Around the farm

It’s not all beer and skittles, this farming business.

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Around the farm | 0 comments

Tim’s father taught him well. At any one time we have about 100 cows and nearly as many calves. That’s about 200 cattle all up. Tim knows all the cows …….by their colour and markings ………by their ear tag colour and number ………their age and how many calves they have had ……which bull they are out of …….which bull they are in calf to ……which calf belongs to which cow ….. which cow is quiet enough to foster a calf. That’s a lot of detail. While we also record a lot of that detail in a...

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head reisi ….. that’s Estonian for happy travelling!

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Around the farm | 0 comments

Sometimes it is helpful to have an extra pair of hands around the place. You know, to help with all those jobs you have on the list that you would like to get done but don’t get done because there is always something more urgent to attend to, jobs which take priority when there is limited time or simply not enough hands to help.  At Lucerne Grove the list of such jobs is extensive! A while ago a conversation with friends of ours who are dairy farmers at Dingee gave us the confidence to place an ad on Gumtree for a short term farm worker. That ad resulted in a young Irish guy from...

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Derby and Evo.

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Around the farm | 0 comments

As with most cattle breeding enterprises, there are some essential elements. For us, that’s bulls. Meet the lads currently in residence at Lucerne Grove. On the left is Tataila Evolution (aka Evo, 3.5 years old) and on the right is Tataila Derby (aka Derby, 4.5 years old), both bred by Ham Family Shorthorns at Moama. On this particular day these lads were having a disagreement. It all started when we wanted to bring a mob of cows and calves home to the yards.  Evo was in the mob we were mustering and was happily ambling along when Derby jumped a fence to eyeball him. Who knows,...

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From little things big things grow.

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Around the farm | 0 comments

This time, I’m pleased to introduce another member of the Three Farmers team, Des. Des is a 5 year old silver and tan kelpie and is currently Lucerne Grove’s head dog.  While he can work dry cattle, with some assistance from Tim, he can work sheep anywhere around the farm – in the paddock, in the yards and in the shed. Like most working dogs, when Des is not on the job he is tied up, hanging out at his kennel under the big ash tree below the vegie garden or on the back of the ute.  At our meal times, if Des is off the chain, he will sit patiently on the back door mat next...

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Let’s all hope it’s Plan 2.

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Around the farm | 0 comments

Something has definitely changed in the last few weeks. We’ve gone through December, January and February doing the usual – harvest, hay, straw and livestock management. We’ve had a couple of ‘rain events’.  Their timing was handy for us and they nearly filled the house tanks just as we were about to buy water, but it’s fair to say they seem a long time ago. We got to March and Tim started thinking about preparation for weaning calves and planning for cropping. There’s super to bring home, seed to buy or oats to bag out from the silo, final decisions...

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Its a dogs life ……and maybe a cats too.

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Around the farm | 0 comments

I was thinking that I needed to introduce you to some of the other members of the team here at Three Farmers ……the four legged ones. Meet Fly, 9 year old black and tan kelpie and Taco, Chief-in-Charge of mice. Fly is my dog. Born here on the farm (her mum is Poss, one of our other kelpies), the intention was for her to be a worker until a hip injury as a puppy interrupted the program. She spends most of her time loitering around the place, cautiously checking out visitors to the house and sleeping.  Consequently she is often referred to as the laziest dog in Fosterville.  She...

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