Category: Calves

Ride-on mower parked in front of a green growth covered pond in front of paddocks and alpacas in the distance

Time to head out before the bad weather

Time to head into the valley and do some paddock maintenance. Checking fences and gates, continued to dig a drainage trench, checked up on the alpacas and moos, mowed some swamp grass and sprayed some other areas of swap grass. Chopped some firewood, loaded up the trainer and brought it back up to the house to keep us warm over the next couple of days.

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Taken fron underneath some pines, looking up the hill, a white horse and three black and white calves laying in the grass, blue sky above

Day 1 of NZ COVID-19 lockdown

Day one of not going out to anywhere, not having contact with anybody outside the property in an attempt to flatten the infection curve. National state of emergency.

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Calf feeding during hail storm

Calf feeding during hail storm

Video: Our new calfies Agnes Moo, Abigail Nosy Moo and Angela Moo just arrived last weekend. Agnes has been scouring for the past two days and gets some special care.
That day we had a hail storm coming up outside.

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Both junior calf handlers on the day

Calf Diary 2016

Every year our daughter’s school holds an agricultural day, where the children have to raise a farm animal and show it at school. Jolan has created a video diary about her calf Cheeky. I think she’s done an awesome job with her idea, have a look and enjoy.

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First prize for Jolan and Cheeky calf

Today was Waimauku School AG(ricultural) day. For those cityslickers who do not know what AG day is, it is a school day where all school children have the opportunity to showcase their hand-reared calf, lamb or chicken along with a variety of other categories for those unable to rear an animal.

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Finally some fine weather

Happy for the endless rain to be over

Mr. Shady is happy in the new grass strip. Just two weeks ago the alpacas have been in there and kept it nice and short so he does not get overexcited.
After all that rain, the ground is getting better and the grass has been growing since. It must have been drowned in water before.

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Our new calfies

Our new calfies have arrived last Sunday. So cute they are. They have not picked the best weather – it has been raining for a few days and all is soaking wet. I remember last year was beautiful and they were enjoying fresh spring grass. They also arrived earlier. Looks like all is later this year.

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