Home is a regional property that farms a small herd of angus cattle. The horses and property are in partnership with my husband, an equine massage therapist, so you could say we have diversification covered! Add three school age children and multi-tasking is obviously a day to day requirement.
It’s especially a requirement when you’re a farmer. Who would have thought that farming was more of a gamble than training racehorses?
Drought mitigation for us, like many of our neighbours, involves stock reduction, endless looking at often flawed weather forecasts and sourcing scarce, expensive feed, while trying to look forward to when the drought will break.
Typically, my family believes we are lucky in comparison to most. We have secure water. We have other forms of income and for the moment, we can afford to purchase whatever we can find to feed our stock.
Forced to do some calculations to see if there is any sense in keeping our breeding cows, we were heartened to find that keeping the cows, and the calves they should have in November, is supported by the numbers.