The Wild Dog Problem

We’re in the midst of a ‘dog war’ in our district. Local groups and government agencies are pouring time, effort and resources into scattering poison all over the country. This indiscriminate approach has a lot of potential for collateral damage; poisoned pieces of meat can be picked up by any animal including goannas, quolls . . . → Read More: The Wild Dog Problem

Australia Day

This weekend is a time to reflect on what makes Australia a great place to live.

Around this time last year a friend of ours had a life threatening blood clot in his leg. He was taken to our local hospital, quickly transferred to a larger hospital at Dubbo, then airlifted to RPA in . . . → Read More: Australia Day

Old School Meat

It occurs to us that a lot of things we discussed here in the early days of the blog are now a long way back in the archives and not so easy to find, so we probably should reiterate some of the more important stuff.

We recently received some feedback from a first time . . . → Read More: Old School Meat

Kangaroo Harvest

With then recent release of a film about the kangaroo meat industry and the commercial harvest harvest back in the news, we’d like to talk about our experiences with the industry.

We estimate the population of Eastern Grey kangaroos on our place to be between 1200 and 1500 at any given time. As kangaroos . . . → Read More: Kangaroo Harvest

Lean Times

We’re heading for the end of summer and we can’t remember the last time it rained properly. We’ve had little bits and pieces over the last six months, but never quite enough to really get things going. Right through spring and now summer, the paddocks have just been keeping up; every time they get . . . → Read More: Lean Times

Have you ever seen a grey baby horse?

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

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

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 ...?

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

Our new bull, Speckled Jim, has settled in well. We have talked before 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