Enjoying a relaxed rural lifestyle on a smallfarm is the dream of many New Zealanders. But running a few sheep and goats on even a modest block can be anything but relaxing if you don't have the farming know-how or experience, and don't recognise the many problems that can occur with livestock and plants. This book has all the answers. Specifically written for New Zealand conditions, it is filled with practical advice on everything smallfarmers need to know to make their dream a successful reality: How to manage and care for livestock, from sheep and horses to chooks and bees -- How to manage pasture and trees -- How to integrate the vegetable plot -- How to site and build fences, drains, tracks and yards...and so much more! Clear, easily understood diagrams and photographs complement the informed, no-nonsense text, making this book an indispensable reference tool for all smallfarmers, whether on 10 acres or 100.
Author Biography: Trisha Fisk brings to this book an affinity for the land, plants and animals from a rural childhood, the writing skills gained while working as an agricultural journalist, the practical experience from having worked on a smallfarm in South Canterbury and, now, running her own 40-acre block in the Hokianga. First published in 1989, Practical Smallfarming in New Zealand has been through three editions and sold more than 20,000 copies.