Scorrybreck Farm hopes everyone had a lovely Christmas and will be looking forward to the New Year!
On reflection of 2014 I think James and I can safely say it has been a wonderfully challenging but productive year. We have been able to get on top of most of our weeds, cut hay before the rain, tasted our first home grown highland, shown our first animal in a local agricultural show and had 11/12 successful calves.
11 I say?! Well every year should end with a high and Jessica did not disappoint us when yesterday she bedded down and (finally) gave birth to a stocky red bull calf.
We arrived in the morning on our usual stock check to find the herd quietly grazing away. Jessica looked a little agitated and was kicking at her belly. She soon broke away from the herd looking like she was a woman on a mission, so we waited eagerly with baited breath. After half an hour nothing much was happening and from past experience we knew the highlands can separate themselves for up to 24 hours before they calve. We decided to leave her to it and James returned in the afternoon to find she had in fact calved and all was well. Apparently Jessica was ripping into the placenta on his arrival and we now have some gory blood splatters on the side of the vehicle.. Yuck! Does anyone else’s cattle do this?
I think that 2015 is going to be an even bigger year for us. In November James and I really got serious about finding ourselves a home and were delighted when a property came up in South Gippsland. Our offer was accepted and we signed a licence of occupancy in December. We will hopefully see settlement in January and will be moving ourselves and stock to the new place.
We spent our first night at the new farm on Boxing Day, celebrating with a bottle of red and a BBQ of highland sausages!
Like the farm where our stock is now, the new place is 101 acres, but has two creeks, more dams, trees and plenty of hills as it is nestled into the Strzelecki Ranges!
We also want to start breeding our black faced suffolks and produce lambs from the farm, as well as a few pigs and chickens. There is a huge amount of work to be done as the place is currently one large, set-stocked paddock overrun with weeds (our favourite!), but we welcome the challenge.
Bring on 2015 and more farming fun!