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Are ewe or aren’t ewe?

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Some time ago we acquired six beautiful black faced Suffolk ewes with the intention of breeding them for meat – mainly for our own consumption, but perhaps with a little to share amongst friends and family. The breeder from whom we purchased them gave us plenty of tips and information about growing lambs. He told […]

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Hello Benson!

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For some time we have been searching for a suitable bull to breed with our cows and heifers. We are keen to maintain the traditional characteristics of the Dexter breed by ensuring we breed smaller animals which are closer to the original stature of their forebears. In Australia some breeders have bred larger and larger […]

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Australia Day Long Weekend

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This weekend marked the anniversary of when Captain Cook arrived on our shores. I’m not sure that’s an event that necessarily requires celebration when I consider the damage that was done to our indigenous peoples. I like to think it’s a weekend to reflect on what we are as a nation now and celebrate all […]

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Jagged Crow Farm

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It has finally happened.  After three years of searching, looking, walking over blocks, thinking about what’s important, setting criteria and reviewing possible purchases against that criteria, we have finally become the proud owners of our very own farm.  Well, its really a bit of land that will become a farm.  It has a rusty old […]

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Moving

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I haven’t blogged for a while – we’ve been moving house. Our large unsustainable house has been sold and we are now renters again. I haven’t rented for over 15 years and it’s lovely to have found a house which suits us for now. This is our in-between house. With a much smaller footprint, this […]

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Winter Surprise

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A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I travelled to the west coast of South Australia – to the thriving fishing and farming community of Port Lincoln part of the food belt of both Australia and the world. It’s two biggest exports are tuna and grain crops and for many years of the 20th century […]

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Four Letter Words

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There are two four letter words which have dominated my life in the past week. In the media over the last few years I have noticed a new word emerging – you might have seen it too: EOFY.  Retailers have EOFY sales and promotions to try and boost their numbers for the End Of the […]

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The joys of selling up

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We are currently selling our house.  With the current market in Adelaide, I have very little expectation that this will be a quick process – recent reports suggested that the average time on the market is 91 days, that is, 3 months or 13 weeks.  At least 13 open inspections, at least 13 times I […]