Pods with David Evans in a field

In the Adelaide Hills Farmcast June Edition, Belle Baker looks at farming jobs Adelaide Hills lifestyle farmers should be planning for in the coming months. We’ll cover topics such as calf marking and lamb marking and what other animal husbandry tasks can be done whilst you’ve got them in the yards.

This episode was recorded near Woodside at the property of Jo and Sandy Gunter. Sandy talks about their recovery from the Cudlee Creek Bushfire and why she chose Polvin Fencing to replace the fencing around her day yards and horse arena.

And Pods and David Evans from Farmers Business Network talk about post-emergent spraying.

We hope you find this show helpful and welcome your comments below or email Belle or Pods at hello@ahfarmservices.com.au

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00:30 Adelaide Hills Farmcast June Edition

Introduction

01:35 Adelaide Hills Farm Almanac / Farm Calendar

Livestock

  • Early June is a good time for calf or lamb marking. Of course this depends on when your calves or lambs were born. If you’re relatively inexperienced and only have to mark a handful of stock every year then the smaller the animal, the easier it’s going to be for you. Any time when the animal is over (approximately) 3 weeks is good. Any earlier and there is a risk of mis-mothering. I found a really informative and easy to read article on castrating beef cattle by the Kondinin Group, linked here: https://www.farmingahead.com.au/beef/news/1330648/when-to-castrate-beef-calves
Tagging calves
Tagging calves
  • Because you’ll have all your cows and calves / sheep and lambs in the yards, marking is generally combined with
    – administering a B12 injection
    – 5 in 1 vaccination for your lambs
    – dehorning or de-budding – only relevant for horned breeds, most breeds of cattle that we frequently see in the Adelaide Hills are polled breeds like Murray Gray, Angus and Belted Galloway
    – backline parasitic spray for control of internal and external parasites
    – Tagging for the National Livestock Identification System and any of your own property recording system
  • So it becomes quite an efficient process – you can get quite a lot done once the mob is in the yards.

Productive Gardens

  • Strawberries in a hanging basket
    Strawberries in a hanging basket

    This month I’m planting Strawberries for the first time. And its also a good time to plant Rhubarb and globe artichokes.

  • I’m planting my strawberries in hanging baskets – I’m using height as my main defence against rabbits.
  • Strawberries need to be planted in slightly acidic soil with a ph between 5.5 and 7. They need heaps of good compost, worm castings or poo manure (but whatever you do, don’t use mushroom compost or any chicken poo)
  • If you’re planting strawberry runners rather than seedlings here’s where it gets technical. You’re supposed to dig out quite a large hole then mound some dirt in the middle. Remove any dead or old roots leaving nice bright white roots around the crown. Put the crown on the mound and arrange the roots down and around the crown. Then it’s time to backfill the hole and water it in. Now having done this research and going into a cold sweat I decided to delay my plans for planting strawberries.
  • Once the dirty work is done add a thick layer of mulch followed by a layer of fresh straw between the plants to prevent fungal disease and prevent weeds. And then it’s finally time to sprinkle around some water and wish them luck!
  • Late Mail: I’m meeting up with the team at Green Valley Strawberries for a lesson on how to plant strawberries for success – stay tuned!

Pastures

  • Our attention this month turns to post-emergent spray programs. A post-emergent spray program is simply a foliar application of herbicide after the target weeds have emerged from the soil.
  • The timing, rate of chemical and chemical selection is all dependent upon so many factors including the weather or environmental conditions, species of crop, pasture to be sprayed, size of weeds present together with the species of weeds present. We’ve accumulated this agronomic knowledge over a lifetime of farming but if you’re unsure, please reach out to farming contractors like Adelaide Hills Farm Services or contact your local resellers.
  • In this month’s interview with Pods, David Evans from Farmers Business Network touches on the importance of undertaking a Chem Cert course. This short, one day course is now available online and it’s the ideal course for small acreage or lifestyle property owners wanting more information and that peace of mind that comes with knowing more about the chemicals you’re using on your property.

 

14:43 Farmcast Interview: Pods and David Evans discuss post-emergent spraying

Pods and David Evans from Farmers Business Network
Pods and David Evans from Farmers Business Network

30:40 Farmcast Co-host: Sandy Gunter, Woodside

June’s Farmcast was recorded near Woodside on a property owned by Jo and Sandy Gunter. Sandy talks with me about what they do on their property and what it’s taken to recover from the Cudlee Creek bushfires. We also share a rather humourous anecdote about how Five Bob Road was named…

Sandy chose to rebuild her day yards and fence around the arena using the Polvin Fencing System.

Belle Baker and Sandy Gunter
Belle Baker and Sandy Gunter

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