It’s a busy time of the year here, as usual, what with hay making, selling lambs, vegetable planting and maintenance of the same. It’s all happening.
We needed to sell our lambs before Christmas as this allows us to carry our ewes and cattle through the summer and doesn’t put too much pressure on our pastures. God really blessed us with our lamb prices this year.
It is wonderful to see how our farm is developing from when we first bought it 4 years ago.
Here’s how our hay making happens…
First of all my husband and son cut the crops and then let them sit for about a week to 10 days and then when its dry enough they rake it and then bale it straight away.
This year they cut out the front of our property against the road. We have quite a wide nature strip so they decided to cut it and bale it. This hay isn’t good enough for feed but will be great for bedding in our feedlot during the winter.
We also cut and baled the wheat crop and also the oats, wheat and clover crop (this all sown together).
My father-in-law is on the tractor and my husband is on the sledge at the back of the baler.
The tractor and baler drives over the raked hay and feeds it into the baler which sends out little square bales. (I don’t know why they call them little squares when they are actually rectangle in shape).
My husband then takes the bales as they come out and stacks them on the sledge.
Then when there are 10 bales on the sledge my husband pushes a lever which releases the stack.This is what the stack looks like when it comes off the sledge. We have 18 stacks like this on the nature strip in front of our house, and we are getting lots of comments about our Christmas Trees, we have thought about putting a solar light on the top of them!!! We also got 28 stacks from our crops, this will be used for feed.
When my husband has time he will cart these stacks in using the forks on the back of our Ford 4100 tractor and stack them together in the paddock near the house.
We are also having power put on to our workshop and our wool shed. So my husband hired a digger to put in the trenches.
Here are the men folk digging and below are pictures of the trenches. The trenches need to be 60 cm deep to meet regulations.
The electrician will lay the power cables in these trenches.
The aquaponics system is going well, but the fish haven’t arrived yet, hopefully early next week. Some of the strawberry plants have died back but all have new shoots. We are adding a seaweed extract to the system until the fish arrive and mature a bit.
My husband and children are going out and picking the grubs off our grapevines and feeding them to the fish.
Here they are, the fish just love the grubs and so does my little boy.
Well that’s all for now, I will post more on the aquaponics system when the fish arrive.
How’s things going on your farm/homestead at the moment???