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November Farm News

From Kangaroobie (home to the beef)Winter is coming. And coming. And coming. And coming….. Spring has taken a break for a little while as the cold and rain continues in a complete contrast to last year. It is fascinating to compare the vagaries of the weather from year to year and juggle the farming operation [...]

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October Farm News

From Kangaroobie (home to the beef)As I write this the farm is being pummelled by a 1 in 50 year storm that is no doubt wreaking havoc and dumping more rain all over the farm. (I have snuck up to the Sunshine Coast with my family for a few days, but I am sure [...]

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September Farm News - A touch of Spring

From Kangaroobie (home to the beef)I made a rookie mistake yesterday. Our Spring calving mob of cows is getting ready to start dropping their calves in the next couple of weeks. In preparation for that we need to wean off the calves that they had last year (who all now weigh around 370kgs). We usually do [...]

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August Farm News

From Kangaroobie (home to the beef)Avid readers of ‘From the Farm’ (all three of you) may recall that last spring started off well but ended terribly as we received no rainfall here at the farm from late September through to nearly May. Our ability to grow hay was severely limited and the amount of [...]

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June Farm News

From Kangaroobie (home to the beef)Despite the late start to the rain, the grass has been growing because of the very warm May and start to June we have had. The sunshine can continue for as long as it likes!We are currently preparing the farm for the winter by spreading our fertiliser and boosting [...]

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May Farm News

From Kangaroobie (home to the beef)Happy Bulls, Happy Cows and Happy Times! The bulls are in with cows for their ten weeks of finding ovulating cows, mating with them and hopefully getting them all pregnant to produce the calves for you all to eat in two year’s time. Some of you will remember we bought [...]

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April Farm News

From Kangaroobie (home to the beef)Waking up this morning to the sound of rain on the roof was great! While St Patricks Day failed to deliver its promised Autumn break rains, having some decent falls now should give us a buffer of feed going into the winter.We spent all of yesterday dealing with our [...]

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March Farm News

From Kangaroobie (home to be cows)What a sensational calving season we have had! To this point, with 120 of our 200 cows to calve at this time of the year having happy and healthy calves all by themselves, it has been incredibly smooth. Easy calving is created by a large range of factors [...]

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January Farm News

From Kangaroobie (home to the beef)Well, the old timers around here (I wonder sometimes at what stage I will become an old timer….) are saying this is the driest summer they can ever remember (even drier than the ‘82/’83 drought years). We have watched Geelong and Melbourne get soaked over the last couple of [...]

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December Farm News

From Kangaroobie (home to the beef)Our lack of rain this spring has affected our hay yields (and in fact the whole region) meaning that we may need to purchase hay for the first time in a number of years. Juggling the management of the farm will mean that some hard decisions will need to [...]

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