Michelle Muphys

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Prior to separating o/n (which i did from 4 months old) Id milk 2 quaters, calf did the other side at same time.
At 7 months i separated o/n and she'd then hold back her cream for calf.

So popped a quiet weaner on calf, whilst id milk with calf in barn too. Then wait an hour and go take the quiet weaner off calf so it could nurse all day.

Quiet weaners are a brand name and cost $4. Easy to pop on and off.
2 months ago
I like the costing of this project!
They like it too it seems
2 months ago
Im off grid, using a septic, miles from others, in covid lock down and curfews.
Sh_t has gotten real for me;

Food security is a non negotiable thing. We literally had empty stores. its improved now. But im not wanting to be so dependant again, asap

My and my families safety and PPE was my non negotiable, and I resigned last week as a front line nurse because of the risks we are asked to take, daily. The lies got to me. "you are perfectly safe and do not require PPE" "More masks arrive next week" when you never got any previously. New policies gallore! insisting you use hand sanitiser, that is nowhere to be seen.  So safety is non negotiable. I dont want to bring back covid to my family.

Loving and caring for my family, and seeing them, touching them, smelling them, hearing them. Its been six months! I have missed my grandaughters crawling AND walking firsts. I have a grandson ive seen twice in 6 months.

2 months ago
In answer to the OP, yes there are differences, that help you predict, the less likely to become an issue dogs.

A solution could be a livestock guardian breed, they need stock and acreage. There are around 8 breeds, and each are different. And then within each litter even, there are differences.
Maremma's bond with their humans and stock. BOTH.  But they have their favourite "friends'.  Fave cow fave sheep, fave human etc
My maremmas: Social butterflies, love attention and a work break to come visit visitors in house block. They thrive on routine. Dont like changes.

Reality check:
It takes two years to train a pup with hours of supervised and guided practice, to not be a plonker around X breed of animal. How much time do you have?
They are nocturnal animals.  So during the day, i have white bean bags in my paddocks. Not a great pet surely? But if a crow so much as dares to land in te paddock, they come alive pretty darn quick. Then turn into a whie bean bag again.
The vetinary expenses are set by the weight of the animal. So, BIG dog, big expenses.

Our herder will round anything and any kids up if loose. And does so by nipping at kids. This is what working herders do. So maybe not a kelpie, border collie, blue/red heeler, GSD, rottie.

Farm dogs are made not bred. Here are some typical successful farm dog breeds: collies, all shepherd breeds but only because they are intelligent, cattle dogs, kelpies, rotties, That i like. Plenty more also.
All need training as you know, and following you whilst you do the chores, from 8 weeks of age, is a great way to learn. Together.  Praising the good behaviour, setting them up to win, not fail.

IM a bit biased on LGD's, but do love a good kelpie too

2 months ago
I have a diagram, and draw/note date, number of seeds or seedlings sewn. And their date of recorded death by what means: rabbit, slug, puppy, sheep, bush fire, earth quake, flood etc etc. Its been a tricky year lol
I keep seeds in envelopes, and file them alphabetically, in a square tupper wear container. With their name and type (as im experimenting with what does/does not do well here).

I have portable hard drive backed up files, And have folders on subjects, having saved few articles on key issues for us here.

I have a note book for recipes for septic friendly cleaning products, animal husbandry products, first aid products.

I have a sort of journal. But only record significant events in my family, and what im doing garden wise. A wish list of dream projects that are unlikely to see fruition.

Reading this, i recognise my OCD which im working on lol

2 months ago
Hmmmm, interesting.

The milk yield will probably be the deciding factor. Hopefully there will be some more info to come from someone who milks them.

2 months ago
I feed raw, and have done for many decades.  So past the debate of if its healthy or worthwhile. Its fine for my situation.

i source meat from the local meat wholesalers, markets, road kill, and neighbours donations of testes and tails of the lambs/cows.  
But substitute this with fish that we dont eat but catch, used to throw back, no more though. Bottom feeders for e/g/
All the rabbit and hares they obtain themselves.  Usually 2 per week each.

This year will be our first slaughter of our livestock. And scrap/unused meat, plus bones and offal will come from this. Hence self sustainable in a way most cannot do. Meat rabbits are most cost effecitve meat production system i looked into as alternative cheap meat.
I top up protein with:
Chickens eggs
Raw milk and whey
Oily fish
Cheese ive ruined

I dont believe in dogs eating veg/nut substitutes. But as an ex vegetarian for 35yrs, can see why you'd want to.

The livestock guardian eats whatever the cows/sheep/chooks eat - and poop out. Disgusting, but natural for that breed. He eats very very little 500gm of meat/day compared to a working GSD that needs 1.5-2kg/day.
All pups are trained to not be fussy: ie. 10 mins to eat, then i lift bowl till next meal time. And i work them daily, so always hungry!

2 months ago
Im curious about dexters and have other kinds of questions:

They are tiny. My ground is wet in winter.
Does the udder/teats drag on ground when full?
Are the teats smaller too?
How much milk yield can you expect daily, if calf sharing?
Can a dexter bull impregnate a jersey cow (if i put them on a hill perhaps?
From reading this thread, they seem to be indiscriminate grazers, i that correct?
What are they like in heat? like a 45 degrees aussie summer day?
What are the bulls like?  Beef or dairy demeanor?
Do they do snow, and wet ground well?  
I dont feed grain, but rotational graze, so moving em daily. How are they to handle?

sorry, thats a lot of questions, but this is a breed, that my land would prefer over a jersey, and the buttermilk is high enough for cheese! So considering moving to them.

2 months ago
Thank you for the warm welcome all.

We have 8 acres. Clay loamy soil. Have water but need to be careful with its use.
We are totally off grid and rural location here. wit

My goals are simple: take care of the earth and improve it, grow as much of our food as i can.  
I am learning as I go.  

First year, i have planted a fruit orchard: apples, cherry, pears, oranges, lemons, limes.  I set up a fodder system for sprouting grains, that reuses water. Have put cows, then sheep, then chooks onto rotational grazing and improved our pasture wonderfully. Cant wait to see how much more hay i can grow this year compared to the 1st year.

There were no trees here, so have planted 20, digging holes in concrete hard clary is the hardest work i have ever done to be honest.    No water in paddocks so water irrigation laid down.
It has all been very basic infrastructure work, essential, but dull!   so im raring to eat what i grow this year!

More success was made in discovering home brewing. And have wines from forraged matter: Elderberry, Elderflower, Ginger. If only i drank more!  But made good pressies at christmas.

Im off to read up! Thanks for having me join

2 months ago
We are on 8 acres. 1 cow calf pair and 3 sheep.
First yr, the quality of my hay was poor. I bought hay @ 16bux a bale small square bale x 21.

(Improved pasture and rotary grazing same stock: cows, then sheep, then chooks then 6 weeks rest cycle).

I close off 3.5 acres with electric fence. Continue to rotary graze the rest. I take 24 bales out of that. Plenty to feed free hay all winter to same stock. And not a chemical in sight.

Heres the rub. Unless you can bale it yourself, its useless. As no hay maker will visit my small farm when i needed them to. Far more profitable jobs on larger places. My hay was not as good as it could of been had i not had to wait over à week for baler guy to turn up.

2 months ago