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by Heidi
Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:23 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Need help - Fowlers Vacola Electric Preserving Kit
Replies: 6
Views: 7649

Re: Need help - Fowlers Vacola Electric Preserving Kit

Angus is going brilliantly under saddle and have been long reining him through obstacles and on the slide. I've also got a second Clydesdale staying here. Broken in at the same time as Angus, and am working her for her owners. Busy busy busy! Got a long list of shows lined up, just need the weather ...
by Heidi
Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: hi
Replies: 11
Views: 9920

Re: hi

Hi there,
I'm Heidi... for some reason or other I hardly seem to be on here these days! Too many hobbies, more paid work, more animals...at any rate, this forum is great, and is a source of support and inspiration.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Heidi
by Heidi
Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:41 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Need help - Fowlers Vacola Electric Preserving Kit
Replies: 6
Views: 7649

Re: Need help - Fowlers Vacola Electric Preserving Kit

Hi, I dug mine out (well when you've raised everything for an impending flood, its more like "I lifted it down")... The plate is 2mm thick aluminium plate (its aluminium so it doesn't go rusty over time... perhaps an old fashioned biscuit tray? If you think of a square with dimensions 237m...
by Heidi
Mon Feb 13, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: Read all About it - in the News!
Topic: Abattoir in Sydney
Replies: 2
Views: 10815

Re: Abattoir in Sydney

Hi,
I've heard about the story, but can't bear to watch the links. I just commented to my husband that I'm glad I don't buy meat from the store. :(
Heidi
by Heidi
Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:23 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: HI I am back too
Replies: 5
Views: 7624

Re: HI I am back too

Hey BJ!
Heidi
by Heidi
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:27 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Lost most of my fruit
Replies: 8
Views: 8403

Re: Lost most of my fruit

Hi Kathleen,
Your "oomph" will return, and it will come back with an added extras! Its just a stage, and it will pass, you just have to grin and bear it (although the grinning seems a bit strained at times I know!).
Merry Christmas,
Heidi
by Heidi
Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:13 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Lost most of my fruit
Replies: 8
Views: 8403

Re: Lost most of my fruit

Its a bit heartbreaking isn't it? Hopefully, next year will give you an absolute bumper crop!!!
Heidi
by Heidi
Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:11 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Dehydrator Starter models?
Replies: 1
Views: 4011

Re: Dehydrator Starter models?

Hi, There's a discount shop in Grafton NSW (its like the newer version of CopperArt...they sell mid price range stuff)...anyway, they have had dehydrators recently (on more than one occasion) for $35! These ones even have the different temperature settings so they can do low temp herbs etc, and high...
by Heidi
Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: First Beef in the freezer
Replies: 5
Views: 6215

Re: First Beef in the freezer

Hi Vicki,
Glad it worked out well (well for you anyway, not necessarily the beasts! :roll: ).

Can you tell me the breeding of the bull and steer? A picture to help gauge live weight v. dressed weight would be great if you have one.

Thanks,
Heidi
by Heidi
Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:44 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Foster calf and other farming stuff...
Replies: 5
Views: 7281

Re: Foster calf update..

Hi, Everything continues to be hectic. I'm praying for a cool summer! The new calf is going well. My 5yo named him "Pie" because "we're going kill him an' eat him"...ugh, I've raised barbarians! The cow will lick him, and let her be near him, but won't let him nurse, unless she's...
by Heidi
Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:01 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Foster calf and other farming stuff...
Replies: 5
Views: 7281

Foster calf and other farming stuff...

Hi, I'm sorry that I've hardly been on here in recent times. I seem to be so busy, but when I think where my day has gone I really can't figure it out! Our Charolais calved on Monday, in THE most inconvenient spot on the whole property (think island surrounded by waist deep water). Although we weren...
by Heidi
Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:41 am
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: worming and/or vaccinating cows
Replies: 3
Views: 4962

Re: worming and/or vaccinating cows

LOL.. our solution was to get more cows! Seriously though, in regard to vaccinations, we use ours, then seal it well with masking tape, then store it in the fridge, for when we need it the following year. Yes, not ideal, but that's what we were told to do by other farmers. I don't know if its still ...
by Heidi
Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:31 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?
Replies: 11
Views: 11865

Re: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

Hi Brookchook, That's a lot of beets! Now, are you pressure canning them or are you waterbathing them? I only gave you the waterbath times because you were doing them in vinegar, but if you're pressure canning them, I can take a look and tell you how long you need to do them for? I've never planted ...
by Heidi
Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?
Replies: 11
Views: 11865

Re: Beetroot in Vacola Jars?

Hi, In all the books I have, it does say to prepare them as if you were going to eat the directly, and to be careful not to damage the skins otherwise the colour will begin to leach out of them (and create a mess!). You will also need gloves to handle the cooked beets because they will stain your ha...
by Heidi
Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: cattle crushes/restraining cattle
Replies: 13
Views: 11562

November Calves

Hi, As to if she's polled I'm unsure. McGregor has scurs, his mum was dehorned (I think) and his father was Angus (polled dominant). Skye the mother of the new calf is polled, but obviously, her mother (jersey) wasn't, but her Angus father, again was naturally polled! The genetics at play are phenom...
by Heidi
Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: cattle crushes/restraining cattle
Replies: 13
Views: 11562

Re: cattle crushes/restraining cattle

Hi Vicki, Yes a beautiful, healthy little heifer was born on Wednesday morning. She has a white belly, a white tail (????!!!) and two white stripes on one side of her body. She is not quite a small as a dexter calf, but smaller than an angus. She is nursing well, and Skye, her JerseyxAngus mother is...
by Heidi
Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:03 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Chook breeding
Replies: 23
Views: 19844

Re: Chook breeding

Oh, I have so many "it could only happen to me stories" but I am glad that they happen to others too! The rooster in the back of the car :lol: The poor bloke probably thought he wasn't the only one with issues! Okay, the rooster that I was given when I was in Sydney, I had to keep in my MI...
by Heidi
Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: cattle crushes/restraining cattle
Replies: 13
Views: 11562

Re: cattle crushes/restraining cattle

Hi,
Catching up on all the comings and goings on this board! Congratulations!
Heidi
by Heidi
Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:40 pm
Forum: Articles
Topic: A Real Farm
Replies: 10
Views: 10138

Re: A Real Farm

Hi Kathleen, I always refer to our 18 acres as a "hobby farm", only because we earn an off farm income that pays for our various farm hobbies! When you are surrounded by cane farms and beef cattle growing farms, I think I use the term "hobby farm" more in deference to them,and to...
by Heidi
Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:10 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Chook breeding
Replies: 23
Views: 19844

Re: Chook breeding

Well, ages ago I purchased some mail order Australorp eggs with the view of hatching and breeding Australorps as a dual purpose chook. Of the dozen I bought, only 6 were indeed fertile. Luckily, all six hatched, although two disappeared (probably rat) and one was eaten by the dog. Thankfully, the th...

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