Friday, May 31, 2013

Changing times

The last 12 months has seen us establish 'Prom Country Cheese' to represent our unique sheep cheeses. Now we are moving into the next phase and are about to start building new cheese rooms and cellar door, for farm gate sales at the homestead in Gippsland.

For updated posts and the latest news on our farm, the best place is to follow our new Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/PromCountryCheese?ref=hl

For more detailed information on our products go to;
http://www.promcountrycheese.com.au/


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Early morning check of the ewes on a frosty morning.













At first light the lambing ewes need to be checked for new lambs and prowling foxes. The farm is usually still asleep at this time, and the animals don't take too much notice to me quietly poking around. Its certainly too early for the milkers to consider coming in.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Milking time

Ahh, the sun is shinning, lambs are baa-ing and its milking time again. As the seasons turn we are blessed with fresh sheep milk, so all can look forward to the return of our favorite sheep cheeses. The first couple of batches of Black Sheep log (ashed) have been made and will be available from this weekend. My next cheese make this week will be Woolamai Mist. Its also nice to have pure sheep yoghurt back in the kitchen fridge too.
The weather has been kind during the first couple of weeks lambing, with cold clear nights but not too much rain. There is good feed ahead of the milking ewes, and since having cattle excluded from the sheep paddocks, there is a lot less mud for the sheep to negotiate than last year.



These colored lambs were born from white parents, but there will be more to come from black mothers. It will be interesting to see if we get any white ones from them. No racism here :)
There have been 3 sets of triplets, and a run of single female lambs. Most of the male lambs have gone to new homes to be reared, which frees up more milk for cheese making. With the herd growing significantly this year, there should be plentiful milk for stocking up all the favorite cheese styles plus expanding the range in the creation of some new cheeses.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rain and floods











60mm of rain overnight brought the creek up to record heights this week, wreaking havoc on trees, fences and soil, causing a small land slide. Thankfully no sheep were lost, and we have no young lambs born yet.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wild wilderness












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Getting about the bush along the creek, sunrise in the valley, ewes in the hill country before lambing.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Blackberries

Have had an interesting couple of days, spraying blackberries amongst the tree plantations around the farm. I have seen some sights and areas of the farm not experienced before, poking about all the hard to reach places.

Weather: a perfect 22 degrees, little breeze.
Topography: footholds rare to find, mostly steep, covered in long grass and branches
Wildlife: saw our first black wallaby, tiger snake right where I needed to spray which then disappeared under the grass, Rosella parots and plenty of Jack Jumper nests.

Hard going getting about with the knapsack. The hose on the sprayer behind the tractor could only reach a small percentage of the area, and was harder to drag through the trees. Between the wet feet, thorns and wicked cramps I did enjoy those 'special little spots' and taking in the views when stopping for a break. Some of the patches had gone a bit wild. Will have to keep on top of them next year.

Next job is shearing some lambs while the weather is fine.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Green green green Autumn









It is a great time of year in Gippsland, when there is no mud but the grass is literally jumping out of the ground. Its a good chance for these young lambs to grow out. Most days are in the 20's this month. Perfect growing conditions.