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Every where you to in Rural Southalnd paddocks are filling up with new life as spring lambs leap about playing chase….amazing to watch…Farmers spray paint numbers on the twins and triplets born to make it easy to match them with mum should they wonder off…
New Zealand is a world leader in agricultural research and advisory services. Pastoral agriculture is practiced throughout New Zealand with beef cattle predominating in the Far North, dairying in Waikato and Taranaki, and Sheep farming with cattle in the hills and in the south of the North Island. In the South Island sheep farming is the main form of pastoral agriculture with a sprinkling of beef cattle farmed in the high and hill country and wetter flat areas and some dairying on the flat land of both coasts.
Livestock are rarely housed, but feeding of small quantities of supplements such as hay and silage can occur, particularly in winter. Grass growth is seasonal, largely dependent on location and climatic fluctuations but normally occurs for between 8-12 months of the year. Stock are grazed in paddocks, often with moveable electric fencing around the farm. Lambing and calving are carefully managed to take full advantage of spring grass growth. Grasslands have been developed to the extent that the best sheep farms can carry up to 25 sheep per hectare throughout the year.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ25 Southland New Zealand Aug. 27th 2011
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I Want My Mhaaaaaa!!! – Lamb