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November 30, 2014

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Tomorrow is Cattle Day

We keep a careful watch on our lovely cattle to make sure they are healthy and happy, but no matter how careful you are bad things sometime happen and nasty ticks and flies can make life difficult. A day in the yards is an opportunity to handle and keep close contact with the herd. Introducing the youngsters to the animal husbandry is a very important part of our programme at Millawa Ranch. Before Christmas we introduced Dexter the Wagyu bull to a select few of our girls to maintain the bloodlines and keep our Wagyu customers happy. Hopefully he will have been a busy boy and next year we eill have a few purebred wagyu babies to look after.

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October 29, 2014

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Sump Pumps

Sold 20 bales of hay today. Ali and I spent the morning up in the vineyard tucking in all those lovely long tendril of grapevines into the wires to keep them safe. It is amazing how much they have grown in the past couple of weeks and it brings to mind that we will have the nets on before we know it. The vines look wonderful and healthy, the grape flowers are abundant and Thomas, our winemaker should be pretty excited by the quantity we could have this year. We may need a shed just to store the wine in until it is ready to sell. It was also irrigation day and we set up the irrigator to water Far paddock out the front and the grapes while we were tucking. Today everything seem to be going quite well.........Another 6 bales gone. Just getting ready for afternoon chores and I noticed a big puddle of water in the back garden. The sump pump has burned out and the grey water has backed up and is flooding the garden.  phewwww!!! Ali  and I tackle this next obstacle, firstly we have to undo the plumbing fixtures and get the pump out of the sump tank......not a very nice place to be. After the call a friend for advice, ali had to run to town before the stores shut and pick up a new pump, bring it home and firstly we had to empty the tank.......then we had to refit the plumbing fittings...... put it all back together and ....yes it all works. We should be pretty right for a while now. This farming is eventful to say the least.
October 29, 2014

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Finished the hay carting

Today we manged to finish carting the last bales of our lovely oaten hay. It is full of oat seed and the animals love it. We had to use the horse stall and put up a tarp to hold the last of it. I put the word out on  a page about buying hay in southeast Queensland and sold about 150 bales locally so that will help  the storage problem. Thank goodness we had some help from our spraying contractor. We were exhausted as it was!
October 29, 2014

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