Eight Acres - the blog — cattle

Electric fencing for beginners

Nov 15 2017 0 Comments Tags: cattle, fence, forage

Electric fencing is versatile and inexpensive, once you understand the basics, you can use it for many applications around the farm.

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Meet little Daisy calf

Nov 07 2017 3 Comments Tags: calf, cattle, cow, house cow

Bella had a little girl calf that we've called Daisy.  Here's an update on cow and calf.

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Harvesting water for the house and animals (2016 update)

Nov 30 2016 0 Comments Tags: catch and store energy, cattle, chickens, garden, water

When I first wrote this post back in 2011, Queensland had too much water, but usually water is very precious to us. Being in a rural area, we rely on our own rainwater supplies for drinking water and septic to treat our sewerage. I’m quite happy with that arrangement, as it means we don’t have to drink the unnecessary levels of fluoride and chlorine in town water. It also means that we have to...

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How to use diatomaceous earth on the homestead

Aug 26 2016 1 Comment Tags: cattle, chemicals, chickens, diatomaceous earth, parasites

We generally try to avoid unnecessary chemicals, but one area in which we've been slow to find alternatives is with our animals. Until a few years ago, we were regularly drenching the cattle with ivermectin, dosing the dogs with flea treatments and wormers and occasionally had to dip all the chickens in malthison so get rid of lice. Since we got our milking cow, Bella, we became even more...

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What to do with a bull calf

Aug 19 2016 0 Comments Tags: bull, calf, castration, cattle, natural cattle care, steers

When we were planning to have our second steer butchered, we started to look around for a young steer to replace him and keep the remaining steer company.  We have learnt the hard way that one steer will not stay home and now always have at least two in the “herd” so they don’t get lonely.

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Supplement feeding your house cow

May 25 2016 0 Comments Tags: cattle, cow, feed

I wish we had luscious green grass for our cow year round, but like most places, we only have green grass for short periods. In winter, we don't get much rain at all, and our sub-tropical grass species die off with the cooler weather. This is when we need to feed our house cow extra hay and grain to supplement the meager offerings in our pasture. Understanding how much to feed is important, as you...

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