Ardcairnie cows and calves 2016

News from Ardcairnie Angus 3rd March 2019


Mobs on Maybenup at 3rd March 2019

  • One mob of N (born 2017) pregnant heifers
  • One mob of pregnant mixed age cows
  • Two small mobs of herd bulls, including our new bull Coonamble N444
  • One mob of N (born 2017) bulls (the keeper and still for sale mob)
  • One mob of P (born 2018) weaned bull and steer calves
  • one mob of P (born 2018) weaned heifer and steer calves



With no rain in January February, the dry feed is still good value.


Since 10th February at Maybenup

We were fortunate to have a visit from Bill Cornell of ABS and Ross Thompson of Millah Murrah Angus Stud in NSW.  In what was a very quick trip to the west, we were fortunate to have them arrive late one afternoon with time to show them most mobs, then enjoy and evenings chat before they headed off early the next morning to the Sheron Open Day where Bill was guest speaker on bull and heifer selection.


This is the time of year when we look at our bull power and make decisions abot buying in some live (as opposed to semen) diversity.  After attending two sales without success, we managed at the third one on 19th February to purchase Coonamble N444, a son of Coonamble Kevin who goes back to Papa Equator. He was delivered home on 27th and we are very happy with our purchase.


Those of you who have been through it will know what a dreadful feeling it is when the computer has a hissy fit!  We were without it (including emails as we choose to not have emails on our iPhones) for about 10 days, and were extremely thankful that the computer expert managed to retain everything on the hard disk.  There’s now a new virus detector in place.


We do always manage to fit in the social side of our lives to balance the work side, and have enjoyed lunches and evening meals at home with visitors, lunches out at Plantagenet Wines, and one in Perth with Scottish visitors (at an Irish Pub!).


The proposed Holistic Management Course (four modules of two days each) in Albany has been postponed till July.  If you are interested, please look up the Inside Outside Management website on and contact Brian Wehlberg.


Brian’s emails always end with a quote from Aldo Leopold, an American author, philosopher, scientist, ecologist, forester, conservationist, and environmentalist. who died in 1948:


“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see the land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”


Another briefer one from Mr Leopold: Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.


Mobs receiving some pellets just now: the two weaner mobs to help them grow through their first summer; the pregnant N (born 2017) heifers to help them continue to grow and grow their calf; the keeper and sale mobs of N bulls to keep them ticking along.  The cows are managing fine with just their minerals being topped up each day.  For all groups receiving them, the pellets are only a supplement to the dry feed as the mobs move round their allocated paddocks.



You can download selected past newsletters in PDF format here:

March Matters 2018

October Observations 2015

December Development 2014

2014 October Oddments

2013 November Narrations

2013 September Scribbles

2013 May Meanderings newsletter


Archived news stories can be found on the Archives page and archived newsletters are on the Archived Newsletters page.


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