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8 years 8 months ago #36197 by ruralfamily
Hi to all, we are a happy family of Mum, Dad and 3 children - 2 already at school the youngest 3 in January.

We are currently leasing a couple of acres in Carterton where we have a couple of ewes with nice health lambs in the paddock, plus 3 orphan lambs for the kids to keep the grass down in the orchard and 4 chooks which have just started laying.

Ultimately we would like to get on to a bigger block of our own but we're still at least a year or two off that so for now the daily commute into Wellington must continue - but coming home and seeing the kids learning and growing in a rural environment makes that all worth it.

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8 years 8 months ago #473141 by eelcat
Replied by eelcat on topic Hi from the Wairarapa
Welcome to the Wairarapa. We're in Martinborough with 6 acres that we own and 14 we lease. We both commute (OH only 4 days a week) but agree the home-coming each day is great. We run cows, goats, sheep, poultry, rabbits, donkeys.

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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8 years 8 months ago #473168 by Deanna
Replied by Deanna on topic Hi from the Wairarapa
Welcome, welcome ruralfamily, glad you found the site, lots of great info, and interesting experiences of others. Hi from down south.

25 acres, 1400 Blue Gums, Wiltshire sheep, 5 steers, 2 cows, ducks, chickens, bees, dog, cats, retired, 1 husband and 3 grandkids.

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8 years 8 months ago #473216 by LongRidge
Replied by LongRidge on topic Hi from the Wairarapa
Welcome. Remember that grass growing under trees is not as nutritious as grass that is not shaded. We keep our bottlefeds in with the flock.
Also, be very careful to feed each lamb only once per feed. Don't mix up which lamb has not been fed and feed one twice. That can kill them really quickly, especially when they are older than 6 to 8 weeks.

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8 years 8 months ago #473301 by ruralfamily
Replied by ruralfamily on topic Hi from the Wairarapa
Thanks to all for the well wishes and advice. We had our first lamb & calf day (with an animal) on the weekend and Ms 6 came away with 1st care & calling, 2nd type and equal 1st for the supreme champion - lots of ribbons and a trophy and some very excited children :)

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8 years 8 months ago #473307 by eelcat
Replied by eelcat on topic Hi from the Wairarapa
Well done - a good start to country living

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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