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Are your ears painted on?

Someone once told us that when their father was training working dogs, quite often, and in exasperation, he would yell out “Are your ears painted on?”.

We like this saying (and have taken to using it ourselves) as from our experience it very deftly captures a particular stage in a young Kelpie’s training. Everything . . . → Read More: Are your ears painted on?

Training Jaco

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We’ve started giving our youngest dog, Jaco, some more responsibility. He had some basic training a while ago and we’ve just been building his confidence and letting him do the things he was naturally good at. Now he’s ready to start working on some more advanced skills.

He’s a naturally a very calm worker, . . . → Read More: Training Jaco

Laying Good Foundations

We’ve ┬ástarted working with Tinker, our foal, again in the last few weeks. After handling her as much as possible in the first weeks of her life, we turned her and her mother out into the paddock and left them alone.

5 months later, when we brought them home to continue the training, . . . → Read More: Laying Good Foundations

Autumn on the farm

Destressing Weaners

We recently weaned our yearling cattle as we were sending the main mob out into hills for the winter and we need the yearlings close to home for the market each month. Weaning is probably the wrong word as their mothers had well and truly weaned them but they still tend to stay in . . . → Read More: Destressing Weaners

A New Flood Fence Design

As we talked about last month, our flood fences needed rebuilding. After some thought, we decided to try a couple of different approaches.

In the first place, there are rocky banks either side of the creek which we could sink short posts into. Attached to theses are 2 long rails spanning the creek. One . . . → Read More: A New Flood Fence Design

Flood Fences

Once again the flood fences have come down.

We have two main creeks running through the land we graze. Fencing across them is a challenge, as the water changes throughout the year and, in some places, they dry right up. The usual method is to continue the fence between the banks in a straight . . . → Read More: Flood Fences

2017 Wool Clip

The shearing shed is full of wool bales but we’re not any closer to getting our wool from paddock to garment than we were last year.

We did have a very interesting conversation with a customer at the last market who has been contemplating the same thing but from the other direction, she’s . . . → Read More: 2017 Wool Clip

Some New Ewes

We have spoken before (Which breed of cow should I be eating?, Selecting livestock for resilience over performance) about our rationale for breading our own, locally adapted livestock.

Our preference when buying in livestock, regardless of breed or genetics, is that they come from a local farm or at the very least from similar . . . → Read More: Some New Ewes

Fires

The wettest winter on record, followed by the hottest summer on record, has meant our district is blanketed in long, thick dry grass. This is producing perfect conditions for grass and bush fires. Lightning strikes, farm machinery and one idiot with a welder in the middle of a paddock (just up the road . . . → Read More: Fires