An ATV,(or farm quad or 4 wheeler) is one of the most useful pieces of equipment a farmer can have. With the addition of a few accessories they can carry all sorts, from hay for feeding out, fencing gear, tools, firewood and with the addition of a trailer and crate - young calves and sheep - the uses are never-ending!
We would all like to have a shiny new ATV in our shed but unless you are a full-time farmer and plan on using it most days the cost is hard to justify. Buying a second hand ATV is the best way to go for many lifestyle block and small farmers, so here are a few pointers on what to look for in a second-hand ATV:
With the cost of supplement feed for your animals ever increasing its makes sense to keep wastage to a minimum, here are six ways to help:
Kiwi Cattle Yards – proudly New Zealand made!
You may have noticed the NZ made logo that has appeared on the bottom of our website. While we’ve always been NZ Made – we decided to make it official. We are very proud to currently be the only cattle yards manufacturer who is officially recognised as NZ made.
This month I thought I’d focus on a few questions that I often get asked about our range of headbails. I hope they help, if you’ve got more questions then feel free to get in touch for a yarn.
What headbail suits me?
We have four different models of headbail in our line up. These are our Standard headbail, Heavy Duty headbail, Ultimate headbail and Highland headbail - I’ll explain them all briefly.
1 Gumboots. Probably the most important thing to have on the farm this winter is a good pair of gummies. If you are going to be walking through long grass or wading through deep mud then a pair of the higher knee type is best suited to you. If you are going to be working with stock in the yards or cowshed then I would strongly recommend a pair with steel caps to prevent your toes being squished. I’ve currently got a pair of Red bands for the summer, 4x4 Marathons for the winter and a pair of Stimela safety gumboots for cattle work.
1- A leatherman multi-tool. These compact, heavy duty tools are great around the farm and very handy for many a job.
2- A tool set. A must have for the farm, to keep your gear running and in tip top condition.
3 - Socks. Everyone needs a good pair of socks. Get the gumboot ones, they don't keep falling down.
The most important piece of equipment in your yards is your headbail. Choosing the correct headbail can make the difference between your stock handling going smoothly or not.
There are many types of headbail on the market from the large walk-thru types to smaller manual gate types. They all have their place depending on your situation.
DIY advice for lifestylers, written by Kiwi Cattle Yards owner, Euan Seymour.