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Growing/cutting hay

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2 years 6 months
Last seen: 11/07/2019 - 16:45
Joined: 05/08/2017 - 16:02

Growing/cutting hay

Hi all, we are on 40 acres and new to having land. We are looking to cut a couple of acres of grass hay for our horses. Wanting to find out as much information as possible about what we should do leading up to cutting... We have native grasses... How long should the grass be before it's cut? Does it matter if there is old horse poo and some small rocks in the paddock? What is the average cost for a contractor to cut and bale? What time of year should we look at cutting (we are in SW Victoria)? Anything else we should be asking or thinking about?

Electric Fences n more?

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7 months
Last seen: 08/13/2019 - 19:25
Joined: 04/11/2019 - 10:34

Electric Fences n more?

Lots of newbie questions here. Stuff i cant find in books/www.
1.Wanting to contain animals with electric fence. But would the zap required for a cow harm a pig or goat?
2. Want to keep piglets in a paddock but there is a dam in paddock. Is this safe? Can they swim? Get stuck in mud? Will it need fencing off?
3. Teeth trimming piglets. Is this really necessary for raising piglets. Sounds barbaric to me. ?

Vaccination of weaner cattle

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5 months 2 weeks
FDE
Last seen: 05/31/2019 - 13:11
Joined: 05/28/2019 - 06:06

Vaccination of weaner cattle

Hello,

We are new to farming and we recently purchased our first lot of weaner heifers and steers. Can some please advise what we should drench and vaccinate our calves with please

Goat Worming

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6 months
Last seen: 05/11/2019 - 17:41
Joined: 05/11/2019 - 16:59

Goat Worming

Hi Fellow farmers.

I have a little hobby farm that is growing. We have 4 goats ( 3 boar and 1 dairy) we can easily worm two of our goats by injecting Panacur directly into their mouths. However, the other two are near impossible and any whiff of it sends them running. Can I mix Panacur ( or similar) with their food with the hope they will eat it and make it a less stressful experience?

Regards,
Brett

lantana and land clearing

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6 months
Last seen: 05/28/2019 - 20:08
Joined: 05/07/2019 - 17:14

lantana and land clearing

Hello all , I am new to this forum so be gentle .HA.... I need some woody weeds cleared and a bit of earthworks ( lantana , wattle , and general regrowth ) done . I have 50 acres near fernvale QLD . I had a look on gumtree and saw this bloke called buckshot dozer hire . The machine looks like a good size not to disturb the ground too much and seems like he knows what he is doing . Has anyone had experience with this buckshot dozer hire in SEQ ?

Slashing native grasses for horses?

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8 months
Last seen: 03/05/2019 - 19:50
Joined: 03/05/2019 - 17:17

Slashing native grasses for horses?

Hello, I have 50 acres - a mix of forest and pasture and run 7 horses in light work. We have a lot of native greasses like microlenia (along with cocksfoot some clover and rye grass although it is all very dry at the moment.)

Olive saplings in victoria

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8 months 3 weeks
Last seen: 06/15/2019 - 00:24
Joined: 02/17/2019 - 12:55

Olive saplings in victoria

Hello guys,
We would like to plant some olive trees in our acreage. Anybody, please advise us where could we get bulk of olive saplings around in Victoria. Preferably in/out of Bendigo/Ballarat area.

Thanks in advance.

pto seeder

5 posts

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1 year 1 month
Last seen: 03/19/2019 - 22:32
Joined: 10/01/2018 - 20:09

pto seeder

hi all,
Looking at purchasing a pto driven seed spreader and have a few questions.

I'm looking to spread some seed which specifies a 5kg per hectare (cocksfoot) sow rate as the seed is very fine. Will a pto driven spreader do they job? Will it be able to spread the slow enough and far enough wide? Or would I need to mix fertiliser with the seed and spread it that way?

THanks

Pasture Improvement Costs

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9 months 4 weeks
Last seen: 01/14/2019 - 20:42
Joined: 01/14/2019 - 19:30

Pasture Improvement Costs

Hello All, We are interested in buying some acreage (10-15 acres) in the southern tablelands area, just outside the ACT. I grew up with performance horses and aim to have a few based on our intended new home. I'm sure we'll have lots of questions for the forum as we learn more about the process, but the first I'd like to throw out relates to the cost of pasture improvement.

Tractor Attachment Brands

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11 months 1 week
Last seen: 12/06/2018 - 11:02
Joined: 12/04/2018 - 10:48

Tractor Attachment Brands

I was hopeing that to find out what are the best quality tractor attachment brands? I know the well known massy fergesun, john deere, case, kuhn but does anyone know other brands that are equal in quality, cheaper in price but preferebly not Korean?

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