Short Property Description
Hi and thank you for reading our profile. Our beautiful cattle farm is set in the picturesque Eurobodalla Shire.
We raise Angus/Friesian cows, our herd usually runs at about 35 cows, heifers and steers. We have one lovely Limousine bull who loves our girls and gives us beautiful calves usually in July/August if we get the timing right! We use a strip feeding method allowing the cows to graze in a given area for a day or two before moving them into the next “strip”. This is done using electric tape and secure insulated poles for the tape to pass through once knocked into the ground. Not an arduous task at all and all part of stopping the paddocks from being trampled. We routinely inject our herd for intestinal worms etc. to keep them comfortable and prevent disease; we also drench them topically for lice. We have a stock yard, pens, gates and a cattle crush to enable safe handling when performing these tasks.
We have approximately 30 free range chooks and a rooster which we feed twice daily with top shelf grain and left over vegetable and fruit scraps. Eggs are collected daily of course from their nesting boxes in their chicken coop and sold to local friends. The chooks have a very large area in which to peck and scratch, including a 3 tier orchard of fruit and citrus.
We grow as many vegetables as we can in our netted 3 tier vegetable garden using cow, chicken and horse manure for fertiliser. We have a small compost heap but are in the process of purchasing materials to build a 3 bay compost area, sufficient for the tractor to turn the compost regularly. We have many tanks for rain water that is utilised on the gardens and for washing and showering. We also have a bore which retrieves mineral water from the aquifer; this is used to pump water into the cattle troughs and don’t they love it. We have a very large solar array on two roofs from which we draw our electricity although we do not rely solely on this for our energy needs – so there is always electricity even if the sun isn’t shining.
Our property is bordered on one side by the Tuross River and yes we have a swimming hole and sandy beach to enjoy.
Our two beautiful quarter horses Kingsley and Jet are free to roam in their own paddock, complete with water trough, stables (under construction as we speak). They are ridden by both Rob and I and are frequent visitors at the gate, begging a few pieces of liquorice, a carrot and apple.
I am a passionate gardener and have the daily walk around all the garden beds with either a cup of tea or glass of wine in hand to inspect for bugs, weeds etc. depending on the time of day.
Organic/Biological methods we use
Our pastures are sewn usually twice yearly with rye, oats, and millet depending on the season. We have used organic turkey droppings, organic lime and DAP to fertilise the pastures. Our soil is sampled by an agronomist in Bega to determine its health and treated with trace minerals accordingly. We disc, harrow and seed followed by rolling the soil to ensure the seed takes. We have an irrigation system on our river which we use to pump water onto our pastures should we lack rain. Our pastures are cut, raked, baled and wrapped twice annually to allow feed for our cattle during the winter months. Vegetable and flower gardens are fertilised using organic material from our animals and chooks together with compost. We have a small worm farm also.
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Why I became a WWOOF Host
We decided to host WWOOFers to assist us with the many and varied jobs which occur on a working cattle property and to especially show overseas visitors what it’s really like living on an Australian farm. We are subject to flood, drought, extreme heat, wind and during winter very cold temperatures; it’s not for everyone but when you live on the land you must do what is necessary at the time and not be put off by weather or conditions that are sometimes difficult.