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4 years 7 months ago #536630 by Remington
Hi, Im new to all things rural. we just moved to a nearly 10 acre block in Franklin. Its pretty well set up so we just need to add animals, and mend some fences and well lots of jobs really. We started with a dog and our running the neighbours sheep in our paddocks to help keep the grass down. We also planting out our veg garden and I need to go around and protect some fruit trees we have in our orchard. There is just so much to learn and do that Im pacing myself and hope to get some good advice here:) Im currently looking at getting a breeding sow and saw one for sale but not sure if it is a good price or a good breed to start with. So if anyone knows anything about pigs sing out.

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4 years 7 months ago #536634 by Stikkibeek
Welcome to the LSB. Pacing yourself is a good idea, as you will find there is so much to do on a piece of land, that work can overtake you. Don't forget to add in some quality time for yourself and your family.
Before you go down the piggy road, make sure you know your council regulations, your neighbours attitude to pigs, and that they can and will damage pasture, so do your homework well. Since you are in Franklin, pop along to the Saturday markets and observe for a while. it will give you a good idea of how prices are for livestock, and how these prices fluctuate in accordance with seasonal influences, and how this affects the schedule at the works. Also good to observe how your pasture will grow over a year so that you know best times to plant, and reap, and to get in tune with potential dry spells etc. It is how you will learn to buffer the good things with the not so good and plan accordingly.
Make sure you have a good safe run for your dog for when he's unattended, so he doesn't get into mischief with the neighbour's sheep.
Most of all, enjoy the change.

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4 years 7 months ago #536635 by Remington
Thanks Stikkibeek! Yes going slow seems to be the only way we are so lucky to have the infrastructure in place, including a fantastic well done dog run... Dont want to get into trouble with the neighbours!!! I will get out to the market for sure:)

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