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The News as it Happens

There is always lots happening at Mowbray Park FarmStays.  From time to time we’ll bring you some ‘behind the scenes’  stories of many of the amazing things that go on. Projects, problems, farming life in general.  You’ll get a feel for what it’s like to live the life of a farmer.

Gosh what a turn around! For the first couple of months this year it was so dry, we lost a crop due to extreme heat (our 2017 winter feed) now we have just hit 200mm of rain over the past 3 weeks and there is more to come. Farming is a mixed bag,  it is what makes it so different everyday, the big dry was very stressful because we were running out of grass for the animals, now there is so much we have keep moving some so they don’t over eat! crazy days.

Amazing reading back on this post, it’s June 2018 we have just had the driest Autumn in 116 years we are feeding out to the animals everyday and the feed is scarce and increasing in price every week it seems. Farming is rewarding but it can also be stressful especially when the animals are struggling with the conditions, these animals are everything to us we are out there everyday looking after them. We hope to see some rain soon.

Another week has passed and no rain, we have our grey water well being filled by bore water and are running two irrigation systems, our crop of winter oats is just starting to emerge but it was really attacked by hungry birds looking for an easy feed, cant blame them really!

Here we are September 2019, this reads like a time capsule! It’s still really dry, we had 37mm of rain last week first rain since June. Our animals are doing well pouring tons of feed into them. I know and they know they would prefer green grass, oh the thought.

Check out The Long Shed on our site, super cool spot for weddings and events we are trying to ramp things up.

We’ve put in some new fencing up around the place which is great but we have miles to go.

Lambing has gone good this season especially after the ‘train wreck’ which was last year, just love the Lambs running around together they are looking good all things considered.

October 2019, the dry is ongoing, we had a sprinkle of rain and it made us feel great. Strong winds and warm days mean we’re still feeding out everyday. We’ve had a great outcome sourcing feed, a local couple are getting it to market at almost pre drought prices, makes so much difference !