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Community Grazing

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We’ve convinced another of our neighbours to join our grazing community. “What’s community grazing?” you ask. Let us explain, but first a short lesson about how grass grows…

Grasslands respond really well to short-duration, high-intensity grazing. An individual grass plant has roughly the same amount of roots below the ground . . . → Read More: Community Grazing

Cruelty in Shearing Sheds

Recently, PETA produced video footage of horrendous acts of cruelty in woolsheds around Australia. We thought we should respond to this with some of our own experiences of spending quite a bit of time in various sheds over the years.

Firstly, we’ve never seen anything like the cruelty in the video. Shearers who hurt . . . → Read More: Cruelty in Shearing Sheds

Demonstrating Provenance

It has been brought to our attention that there has been several cases of so called free range meat producers buying livestock out of the saleyards and sending it straight to the abattoir, then selling it as their own, home grown product. In one case we heard of , the offender was simply buying . . . → Read More: Demonstrating Provenance

The Agroecosystem

No, it’s not an angry habitat.

There are very few environments on this planet that have not been touched by human beings. But is that a bad thing?

We often see ourselves as being outside the system but like all living things we take our sustenance and shelter from the environment in which we . . . → Read More: The Agroecosystem

Living in Our Neck of the Woods

Last month when we were about to leave for the markets we had a small mishap. The ute was packed, the dog was tied on. We unplugged the cool room from the shed and went to start the generator. The starter cord came off in Anthony’s hand as he pulled it. Ok, . . . → Read More: Living in Our Neck of the Woods

Language and Livestock Handling

As we redesign and rebuild our cattle yards we have been thinking about how the language we use affects our attitudes and therefore our actions. We have always had a problem in the area where the cattle are guided into the “race,” the long narrow lane where they travel in single file towards the . . . → Read More: Language and Livestock Handling

Meat free week

This week is “Meat Free Week”, a campaign run by “Voiceless,” an animal welfare activist group. The idea is to give up eating meat for one week, in order to raise awareness and money (through sponsorship), of the health, animal welfare and environmental problems caused by factory farming. You can check out their website . . . → Read More: Meat Free Week

Drought feeding

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The dry spring and summer and caused us some difficulties; not the least of which is making sure the sheep and cattle have enough to eat. We still had a lot of feed at the end of spring, but the very hot weather meant it mostly turned to straw. Dry grass still has lots . . . → Read More: Scrub Feeding

Creek Crossing

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With the dry weather, the creek has finally been dry enough to build our new crossing. We talked about this all the way back in April and we were finally able to get it done last month. The old crossing is simply a track across the creek and the floodplain which had caused headcuts . . . → Read More: Creek Crossing

Stupid Sheep?

So we all know sheep are stupid right? And if we’re after a long range weather forecast, we look to a meteorologist, not a sheep. Well regular readers may remember our post from May  where we talked about how we couldn’t keep the rams away from the ewes this year, so lambing was going . . . → Read More: Stupid Sheep?