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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Autumn is on its way...

The days are getting shorter...

We are loosing an average of one minute sunlight in the morning and one minute at night as the sun comes up later and sneaks itself away that bit earlier in the afternoon.

The tree at the back of our house faces south-west and is loosing its leaves.

The two trees out the front face the north-east and are still green.

The calving is almost done.

We have 2 calving seasons; late Summer/early Autumn and late Spring/early Summer.

And, 2 selling seasons per year. Calves born in winter avoid pink eye from flies appearing mostly in warmer months. Calves enjoy the Spring growth while growing out.

The calves born later have ample milk because the mothers have surplus grass form the Spring growth. I guess we have two calving seasons as a sort of back up system. If anything goes wrong in one season we have another set of cows calving.

Many farmers have one calving season either Spring or Autumn because then they don't have to spend two seasons calving which may involve assisting the cows. We cull any non-performing cattle and this tends to avoid us having to go into the paddocks to assist in th birthing process. The less interference the better.  

It is best to do your own research and find out what works best on your farm. One farm can be very productive while another may not. Learning about your property takes time, effort and patient observance.

If you have any questions, (we are by no means experts), but we might be able to help. Let us know if you need any hints or tips. We are always more than happy to help with all things animal-related.


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