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Should I till, use harrows or just let it be?

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Should I till, use harrows or just let it be?

Hi - Newbie here and to farming in general.

I have approx 4 acres of land on a 16 acre property that has been left to to its own thing for the past 5 years. The Setaria grass was 6 feet tall and I cut walking paths through it. Recently I have had neighbours horses chomping it down (with calcium supplements) and I have run a slasher over half of it.

I am wanting to fence off some paddocks for Alpaca, goats and some other small breeds.

Do I need to fence off my dam with cows?

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Last seen: 09/04/2020 - 16:04
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Do I need to fence off my dam with cows?

We are thinking of putting a couple of cows in our small back paddock. Never had livestock before. The paddock contains a dam and we are not sure if we need to fence it off and out in a trough, or can just let them access the dam. Hoping for a voice/s of experience please.

Eastwind df554

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Last seen: 08/08/2020 - 15:05
Joined: 08/08/2020 - 15:01

Eastwind df554

I recently got a 2nd hand Eastwind DF554. My problem is the 3-point linkage arms wont lower. My guess is the 3-point speed control valve needs backing off. My problem is I don’t know where to find it!
Anybody out there know?
I’d buy a service manual if I could find one, too - any tips on that?

Olives harvesting in Victoria

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Last seen: 08/06/2020 - 15:19
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Olives harvesting in Victoria

We are white-blue collar couple from Melbourne and we would like to purchase the farm 15ha in Ballarat area.
The farm has app 800 established olive trees + 200 recently planted (app 1000 total).
Spanish types: Correggiolo & Manzanillo.

We would like to get insight the core of the Olive production. Current owner does not have much information about how many kg per year of olives is possible to harvest as he let someone to care for the farm in return to have the right to take all olives.

Tractor for 3 Acres

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4 months 3 weeks
Last seen: 07/12/2020 - 11:38
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Tractor for 3 Acres

First time on small acreage,
Wanting to do some post hole digging a bit of work to build 1.5m retaining walls dig a few trenches and move soil.
What size tractor would you recommend and brands please.
Jay

Typical seasonal variability coastal NSW

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Last seen: 07/02/2020 - 12:29
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Typical seasonal variability coastal NSW

Hello,

Does anyone know where I can get typical carrying capacity variability for coastal, northern NSW month by month? I've seen the DPI website and they give average carry capacity per hectare, but I'm interested in getting a rough idea of how variable the average is. We are looking at a couple of farms, potentially around Gloucester, or more coastal between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.

Based on the DPI site we are guessing an average ~8DSE/Ha, but how would that vary month by month throughout the year? For example would it range from 6 to 10?

Seeding practices

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Wil
Last seen: 05/07/2020 - 20:04
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Seeding practices

Hi, I'm not a farmer yet but hopefully soon I will be. I like all things agriculture and like to learn everything there is about where my food comes from.
I live in WA with sandy soils and now that it's seeding time I was wondering if anyone can tell me if farmers stop seeding when the rain starts or do they plant through the rain? How much rain does it take before they stop seeding? I know that in heavy clay soils it takes a few days to dry off before they can continue seeding. Also, how many months does it take for wheat to reach maturity?

Primary Producer Qualification (NSW)

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Last seen: 04/27/2020 - 14:03
Joined: 04/25/2020 - 19:54

Primary Producer Qualification (NSW)

Apologies if this is a basic query, but my wife and I are planning a move to the country in the next 1-2 years and need to know how to qualify as primary producers in NSW.

Grateful in advance if someone can point out the basics such as minimum land size and other requirements to gain Primary Producer status in NSW.

Thanks,
Steve

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