News from Ardcairnie Angus 6 January 2018


Happy New Year wishes to all readers – we hope that 2018 will be a successful, productive and rewarding year for you all with health and happiness an integral part of those.


LPA, BJD and J-BAS 8

We have started work on the LPA Farm Biosecurity Plan template which our vet will oversee as we wish to retain our J-BAS 8 status.  The other component of that this financial year is to do a check faecal test on 50 cows four years of age and older, so these samples were collected buy our vet on 3rd January.  Information from contact with the Department of Agriculture about the process showed there are 4,000 samples in the pipe-line so it will be late February / early March before we have results of that.


Information Gathering:

All the information gathering was completed last month, the final decisions made about keeper and sale bulls and the catalogue of 88 sale bulls was posted to our mailing list on Friday 5th January.


Rainfall and water on Maybenup for the year to date

The year continues to be a somewhat different and challenging one, with a total of 40mms in December making the year total 418mm (16½ inches).  We look forward to (hopefully) a less challenging year weather-wise in 2018 but will leave that to Mother Nature!


Mobs on Maybenup at 6 January 2018

  • One mob of 2016 born bulls including the keeper and sale ones
  • One mob of pregnant 2016 born M heifers.
  • One mob of pregnant mixed age cows
  • One mob of 2017 born bull and steer calves
  • One mob of 2017 born heifer calves
  • One mob of relaxing herd bulls.

Weaning the 2017 born calves:

We have used nose rings for this job for many years and continue to do so; the rings prevent the calf suckling but the calf still has the company of its Mum during the process.  On Tuesday 28th November (while we were taking their 200 day weights (and Mature Cow Weights on most of the younger Mums), we put on the nose rings on all the calves.  This is earlier than usual but seasonal conditions dictate that to a large extent.  The mob was yarded again on Wednesday 6th December to split the cows from the calves; they were put into adjoining paddocks.  Sunday 10th, the cows were yarded again for their annual booster Ultravac 7-in-1 vaccination then moved to a different paddock.  Tuesday 12th December, the calves were yarded, the nose rings removed and split into two mobs: bulls and the few commercial steers, and heifers.  On 29th December, the bull calf mob returned to the yards and 56 were castrated using the Callicrate Bander – a few carriers of one of the Generic Conditions and the rest, to quote Jim, “not up to the job”.  This is part of our ongoing checking and culling regime for our keeper and sale bulls.


Murdoch University Vet Students

One “second year finished going into third” girl is coming for a week starting Sunday 10th, the same week as a returning farm practicum student stays with us while doing clinical practicum with our local veterinarian.  We love having these returning students!


NewslettersYou can download copies of selected past newsletters and an occasional press release in PDF format here:

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.

Ardcairnie cows and calves 2016




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