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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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A day as a Vet Nurse

Coming up on September 18, we’re holding our annual ram sale. To do that, we need to blood test all our sale rams, to make sure they don’t have any nasty diseases that they can pass on to the ewes that they will mate with. It’s a regular practise with most studs – we feel…

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Our Girls

These beautiful looking sheep are our stud ewes, complete with their long, lean and muscular lambs! As part of our farming program we run a White Suffolk Stud – something that my main character in Blue Skies, Amanda, does. These girls are just about to be run through the jetting race – to make sure…

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Sleepy calves

It’s tiring be a calf! After running and playing, eating and drinking, it’s time to have a nap when the tractor appears! While mum eats until her heart (or stomach) is content, the calves often take the opportunity to have a quick nap, knowing they are in among the safely of the herd. They snuggle…

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Building for shearing

We were lucky enough to be able to buy the inside of a shearing shed, complete with catching pens, grating, gates… the works. Having two farms 18 kilometres apart and only a shearing shed on one of them, makes life quite difficult at times and involves stock trucks carting sheep backwards and forwards at shearing…

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A bull’s gotta do, what a bull’s gotta do

At the moment all the bulls are heading off on their annual visit to the girls! They’ll see who’s still there from last year and check out any new ones. This bloke is heading to a paddock with a some girls eagerly awaiting his arrival. We’ve been seeing the cows ‘bulling’ recently (which means, in…

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Lambing and Shelter

Our ewes lamb from April through until early August. It gives us a range of ages and therefore we’re able to send lambs off at different times of the year. It spreads the risk and cash-flow! Lambing during winter can have its downfalls ifs a particularly strong cold front come through and there are lots…

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The Red Spot

See that red spot? Its my daughter off walking Rocket. I dropped her at the front of this paddock to walk up through the middle. It gives both her and Rocket time to explore, check out the insects that are about, or talk to the animals. The cows are checking out what they’re both up…

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Everyone has their spot!

When we all go around the farm in Anthony’s ute, we all have special spots because it’s really only a three-seater ute. We’re four, plus a little dog who really thinks he’s human so therefore he can’t be left behind on the chain (oh, the shame!) Anthony drives, Rochelle sits in the middle, I sit…

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Cheeky!

Check out this cheeky little fella! I fed some hay out for the bulls who live in this paddock, but they were busy sunning themselves way down the other end and obviously didn’t hear the tractor with the wind that was blowing. The sheep took full advantage of not having to muscle their way in…

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Realities of Life

Life is cruel at times and farming is no different. Our old dog Rex is pretty much had it. Arthritis is in his elbows and his hearing isn’t what it used to be… or maybe it’s just selective and we haven’t worked it out! And as much as we love him and will miss his…

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They gave me the slip!

My job was to get the steers in. You would think it would be easy enough! We just wanted to put them in a different paddock and draft out a couple of escapee’s . No prob’s! The steers had other ideas! They were feeling pretty good. Fresh and happy. They took off as fast as…

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Lambs in abundance!

Among all the excitement of Red Dust hitting the shelves, our ewes have started lambing! This little bloke is one of many. Lambing is great fun to watch. Once they get a bit older they run, jump, pigroot and play around like nothing. Absolutely gorgeous to watch. But the other great thing about lambing (and…

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Farm Delicacies

Living on the farm, 100km from Esperance, we don’t often get to go out for meals in flash restaurants or eat meals that I haven’t cooked! However, us farmers have delicacies in our dams that eclipse the tastes of garlic prawns in the best restaurant that you’ve ever eaten in! A couple of our dams…

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Crèche

Look at my beautiful view from my kitchen window! Three babies in a crèche! Off to the side, about 100m away, that you can’t see in the photo, are the mum’s, grazing away happily. When Rochelle went out into the paddock to take this photo, they watched her in case something happened that they didn’t…

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First Drink

When I went to check the heifers, I missed this little one being born by about half an hour I reckon! See how he’s still wet, has a fresh umbilical cord and looks a bit wonky on his feet? When he was born, his mum would have licked all the afterbirth off him (that’s a…

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Heifer bonding

These are some of our heifers that are due to calve, and all will have over the next six weeks. Heifers are ‘cows’ that haven’t had a calf before, so the whole thing is new to them. We need to make sure they have the calf okay and that the Mum loves it. Some heifers…

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Baby time

This is the time of year for babies! It’s a gorgeous time, watching them take their first steps then within a half an hour or so being able to run. Calves in particular are beautiful with their liquid brown eyes and long eyelashes. I can tell you that cattle take the cake for long eyelashes!…

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Sheared Out!

Dogs work really hard at shearing time. They make the job much easier by packing sheep into races, getting them into the shed, penning up and of course helping muster the paddocks to bring the sheep into the yards. That’s of course if you’re a work dog. Rocket’s not. But because his legs are so…

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Testing for Lambs

Every year we scan our ewes to see if they’re pregnant. There’s a couple of reasons we do this, one is so we can pull out all the dry ewes (one’s that aren’t going to lamb) to sell and so we can feed the wet (pregnant) ewes better and two, to know what we can…

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Puppies?

Rocket’s got a girlfriend! Zoey has come on a sleepover and they seem to enjoy playing together, which is a good start, but who knows if there will be puppies in the end! We’d like some, but the hitch seems to be working out what’s got to go where! How and when! There’s been the…

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