Wild Goats

We have a fair number of goats living on our farm. It’s hard to know precisely how many, as they typically live in the more inaccessible country, but once a year, the nannies go off by themselves to have babies and the the billies all get together in bachelor groups, or “rucks”. Just . . . → Read More: Wild Goats

A Day in the Life

We can’t see any other houses from where we live, but our neighbours are never far away.

We brought the sheep home last week, and yesterday was the day to sort through them and see how the lambs are going. With a bit of rain coming after a long spell we were worried about . . . → Read More: A Day in the Life

Calving Heifers

Each year we pick a few young cows to keep as herd replacements. When it was time to put the bulls in earlier in the year, the last lot of heifers were still very small and rather than separating them we decided to leave them in with the herd, thinking they were still too . . . → Read More: Calving Heifers

Ewes and Lambs

Here’s some footage of ewes and lambs grazing.

The very youngest lambs stay very close to mum, following her around like a shadow and watching everything she does very closely. While their diet at this stage is still predominantly milk they are starting to sample various plants. The slightly older ones are happy to . . . → Read More: Ewes and Lambs

Managing for a Dry Season

I recently was chatting with a bunch of people at a neighbours place and the conversation was largely about the weather; how dry it’s been and if it’s likely to rain soon. The general consensus was that it’s a disaster, the worst season ever, etc. In fact we haven’t had any significant rain . . . → Read More: Managing for a Dry Season

Wildlife Highway


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

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

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

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