It’s a cracking season at the farm; the hot weather has dried things out a bit and the lambs, pigs and cattle are doing well. With the better season I am very happy to say that we will start with local lamb supply again next week.
We continue to bring our pigs down when they are ready to see the big lights of Sydney… We are supplying ourselves about one a week every five or six weeks at the moment and hopefully in the coming months when our young sows have reached their correct weight and age we will be having piglets of our own. By next year our aim is to be wholly and solely supplying our own Free Range Pork.
In the next month or so the tractor will be out again and Dad will be checking the old girl over in anticipation of some rain to plant our winter crops. For us, late March/early April is the best time to plant our oats and winter crops for pastures. Providing there is soil moisture, the soil temperature is about right to get good germination at this time of year. There is still enough long warm days to get everything started and up and out of the ground, but not too many so that the oats want to go to head (seed) straight away. Remember from High School Biology it’s from the length of the days that the plants tell the time! Fingers crossed we get the rain we need to follow on the good start we have had.
We have enjoyed following our mate, Farmer Charles, on ‘Farmer Wants a Wife’ and have had a ball at the markets with our customers hearing all their predictions. If I was smart I would have run a book on the girl he chooses in the end. Charles himself is remaining very tight lipped about the whole thing (bloody solicitors), but it is rumoured that he is travelling off farm somewhat more than he used to!