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by Weedo
Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Seasons on your patch?
Replies: 18
Views: 2729

Re: Seasons on your patch?

Green Aura - the only pure angus we have are the bulls, for production about half our breeding herd are Shorthorn X Angus F1, Because Angus are black (at least the black ones are) and red is dominant in Shorthorns F1 and F2 offspring are almost always black, black with some white and the occasional ...
by Weedo
Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:23 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Seasons on your patch?
Replies: 18
Views: 2729

Re: Seasons on your patch?

Sorry Bonnie, I didn't answer your other query - 75 litres per head per day is the minimum we allow for in pipeline flow and reserve (we hold about 4 days reserve in case of pump breakdown) 75 litres is about the average daily consumption per head in summer - naturally a 1500kg bull needs more than ...
by Weedo
Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Seasons on your patch?
Replies: 18
Views: 2729

Re: Seasons on your patch?

Hi Actually it hit 46 C at the peak; coupled with the strong northerly winds it was more like sitting on a bomb with the fuse lit - only a matter of time until the bang. Thankfully temperatures have dropped now but will rise again next week. This is a normal Riverina summer. The cows in the pic are ...
by Weedo
Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Seasons on your patch?
Replies: 18
Views: 2729

Re: Seasons on your patch?

Summer is here with a vengence, doubtful if any green leafies survive the next few days with above 40 c temps predicted along with strong northerly (hot) winds. Task currently is checking and double checking water reserves and pumps, firefighting equipment working and their tanks full and hooking up...
by Weedo
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: rats in the chicken coop
Replies: 30
Views: 6481

Re: rats in the chicken coop

Reducing food availability is a good step to manage rats although I have had them chew through a plastic bin to get at grain. I needed to solve a growing rat problem after removing the 20 odd feral cats from around the old house & sheds. I used a mix of cleaning up (including keeping grass & weeds d...
by Weedo
Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:37 am
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: Ultimate automation
Replies: 16
Views: 2688

Re: Ultimate automation

Last one standing unfortunately - no automation could create this, the timber craftsmanship and black-smithing are amazing! Not just the work but the time skill and brain power needed. This has linked 4 wheel brakes, adjustable chassis tension, a gear reduction front turntable and built in wheel jac...
by Weedo
Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: Ultimate automation
Replies: 16
Views: 2688

Re: Ultimate automation

Takes most of the human element (the fun bit) away. Personally, I only use the technology I need to get things done, not the technology I am told I want. At least three major tractor companies have driverless tractors in the field now (they don't even have a driver cab) - they are pulling satellite ...
by Weedo
Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:47 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Seasons on your patch?
Replies: 18
Views: 2729

Re: Seasons on your patch?

Seasons are getting weird here too; this winter was the wettest for 90 years and was followed immediately by +35 degree C days. We are getting a lot more storm activity during summer but they are "mini" storms, often no more that 5-10 km wide, they dance all over the place and don't follow the rules...
by Weedo
Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Seasons on your patch?
Replies: 18
Views: 2729

Re: Seasons on your patch?

still loving this site - great to get a totally different perspective on things. Reading Odsox posts about storm activity in Scotland etc. at Christmas shows this up - we have increasing storm activity around here too (more each year it seems) but our Christmas storm problems are about lightning and...
by Weedo
Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:49 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Windy Christmas?
Replies: 7
Views: 931

Re: Windy Christmas?

Soooo - Scotland is off my retirement bucket list?
by Weedo
Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: It's that time of year again ...
Replies: 53
Views: 10027

Re: It's that time of year again ...

Sounds like it has worked for this year - toms are reasonably indifferent to day length as long as they can get about 10 hours daylight (natural or supplemented). Temperatures are much more important. Pollination in housed conditions can be an issue where bees etc. are lacking - the solution is quit...
by Weedo
Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Being different
Replies: 8
Views: 4479

Re: Being different

Different worlds - the "box" process sounds great to me. As is said in my introduction I am not Ishish as all, apart from trying to get the farm as close to a closed system as possible. I would love to get into the supplier end of this type of system but food is just so available in Aus. - I can get...
by Weedo
Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Being different
Replies: 8
Views: 4479

Re: Being different

OK

I will admit ignorance but what is a "fish box" and a "veggie box"? To me, a fish box is a large heavy duty plastic tub with a clip on lid that the professionals use to transport their catch - I have several 2nd hand ones that I use for storing and transporting various equipment kits.
by Weedo
Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:06 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Bay and Olive
Replies: 4
Views: 2930

Re: Bay and Olive

not a problem really, mine live outside (in the ground) all year round and thrive
by Weedo
Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:01 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Patons 3ply equivalent
Replies: 1
Views: 3413

Re: Patons 3ply equivalent

Try Ravelry.com

The other half & female offspring buy all their yarns through them