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Tractors

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8 years
gaz
Last seen: 03/08/2018 - 21:05
Joined: 07/08/2012 - 21:20

Tractors

Hi Guys,

Thanks for the info on leasing/ agisting.  

Next question:  I would appreciate some advice/ experience on purchasing a tractor, namely I am looking for a small-medium size tractor for a variety of tasks on 180 odd acres.  I have seen a range of tractors at the more cost effective end of the spectrum which appear to be a Japanese rebuild with a bucket attached that comes with a 3 month warranty OR a new chinese or Indian model of comparable price that has a 2 year warranty.  

Machine to automatically collect and compost manure

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1 month 2 weeks
Last seen: 05/27/2020 - 10:51
Joined: 05/27/2020 - 10:51

Machine to automatically collect and compost manure

Hi guys,

I'm working on a uni project for an agriculture class. I'll try and keep this as brief as possible as I just have a few questions:

How much time would the average livestock farm spend on collecting manure from pastures?

Does manure affect pasture rotation?

Would it be useful to have a machine that automatically collected and composted livestock manure (primarily cattle)?

I'd really appreciate some insight! Thanks!

Cost of rabbit vaccinations

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2 years
Last seen: 03/15/2020 - 06:50
Joined: 06/23/2018 - 11:21

Cost of rabbit vaccinations

I read the Farmstyle Australia article "Farming meat rabbits : An introduction" and it states the calcivirus vaccination costs $3 per rabbit given by the owner or a vet.
Is this correct or a typo because when I made enquiries the cost was around 12-15 times that.
Also where would it be obtained from and would you have to be registered as a business or primary producer to get it?

Regulations around home butchering of carcass bought from slaughter house/ butchery

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4 months
Last seen: 03/08/2020 - 21:22
Joined: 03/08/2020 - 20:50

Regulations around home butchering of carcass bought from slaughter house/ butchery

Hi everyone, my friends and I are interested in buying together full body beef carcass from a licensed operator.
1. Is it legal for us to cut up and share the carcass at home ourselves?
2. Can we hire an independent trained and experienced butcher to help cut up our carcass at home?
3. Is any or both of these options legal?

Please note that We ARE NOT RESELLING. It’s meant for personal family consumption.
Thanks

Setting up Cattle scales load bars

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4 years 2 months
Last seen: 11/29/2019 - 19:39
Joined: 04/24/2016 - 09:37

Setting up Cattle scales load bars

Hi just wondering if any one can help me with my cattle scales in particular where to put the load bars.
I have a set of Australian made scales and have used them for 2 years and have been happy with them .
I have now moved them to a different place and and the set up being recommended by most videos just does not seem right.
The recommendations are to put the load bars at each end of the weighing platform and my platform is 2 mtrs long.
The problem is when a cow stands at either the back or the front the scales are miles out sometimes 200kg.

Soil aeration

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1 year 3 months
Last seen: 02/11/2020 - 07:45
Joined: 03/20/2019 - 11:41

Soil aeration

Hi everyone tossing up between purchasing an aerator or chisel plough to aerate a few paddocks on a small farm.
Hoping a few members on this site has some experience in either to pass on some knowledge.
Its mainly dairh pasture and not irrigated.
Any help be great thanks

sheep and goats

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4 years
Last seen: 09/19/2019 - 16:17
Joined: 07/14/2016 - 17:27

sheep and goats

Hi, I am semi retired and moving to my 60ac property near Biggenden Qld. I hope to run some dorper sheep and goats starting with around 10 of each to see how it goes. can I run them together in the same paddock or am I better to separate goats and sheep. Is there anyone here with local advise of problems I may have?
Regards Mick

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