Veterinarian Donald Murray teaches lifestyle block owners about sheep care at a Taieri Farm Club workshop last September. Photo supplied.
Taking on a lifestyle property can involve a sharp learning
curve, but the Taieri Farm Club wants to help demystify the
The club is having a ''hands-on'' workshop on a Taieri
lifestyle block this Saturday.
New and prospective lifestyle property owners will be able to
learn from a vet how to care for animals and practise
procedures such as crutching a lamb.
Formed last year by Donald Murray, of Murrays Veterinary
Clinic, and Edinburgh Reality director Peter Wilson, the club
was aimed at ''demystifying'' the care of animals for people
new to the rural setting.
Mr Wilson said more people than ever were leaving the city
for a piece of ''rural paradise'', but there was a lot to
The club aimed to make it ''easier'' for people to make the
transition from city to country life by teaching them the
skills needed to look after animals.
''People who buy lifestyle properties want to enjoy them,''
''They don't want to walk off after a year and go 'that was
the hardest year of of my life, I don't understand any of
Even simple things such as where to buy hay could be a
mystery to people who did not come from rural backgrounds.
Workshop topics would include sheep drenching, horse care,
how to look after chickens and what to do with a ewe that has
People interested in going the workshop on Mr Wilson's
Factory Rd lifestyle property could contact Mr Wilson on 027
4327-489 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.