Spring is on its way! – Brian Frost

The sunshine has been a welcome relief from the wet weather and mud! This being said calving has gone pretty well so far with not many losses of calves or cows. Thankfully, the grass has kept growing giving us a new (but nice) headache making sure we don’t lose any pasture quality over the next […]

Wet, wet, wet – Noldy Rust

August is here, the Olympic Games in Rio open today and the Chiefs bowed out of the race for top honours in the Super rugby competition last weekend. No more Super rugby to watch for a while, but the action coming out of Rio will certainly keep us entertained over the next couple of weeks. […]

The start of a new season – Brian Frost

Mr. and Mrs. Frostie have returned from their wanderings around Hawaii, Alaska and Canada and the children are all still alive and the house is standing, so we are on a win:win!!! We had a wonderful time with great friends, amazing sights and fabulous weather, and came back to use our thermals here! We once […]

Looking back on calving – John van der Goes

Seems like just yesterday that I wrote my last blog, I guess that comes with age as I remember my parents saying the same thing. What’s been happening here? We had our first herd test last Thursday and got the results on Friday. I was very pleased that there were no cows in the millionaires’ club. In […]

Trying out fodder beet – John van der Goes

It’s past time I updated you on what’s happening here. Calving has been probably the easiest one we have done for a long time. Not many metabolic issues, very few mastitis cows, and the heifers were the best to break in ever. Hardly any kicked, and if they did it was half-hearted and only for […]

The end of calving is near – Brian Frost

Since our last blog the grass has at last started growing. We are still behind what we would like, but at least we are moving in the right direction. All of the cows are back from the run-off and we have 93% of the herd calved. Mostly this has gone without too many problems; we […]

Decisions, decisions – Noldy Rust

I don’t know about all you others out there, it may just be me, but I sense that this has been a reasonably kind calving season?? Please rebuff me if need be, I am always open to criticism and ridicule, what with having 3 daughters ….and a wife!!! At our place at least, things have gone […]

Tweaking the system – Brian Frost

Well the grass is not growing as much as Frostie would like and the payout is adding stress to everything. Some things we can control, and others we can’t, so we are trying to manage as best we can and tweak what we can in the system to make the impact of the low payout […]