Humane weighing

Whenever we are selecting animals to go off to the abattoir, we want to make sure that they are in top condition. One way we ensure quality meat produce is to actually weigh our animals so that we can collect longitudinal data as they grow. We can also use this information…

Labelling fun

We’ve been busy labelling our new wine releases over the last couple of weekends. We have a very nifty little hand-held machine that helps us, although we stop and check that the levels are correct every dozen bottles or so. Quality control is important! Here are some pictures of our…

(Finally!) A wet spring

So, it’s been a little while since my last post about the El Nino season. We endured a difficult summer where we crossed our fingers for a storm and danced many rain dances. Here are some pictures that show just how dry we were in December, at the beginning of…

How we deal with El Nino

We’ve been hearing many reports about the Godzilla El Nino that’s hit us this season. In fact, we don’t need to turn on the radio or TV to know that we’re in the middle of a very difficult season. A look outside at the dried-off paddocks and the cloudless sky…

Post-fire: one year on

Today marks the first anniversary of the 2014 fires that ripped through our farm in Gisborne. Looking out the window now, it is hard to believe that it’s February again. The paddocks are green thanks to some heavy Summer rain in Mid-January, and cooler than average conditions for the past…

Unexpected arrivals

After a fire goes through, there is so much to do. Finding stock that’s wandered, making sure you have everyone in one piece, buying in hay to feed them because all the pasture is gone, and figuring out where to put everyone because the paddock fences are destroyed. After the…

Native vegetation after the fire

Australia has unique organisms and ecosystems that have evolved to handle some extraordinarily harsh conditions and some devastating natural events. One of these is bushfire. Fire has been an essential part of Australian ecosystems for millions of years, back to even before the arrival of the indigenous people. While fires…

The truth about vineyard work

I bet you’ve sat down one Summer’s evening with a glass of white or red and pictured the vines from whence the sacred drop came, twisting over picturesque hills in the sunset. Maybe you’ve even imagined doing a satisfying day’s work in that vineyard; harvesting gorgeous bunches of fat grapes…