Well, it's been a busy few months.
The drought continues, and although we are in reasonable shape with the grass at the moment, water has been an ongoing problem. We have continued to do rotational grazing, or cell grazing and that seems to have made a huge difference in the amount of grass that we have had available for the cattle. The other thing that has made a serious contribution has been our use of some of the products from Bioactive Soil Solutions and Green Drop Organics.
We met Peter from Bioactive at Primex in 2018. He and his team have been a fantastic and much appreciated resource in answering all manner of odd questions about soil! What we have noticed is that the paddocks treated with the Bioactive products have come back much faster after a hard frost than usual, we are seeing a greater variety of species in the pasture and the cattle are loving it. In fact, we can tell where we got to last time with the treatment because the cattle prefer the treated areas. We won't know the exact picture of improvement for another 12 months when we do another soil test - but we can tell you now that we can see the improvement - and it happened much faster than we expected. It was money well spent.
With more fencing being done over the past 6 months, we've managed to bring 3 more paddocks back "online" and available to the cattle. And in case you needed evidence that we've been fencing.... here is a taste!
Here we have one of the loads of wire we have removed from
fences taken down heading to the dump. Work ceased for the
day when a snake was located nearby and we determined
that was an excellent reason to have smoko instead!!
And here is the evidence that there was in fact fencing being
done.... not just removing all the old wire - as Mr Farmer completes tying off the third strand of the fence.
Finally, we survived the antarctic blast and had a wonderful time attending the Australian Belted Galloway Association AGM in beautiful Tassie, ably hosted by Glen and Karen at Kookaburra belties. We were thankful to be able to visit 3 different studs and talk to the breeders and view animals - this has really helped us along, and we also used this time to network with other breeders and research our next bull acquisition.