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February Farm News

For over ten years now we have been working on getting the soil conditions suitable for growing grass. Soil chemistry is almost a black Art and I am very lucky to have an Agronomist (David) who is very patient in explaining to me (again) the importance of getting Calcium and Magnesium ratios to the right [...]

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December Farm news

Our hay making has finished for the season and we had another cracking Spring (two in a row for us is not very common). Lots of rolls have been made this week and now the long process of carting and stacking begins. The cattle are looking fantastic and our calves born this year are growing [...]

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November Farm news

Growing grass is the basis of running a successful farm and having the right nutritional structure in the soils is an important part of the whole jigsaw. Regular soil testing has confirmed that we are in the right ballpark with our nutrients to grow sensational grass but over the last couple of summers, our ryegrass [...]

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October Farm News

If you listen very carefully, you may be able to hear it. That is the sound of grass growing. When grass is growing, everything on the farm is happy (except for Mackenzie, one of our very fine staff, who is responsible for keeping the lawns mowed. Actually, he is probably still happy because he does [...]

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September Farm News

The drought being experienced through NSW and Queensland has impact right across Australia. Lack of food supplies like hay is currently at levels never seen before and we have enormous sympathy for farmers that are struggling to maintain their breeding herds. Even if it does rain, the recovery will be long and slow. In comparison, we have [...]

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August Farm News

Farming is listed as the most dangerous job in Australia according to workplace fatality and serious injury statistics. We are always thinking of ways to make sure our workers are safe and properly trained to do the jobs we ask of them. Our farm workers, Peter and Mack, recently undertook a Chainsaw safety course and [...]

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June Farm News

‘It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home’. Ah, country music. So painful to listen to but so relevant to us all. Well probably only me actually. Grass is the thing I spend most of my time thinking about on the farm, to the point where Sophie says ‘can you [...]

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May Farm news

The vagaries of weather always make this job an interesting one. A very dry summer has eaten into our winter hay reserves and had me worried that the cattle would be losing condition. We use a measure known as a ‘body score’ to rate the condition of cattle (despite what it sounds like, [...]

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April farm news

Easter traditions around the world include families gathering to share in the bounty delivered by a very talented rabbit and gorging themselves sick on really cheap chocolate. The Bowker family tradition is to invite family to visit and then shanghai them into the marking on calves. It is always a big couple of days because we have to do a [...]

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March Farm news

A great philosopher once said ‘Be wary of sending your mother to a bull sale’. I failed recently to listen to this very sage advice given, and sent Mum off to South Australia to a bull sale of Simmental Bulls (the breed we cross with our Angus Cows to give us the ‘magic’ of [...]

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