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10 years 6 months ago #29760 by petehilux
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Hi there, My wife and I have 10 acres in north canterbury that we purchased last year, we are just starting out in the ways of semi self sustainability etc. We have 5 steers and 2 dogs at this stage with plans for more animals. Our place is a blank canvas at the moment and we are excited to turn it into a great little farmlet.

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10 years 6 months ago #403027 by LongRidge
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Hi pete ..... ummmmm ...... dogs are a delicacy in some parts of the world, but I suspect the Wife might get a bit upset at being asked to cook one ..... :-).
Don't overstock. In some parts of North Canty, 1 steer per 2 acres would be plenty of stock, unless you can irrigate.
If you are planning to eat your animals then I would suggest a rotation of 2 yearlings growing to kill size and 2 calves growing to yearlings. Make hay out of spare grass because you will need to feed out during summer and winter. Remember that it is absolutely illegal to sell meat.

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10 years 6 months ago #403028 by Andrea1
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Welcome! North Canty here, too - Oxford way. There's a good number of us in the area, should have another gathering in the autumn.

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10 years 6 months ago #403036 by kaybe
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Hi there Pete. Welcome to the site!

Tomorrow is the day I will stop procrastinating.

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10 years 6 months ago #403056 by 3scoremiles10
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Hi and welcome!

You'd be most welcome to come along to this meeting next week:

www.lifestyleblock.co.nz/vforum/showthread.php?t=30828

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10 years 6 months ago #403143 by Trace
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Welcome to the forum.

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10 years 6 months ago #403145 by Shropshire Blue
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Welcome along Pete.

Hope to get along to that meeting on Weds too :)

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