Learning about trees – Graham Smith

Although the cows are milking well not all things are going to plan. The submission rate was 85%, close but no cigar. I still have two cows that are reluctant to cycle and as I do not intervene, I will just have to be patient. The girls are holding at 1.8 to 1.9 kg MS […]

Heating up – John van der Goes

At the moment I’m sitting in a motel in Queenstown on holiday. We have been to the Catlins for a memorial dedication to my sister and then visited friends who farm in Southland. The days were hot and sunny, although their grass doesn’t seem to have gone as stalky as ours. Everybody was saying how […]

A fresh perspective – Graham Smith

When you suddenly find yourself going from minimal debt to a large debt, stress is where it’s at. It was good to have some friends who listened and commiserated. But in the end, it was up to me to find my way out. I chose to go out and learn how to dance, because it […]

Honeymooning – Noldy Rust

The sun is shining, daylight saving is here, Winston is keeping us guessing, and Sam is now happily married to Alice! Plus, I had a birthday, Bev had a birthday, growth rates are well over 60-70 kg/ha/day, Mr Pig is almost ready to go, and our Fonterra loan is partly repaid! Welcome to my mid-October […]

Break from the rain – John van der Goes

Finally decided that it’s blog time again. I’m writing this on the last day of our “between calving and mating” holiday. It’s a welcome reprieve from the pressures of this winter-spring. I don’t need to tell everybody how stressful it was as we all had to deal with it. Having calved the cows five days […]

Through calving – onto AB – Brian Frost

Can you believe that some places are selling for Christmas already – some days I’m sure it still feels like winter!! It is great to see some sunshine, but alas this is amongst some very heavy downpours of rain and so the wet continues to be a real challenge. Our manager has done really well […]

Rain, rain go away!! – Brian Frost

We have had a few nice days, where the paddocks tried to dry out and the grass to grow. Unfortunately, more rain has come and we have flooded again, but hopefully there will be a few more sunshine days coming to keep our spirits up and the world looking good. We are now reaching the […]

Happy Father’s Day – Noldy Rust

Sunday evening, another Father’s Day as good as done and dusted. It’s been a wee while since my last blog, I guess it’s been kinda busy this spring! I always had the option up my sleeve of making some time to write this on Father’s Day, as this is the one day in the year […]

A reason to smile – Brian Frost

Ella and Mitch got hitched! The last few months have been leading up to our eldest son, Mitchel, getting married to his beautiful wife. We had a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family, heaps of talking and laughter – great speeches and amazing food, and to top it off the rain held off for […]