Monday, February 28, 2011

Vegie patch

Mum and I have a vegie patch each. We grow all sorts of vegies, but this summer mum's vegie patch is full of watermelons and pumpkins. The watermelons are enormous, I can't even lift them! They are not quite ripe yet, it is very hard to tell when a watermelon is ready to pick...... I am looking forward to eating them, YUMMY in my TUMMY!

I have a little patch of strawberries growing,the only problem is they don't grow fast enough. Most of the time I eat them straight from the plant, they are so good! Sometimes the bugs beat me and eat all the best ones and that makes me mad.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Working the Land

With all the lambs we are expecting in April, we need to make sure we have plenty of grass to feed them. The ewes make lots of good milk on green grass.
Winter can be very cold here and the grass does not grow much, we grow crops to make sure we have plenty of feed for the sheep and cows.
Today Dad has been on the tractor, preparing the soil for sowing. He needs to make a good seed bed to plant the seeds. I love to ride in the tractor....but sometimes it is a bit bumpy!

We took Dad a picnic lunch and found the best picnic spot.

I found a giant feather, probably from a wedge tail eagle. 
I love to find treasures.......and I think I may have found a spot where fairies dance around giant toadstools. What do you think?

Friday, February 18, 2011

A big truck came to the farm today and delivered a load of fertiliser, 27 tonne. We dump it in a big pile and have to keep it dry, so we cover it with plastic.

Dad will spread the fertiliser over the paddocks, it will improve the soil, and make the grass grow. It costs $375.00 per tonne, so it is not cheap. But hopefully it will do a good job. The more grass we grow the more wool and meat we grow.
We have been busy mustering today, we moved cows and calves to a new paddock. We also mustered up a big mob of ewes (they are the girl sheep). There are 530 in the mob. They have to walk a long way, about 7 kilometres, to get to the sheepyards. Next week a man is coming to scan them, he will see how many babies they have in their tummies. Some ewes may not have babies, we will either sell them or put them back with the rams (the boys).
It is very hot today, and the ewes are tired we will let them rest, and move them on further when it cools down.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Well the rain has just kept coming all summer and the grass has just kept growing. All the animals on the farm are fat and happy. We have poll hereford cattle on our farm they are red and white. They are grown for beef, and make good steaks!
Today we have weighed the steers (they are the boys.) They have grown up very big, they are 18 months old and the very best of them weigh 550 kilograms, they are ready to sell. Dad and PopPop have loaded them on the truck and are heading to the saleyards. They will be sold tomorrow.

I love riding in the truck with Dad on the farm, I can't wait until I am bigger and go all the way to the saleyards.

 The steers sold for $1.96 per kilogram and they weighed 513kilograms at the saleyards. PopPop is very happy!

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