more people being imported to do the job [:(!]

Some of the 1000 cow high imput DF when they advertise for staff

Bring back the days when a 180 cow farm allowed Dad out of the shed at 45 & gave family member a great start, while siblings were put though uni

Or a townie could work hard, save up, buy cows, sharemilk , buy own farm

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10 years 7 months ago #398670 by Xartep
Replied by Xartep on topic New member in the Wairarapa
Hi Dragon and Welcome to the Wairarapa.
We are east of Carterton and one of the reasons we moved here was to get away from the extreme winds of Makara on the South West Coast of Wellington.

Admittedly some parts of the Wairarapa suffer from the wind tunnel effect of the valley but it is still way more settled than Welly :D

The Carterton Sales are on Friday in the grounds at Claireville, and all stock is supposed to be there by 10:30am. Its a great social event and if you go for a few weeks you will start to recognize faces. Most of the regulars are happy to talk to new comers and give "advice"[;)]

There are a number of local farmers who are usually happy to sell their weaners privately, its just a matter of looking around, there is one on the corner of Norfolk Road who has a sign up regularly.

There is a local dog breeder who's surname is Wientjens which is Dutch for the Man from Veince.[;)] So if you're looking for a quality Cocker Spaniel he's your man. :D

3 Cocker Spaniels, 1 Huntaway, 3 Cats, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Cows, Ducks, Chickens, Bunnies - small petting zoo?:rolleyes::cool:

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10 years 7 months ago #399106 by Hani Jami - Eggs on Legs
just wanted to say hi :) and welcome.
I new as well and this is a great place.

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