Lifestyle block animals
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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.
How to care for pigs
Whether you are looking to welcome a new pig into the family, or are just interested in our smart farmyard friends, we have put together a guide on what pigs need to be happy and healthy.
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.
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.
How to care for sheep
Before you decide to get sheep, it is important to carefully consider whether you have the time, resources, knowledge, as well as the right environment to care for them properly.
Below are some important considerations you should think about before getting sheep.
Goats are ruminant herbivores and differ from sheep and cattle in that goats are browsers.
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.
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
Caring for your sheep
Before you decide to get sheep, it is important to carefully consider whether you have the time, resources, and knowledge, as well as the right environment to care for your sheep properly.
The right environment for your sheep
All sheep should live in a suitable and comfortable environment. A sheep’s home affects how the sheep thinks, feels and behaves.