February 23, 2011 at 1:18 am #466364
I find these discussions really interesting, but was wondering where everyone is? We have 25 acres but only 9″ rainfall each year(except this year when it has rained all summer) Do you live in high rainfall areas? It would be great if under peoples picture it could list their region. I am doubtful we could run enough stock without supplementing their feed in summer. We certainly cant grow vegies on rainfall alone and wouldnt have enough roof area to water with rain water only. Perhaps we need to be more creative?February 23, 2011 at 1:48 am #466365
Hi PennyA Yes, we all have such variable conditions.By holding my cursor over the little house under your number of posts I see that your location is Riverland SA . Most people have the little house icon under their avatar.Is that the information you would find helpful?February 23, 2011 at 2:15 am #466366
Thanks bluewren. I guessed there was probably an easy answer. lolFebruary 23, 2011 at 10:42 am #466367
BlueWren post=305464 wrote: Hi PennyA Yes, we all have such variable conditions.By holding my cursor over the little house under your number of posts I see that your location is Riverland SA . Most people have the little house icon under their avatar.Is that the information you would find helpful?
Wow, thanks for that Bluewren. You learn something new everyday 😉
I had been wondering about that same question…….February 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm #466368
Hi PennyA! Its funny we were visiting rellies in SA before Christmas and talking about the place we lived then, and looking at properties for our move. We were saying the place we were living was really dry and had low rainfall etc….and looking in areas what the rainfalls were. My cousin turns to us and laughs and says ‘where you are now has more rainfall than anywhere in SA!’
Was a good check for us – if people can farm in SA they can certainly farm in the areas we were looking!
We did end up finding a property that has a locally higher rainfall than even its surrounding areas; about 700mm, which really is fantastic considering so much of Australia has so much less.
When it comes down to it, different regions have different ways that they need to be farmed; and mostly it would be about matching that up. For example we’ve just bought sheep but had to do research to find a breed that wasn’t going to have health problems with the higher rainfall.February 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm #466369
Hayley, What sheep did you decide on? I live in North Qld and have heard that the Barbers Pole worm is a big problem with sheep/goats etc in coastal areas. Also the Dorpers I was looking into have problems with wet hoofs getting so sore they need to feed on their knees if they don’t get opportunity to dry them off. We have the same plans to become relatively self sufficient on our 50 acres (about 10 usable cause not allowed to clear – nor do we want to) I found this thread to be very interesting reading. Thankyou all:cheer:February 24, 2011 at 7:36 pm #466370
yes, we now live in a high rain fall area. I think about 900mm a year.. so alot.
We drink and shower from the house roof rain water and water vegies from the two sheds and tanks plus dam.
That said even 9″ off 1 hectare = 2.25 million litres per year (9x25x10000). If you only capture a portion of that (swales and dams) then you should have enough water for garden and fruit trees? Ok, i know it’s not that simple..February 25, 2011 at 5:24 pm #466371
The sheep we chose are Wiltshire Polls (or Wiltipolls). Other advantages for us is they don’t need shearing, aren’t horned, apparently good quality meat sheep, seasonally breed (so we can keep the ram in year round with the ewes but they only mate in autumn), tend to lamb easily, often have twins and have heaps less health problems as they self-shed their wool, so aren’t susceptible to things like flystrike etc.
But we’re in Vic so conditions up there may make other sheep breeds a better option for you?February 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm #466372
Yes it can be done, we are on 1.5 acres but are vegetarians. Dought conditions extended the necessary land to 2.25 acres and 4 more water tanks.February 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm #466373
Hayley, Thanks for that info on sheep. I have looked at wiltipolls, they have black hooves that apparently cope with wet conditions a lot better. That would be a bonus up here.March 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm #466374
We are in North QLD with an average rainfall of 4.2m a year-guess that is pretty high! We’ve had a damara ewe and a wether for over a year to see how they go and would love to get some more damaras when we can find some as they have been no problem at all.
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