Tiny block in Alfriston - we're new at this!

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12 years 1 month ago #31124 by kiwilassee
Hi there

We are hoping to buy a tiny block in Alfriston (1.25 acres) to get us into the Lifestyle Block market. The grounds have been neglected (it's been rented for 20 years) and the the small 3brm house is liveable, but definitely needs renovating.

We would love to be able to keep some cattle on the small paddocks - my parents have Highland Cattle and we're thinking two weaned calves to take to yearling, one for the freezer and then get another weaned calf. Always want two (for company), getting a new calf each year. We're hoping it's enough grass although are expecting to have to buy in hay / feed.

Chooks are a must-have and we can finally get the dog we've been wanting for a long time (we don't believe in having dogs in the city). We want a Golden Retriever - such beautiful natures.

Any advice welcome :)

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12 years 1 month ago #418864 by blimeyvicki
Welcome along! Alfriston is lovely, my kids go to school just along the road at Brookby so we're practically neighbours :) Lots of hay here if you want some too. I'm not sure that you would have enough grazing to support 2 cows, once you take out the house and yard etc?? I don't know though, I'm sure someone much more expert than me will be along shortly!

PS: Keep the chooks away from the dog. Just sayin!

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12 years 1 month ago #419117 by Jen - Featherston
agree vicki - perhaps 2 sheep would be better on 1.25 acres, unless you plan to hard feed a lot?

Sometimes its not only what you say, its the way you say it that counts.

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12 years 1 month ago #419120 by muri
I would be inclined to buy cattle after winter and see what your grass is like rather than trying to carry two animals on that sized area.
Your feed bill may be a lot greater than you think
i run 2 cattle to 3 acres as a minimum and mine are a small breed
On 1 1/2 acres it could well be turned to mud by mid winter and you dont have the grass to move them onto fresh pasture

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11 years 7 months ago #440793 by kiwilassee
We finally moved to our little piece of paradise in Totara Park / Alfriston.

We've done a bit of basic renovations on the house and have started attacking the gardens which are a MESS! Worst discovery is that the place is over-run with Wooly Nightshade... and not just plants that you can pull up, but trees! This weekend we will get the chainsaw out and already have the Yates Wood Killer to pour onto the stumps. And we'll burn the plants that we cut down... that should do it for now but we know we need to be vigilant with watching for new plants (and get the neighbour to deal with the 20 square metre patch of it on their property!).

We got our chooks at the weekend - we're locking them in the chook shed for a week and then will let them out. Splashed out on a flash feeder for them 'cause there's so much birdlife in the area (love it!) that we don't want to be feeding the pooks instead of our chooks!

We have a bit of fencing to do and have to set up a water trough and then we'll be able to get our White Galloway 1yo and our Highland Calf from my family ... our neighbours are letting us graze their property so we'll have 3 acres to graze which will be great.

And we've ordered our Golden Retriever puppy too! We'll be picking him up in the New Year, after the madness of Christmas and our wedding!

It's all very exciting at the moment, but gosh, life is busy! Every weekend we're out there all day doing stuff... but it's so rewarding! Thank goodness for daylight saving too - we can actually get things done after work now!

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11 years 7 months ago #440806 by Stikkibeek
If you have children of Y1-8 ages, then you may be in the Alfriston school zone, which has a pretty good record.

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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11 years 7 months ago #440827 by stephclark
[We got our chooks at the weekend - we're locking them in the chook shed for a week and then will let them out. Splashed out on a flash feeder for them 'cause there's so much birdlife in the area (love it!) that we don't want to be feeding the pooks instead of our chooks!

oh how i laffed :D :D :D ..

good luck with the feeder deterring pooks.. at mine, it was the pooks and the wild ducks that figured out how to use the feeder, long before the chooks..

even the sparrows swoop in when the lids up.. on the upside, it does keep the feed dry when its raining and it doesnt get trampled into the ground..so saves wastage there..

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11 years 7 months ago #440896 by minnow
You need a guard cat like mine, she has taken to protecting the chooks from the mean sparrows at dinnertime ;)

Little fish, big pond [^]

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11 years 7 months ago #440910 by kiwilassee
Will need to work on the cat befriending the chooks. My first 'socialisation' didn't go down brilliantly! Cat terrified, chooks couldn't care less!!https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151263496518690&set=a.10150116261093690.318349.540778689&type=3&theater

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11 years 7 months ago #440914 by stephclark
yip same at mine.. 6 cats, all sit upon high avoiding those BIG birds.. even dog gives them a wide berth :D

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