Fencing your Lifestyle Block

Fencing your Lifestyle Block

One of the first big jobs you will need to undertake on your lifestyle block will be the construction of a good boundary fence. Why? Because a lifestyle block is by definition larger than your average home plot, meaning that you will likely be unable to view your boundaries or effectively control your livestock, pets […]

Lifestyle Block Money-Makers

Lifestyle Block Money-Makers

Will Cattle make you Money? While full-scale dairy or beef farming is beyond most of us, many land owners are now considering the financial benefits of raising cattle on their lifestyle blocks – and for very good reason. With an increase in lifestyle property owners across NZ, it is inevitable that interest in lifestyle farming […]

Understanding Animal Behaviour

Understanding Animal Behaviour

To handle cattle correctly, an understanding of animal behaviour is essential. The greater the handler’s knowledge of cattle behaviour, the better will be their ability to predict an animal’s response. When you can do that the job will get done quicker and easier with less chance of injury to animals or people. Cattle, because of […]

Making Money from Cattle

Making Money from Cattle

What breed of cattle should you choose? Every breed of beef cattle has its strengths and weaknesses, depending on the terrain, production facility and current market circumstances. To give you an idea of the range of choices, the following is a list of all the cattle breeding associations in New Zealand: Angus, Aubrac, Belgian Blue, […]

Lifestyle Block Planting Advice

Lifestyle Block Planting Advice

Lifestyle block planting is a simple case of matching the right plant to the right conditions. We spoke to some local native plant and landscaping experts about which plant to place where – and we learned a few things along the way. So whether you’ve recently joined the ranks of the NZ small landowner’s society […]

Landscaping your Lifestyle Block?

Landscaping your Lifestyle Block?

Finding the perfect piece of land is only the beginning… Landscaping your lifestyle block will add value, create atmosphere, and add to your enjoyment. These are our top suggestions for beautifying your land. Once you have settled on the right piece of land, the next steps often include landscaping and planting: and the difference this […]

Reasons to leave Auckland #2

Reasons to leave Auckland #2

Improving your Quality of Life One Family’s experience: Improving your quality of life by moving to the country For Tracey and her husband, the decision to leave Auckland and move to the green fields of Northland came from a desire to improve the quality of their lives: but it was by no means an easy […]