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Wildlife Highway

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Along a ridge there is fence separating a mostly cleared paddock from an area of thick steep bushland. Behind a tree there is a hole in this fence which is regularly used by our neighbours to travel between the two areas. We setup a trail camera pointed at the hole, and left it . . . → Read More: Wildlife Highway

Garden Redesign

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Our vegetable garden consisted of a series of round beds with a movable chook dome. The chooks were moved around, clearing and fertilising the beds before planting and locked out of the garden during the growing season.

Barring the odd incursion by the chickens or the turkeys, the system worked pretty well. Until . . . → Read More: Garden Redesign

Ruining the fox, chicken and corn riddle

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We have a couple of geese that wander around the house area. They don’t take much looking after, except at breeding time when they choose the most inconvenient places to build a nest. During the colder months, however, when the grass starts to die off, we give them a little corn to keep their . . . → Read More: Think you can solve the fox, chicken and corn riddle?

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

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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

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Destressing Weaners

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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