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  • Abi : East Coast Farming Expo

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  • Pattie O'Boyle : @Cara-Gregan hi there i just had the same thing happen with bull purchases, so i was looking up in the bull income line, but in fact bull purchases were down hidden under Stock Purchases - Bulls, i thought I was going a little crazy, they were showing in my budgeted stock reccie but not on cashflow screen, hope that helps ?

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  • Anna : I thought this article by Marc Gascoigne was quite interesting...

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  • Anna : Wow that's a big operation, I wonder how it went unnoticed for so long? And $100k is a huge fine! I wonder what the motivations were, maybe the customers were people who live in urban areas but wanted the benefits of 'homekill' meat? Or maybe they just wanted cheaper meat? Makes you wonder how many other operations are out there like this.

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  • Annie : CDAX Weed Wiper 6 meter fold out CDAX weed wiper, around 4 years old. Great working order. Comes with all hoses and spare pads. $2500 Located East of Masterton. Ring James or Annie Cates 063722827 or email jamesandanniecates@yahoo.com

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  • Anna : Rural Women NZ are selling 'AfterSocks' to raise funds to support the farmers affected by the Kaikoura quake; only $25/pair, very cool design! Aftersocks Original Size 3-8

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  • Deanne : Millie & Elsa getting champion lamb for bred

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  • Annie : Netflix chewing through your data?? I recently found out that you can change the quality settings and it uses waaaay less data (handy when you are rural with limited data each month!). Log in to your Netflix account Click your account name at the top right and select Your Account Scroll down to Playback Settings in the 'My Profile" section Then go to Episode Playback Settings You will see there are four quality settings- Auto, Low, Medium and High I think it set to High as default, which can use up to 3GB an hour!! We changed ours to Low and honestly can't tell the difference in quality. (I think you might need to go into each Profile you have set up and change them all... )

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  • Cherry : @UglyDuckling We use to do Friesian bull calves, but changed to doing Jersey Bull calves for the diary industry, because there was not really any money in the Friesians, $80-$125 for calf then add to that milk powder, pellets, debudding, medicines, very rarely lost any with scours and taking them through to be sold as yearlings at good weights, that the finishers didn't want to pay good money for them, even though they would be finished before the Autumn. There is a few more costs with the Jersey bulls (from a pedigree herd) but $50 a calf, less milk powder because we went too having 10 Jersey cows, which we milk and run a jersey bull with them, so we get calves which cover the cost of the cows, still have pellets, debudding have to add BVD/EBL blood test, BVD vaccination. We are paid a lease for the yearlings, then the ones that we don't want back get sold in January, the ones we get back we take through to 2yr olds then sold for $1600-1800. By the end of October all bulls are gone. We don't do big numbers of calves 70 max, we have been rearing calves for 16 years now. I paid $125 for a good Friesian /Angus X bull calf and $60 for Murray Grey/Friesian/Jersey X bull calves. Have been told that some beef crosses, I assume Hereford/Friesian X are $150 plus, this is South Island not the high North Island prices.

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  • hardgraft : @becgreaves

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  • Annie : We had a sad looking pet lamb with bloat- a tablespoon of baking soda mixed with a few tablespoons of water and a tablespoon of cooking oil has done the trick. Prevention better than cure... so might need to try the natural yoghurt in the milk next year for the pet lambs...

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  • Anna : Good advice above - sometimes things work out well and sometimes they don't, it definitely pays to do as much homework as you can before you take the next step! My husband followed I suppose what you would call the 'traditional' dairy farming pathway - Farm Assistant to Farm Manager to Contract Milker to Lower Order Sharemilking (with me) and then we became Herd Owning Sharemilkers. He has always been 'hungry' to learn and is always pushing himself to do better. We feel strongly that honesty and open communication have always been the best policy; it is incredibly important to build strong and positive relationships with those you are either working with or in business with.

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  • Annie : Thanks very much @alister. We really appreciate the support. Rural Community has been one of our big developments so it's exciting to have gone live and we're hoping people get into it and get a lot out of it. The great thing is that you don't have to be a Cashmanager user to be part of Rural Community, it's open to everyone. The Cashmanager Rural team have been busy working on lots of other improvements- we are expecting Westpac bank feeds to be up and running within the next 6 weeks and Scan My Bills is coming along to name a few... The team of Web based Product Developers have also been extremely busy and working hard so watch this space for that...

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