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1 year 7 months ago #553143 by BirgitNZ
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Hi
Just to introduce myself. We have a small block in the Kaipara district. Currently running a small flock of Wiltshire sheep (since 2015). Have learnt lots of things by "doing", but keen to learn more from fellow lifestylers.
other hobbies include quilting, dogs, sports and fishing.
Birgit

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1 year 7 months ago #553147 by Scottie_jay
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Hey welcome. We have 12 Wiltshire. Just had 6 lambs this season.

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1 year 7 months ago #553148 by BirgitNZ
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That's cool. We didn't have any this season, planned it that way because we wanted to get away on holiday, but the ol' Rona had other plans. oh well. onwards and upwards.
We'll have to wait until late summer again to get a ram in....or do we? Has anyone got experience with that? What would happen if we got a ram now in Nov.....Lambs in late March, or would they still only get in their cycle in Feb/Mar?

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1 year 7 months ago #553150 by tonybaker
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I leave the ram in all the time and get twins in August, no worries.

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)

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1 year 7 months ago #553159 by Chunkboult
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Hey buddy. I am chunk just join the community. Welcome

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1 year 7 months ago #553171 by mikeles
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Hi

I am also a new member, a new lifestyle block owner with 5.5 hectares of land outside of Dargaville. We have been here 6 weeks and set up some paddocks for our sheep: 1 dorper ram lamb, 3 damara ewes, 3 arapawa ewes and a ram lamb. We also have 2 wagyu x heifer calves and a 3 month old huntaway x pup.

We are new to the area after selling our home in the Waikato. We are living in a caravan and have a garage underway currently, Intending to get a cottage up as soon as possible, hopefully before next winter.

New to sheep so will be using this site to the max to gain as much information as I can.

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1 year 7 months ago #553172 by BirgitNZ
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Welcome to the area. we have an old labrador and a year old huntaway. Gotta watch him around the sheep!

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1 year 7 months ago #553173 by tonybaker
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welcome to the site, what an exciting adventure living in a caravan. I guess you are aware that generally it is not permitted to live in a caravan or garage even on your own land.
It is a good idea to build a free standing garage as it reduces the cost of insurance on the main house. If you do build a garage, make sure it is built to code and has damp proof membrane under the floor and insulation in the walls so that you can make a habitable space out of it later. Also make sure that the septic tank is plenty big enough to comply with additional bedrooms.
You'll get lots of good advice on here, plenty of us have done this sort of thing before!

5 acres, Ferguson 35X and implements, Hanmay pto shredder, BMW Z3, Countax ride on mower, chooks, Dorper and Wiltshire sheep. Bosky wood burning central heating stove and radiators. Retro caravan. Growing our own food and preserving it. Small vineyard, crap wine. :)

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1 year 7 months ago #553174 by Ruth
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In Northland you can live in a plastic bag if you want to. Or even if you don't.

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