Some good news for a change

Things have been pretty challenging around here lately with G's health, lots of medical appointments and trips to hospital, but we did have the safe arrival of Matilda and Charlottes calves, a girl and a boy, both happy, healthy and very very cute. The little girl is full of attitude ...

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Misty mornings and a Shadow

Its getting quite chilly in the mornings now, with the first mist rolling in this morning. It never ceases to amaze me how the pasture growth, and even rainfall for that matter, varies from one part of the property to another as you can see in the photos behind the ...

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Ride 'em Cowgirl

Miss B and Sandy had a ball checking on the sheep and cows today. The middle paddock is still doing ok pasture wise, still feeding out hay, but the creek and back paddocks are pretty bare and the creek level has dropped drastically exposing lots of stinky black mud. Matilda ...

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Summer Pasture

I'm pretty happy with how the pasture has held up this summer, even with Holly and Bangers sharing it with the horses. Still hand feeding, but not as much as we have had to in previous years which has been good. Everyone is looking fat, happy and healthy...particularly Tessa who ...

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Oct 2012 - Everyone loves spring on the farm

The pasture has grown in really nicely with a bit more rain than past years, the horses and cows are all shiny and fat, Bangers is growing like a weed and Holly continues to provide us with beautiful fresh milk every day.

June 2012 - First attempts at cheese making

With all the milk we now have from Holly each day, I thought I would have a crack at cheese making. My first attempts were cottage cheese and a couple of quick maturing hard farmhouse type cheeses. Time will tell how they taste!

Jersey Journal: My cow drinks her own milk

This week has been extremely busy, but thankfully uneventful.  I have continued to milk Holly twice per day and so far the iv canula has remained bandaged on her teat and continues to drain nicely when I milk the other three quarters.  Well it can actually drain all the time ...

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Jersey Journal: traumatic second week Pt2.

When the vets left last night, Holly's teat canal was able to be opened and was functional when open (well functional in that there were now two holes instead of one which will most likely be permanent).  Talk about dedicated individuals - they were here for nearly two hours and ...

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Jersey cow in portable wood crush

Jersey Journal: traumatic second week Pt1.

Holly is still painfully thin in my eyes, but we are following vet advice and she is getting all the nutrition and groceries that she needs. Our second week started off great with a gradual increase in milk production and a big increase in the cream line after I switched ...

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Holly Jersey House Cow

Our first week with Holly and Bangers

Yes, our Jersey girl finally has a name - Holly.  She and Bangers have settled into life on our farm really well and have quickly accepted the routine I have started for milking in the morning and 'getting to know you' sessions during the day. I am just so thrilled ...

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