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Running the Farm : Farm upkeep

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puggingSoils are a farmer’s most valuable resource so every effort should be made to keep them in good physical and biological health. Moist and wet soils are less able to support the weight of grazing stock than dry soils, so treading on moist soils can lead to compaction and, on wet soils, animal hooves cause pugging damage.
effluent systemsAs the lot sizes are smaller than in the past your neighbours are closer than ever, therefore what you do directly impacts on your neighbours, e.g. on traditionally larger farms generally your nearest neighbour would not even be within sight.

soilwFertiliser is the most expensive input on most farms – so you can’t afford to make mistakes or get ripped off through ignorance.  Go to the appropriate place to get the soil test kit.  Soil testing labs, fertiliser companies or stock and station produce stores have them and so do some vet clinics. In the kit will be a set of plastic bags and instructions.  They will also give you a returnable soil auger.

dowsing water diviningProbably the most important aspect to learning to dowse for water, is practicing. No amount of reading about it will give you the skill. Once learned though, you will use this skill for the rest of your life to position water pipes and other under ground cables and pipes.
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