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March Farm news

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Calves, calves, calves everywhere! There are many advantages to having a good year of weather on the farm (and I preface these comments with another recognition that we seem to be the only place in Australia not affected by drought, fire or floods and are fully aware of how lucky we have been this year). One of the important jobs on the farm is monitoring the condition of the cows and ensuring that they are not losing too much condition or getting too fat. Both ends of the spectrum can lead to issues with fertility and general health (including ease of calving) but this year I think (not wanting to jinx myself) we have nailed it. Very few cows didn’t get in calf this year and we have had a crazy number of twins born. Of the first 25 births this season, 8 sets of twins were born. Two sets were unfortunately born dead but we were able to foster other calves onto the mothers. One set of twins were coming out the wrong way (breach) and I had a group of students with me on the farm activities. We chased the cow in to the cattle yards, not knowing that she had twins, and I had the students help me pull out the first calf alive. As always, they were completely blown away by the experience and we checked to make sure there wasn’t another calf in the cow. It was breach as well and we pulled out the second, quite large calf. I think the students assumed it was like a magic trick and that they would keep coming because they wanted me to pull out a third calf. No such luck but certainly a very memorable day for those kids. May the cool February weather continue and our Autumn season be as good as the previous Winter, Spring and Summer!


February Farm News

Australia is currently in the grip of unprecedented bushfire and drought conditions. We at Kangaroobie Meats send all those affected by the current conditions our best wishes and hope that a recovery is swift. Thankfully the region around us has not been affected at this point, but our hottest period is February so we are [...]

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December Farm news

There are some changes afoot at Kangaroobie this month. Peter Parker, our ultra reliable, very talented, funny and friendly neighbourhood farm manager is leaving us and heading back to New Zealand after many years in Australia and working for us for nearly four years. His knowledge and skills will be sorely missed and we are [...]

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November Farm news

It can be hard to put a smile on the face of a dairy farmer. There is usually something to be unhappy about (and quite rightly too, particularly with the parlous state of the dairy industry at the moment) but even the local dairy farmers are smiling. We have grass everywhere! It has been a [...]

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October Farm News

Back in February this year Ainsley Harriott came to Warrnambool to film at The Fresh Market for an upcoming program of his - AINSLEY'S MARKET MENU. It is to be aired on Thursday 17th October on SBS Food and includes Matt showing off his Kangaroobie meat. We had a lot of fun selling our beef [...]

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September Farm News

The layers are coming off. To the sound of some raunchy burlesque music, I am heading out each day with less on and jauntily flinging my discarded layers into the distance, shocking the dogs and the chickens as they are exposed to more flesh than they have seen for a number of months. [...]

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August Farm News

The first sign of our approaching spring appeared this week. The Golden Wattle has started flowering and we can start to dream about warming up and being able to drive around the paddocks without getting stuck in the mud. The cattle are looking great for this time of the year, condition has stayed [...]

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May Farm news

One of the best things about running a property like Kangaroobie is the opportunity to present students with experiences many of them would never get the chance to participate in. I get a great sense of achievement each time I can have a group of students out in the paddock with the cows, feeding them [...]

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April Farm news

On Saturday Sophie, Christopher and I rode our bikes as part of a relay from Swan Hill to Port Fairy to raise money for the local Timboon Hospital. It was a great ride with some challenging head winds, some terrible dad jokes and a very good group of riders from the local area. [...]

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March Farm news

Calves, calves, calves, calves, calves! We are in full swing with our calving at the moment and like a proud father (not actually a proud father - I am sure there are laws against that sort of thing) I can report that we have hundreds of happy and healthy calves on the ground. We have [...]

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