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A Tale of Two Cows

Rua

It’s more of a comparison than a tale but like a lot of dairy farmers, we’re constantly trying to improve the quality of our herd and we’ve been working on improving milk solids for a number of years through breeding, milk recording and grass management. When the milk recording information comes, we’re looking at milk volumes for the individual cows but also their fat and protein percentages. Before we started milk recording, the ‘best cows’ were great on volume but [...]

Good News

Joe and Lorna on tractor 1970

Things usually happen in threes don’t they? Back in October / November, I had a number of good news things happen in a row but one had to be kept top secret:

  1. Book Deal with Black and White Publishing

First up, I got a book deal. As you probably know, I have three self-published books out now but I never really did anything about getting an agent or a publisher unless you count four emails to agents/ publishers which is a pretty [...]

My Farming & Writing Week: Calves, Calf Hutches & Press Coverage

Going for a ride in a calf barrow in my new red coat

Calf Rearing

The calving season is progressing well and is keeping me busy. I started this post three weeks ago and am only getting back to it now.

The calving season started, as usual, with one cow calving a few days earlier than predicted but he wasn’t on his own for long. As the calving house filled up with more cows, it never ceases to surprise me how much cows will fight when re-introduced to each other. We had them housed in [...]

My Farming Week: Sometimes it’s good to say No

Farmers Wife keeping all the plates in the air

I’m making some changes to my life for 2017.

Nothing too drastic – I’m not planning in running a marathon or even 5k. I’m too realistic to know that I’m not going to lose lots of weight.

But I am going to say “No” more often. Because after all, by saying “No” to something, I’m saying “Yes” to something else.

Farmers Wife keeping all the plates in the air[...]