This big news for April was the birth of Molly's little calf, Monty (although Pete has nick-named him "caramel caviar" because of the way he races around the paddock). We have been up very early and spending a lot of time establishing our milking routine, and our cheese-making routine! What to do with 10L of milk a day?? I've been making feta and romano, both are quick cheeses that I can make after work. We really need Monty to start taking his share, we are still up at 5:30am to milk until he takes enough to cut back to once a day milking.
|Monty isn't drinking enough yet!|
|making lots of cheese|
The guinea fowl are getting bigger, but I still can't tell which are females/males, I've been trying to watch which ones make which noises, but its very hard as they just walk up and down in their cage in a big bunch. We culled our old hens and one old rooster to cut down on feed over winter. We didn't gut them, just cut of breast meat for mince, legs for casserole and wings and feet for stock. I made some very nice meatballs with the mince, so it was worth the effort. The 33 chicks are getting bigger and really going through the food, they are outside in a big chicken tractor now, so they can eat more grass, instead of using up all our grain!
|guinea fowl are nearly full-grown|
|the sorghum is taller than us|
|the cattle are wary of the backrubs|
Poor little Donald has been in the separate paddock to the others so he can't fight the neighbour's bull. He has been spending his days pushing over termite mounds instead. My little bull-dozer....
And we've booked the butcher for Frank(furter) for July. It will be a relief not to have such a huge horned beast running towards us when we go out to feed them. We are now trying to eat the rest of the meat in the freezer in time. I also tried to find an organic sausage mix to use and have been sent a couple of samples to try, so I'll be able to tell you if they're any good.
|so many rosellas to peel!|
Chime is much better following her surgery, she must have been feeling unwell before it, as she is a new dog now, following us around and "helping" with everything.
|Cheryl enjoying a cucumber|
How was your April? What are your plans for May?