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Have you ever seen a grey baby horse?

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Unless it was an albino, or a unicorn, then probably not.

Horse colour genetics are incredibly complicated, and we don’t proffess to be experts, but we’ve been doing a bit of investigation since out chestnut filly has started undergoing a transformation.

Grey genes are dominant, so if at least one parent passes on . . . → Read More: Have you ever seen a grey baby horse?

Workplace Injuries

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Buster injured his leg jumping over a fence in the sheep yards last week. A trip to the vet and x-rays confirmed torn knee ligaments.

We were given two options: send him to Sydney for a $5000 knee reconstruction, with no guaranteed result, or, amputate the leg. After an extensive discussion with the vet . . . → Read More: Workplace Injuries

A Word on Hounds

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Greyhounds have had a lot of exposure lately. We’re not going to talk about the Greyhound industry here, there’s been plenty said in the media about that already.

We’ve had a hound for a couple of years now. Although not a Greyhound (Gough is a Staghound), he’s a pretty typical sighthound. After only having . . . → Read More: A Word on Hounds

From Wool to ...?

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One of our customers is learning how to spin wool and recently asked us if we could supply some fleece for her. She brought along the finished skein to the last market for us to have a look at.

That’s it in the picture: bright white and incredibly soft. And it came from . . . → Read More: From Wool to …?

The Speckle Park

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Our new bull, Speckled Jim, has settled in well. We have talked beforeĀ about the type of cows we are breeding, so we thought we would elaborate on our choice of the Speckle Park.

The breed originates all the way from Canada and although breeding was primarily focused on producing the unusual colour pattern . . . → Read More: The Speckle Park

Ethics of Hunting, Part 2

In part 1 of our series on hunting, we talked about foxes and we argued that the death of the fur trade has had a negative effect on the welfare the fox. In part 2, inspired by Adam Hills’ recent hunting adventure, we want to talk about another animal considered a feral pest in . . . → Read More: Ethics of Hunting, Part 2

Sausages

All our beef and lamb packs contain sausages. In wake of some recent confusion, we thought we’d explain the situation regarding the sausages.

When cutting up a carcase, there is always some fatty trim left over. The usual way to make use of this is to make it into sausages. As well as this . . . → Read More: Sausages

Ethics of Hunting, Part 1

We often talk about the ethical stance we take in farm and land management. Most of the time, the issues are pretty straightforward but there are some that are bit prickly and we thought it would be good to discuss them here, so we’re writing a series of posts on hunting.

As a first . . . → Read More: Ethics of Hunting, Part 1

Feral Animals

Our farm is home to far more than just sheep and cattle. As well as the myriad of native animals (kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, birds, etc) we have a large number of non-native, “feral” animals. The most abundant are pigs, foxes and goats, and there are also deer and rabbits and probably more who are . . . → Read More: Feral Animals

Ram libido and the best time to shear

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Once again, March and April have been a difficult period of chasing rams around the neighbourhood, then locking them up and having to hand feed them.

We have typically aimed to start lambing in October, after the worst of the winter is over, but out sheep tend . . . → Read More: Ram libido and the best time to shear