Expert tips on raising calfs
Profitability depends on the purchase price of the calves, the input costs of calf milk replacer and meal, and the price that can be realised for a 12-week old, 100kg calf.
4 humane ways to kill a chicken
Death is a natural part of life and you need to make plans on what to do to ensure a bird is humanely culled.
Reader story: Rescuing a sheep from deep trouble
This New Zealand family use teamwork to rescue a sheep in deep muddy trouble.
3 ways ducks differ from chooks
Ducks have different physiology to chickens and require different care.
10 cattle tips for winter
Calving time can come any time of the year on a small farm so it pays to be prepared.
10+ management tips to ensure your lambs survive
Lamb survival rates can vary dramatically from farm to farm, and your management plays a big part.
Pets make the best therapists
The president of Canine Friends Pet Therapy is used to people looking straight past her or peeking over her shoulder, but Ann Evans is happy to step aside and let her furry stars shine.
10 adorable guinea pig facts
Nothing prepares you for the special challenge of caring for these pigs.
Why scientists are interested in these rare NZ sheep
Five of the rarest sheep breeds are living reminders of New Zealand’s colonial history, but may also hold the genes to future farming success and much more.
Recipe: Bake your own natural dog treats
A simple oat cookie that dogs can eat as an alternative to manufactured treats.
How to tell if your chicken has caught a cold
Chickens with breathing problems can wreak havoc with your flock and are difficult to identify, but here are some signs to look out for.
Behind the scenes on the Otago goldfields cavalcade
Discover "real New Zealand like it was 100 years ago" on Otago's cavalcade, the high country horse ride of a lifetime.
5 tips for beating every pest on your block
From cluster flies to feral cats, we’ve got tips and products to help you beat the pests on your block.
Your sheep care checklist in autumn
It’s a great decision time for sheep farmers as it’s time to tidy up the flock before the rams go out to start the next breeding season.
Stop parasites feasting on your poultry this summer
We look at the insects that can have population explosions in your hen house over summer.
The Matakana sancutary for animals in need of TLC
We visit a sanctuary for unloved animals and injured birds on a unique lifestyle block set up just for them.
How to give your coop a thorough clean out
Summer is the perfect time to clean out your hen house when there’s enough daylight hours and warmth to let it thoroughly dry out.
4 tips to taking on a 'blocksitter'
We need a break beyond our boundaries sometimes, and that means making sure animals, gardens and your home are safe and secure without you.
Five reasons to add guinea fowl to your flock
These birds look crazy, sound crazy and can act crazy too, but no person, insect pest or predator can get past them.
A guide to NZ duck breeds
Traditional domestic duck breeds are rare in New Zealand so you will have to hunt around to find breeders in your area, or a supplier of fertile eggs.
Hands-on help for an egg bound hen
The description of a hen being ‘egg bound’ is often mentioned but is it really egg bound? Here’s how to find out, and how you can get hands-on and help out.
7 kaka facts for bird lovers
The kākā is vying for your vote in Bird of the Year. We share seven reasons why this gregarious parrot deserves to be New Zealand's top bird.
Raglan biz chasing pet food market
The doggedness of two Raglan friends - plus a supportive community - helped launch a posh pet brand
The best sex strategy for a lifestyle block
Kelly Wilson back in the saddle saving the snowy brumbies
Kelly Wilson’s work with wild horses is a family affair - but it nearly didn’t happen.
Where will you find your eggs today?
If you want your hens to lay eggs in the right place, the most basic requirement is a nest they'll like over all others. But hens have some odd views on what they prefer.
How to avoid a crop-bound chicken
Sometimes a chicken bites off more than it can chew. Well, technically, more than it can grind.Sometimes a chicken bites off more than it can chew. Well, technically, more than it can grind.
Water Cooler: Celebrating science, dry July & French spirit
This week in the water cooler we: celebrate clever New Zealand scientists at the KiwiNet awards and take our horses to the dentist (yikes).
Why the first feed makes all the difference
The health and performance of your adult cattle throughout their lives all comes down to the very first feed they receive in the hours after their birth.
11 winter pasture tips
Winter may appear as the dull period at the end of the farming year, but there’s much to do and learn about management for spring.
10 reasons chickens become murderers
A chicken doesn’t appear to be a complicated bird, but the social structure of a flock is complex.
Slavko Martinov talks brain tumours and Pecking Order
The director of the new film Pecking Order talks about the bizarre world of poultry showing, and how a brain tumour has shaped his outlook on life.
How this rare pig could aid biomedical science
The rarest pig breed in the world is teetering on the brink of extinction, and the few people working to save it would love some help from anyone who enjoys the company of pigs, and a good slice or three of the tastiest bacon around.
Get to know your chickens
There are purebreds, heritage breeds, hybrids, strains, crossbreeds and ‘barnyard specials’ which can make it hard to work out exactly what kind of bird you have.
Meet Rosebud the premature baby alpaca (cria)
May 6 is National Alpaca Day, prepare for a cuteness overload when meeting Rosebud the premature cria, and learn 7 things about alpaca.
The best way to clean your coop
Everything you need to know to thoroughly clean your coop and chicken run to help keep it smelling sweet and healthy.
5 tips for fighting rabbits
A family of 10-15 rabbits is the equivalent of an adult sheep grazing - here's five ways to to keep them under control.
How a grandpa's invention grew into a multi-national business
When Bill ‘Grandpa’ Kirkham came up with a good idea for a chicken feeder, he had no idea it would turn into a family-run multi-national business.
Rare footage of a Stewart Island brown kiwi during the day
Distracted by saddlebacks and robins, Insider’s Guide editor Cheree Morrison never expected to trip over a kiwi.
3 ways to keep your vet bills low
When you have four cats, two dogs, a horse and 13 goats, vet bills are inevitable, but there is a way to save a lot of money.
How to make your hens like you
Some hens aren’t fussed on humans, while others think they rule the roost and don’t understand why they can’t live with you in the house. Research by a NZ-based animal behaviour expert is now available to show farmers how to make a hen’s life happier.
How to care for your pasture this autumn
It's time to make some tough decisions to make sure you make it through autumn. Here are some tips to ensure your pastures stay in prime condition.
How to use the sick chook checklist
When you have a sick chook, it can be helpful to observe all its symptoms so a poultry expert or vet can give you the best advice.
The basics to a happy hen
What the Animal Welfare codes say you need to do to give your hen the best environment to keep her happy, healthy and productive.
This is why your eggs aren't perfect
At the first sign of an unusual egg – one without a shell, or those with ridges, pimples or strange markings – the popular advice seems to come from everywhere, but most of it is wrong, and worse, could cause more problems. This is why you need to understand the role of calcium.
10 inventive NZers share their DIY coop designs
From a water-powered hen gate to a repurposed trampoline - ten inventive New Zealand chicken lovers share their best DIY coop designs.
NZer saving animals of all sizes on Victoria farm
A multi-tasking Kiwi with a passion for saving animals has set up a special sanctuary on her lifestyle block just outside Melbourne.
12 ways to prevent FE using your pasture
Get a handle on Facial Eczema this season by following these 12 tips.
Serial inventor's wastewater system could revolutionise dairy industry
He blew up his first methane tank, built a boat in the shape of a saucer, and helped to design a super-efficient water blaster, but Coll Bell’s favourite inventions involve manure, and the more, the better.
How to look after your sheep this summer
Ensure your sheep are the happiest and healthiest they possible can be this summer with these helpful tips.
How to help your chooks in the itchy, scratchy season
As temperatures and humidity rise, so do the creepy crawlies in and around your hen house. Listed below are some ways to be rid pests the natural way.
5 ways to make stock handling safer
Livestock being moved around a property can become unsettled, and that can be dangerous. Here's five ways you can keep things under control.
A beginner's guide to geese
When you’re considering security options for your farm, you’re probably considering the obvious: alarm system, gate alarm, dog, automatic lights, security cameras, but have you considered the humble goose?
The high country station selling merino to NATO
Meet the Williamsons: global merino suppliers raising a tribe of small boys and creating real socks appeal in Omarama.
Livestock shots 101
If you’ve never vaccinated your livestock before and not lost any, you’ve been lucky. Vaccination is an easy, cheap and important way of keeping your livestock healthy, and alive.
10+ pasture picks for bees, poultry, pigs & goats
Spring is a great time for sowing new pasture, but what do you choose if your stock are a bit out of the ordinary?
Shark attacks, cannibals and Antarctica
Dr Sea Rottman will soon depart on an all-female expedition to Antarctica - just one of many adventures in her life.
Success in calf-rearing
It might seem an easy way to make money, but setting up a successful calf-rearing business is harder than it looks.
How to post an egg
One of the most economic ways to get a new breed in your coop is to get someone to post fertile eggs.
40+ things that are poisonous to your dog
You need to keep your best friend safe from dangers around your home, but some of the most toxic things are sitting on your dinner plate.
The tick of no approval
You may think there’s a wee way to go before tick season starts but in warmers areas tick nymphs, just 2mm long, will already be creeping through the pasture and up the legs of your horses, cattle, goats and deer as early as this month.
How to dispose of a dead animal
One of the hardest things to deal with after the death of large animal is disposing of the carcass.
Is there a mouse in your house?
Pests are tricky, secretive creatures and it can be difficult to know if you have a small problem, or a really big one.
What to do if a goat eats something toxic
Most goats have a tendency to nibble first, check the toxicity of a plant later kind of strategy to life, and that can be deadly.
Does this piglet think it's a dog?
A West Auckland pig breeder reveals it's easy to train a piglet to follow commands.
Feed your chicken flock fermented food
Kombucha. Kimchi. Kefir. Fermenting food is all the rage for humans, and now it turns out it can be of great nutritional benefit to your flock too.
Top tips for buying your first poultry flock
Avoid ruffling feathers when buying your first flock with our simple guide.
How to give a chicken a bath
When it comes to preparing birds for the annual poultry show season, every one gets a wash, dry and blow wave.
Does a cup of tea taste better with Jersey cow milk?
A Waikato farming family takes the cow by the teats and markets its own jersey milk.
Winter is coming – so look after your cattle
Poor grass growth this summer will mean lifestyle block owners will need to take particular care of cows this winter.
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