NZ Lifestyle Block

What’s the best shelter tree of all?

The alder is expert tree cropper Diana Loader's recommendation for farm shelter.

Good shelter trees are worth their weight in profit, but bad ones can be messy and expensive.

Six modern homes for hens gallery


Forget simple ply and mesh - some architects love designing chicken coops almost as much as houses.

Sweet smell of success

The business is closed through winter, but Corry and Jan Zeestraten work seven days in summer time.

When you've spent 40 years as a grower, you might think retirement would mean taking it easy, but not for Corry and Jan Zeestraten.

Why you need the easy-care duck

Ducks can be just as productive as chickens, but much quieter.

If you like the benefits of keeping chickens, you’re going to love having ducks.

A hedge with an edge

Giant miscanthus grass growing on trial at a Kirwee dairy farm could be the future for shelter belts in Canterbury. Lincoln University researchers Steve Wratten (left) and Chris Littlejohn at one of the miscanthus trial plots. Pic supplied

A giant sterile hybrid grass that grows to 4m could be the answer to a lot of shelter problems on farms.

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