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Our Crazy Menagerie

It all starts with Rocket – an important part of our family, but when in the paddocks, responds best to: ‘Split ’em!’ Retired Rexy doesn’t mind who’s around him, while he sleep! Wally sleeps where drops! We have visitors climbing the walls… …and animals that love to swim!

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Gorgeous calves!

These cattle don’t really look like calves, do they? But they are – they were born in April and are a far cry from the really cute, little 30 or 40kg babies they were, when they were born! (For all the mums out there, aren’t you pleased your baby wasn’t that big?!) At the moment,…

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What a view!

This is how cattle yards should look! Standing quietly in the evening light, the only noise being a chain banging gently on the rails or a bird, who has perched himself on the loading ramp, singing. This is not how it was, today! Chaos I think would be a good word to describe it –…

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Meet Our Vet

Meet Dave. He’s our vet. Dave lives a varied, exciting life and has many stories to tell! Like the cat that turned feral and shot into the roof, through a very small hole. They spent the best part of an hour running around the ceiling to get it out! There are many more hysterical tales! Then there are the…

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Shearing Time!

There is a joke amongst farmers about ‘bank review time’ – the best time to show your bank manager around the farm! It’s usually around 4pm, when the sun has just started to sink. The light it throws is softer than harsh midday sun; it makes crops look thicker, greener and lusher than in the…

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Whistle while you wait!

It’s time to go to work. The boss has just whistled and Wally has leapt up from his sleeping position. He’s wide awake ready to do his masters bidding. Dogs are amazing creatures. Not two minutes before, Wally was sound asleep, head on his paws and even the irritating fly, which was buzzing at his…

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Sheep shifting and a new puppy!

On a beautiful Sunday morning the kids had the job of shifting a mob of sheep (I always go with them but hang right back or right at the front to slow the ewes down, so I’m there if they need help.) Today they took their bikes and two dogs – Rocket, the Jack Russell, a well…

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Pests!

Anthony and I were shifting sheep from one farm to another when we came across these two foxes sitting in the middle of the road. As we all know, foxes aren’t native to Australia and cause immense amount of damage to our native fauna. They’re also a foe to new born lambs. They are instinctive…

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Sheep work

This time of year is always busy with sheep work. There’s ewes to be drenched, lamb marking and so on and so on. I’ve hardly spent more than an hour inside the house  these last few weeks during daylight! Thankfully, it’s not just Anthony and I doing all the work! Shaun is a bloke who…

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Beautiful mornings and good news

I was out about early this morning, helping Anthony fill the combine and getting ready for a day of replenishing the stocks in the pantry! It was very nippy and heavy dew left my fingers wet and cold, not willing to bend. I had to shift some ewes and lambs as soon as it was light…

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How many lamb are there?

Today we’ve been preg-scanning our later lambing ewes and this is what a lamb looks inside the ewe! Our vet Dave uses and ultrasound machine, pretty much the same as one for humans, although it’s smaller and more mobile. Preg-scanning ewes is a great management tool for us. We can get the ‘dry ewes’ out…

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Stand off

Driving to a friends house early a few mornings ago, I came across this amusing sight: a cow, who looks like she might be in the throes of birth and an emu having a staring showdown! Now, I’m guessing, because cows are polite creatures and emus can tend to be a bit bossy, that the cow may…

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Hungry Cows!

Our cows are pretty clued in and knows what happens on our farm, almost before we do! They are an indication of what’s happening with the weather. If they are camped up, sitting as far away from the south as they can with their backs in that direction, you can guess there is going to…

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Shifting a mob

Today there is a catastrophic fire danger for the South coast of WA. It’s gonna be a stinker of a day and we’re just about to have another meeting to see if the Bushfire Brigade are going to issue a Movement of Vehicles in paddocks ban. There’s a smoke haze from a fire to the…

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Oh, how dusty!

As part of our farming operation we run a prime lamb feedlot. It’s a management tool that gets the lambs off the paddocks during summer, which in turn helps keeps our soil structure strong and (hopefully) stops paddocks from blowing, when the strong sea breezes come in every afternoon. We become quite friendly with the lambs over…

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Water anyone?

Yesterday was probably the worst day we’ve had this summer. We hit 44 degrees – the same as Marble Bar. Now there is something strange about that! Marble Bar is renown for being the hottest place in WA and it’s in the far north. Esperance is on the south coast and right near the sea!…

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Full moon, an end to harvest and a finished edit!

I must say, after a fairly intense three weeks, harvest has finally finished and I, for one, am glad! I love seeing the grain come in and finding out what we’ve produced! But three weeks of 4am starts and after dark finishes, as well as trying to edit Blue Skies, has taken its toll! I was…

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Golden Hay

Look at all our beautiful hay! The cows will be happy with us this year! I love it when it looks as golden as this (always reminds me of the fairy tale, Rumplestiltskin), but I love it even better when it’s all been carted and stacked in rows, away from the weather. Holly, the pregnant Kelpie, has…

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Modern Technology!

It used to be that if you wanted to buy stock, you jumped in the ute and drove to the sale yards. Not any more! A couple of weeks ago, I sat in front of my computer and kept hitting the enter button. Why? I was bidding on a stud ram auction that was being held in…

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What’s a boy to do?

What’s a boy to do when the sheep won’t run? Have a rest of course! These full-wool girls were not at all interested in running into the sheep crate today! We were loading them up into the truck so we could cart them back to the other farm for shearing, but they were being a…

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Off the Farm!

A little while ago, Anthony and I made a journey across the Nullarbor to Adelaide. We were going to look for good stud rams, to help advance our White Suffolk Stud. After a day in the airports we went straight from there to the show! It was wonderful to walk in and be greeted by…

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