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Middle Earth really is pretty damn amazing. I still don't understand how it is that farms are so expensive there with all that empty space. I'd move there like a shot if it wasn't so far from everywhere else.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 8th, 2009 at 01:25:38 PM EST
I still don't understand how it is that farms are so expensive there with all that empty space.

Because its not empty - it's already full of bloody sheep (and the price is driven by the potential to stick much more profitable and far dirtier cows on it)

by IdiotSavant on Thu Jan 8th, 2009 at 05:24:15 PM EST
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That's stupid, the future of world meat is goats and pigs. Plus ducks seem like a good idea for arable farms (slug hoovers)

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 9th, 2009 at 06:06:57 AM EST
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What's wrong with sheep?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Jan 9th, 2009 at 06:19:59 AM EST
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Nothings wrong with sheep, but if we're talking about food self-sufficiency (which I am) I think sheep are higher maintenance. You'd have to source an old and very hardy sheep to get within touching distance of a goat.

My view is that goats do well on very steep slopes and light woodland, pigs do well in pasture and woods as well.

So you can exploit what are marginal environments for sheep or cattle. I suspect we may be dealing with marginal environments in the years to come and intensive cattle and sheep farming may not work so well. At marginal levels, goats and pigs are the way forward.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Jan 9th, 2009 at 10:03:22 AM EST
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My father, in his employed life, visited in the region of 45 countries. He was firmly of the opinion that New Zeeland is the only country he'd like to move to.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jan 9th, 2009 at 08:11:51 AM EST
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I couldn't live there, but for people focused on farming or outdoor activities the appeal is completely obvious.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Fri Jan 9th, 2009 at 08:32:44 AM EST
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