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News from Ardcairnie Angus Monday 8th July 2019


Maybenup Mobs at 8th July 2019

  • One mob of N (born 2017) heifers and their calves
  • One mob of pregnant mixed age cows, with most of the M females (born 2016) having had their second calves and the rest well through producing the next generation
  • 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 calves
  • Four mobs of P (born 2018) weaned heifer calves; one going through the three week AI program; the other three smaller mobs each with a bull.



June ended up with just over 70mms at the north end and 61 at the south end (they are five kms apart – Maybenup is a long skinny farm).  The main falls were too far apart to put much water in the dams but the grader came in just before that lot to clean out some of the drains so more rain will be welcomed.  We’ve had 16mms so far in July.


Some happenings on Maybenup since 9th June 2019

The Animal Science student who’d been with us for Farm Prac came back for a day and helped with the heifer 400 day weights; Jim and I had done the bull mob (much smaller) the day before so all that information is now with Angus Australia for inclusion in the latest EBV report.


One vet student arrived on Saturday 6th for a fortnight’s farm prac – he hasn’t had much to do with cattle so lots of learning going on.  An Animal Science student who is coming here for a week’s farm prac after that is here now as she has two weeks clinical prac with our local vet.  Good young people who are fitting easily into our home, and excellent company.


The 64 steers sold well in Mt Barker last month and more bulls have been sold so there are now seven still available – see details on the Home or After our 2019 Bull sale pages.


Collection of all the End of Financial Year data is underway with the aim of having that to our accountant in early August.  See the next month’s report to see if we manage to achieve that!


We loved having our Scottish farm-sitter for a few days before he returned home.  He spent a couple of days with our local transport company (thank you Neville Matthews for organising that) and saw the Katanning sheep yards in operation; then the Mt Barker cattle saleyards the day our steers were being sold.


On 18th June, we hosted a small group for Gallaghers to show how the Weston Fence System is erected.  Always good to share knowledge with others.


Some welcome visitors for meals or overnight, a couple of day trips to Perth, a trip to Albany for the funeral of a close friend, and the Kojonup and Katanning Rotary changeover dinners ensured the work/life balance has been reasonable and an important reminder of how important our family and friends are to us.



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March Matters 2018

October Observations 2015

December Development 2014

2014 October Oddments

2013 November Narrations

2013 September Scribbles

2013 May Meanderings newsletter


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