Another two calves arrived last week. That brings us to six for the season so far. Here are a few photos of our little heritage breed cattle.
Another just in time pig production. A day after getting Babe in the farrowing pen she let go of a litter. I was in Melbourne and from what I gather the weather was miserable and it was quite a scramble for Alison and the girls to keep the piglets warm. Babe had twelve piglets this time and we are now down to nine. Lost 3 in the first couple of hours. They would appear to have been premature and Babe was not milked up enough to give them an early boost. The nine are all doing fine and we have amped up the heat lamps over them to keep them warm.
With this new lot we are now in good shape for our annual pop up pork shop before Christmas. This will also give us some more weaner piglets to sell in the next few months. There are a number of people who are considering getting some of our heritage breed piglets including Harvest Restaurant.
Grow you good things. A snap this morning of the first planting of white garlic. Only in a week and they are already peaking their little buds out of the dirt.
More pictures and details to come in this post. We have experimented with a few things over the last week of planting out 40 kg of garlic. We are ever so fortunate to have a multi-talented farm hand name Fauteux (aka Vortex) in the house.
Cromwell Farms is proud to officially announce we are in the honey business! Thanks to Alison’s Dad, John, we are stocked up and stoked to have 1 kg Glass jars of Honey for Sale.
Now for the hard part. How do we label Dad’s Golden Bee Goodness? We know that people who buy our pigs, chooks, and cows are attracted to the way we raise and feed our livestock. And, of course, the fact that we have heritage breeds, which are slower to grow but have so much more to offer then breeds suited for intensive farming. Here is what we have come up with in the last couple of days over a number of chats with Beekeeper John Davis:
Honey’s honey? Right? Wrong! The flavour and nature of honey is controlled by a number of factors: the type of bees, hives, location of hives, and, of course, how it’s processed. Or more accurately, how it’s not processed. Another thing not to be forgotten are the beekeepers and how they treat and work with their hives. Being relatively new to the bee scene, I must admit to being a bit overwhelmed by what goes into the creation of the honey, not to mention being perplexed with how to make money making honey.
Here is a snippet of what our Gardener and Girl Friday, Rasa, has written for Cromwell Farms honey for her roadside stall:
We finally got to give our borrowed cattle yards a whirl yesterday. They had been half set up in our L paddock since last year. Half setup does not lend itself to good stockmanship or stockwomanship. More on that subject later.
A big thanks to Peter McDonald for laying out the yards to make them functional. Alison and I managed to do some quick modifications that allowed us to put the herd through for the first time. We sprayed them all for Buffalo fly, applied pour-on to a few, and tagged (NILS and Cromwell Farms) a few more. Details to follow once Aubrey gets back from netball at Yamba.
An exciting morning on the Cromwell Farm today. We were greeted by 12 lovely little Large Black x Berkshire/Hampshire piglets from our Gilt Diesel. And what little black beauties they are – Diesel, girl, you are a star! It must be true that heritage breeds happiness. So happy. A special thanks to mid-wife Linda for the preparation of her hay hotel and for great room service after the delivery.
This picture, taken last night, is pretty cute. I am pretty sure Diesel was looking at these chicken nest boxes we put in and asking herself, “What are these crazy farmers thinking?”
This Saturday, 23rd February, Cromwell Farms will be attending the Small Animal Market at Eden Country Store in Bangalow. The action starts at 8 am and will wrap up around Noon.
We will update this page with pictures, information, and prices on the small animals we will be taking from our heritage breeds. At this point, we are looking at bringing:
Dexter Cattle – not sure if our little Bull is the go or a cow calf pair?
Large Black/Berkshire Piglets – $150
Working Dogs: Kelpie Crosses – available in 2014. Pre-order
Sheep: Dorper Lamb – Pebbles (not for sale)
Chickens: Plymouth Rocks, White Sussex, Bantam Leghorn, Cross Pullets – from $20
When you buy 1 of our heritage hens or roosters, you will get a complementary container of Cromwell Farms Cock Stock.
I hope this does not get me in trouble with our designer Rachael — oh, you know I love a bit of trouble. Here is a new look we are working on for the farm on Sheaffes Rd.
Picked up some more pullets yesterday with Bella and Aubrey. It had been too long between road trips. It’s always so much fun to explore new parts of the country and meet fellow breeders.
Linda had a tractor all organised when we arrived. Lucky chooks. We now have a breeding pair of Barnvelders, a couple more Australorps and a pair of Isa Browns. All about 6 months old.