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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 bu 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!

 

 
  • The grass is returning

    After a long dry spell we’ve had some good rain, cows are pretty pleased (so are we)

     
  • Late afternoon paddle

      After some welcome rain showers it seemed like a really nice idea to get the canoes on the water.

     
  • Happy Customers

    Happy Customers

    The school holidays went well and we were really chuffed to receive this letter from a family who spent the day with us.  This is why we all love our […]

     
  • Lesson time for Archie

    Even though the kids are enjoying time away from the classroom, I needed to keep the lessons going for Archie. He was chasing a Wallaby around yesterday (funny considering he […]

     
  • Our cup runs over

    The weekend storms brought much needed rain to the farm (although 304ml was rather more than expected…). Our wetlands project of 9 years was swept away and so was a major section […]

     
  • The week that was…

    The week that was…

    Three schools in during the week everything went well. The wind was annoying, really strong and it completed dried everything out after that wonderful 12mm of rain, so our crop […]

     
  • Sheep Dog Trials- 21st-22nd May 2016

    Sheep Dog Trials- 21st-22nd May 2016

    On Saturday May 21 and Sunday 22nd we will be offering coaching by renowned sheep dog and yard dog event Judge, Jim Luce. There are limited spots available so if you […]

     
  • ANZAC Day 2016

    ANZAC Day 2016

    ANZAC day has a special place in our hearts at Mowbray Park FarmStay. After World War 1 many returning Australian veterans spent time on the farm recovering from the trauma […]

     
  • Horsemanship Camp

    Horsemanship Camp

    Our Natural Horsemanship Camps are very popular.  Children aged between 8 and 16 years come and stay for five days.  During the five days they learn natural horsemanship skills and […]

     
  • Easter Egg Trail

    Easter Egg Trail

    Well, Easter is coming up and already there is a buzz in the farm nursery as the ‘team’ look to get everything set up for the Egg Hunt.