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  • Keeping your goats healthy
    Healthy goats have good appetites, glossy coats, clear, bright eyes, and are interested in everything around them.
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  • Caring for pigs
    Pigs are social and intelligent animals. They are a sub-species of the wild boar, and can live up to 15 years! Before you decide to care for pigs, it is important to consider whether you have the time, resources, and knowledge, as well as the right environment to care for your pigs properly.
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  • Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus and Rabbit Vaccination in New Zealand
    Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease, also known as Rabbit Calicivirus Disease, is caused by Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV) is a highly contagious, usually fatal disease that can affect all domestic and wild rabbits.
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  • Debunking rooster myths
    Across New Zealand, roosters often find themselves stigmatised for their distinct crow and overlooked in favour of their egg-producing female counterparts, hens.
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  • Caring for ducks
    While ducks can make great companions, they are also a serious commitment. Before you decide to care for ducks, it is important to consider whether you have the time, resources, and knowledge, as well as the right environment to care for your ducks properly.
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  • Feeding goats
    Goats are ruminant herbivores and differ from sheep and cattle in that goats are browsers.
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  • Handling goats and goat behaviour
    It is best to get your goat used to being handled from a young age, so future visits from the veterinarian or other people is not stressful. At all times, goats should be handled quietly, gently and confidently. Goats will quickly become habituated to your presence and will actively seek out positive interactions with you, when treated kindly and in a positive manner.
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  • Shade and shelter for farmed and lifestyle block animals
    All animals should live in an appropriate environment, and one which reflects the five freedoms. The conditions and surroundings that an animal lives in, contributes to the animal’s overall well-being, both behavioural and physiologic
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  • Caring for sheep
    Before you decide to get sheep, it is important to consider whether you have the time, resources, and knowledge, as well as the right environment to care for your sheep properly.
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  • The right environment for your sheep
    All sheep should live in a suitable and comfortable environment, which provides for their needs including shade and shelter, comfortable lying areas and secure fencing to keep them safe and happy.
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