- 180,000 tonnes of bio-solids are being processed by farms in New South Wales. The material comes from the sewerages of the area. The waste is also producing energy for the farms as it is processed in reactors.
- The Bob Brown foundation is throwing its weight behind a campaign to close down Salmon farms on the east coast of Tasmania, which it says will disrupt the local culture, heritage and environment.
- The Big Lobster, a South Australian attraction and restaurant, recently went to auction for $300,000. No bids were made.
- Animals Australia has launched an online petition against the treatment of prawns, which have their eye-stalks cut to speed up reproduction. The Australian Prawn Farmers association has said they maximise prawn comfort, in some cases using anaesthesia.
- A leading ecologist has called for Australians to eat more kangaroo meat. Their over-population is causing the vegetation to be depleted, destroying the habitat of other animals like birds.
- Tourism bodies are encouraging farms to start ‘paddock to plate’ tours to gain a larger section of the Asian tourist market. These tours involve tourists exploring the farm before eating its food.
- A team of young footballers from Leonora, WA, have been travelling more than 600km to play footy each weekend. Their isolated pastoral town team has a home ground 300km away.
- A 17 year old cattle farmer has borrow $200,000 of his parents money to start angus-and-Brahman herd. He now has 170 cattle and believes he’s well on the way to paying off his costs.
- The Sugar Research Institute has planted 175 different varieties of sugar cane in an experimental crop aimed at finding which variety will be most frost resistant.
- Bill Browning, a young man from Narromine, NSW, has made a 6 minute short film that’s gaining traction online. In it, Browning talks about the experience of finding his father after committing suicide. He hopes the film will help with awareness for rural communities.
Build a Stable Barn
Looking to build a stable barn for your horses?
We’ve collected everything you need to know: price, permits & styles.
How much does a stable barn cost to build?
The average cost to build a stable barn is $47,803.
They can range in cost from $17,000 – $200,000, depending on size and complexity. For an exact quote within 24 hours, click here.
Do I have to contact my local council?
There are usually council permits involved when building stables or other equestrian facilities. The requirements are simple if the building is private use, and slightly more complex if you intend to operate a business from them.
Your builder may handle permits internally, allowing you to avoid the processes and difficulties. This is the case with Central Steel Build – all permits and regulations are handled on behalf of the client.
What kind of stable barn should I build?
There are a variety of different style & designs you can choose for your stable barn.
Popular options are the American and the Australian style barns (read more about the difference here)
You can also take a look at a brochure of different styles to get a sense for what’s available.
Alternatively, take a look at some of the photos below for ideas. A good builder will be able to work with your vision to build exactly what you want.
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How To Calm A Skittish Horse
Easy-to-frighten horses are skittish and can be difficult to work with. But if something in the environment is scaring your horse, there are ways to help your horse be more calm.
Researchers tested three different methods to find out which was the most effective.
The Fear Stimulus: A white nylon bag.
This research used a white nylon bag that was able to be moved along a line. This was found to be universally uncomfortable for horses, and provided a good test stimulus.
The Habituation Method
Horses were exposed to the nylon bag repeatedly until they had become more calm.
The Desensitization Method
Horses were gradually exposed to the nylon bag. The first stage was much less intense than later stages and horses only moved onto the next stage when they were totally comfortable with the current stage.
The Counter-Conditioning Method
Horses were given food rewards every time the nylon bag appeared. This intends to build up a positive association that overcomes the negative association of the fear response.
Most effective method: Desensitization
The desensitisation method was the only method that worked for all participating horses. It was the most effective, longest-lasting and fastest process.
To see some of our horse arena photos, download an EquinaBuild brochure here.