Leila Rich wrote:Goats in NZ are virtually never fed grain, but many people supplement browse with hay.
I'd maybe look at growing cereal(s) that you can make high-protein hay with and leave some to mature for human/chicken food?
I've never grown grain or hay and this might well be impractical in real life!
Barley's used in a Moroccan bread, as well as in hay
Rye, although I don't know about hay vs cereal rye.
And then there's the threshing, which is a whole nother thing
Leila Rich wrote:Hi Brian, let's take this completely OT!
I live in Wellington, on the North Island, the capital of our wee cluster of islands.
I was mostly raised in the total boonies near a town called Karamea in the South Island.
While I'd love to live there, I don't and won't ever drive, which is an enormous handicap in the country areas where there's no public transport.
Fuel is expensive and will only get more so. Living at the end of a very long road is not very practical for me and I've come to the conclusion that the city is acually the best place for me to be.
NZ's really long and thin: the climate varies from sub-tropical up North, to sub-Antarctic down South.
Wellington is the closest capital on Earth to Antarctica and I think we've taken Chicago's 'Windy City' crown, so it's not the tropical paradise some might imagine! If I didn't have Southern ties, I'd probably look North to live.
The economic meltdown's definitely being felt here. The current government's not helping (deep breath, I consider them to be a cabal of right-wing, blinkered, free-marketeers).
The job thing really depends on what you can do. Trite, but true. IT, a trade, medicine...no problems. Public service sectors, teaching, sciences etc, etc, not easy. And wages are crap.
NZ doesn't subsidise some things as much as the US, so food, fuel, power etc are expensive.
But hospitals are free, the coffee's great and we've got heaps of 'the word's...' only carnivorous snail, alpine parrot, st insect...
As long as you're aware that the 'clean, green NZ' projected overseas is basically fantasy...it's a wonderful place
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