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February Farm News

Water is the most important thing to worry about at this time of the year. A lactating cow on a hot day will drink around 100 litres of water and if you calculate that out over all of our 900 cows, it is a lot of water! Across the farm I have calculated [...]

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December Farm news

Twelve years ago when I set my plan to become more sustainable and move away from ‘conventional’ farming by not using inorganic fertilisers and broadacre pesticides or herbicides, it was definitely a leap into the unknown. We had to change our animal management by putting the cattle into large mobs and then moving them [...]

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November Farm news

I was having a beer the other day with a couple of hard working locals who have lived in Princetown forever and do a fair bit of building locally. Amid (very funny) stories of drinking too much and ending up face first in the neighbours garden beds, they both commented that the farm has [...]

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September Farm News

Spring arrived with a gorgeous sunny day and then disappeared just as quickly as it came in a blast of Antarctic winter weather! We have had two weeks in a row of wet, cold, windy, hailing, thundery, bitter, muddy conditions that have created some interesting happenings on the farm. Our Spring calving cows [...]

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August Farm News

What would we talk about if we were in a temperate climate. If you listen to two farmers chatting over the fence, or at the local bull sale, they will be kicking the dirt around discussing the change in the seasons. Farming is so dependent on the rain and the sun so here we are talking again about the weather. [...]

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July Farm News

From Kangaroobie (home to the beef)Mid-winter. Usually this is the toughest time of the year on the farm. Cold, hungry cows. Mud up to the axles of the tractor. No grass growing and a serious test of resolve to get out into the weather to knock off the jobs that need doing. [...]

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June Farm News

From Kangaroobie (home to the beef)I can’t be sure if cows have emotions as we know them, but I thought I caught a cow smiling the other day. While traditionally the seasons follow a predictable pattern of Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer, etc, this year has decided it would be good to buck the [...]

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April Farm News

From Kangaroobie (home to the beef)Ah, the vagaries of the weather. The summer of 2015/2016 was one of the toughest I have had on the farm in all the time I have been here. (82/83 from all accounts was also very tough but as a nine year old, my only memory was when [...]

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March Farm News

From Kangaroobie (home to the beef)Autumn is my favourite time on the farm. It is not the most productive (thankyou Spring) or the most dramatic (thankyou Winter) but with calm days, chilly mornings and calves being born at a healthy rate it does give me a real appreciation of the changes across the year.We [...]

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February Farm News

From Kangaroobie (home to the beef)It is stating the obvious, but farming is driven by the weather and one year can be so different to the one before. It has been a really good year on the farm this year because we have had a consistent amount of rainfall right through the winter and [...]

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