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by Heidi
Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:09 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Mastitis in my cow....
Replies: 25
Views: 24015

Re: Mastitis in my cow....

Hi, It sounds like its going to be okay! Chalk it down to experience, and hopefully, you won't need to draw on it. I just had to move two of my "friendly" cows from directly across the road, to our paddock. Do you think they would cross the road? No, it took us half an hour and three peopl...
by Heidi
Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:51 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Mastitis in my cow....
Replies: 25
Views: 24015

Re: Mastitis in my cow....

Hi,
Could you please come and train my children for me? :lol:
H
by Heidi
Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:31 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Mastitis in my cow....
Replies: 25
Views: 24015

Re: Mastitis in my cow....

Oh, another thing... we don't hand feed our small number of beef cattle, or our 30 odd sheep, but we give them some food a few times a week, so that they learn to come up when we call them. It makes it a lot easy to yard them when you need to do something. Its really worthwhile and I have them train...
by Heidi
Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:23 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Mastitis in my cow....
Replies: 25
Views: 24015

Re: Mastitis in my cow....

Hi Hayley, Oh.. the mayhem! We've been there too, when we first started out with Angus cattle many years ago. Trying to treat pinkeye with no crush, and the cows were WILD! Luckily back then we had no children, but it was still exhausting, so I really do empathise with you. Okay, so, Plan A didn't w...
by Heidi
Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Worms
Replies: 5
Views: 6106

Re: Worms

I too was concerned with liver fluke, however, when I enquired at a recent Norco open day, the Cydectin (I think) rep explained that just because the property is wet or swampy doesn't mean liver fluke is there. A particular type of snail needs to be in residence which is the host of the liver fluke ...
by Heidi
Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Mastitis in my cow....
Replies: 25
Views: 24015

Re: Mastitis in my cow....

Hi Hayley, I know you said you haven't got a crush yet, but you need to get her restrained and have a good feel of her udder. It could be that her teats are just sore and cracked and thus she's not letting the calf nurse, which means she's getting a full udder, but it may not be mastitis. Drying cow...
by Heidi
Sat Sep 24, 2011 1:53 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Brissy new member
Replies: 3
Views: 6233

Re: Brissy new member

Hi Michelle, I recollect the days of renting too! I hated having to ask permission to plant a garden and the like! Wise move though not to get a pet whilst you're renting anyway...you never know if the next place you rent will allow them, and there are so many pets advertised on Gumtree because thei...
by Heidi
Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:20 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi all
Replies: 8
Views: 9449

Re: Hi all

Hi,
No help here I'm afraid. All my jams end up being incorporated into apple puree and made into dehydrated roll ups for the children. I've given up on jam making for the time being, and just cut straight to making them into roll ups! Welcome aboard here, and hope you like us all!
H
by Heidi
Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:07 am
Forum: Best places to buy - jars, lids, books, cheesemaking products and other preserving products
Topic: Wool/Yarn
Replies: 8
Views: 9812

Re: Wool/Yarn

Hi,
I've bought wool from this site. My mum made beautifully soft leggings for my youngest son with it. Excellent value for money, although you need to buy enough to justify the postage. People were so friendly to deal with too.
H
by Heidi
Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:05 am
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: Kefir!
Replies: 1
Views: 4785

Re: Kefir!

Hi,
Its way too late at night for me to post. But I'll get back to you! Glad you got the Kefir, but still feel guilty for forgetting!
H
by Heidi
Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:24 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: The First Kids Have Arrived!
Replies: 11
Views: 9309

Re: The First Kids Have Arrived!

Congratulations!! So what do proper breeders do with bucklings? I hope they are being mothered well in all this wet weather.
H
by Heidi
Sat Aug 27, 2011 11:08 am
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: Making Butter
Replies: 12
Views: 10219

Re: Making Butter

hi,
sick. skim off some cream and use it for butter. Can"t stand full skimmed milk. good about keffir.
h
by Heidi
Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:23 am
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: IMPORTANT -Govt exploring legal RAW MILK SALES Read link
Replies: 4
Views: 6497

Re: IMPORTANT -Govt exploring legal RAW MILK SALES Read link

LOL... I LOVE Government speak... its why I get myself in all manner of bother when I open my mouth! I've had a better read of it, and the documentation has assessed the risk of raw milk as being Category 3... medium to high, and thus recommendation that the current ban remain in place for raw milk....
by Heidi
Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:17 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Unexpected Calf
Replies: 5
Views: 7330

Re: Unexpected Calf

Hi, I know lots of people use teat dips and balms for udders. I use warm water and very mild dishwashing detergent for a wash down of the udder before I milk. I haven't used balms or the like simply because her teats are in good order. A few minor cracks, but with a calf on her throughout the day, i...
by Heidi
Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:44 am
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: IMPORTANT -Govt exploring legal RAW MILK SALES Read link
Replies: 4
Views: 6497

IMPORTANT -Govt exploring legal RAW MILK SALES Read link

Hi Australian government is calling for submission regarding the legalising of raw milk and cheese sales. Submission period closes in October. Please follow the link then make a submission. It doesn't have to be wordy or elequoent, just make a submission if you believe that Australians should have t...
by Heidi
Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:37 am
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: Making Butter
Replies: 12
Views: 10219

Re: Making Butter

Ah, Vicki, need you ask OP SHOP of course! Its nothing fancy, just a very thick china one, made in England. Its a rectangular base, thick, and a rounded rectangular cover that's thick also. Probably about 2cm thick china all round. I think its the thickness that keeps it just right. However, with si...
by Heidi
Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: Articles
Topic: Eating Healthy Food a priveledge for the Rich?
Replies: 22
Views: 17918

Re: Eating Healthy Food a priveledge for the Rich?

Hi, I've commented on the other thread that you started Minnie, but I will say that we spend more on feed for our livestock and pets, than we do on ourselves per week! I know that sounds shocking, but its justified when I think that its those animals that feed the family year round (well maybe not t...
by Heidi
Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Unexpected Calf
Replies: 5
Views: 7330

Re: Unexpected Calf

Hi Tam, I only just saw this (internet mucking up). Okay, frequent milking both by yourself and the calf will help greatly. Make up an udder rub consisting of the following.. fresh aloe vera (doesn't matter the quantity.. think a lot) cayenne pepper or curry powder whatever is in the pantry some oli...
by Heidi
Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: Making Butter
Replies: 12
Views: 10219

Re: Making Butter

Hi Hayhay still need to get you that kefir.. grr.. memory like a sieve and then I feel guilty! Okay, back to butter making... I make sure I get all the buttermilk out, then I leave it in the butter crock on the kitchen bench during the day, and pop it into the fridge at night time. We go through it ...

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