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KUMBARTCHO

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Fixing weak links

Image courtesy of The Australian Women's Weekly Well here we are 3.5 months into this adventure. 13/01/2014 was our start date. A gentle reminder that what we are about here on this farm is re-creating healthy soils. We have now done two applications of the Biodynamic Preparations; have our Field Broadcaster working 24/7/365, our Atreorg also 24/7/365, and the occasional use of our Ether Toner (for rain). At this point in time it is very clear what the ‘weak links’ are on this farm: Soil Biology. Grazing Management. Stock Water Distribution. ....

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On farm strategies

Image courtesy of The Australian Women's Weekly Well, well, well here we are at Kumbartcho, Kilkivan two and a half months on from settlement date. ....

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Valentine's Day - loving the landscape

Image courtesy of The Australian Women's Weekly 14/02/2014. Valentines Day! And we are in love with the place! Here I am back at the keyboard again after some ten days without computer, internet, etcetera, and so have not been able to keep up the journaling of our new farm… Many scraps of paper with notes are on my desk, and now the task of continuing the story. Wow how the bird list has grown! Almost every day another new sighting. The additions are; Masked Lapwing, Willy Wagtail, Black Cockatoo, Pale Headed Rosella, Straw-necked Ibis, Pied Currawong, Pied Butcherbird, Royal Spoonbill, Dotterel, Chanel bill Cuckoo, Black Shouldered Kite, Black Faced Cuckoo Shrike, Wood ....

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Moving in

Image courtesy of The Australian Women's Weekly The time had come then to move on and back to Dukes Plain (which we are leasing for the next five years to continue our beef cattle enterprise), to prepare for the big move. During this time we are living in an ever-increasing forest of packing crates, and I find myself wanting to reference something or other from our library, only to realise that the books are securely packed away! January 24 the removalist arrives, and I along with a friend have been dispatched to the new farm, complete with another load of trees, and more Soil Activator, to prepare for the arrival of ....

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Starting a new farm

Image courtesy of The Australian Women's Weekly I will paint a picture of our situation to begin. We have recently sold our 7900 hectare farm Dukes Plain (3000 farmable hectares), where for the past 31 years we have had a beef cattle enterprise. A brief history of Dukes Plain: it was taken up by my Grandfather in 1914, when it was primarily a horse breeding enterprise. These were the times when horses were used extensively in the armed forces. As this market faded, beef cattle became the enterprise. Hereford cattle began to give way to Santa Gertrudis in the early 1950’s under ....