Hi I'm a red zone refugee that has moved to Mid canterbury to fulfill my lifestyle dreams with my two children. I am just starting out and at the moment it's just the kids, a cat and a few chickens. I'm hoping to get a house cow and grow some produce. Glad to have found this site and grateful for any advice
Hi, Anna - welcome! How much acreage do you have? How much grass/grazing on your place? If I were starting over, I'd probably not get anything other than a neighbour's cattle or sheep to graze off what you have, save any autumn growth for getting livestock in the spring, and see how you go over the winter, which is really just around the corner (yes, it's a ways off, but it does tend to have a habit of creeping up rather quickly!). Perhaps get a few chooks to get my feet wet, so to speak. See what the weather and the seasons throw at you, and how your paddock responds, get some soil and herbage tests to see what they might need, and put some livestock on in the spring. You have plenty of time to get a garden area ready for autumn/winter veggies, and that takes a bit of time if starting from scratch.
Good luck with everything! We don't tend to get as shaky out here. :rolleyes:
Hi Andrea, Thanks for the welcome, and thanks for the advice. I have had the chickens for a while now and they made the move fine, so I guess it's good to stick with them and prepare for winter crops while I research for spring, thanks again for your advice.