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by Heidi
Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: Articles
Topic: Eating Healthy Food a priveledge for the Rich?
Replies: 22
Views: 17921

Re: Eating Healthy Food a priveledge for the Rich?

I just got given a sow for free. I had intended to have her slaughtered straight away, but then realised that perhaps an 8month old sow named "snowflake" who liked scratches and apples, had a higher and better use. So I bartered her with a friend's daughter, who is starting up a free range...
by Heidi
Fri Aug 12, 2011 10:16 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: New arrivals - three dexters!
Replies: 7
Views: 6815

Re: New arrivals - three dexters!

They are very nice! What are you intending to do with them? Meat, milk or both?
H
by Heidi
Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:54 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Basic Preserving Equipment
Replies: 19
Views: 13768

Re: Basic Preserving Equipment

I'm patiently waiting for our mulberry tree to fruit. Its about 5 metres high, and huge. They are everywhere in our area, and self seed readily. Yes.. the cows love the leaves, so beware!
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by Heidi
Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:25 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Freerange Pigs and young Trees
Replies: 2
Views: 4822

Re: Freerange Pigs and young Trees

Hi, I'll ask a friend who free ranges Saddlebacks, but she has native woodland, rather than young oaks. If in doubt, assume they will try their hardest to kill and maim your trees! Attack is the best form of defence, so I'd get some barb wire and wrap it round the tree from the base up. It may stop ...
by Heidi
Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Pressure Canning Jars in WA? + other questions
Replies: 11
Views: 12589

Re: Pressure Canning Jars in WA? + other questions

Hi,
I'm not sure about P&H charges, but they have a very good reputation for a new company. Check them out and see what you think. Have you done the Op Shop shuffle yet? Worthwhile, as that is where I got a lot of mine from (FV jars that is).
H

http://www.ozfarmer.com/
by Heidi
Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: lice on House cows
Replies: 5
Views: 5695

Re: lice on House cows

Yes, I've heard good things about pestene powder too, and also sulphur mixed in with baby oil or animal fat, rubbed through the hair. I'm not sure if "cattle coat" or "pony coat" does lice, but we use it up here for Buffalo Fly, its a mix of essential oils, and is quite potent. I...
by Heidi
Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:37 am
Forum: Articles
Topic: Eating Healthy Food a priveledge for the Rich?
Replies: 22
Views: 17921

Re: Eating Healthy Food a priveledge for the Rich?

Hi, When my kids grow up and move away, if they don't stay in the country, they are going to be in for a rude shock regarding meat prices and fruit and veg prices! They eat home grown pork, beef, chicken, lamb, citrus and usually vegies (but not with all this rain, my garden is an absolute failure)....
by Heidi
Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving in Winter
Replies: 41
Views: 23288

Re: Preserving in Winter

:mrgreen:
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by Heidi
Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving in Winter
Replies: 41
Views: 23288

Re: Preserving in Winter

Hi, My extended family have an odd sense of the time-space continuum. One hour's drive is a millenia to most of them :lol: A drive and a boat trip would be totally beyond their comprehension! I guess what I was getting at is an old saying "fish and visitors go off after three days". I am t...
by Heidi
Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving in Winter
Replies: 41
Views: 23288

Re: Preserving in Winter

LOL... yes, always liked Tassie.. we've been there twice and it would have to be my State of choice. The drawback is of course the distance for visitors to travel to see you...wait, did I list that as a drawback?? :lol:
H
by Heidi
Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:31 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving in Winter
Replies: 41
Views: 23288

Re: Preserving in Winter

See, Kathleen, do you know where my jar addiction is leading? To moving houses to another state... one where there is lots of produce to preserve! I have to wait until fruit comes on sale, and then I buy a year's worth of it.
H
by Heidi
Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:38 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving in Winter
Replies: 41
Views: 23288

Re: Preserving in Winter

HELP!!! I just bought more FV jars.... (imagine me standing up and solemnly saying... My name is Heidi and I'm an FV jar addict". The good thing is that I had the strength to NOT buy all the sizes that I had too many of, and only bought the ones that I didn't have too many of... but how many is...
by Heidi
Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:30 pm
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Artisan Bread
Replies: 7
Views: 9297

Re: Artisan Bread

Ugh... as if I didn't have enough to do... now curiousity is killing this cat, and I'm going to give it a go too! I've been thinking a lot recently about doing bread that isn't in the breadmaker!
H
by Heidi
Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: fly masks for cows...
Replies: 1
Views: 4048

fly masks for cows...

Hi, I've recently found someone who makes flyveils for cows. I'm going to be the guinea pig and give her a go. She said if I provide measurements she can sew them up easily (same material as those for horses, you know the full face ones, that use velcro). So for those of us that keep easily handled ...
by Heidi
Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving in Winter
Replies: 41
Views: 23288

Re: Preserving in Winter

Hi Kathleen, I always spell abatoir wrong (I can see the red squiggly line underneath the word as I type, but I'm going to ignore it rather than google the correct spelling). I think you will have more luck if you look under "Poultry Processors" or "Poultry Processing Plants" per...
by Heidi
Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:52 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving in Winter
Replies: 41
Views: 23288

Re: Preserving in Winter

LOL.. nope, not doing any preserving at the moment! I need to venture out to buy some produce to preserve! I just don't want to go out too far from my wood heater though! Mind you, my family has been enjoying a great harvest of mandarins, and I've been making a huge baking dish of "Shearers Cak...
by Heidi
Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:47 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Chicken Stock
Replies: 4
Views: 3236

Re: Chicken Stock

Oh Vicki, I had no idea you were suffering with your gall bladder. I do hope the site heals well for you. Take it easy for a while. Do you have to make diet adjustments now that its gone? No fatty food and the like? Then again, Dexter is hardly "fatty" is it? I've heard that gall bladders ...
by Heidi
Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Basic Preserving Equipment
Replies: 19
Views: 13768

Re: Basic Preserving Equipment

oops sorry Kathleen, I mentioned that I've been given some lovely little jars, that I'm hoping to bottle some pecan sauce in for Christmans presents.
H
by Heidi
Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:41 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Drying of my Guernsey
Replies: 15
Views: 12095

Re: Drying of my Guernsey

LOL... I hated genetics in biology, and still do, especially when it comes to animals! Just can never seem to grasp them, and please, don't try and make me understand!
H
by Heidi
Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Macedon Victoria
Replies: 11
Views: 10855

Re: Hello from Macedon Victoria

Hi Hayhay, Yes 20 litres is a lot, until you don't have it anymore, and then you think of all the things that you could've done with the milk when you had plenty!!!! One batch of Edam cheese can take 20L nicely, and ricotta... the list goes on and on. Then there's the pigs that you MUST have when sh...

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