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Sprouting Grain for Sheep

As feed options for our sheep have been hard to come by, the best we could come up with was a wheat and lupin mix. There are many reasons we don’t like feeding grain to our animals, but we have to supplement with something as there isn’t enough grass to keep them healthy; so . . . → Read More: Sprouting Grain for Sheep

Gambolling Lambs

A Terrible Lambing Season

The reason for so many bundles of joy in the shed and the house is that the ewes are abandoning their lambs. This happens when they don’t have enough nutrition to produce milk for them. In a poor season, when there’s not enough feed available, this is the sheep’s defense mechanism to allow them . . . → Read More: A Terrible Lambing Season

More Drought Feeding

Drought is a part of life in Australia, and we do plan for it. Our strategy has been to always have twelve months of grass on hand. The last time we had a growing season was Autumn 2017 and we managed quite well until the start of winter this year.

Unfortunately we are now . . . → Read More: More Drought Feeding

Drought Feeding

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As we work our way through our fifth successive season without grass growth, we need to find ways to meet the nutritional requirements of the animals, and those who are either suckling or carrying young are having a tough time. Thanks to the generosity of our neighbours, we have the cows in a 400 . . . → Read More: Drought Feeding

Binky's Blog

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The humans let me help Maya and Buster put the sheep in the yards.

I didn’t really know what I was doing so mostly I just chased Buster around. But I didn’t get in the way or stuff up the job!

 

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Binky evaluation session

We recently had some sheep in the yards and we thought it would be good to see what our new pup, Binky, thinks of them. This wasn’t a training session, it was just an evaluation to see how she goes about things and if she’s even interested. It wouldn’t have worried us if she . . . → Read More: Binky evaluation session

A Bit of Fluff

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Our scoured wool has made it’s way from Victoria to the mill in Orange. With all the greasy lanolin gone you can really feel how fine and soft the wool is. Well done sheep!

We are currently in the process of having a test batch spun into roving and yarn. Then onto our . . . → Read More: A Bit of Fluff

Puppy Tales

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Last month we went to visit some friends on their farm, inland from Port Macquarie. A neighbour of theirs had a litter of kelpie puppies, which we liked the look of, so we brought one home. We do already have 4 kelpies, but Maya and Buster are nearly ten years old and just about . . . → Read More: Puppy Tales

The Knitter Met Two Farmers

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As our wool bale is making it’s way from Victoria, where it was scoured, to Orange in NSW where it will be milled into yarn we thought it a good time to introduce you to Imogen. Imogen is a knitter, indie dyer and pattern designer from the Blue Mountains and will be responsible for . . . → Read More: The Knitter Met Two Farmers