Too tired to post (almost)

Premmie calves Ella and Bella graduate

Ella and Bella, our premmie calves, soaking up the sun with friends

It’s been a normal day for a calving season but I’m just too tired to put a proper post together. Instead, here’s an update with some good news:

  • Ella and Bella are doing so well, they’ve graduated from the calf shed out into a sheltered paddock
  • Laura, the premmie twin, is always the first to hop up and say “hello” when we arrive with milk
  • The excavator finished work on the effluent pond today and we installed a new storm water pipe
  • Our maremmas, Charlie and Lola, are out and about doing their job of looking after the calves well (but have not yet roamed to scare off the kangaroos)
  • Wayne and vet Amy managed to deliver one of the largest bull calves we’ve ever seen and both mum and calf are doing well. I was sure he’d be dead and was very worried for her.
  • Milk production is up!

After feeding all the calves, mucking out stalls, sorting out cows to go in the “springer’s” (cows that are less than 3 weeks away from calving) paddock, fixing fences and a vital calf transport trailer, pouncing on sprightly newborns and doing all the normal farm stuff, the three of us are jiggered.

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2 responses to “Too tired to post (almost)

  1. How many cows do you milk? Do have any employees, or is it just the three of you? Do you ever go on holiday?

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    • milkmaidmarian

      Hi Dinki, Our farm is almost perfectly statistically average for our region: about 500 acres and milking 260 cows last season (aiming for 290 this season, then 310 the year after). Wayne and I both run small businesses as well as the farm, so have an employee who works Monday to Thursday to help manage the workload. Holidays? What are they? 😉

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