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Oxford
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 24.4
Persons: 1 or couple
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 30324
Region: North Canterbury

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Last Updated: March 10, 2017

This is a small dairy farm with a herd of lovely pedigree Jersey cows. Come and learn about all of the activities associated with dairying in a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere (no stress here). Jobs are varied - from painting fences to feeding calves, from gathering firewood to helping in the milking shed. There are activities to suit all types of skills and physical abilities but you must be prepared to get grubby and to get up close to the farm animals. The farm is a day trip away from the ski fields and 40 minutes from the centre of Christchurch. You will need to have your own transport to get here (and having a pair of gumboots would be good as the dairy shed can be very wet although I do have some spare ones). I would like you to stay for four days please. Friday - arrive after 3pm (dinner). Day 1 and 2 Saturday and Sunday - work 9am to 5pm (breakfast/morning tea/lunch/afternoon tea/dinner). Day 3 and 4 Monday and Tuesday - two days off to sight see/tramp/lie in bed etc. (breakfast/packed lunch/dinner). Next day Wednesday - leave after breakfast.
10th March: There is always something that needs to be done on the farm! The East Friesian ewes are bringing their lambs in with them most mornings and the ewe lambs are getting used to being handled. This will make it so much easier when it is time for them to join the milking flock. We have had another field day planting water plants in the sanctuary we have created for our highly endangered native mudfish and native water birds. Google MIDDELMOST to see what is happening here. Gathering and splitting firewood is the next important thing on the agenda as well as hammering warata stakes in to strengthen some of the fences. I am also starting to create the walkways through the sanctuary and help with the mowing of these would be great.
NEXT AVAILABLE SPACE: Any time from now on but you must arrive on a Friday. Non-smokers please.



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