Dream Of Running A Smallholding? Get Yourself Equipped!





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If inspired to run your own smallholding, it’s essential to realize that you need to become equipped before you can do so. While keeping a few sheep or geese or chickens or cows could seem like a fun idea, without the right methods of accommodating them, you will not only run an illegal operation based on the smallholding rules of your local authority, but you will have a difficult time gaining anything of value for the animal, or sustaining your land appropriately. For this reason, running a smallholding is in large part dictated by your work ethic, your ability to familiarize yourself with farming code, and the equipment you keep in order to sustain your operation.




Luckily, the installation and purchasing guide you need is here to consider:




Fences




The first consideration if you hope to bring animals into your paddock is to fence off the paddock in the first place. Security is essential not only to protect your farm animals from foxes and other predators but to keep them from escaping. Ensure they are strong enough for the type of animal you keep. Sheep aren’t likely to cause you many problems. Horses could. Fencing should be sturdy, high enough, posted frequently for tensile strength, and in humane conditions, perhaps electrified if working with animals who can take a small shock to dissuade messing with the gate. For example, cows are notorious for leaning on gates, and so this small consequence could truly help.




Water Tanks




It’s always a good idea to ensure you have water tanks in reserve just in case you experience a long period of difficult heatwaves. This could help your land become watered, or at least serve as a great method of ensuring the thirst of your farm animals is quenched, and you keep enough access to water to wash their barns and feeders effectively. Look for tanks in your local area, preferably sold by a retailer with a large collection of multi-purpose items, such as the product line Tanks Direct offers http://www.tanksdirect.com.au/ - purchasing from one retailer can be a lifesaver in convenience.




Trailers




Remember that you’ll need to transport these animals once in a while, either to visit a farm veterinarian for immunizations or other medical work if appropriate, to bring them to auction or perhaps the abattoir, depending on your purposes for running this smallholding. You’ll also need a method of bringing purchased animals to the new environment. For all of this, it can pay to purchase a large animal trailer, one that is up to code, and sizeable enough for easy cleaning and to provide a nice environment for your animals. Remember that different animals will require a slightly different setup. A sheep trailer may be open, but a cow or horse trailer will need to be divided well, and provide enough room for the animal to manoeuvre a little.




These tips are in by no means exhaustive, but purchasing these items to begin with can help you set on the journey to running a rewarding smallholding you truly care for.