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December 2018

Dear Friends and Clients,

What a year it has been.  I don’t think anyone on the land has missed out on this dreadful drought.  We are well aware that some people are still in the midst of it.  At Westvale we have a “green drought” with only two weeks away from the real thing. If only the wind would stop blowing. We have been blessed compared to many. We stopped feeding sheep almost two months ago but are still feeding the breeding cows with nuts twice a week. We lambed in the worst part of September/October so our lambing percentages left a lot to be desired. We had kept a lot of wethers as the wool market was so good. This paid off wool wise but it has been hard to get the stock back up to reasonable weights to sell. We have sold 1300 for reasonable money so that has relieved […]

By | 2018-12-08T09:15:17+00:00 December 8th, 2018|Life on the farm|

August 2018

Dear All,

Another shearing over with the adult sheep.  Not the best clip harvested  but under the circumstances we are not complaining. More tender wool than normal but we expected this. Most breaks were from when we had started feeding but in some flocks there was a mixture going back to about February. Still have 1900 hoggets to go early September if we can keep them alive . The ewes have been running on oats (which is fast running out) but the wethers have been hand fed and have found it tough going.
Two or three  haven’t found the will to live in the last few days of cold weather but that is par for the course.

We had a good crew for shearing. 4 fast shearers with Andrew classing. Six extras plus daughter Toni and husband Chris plus Leo & myself . Chris was a great help to Scott and Brad  feeding and […]

By | 2018-09-01T10:04:21+00:00 August 25th, 2018|Life on the farm|