A member recently contacted Farmstyle to tell us she had been visited by representatives from the Australian Communication and Media Authority in Canberra. The ACMA had received a complaint about television and radio interference and our reader’s electric fences were thought to be to blame.
Farmstyle is proud to announce its inaugural small farms conference, ‘Road-maps to sustainable small farming and country living’. The conference is to be held on the weekend of the 10 -11th of August 2013 at the historic and picturesque University of Western Sydney's Richmond campus located in the Hawkesbury Valley at the base of the Blue Mountains near Richmond NSW.
With summer upon us, livestock producers are reminded to ensure horticultural by-products fed to their animals are fit for purpose and free from unacceptable chemical residues. Horticultural by-products used as stock feeds can jeopardise valuable livestock markets if they are contaminated with chemicals not intended for livestock consumption.
With summer fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about summer drenching of cattle as part of your strategic roundworm control program. In south-eastern Australia, Ostertagia ostertagi (small brown stomach worm) is the major cause of production losses from worm infections in cattle.
With a new hay season around the corner it’s time to clean out the hay shed and remove spoiled or stale hay in readiness for the new supply. Even with well-kept hay there will always be a certain amount of wastage; there may be anything from a pile of sweepings to several bales that might have been affected by damp and are suitable for cattle to eat, but not horses.
Farmstyle is delighted to introduce Carol Layton as a contributor of articles focusing on managing horses on small properties. Carol brings a lifetime of experience and considerable expertise in horse matters, particularly in equine nutrition management and training.