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Archive for September, 2012

Spring has sprung —

Today was that rare kind of day where the weather was great, the family were all at home and none of us had major plans – which turned our to be just as well. Regular readers will recall my recent attempt to take a week’s annual leave was taken up with being ill and instead […]

Relief beef —

No sooner were the chicks installed in the laundry than we got a call from Johnny. Apparently he’d arrived home late this afternoon to find our new calf waiting in the yard so he was loading her to bring over to our place. A little while later, the rumble of a farm bike and the […]

And on the seventh day… —

… he rose from his sick bed and felt somewhat human again. I had such great plans. Booking 5 days’ leave sandwiched between two weekends meant nine consecutive days away from work and busy getting stuff done around the smallholding. Or not, as it has turned out. Sadly, out of the last 10 days, I have […]

The Haves and Have Nots —

* Average taken from figures from 2008-2009 to 2010-2011 financial years. Source  ** Child Poverty Action Group’s estimate of annual cost to provide breakfasts for the poorest 30% of primary and intermediate schools ($18.9 million)  Source  Wandering through my Twitter feed, I came across Scott Yorke’s tweet about his latest post at Imperator Fish which contains the chart above. […]

A battle lost —

We had our first loss on the smallholding earlier today when our calf Willow finally succumbed to the infection she has been fighting for 9 days.  Speaking to our vet this afternoon, rotavirus is the most likely culprit.  He says that it is currently prevalent in the area and many folk are seeing losses amongst […]

The Calf & The Cleaner —

We’ve had an interesting twenty four hours.  SWMBO and I were both up during the night to try feeding/hydrating the calf with little success. After a disturbed night, I woke at 0500hrs to the sound of lashing rain and strong winds and a sick and cold calf sitting in the wettest place possible, just inches from […]

Our cattle is low(ing) —

Two days ago, we were joined on the farm by a four-day old heifer, Willow, a russet-coloured Jersey/Angus cross purchased through my good friend Johnny*.  The plan is for Willow to be the start of Maisie’s college/OE fund, raising her to breed weaner calves that can be sold on. Wary Willow meets Abbie during her […]