Winswood Miniature Herefords – A tough day.

Today we met with a local stock agent to discuss the best way to move on about half of our cattle.

Our lovely Angus/Hereford cross ladies who were wild and frightened when they came are now quiet and placid, have given us two delightful calves each and I know them individually.

Some of our older mid sized heifers who were born on our farm. I was there when they were born, and Lucy’s girls Poppy and Daisy are like her in so many ways.

And a group of last year’s babies who are only 9 months old. Bred to have the best temperaments, they know to wait at the gate at tea time.

We have limited feed left, the cattle at the other farm have to come home in 6 weeks, and the creek is only dribbling and not yet reached the hole we pump from. We’ve held on as long as we can but there’s been virtually no rain and frost has dried up the ground and burned off the grass. The dam’s are nearly dry and the water tanks are empty.

The stock agent was very kind and understanding and won’t tell me where my cows go. They might to go another farm as they’re in calf and looking magnificent. They might go straight to the abattoir to be processed. I can’t bear to think about it and have to let John take over and do the organising. My babies go on Thursday, my cows next Monday. I’m very sad but have run out of time and options.

Yes, a really tough day.




Winswood Miniature Herefords – Minus 2 deg.

This is what Minus 2 degrees looked like this morning. DSCN4811DSCN4812DSCN4813DSCN4815DSCN4816

Winswood Miniature Herefords: Bob Hawke

On the day of Bob Hawke’s funeral I recall the day I met him. For reason’s unknown to me Prime Minister Hawke visited my parent’s Kiwi Fruit Orchard in the Dandenongs. We were busy picking and packing fruit and then we were all lined up and shaking hands with this surprisingly short man who left quite an impression. Not enough to cause my parents to vote Labor, mind you, but memorable all the same. Rest in Peace Bob Hawke.

Winswood Miniature Herefords: New beds

The boys new beds came in the post today. Within minutes they were snoring!! They were made for us by Barka Parka, if anyone wants great dog beds. DSCN4805DSCN4806DSCN4807DSCN4808

Winswood Miniature Herefords – Some of our pretty girls.

Winswood Miniature Herefords – Autumn colour


Winswood Miniature Herefords – It rained!


24mm in the last 24hrs.

The last times we got this much in one day was 19mm on November 21st and 34mm on January 30th 2018.


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