Tag Archives: cows

Sun setting on another season

The Montrose Dairy farming calender revolves around our herds calving date. Our herd is a seasonal calving herd, which means all the cows calve in one batch over a few weeks. This calving period is timed to match the seasons … Continue reading

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Busy season.

It’s a busy time of the year at Montrose Dairy, like most dairy farms in our district it’s calving season. I haven’t had much time for blogging of late, I’ve been flat out looking after our stock.  We are enduring our … Continue reading

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Setting up pastures for winter

Heading into winter it is critical we have lots of high quality pasture on hand, pasture growth rates decline as the days shorten and our soils cool down. To manage our pastures we monitor the pasture cover in each paddock … Continue reading

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Milk now and mud later??

Recent heavy rains have forced us to evaluate how we approach the next six weeks on our farm. Our herd is due to start calving on the 12th of next month and in order to give the cows a break … Continue reading

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Nuffield Scholarships offer a chance of a life time.

Nuffield Australia scholarships applications are now open for 2013. I was lucky enough to be awarded a scholarship in 2010. It was an incredible year of learning and I made many life long friendships. Any Australian primary producer should consider … Continue reading

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Grazing under the stars.

One of the many fringe benefits of living in the country is the night sky we get to enjoy. For several weeks now the evening sky has been dominated by Jupiter setting in the west.  This is tonight’s display for our cows … Continue reading

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Autumn sets in

The weather for the last 6 months here at Hoddle has been fantastic for growing grass with a very mild summer and just enough rain to keep the grass ticking along.  With the deciduous trees losing their leaves and a … Continue reading

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The Cream of Christmas

One of our regular pre Christmas tasks at Montrose Dairy is separating some cream. This was a daily task many years ago on this farm, when the cream was sold and the skim milk was fed to pigs. Now we only … Continue reading

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Dairy farmers have reduce methane emissions by 28% since 1980

As a farmer sometimes it feels like non farmers think of us as slow country folk who still farm as our forefathers did or profit driven, chemical lovin, nutters who care for nothing but our back pocket. The reality for … Continue reading

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Squirt the Picasso cow at Foster Primary School

Our local primary school at Foster has been involved in a fantastic educational program about the dairy industry Picasso Cows. The students have had a great time decorating “Squirt” the cow, had visits from farmers and now have a better … Continue reading

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