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Farm Name: Mindalong West

Year Farm Established: 1996

Location: Coorow, Western Australia, Intl

Years I’ve been farming: 18 years

Animals I raise: pigs and Alpacas and sheep and now one chicken (chook), need some fresh eggs....

Crops I grow: noting in the garden right now, the water melons were a flop and the beans died and the corn did not make it. tomatoes were very poor and not very big either, and the zucchini did not produce.. We have had a really hot dry summer with over 100days without rain.

Hobbies I enjoy: dont get time for hobbies at present....too busy

The proudest moment on my farm: having my first saddle back litter

Pets: Polly my cat and my 5 pet lambs..... Girly girl, Mini Minstral, blackie, Whitie, and Brownie,



Farm Blog
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  Nothing in th mail yet.

Hwy. 438 is getting redone. All the wooden pilar bridges have been torn down and replaced. They are milling from Thomas to the river the last couple of weeks. Hoping to see a new pavement by Christmas (finger's crossed).

Blaze is settling into her new home just fine. Cash Honey is growing, hoping to pick her up after Thanksgiving.

P2 has a Fall Festivel for school this Thrs. Had to donated a "nice" bingo gift. At least he dosent have to work it because then that means another trip to Franklinton.

Hoping Jeff comes this evening and picks up his 44 soaps that he asked for and Pal too. Then we will only have 1 male goat to work with.

Christmas will be here before we know it but we have to get ready for the Washington Parish Jr. Beef Classic in Nov 1st. I have to drop off a paper with all the reg #'s to get a health certficate for P2 & his crew.

Come visit me, The Homestead.

10/29/2014 09:33.47 AM Report This Comment  
  choccy drops
well choccy drops has finally left the farm, she has broken off several logs at ground level, ruined many fences and bent every gate to the weigh shed including the gates in the weigh shed.......Aaaaarrrrggggg. She would come to the yellow bin when the mill was there for a feed and leave when the feeder was empty, and move on to the next paddock. She would take the boot off the fence or go over the top of the fence or gate no matter the height. what a pain. any way she is gone Hooray!!!!!

the piggery might come back in to the land of functional now there is a rogue gone.

Come visit me, Mindalong West.

10/22/2014 03:41.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Been weighing pigs the last two days, sorting for market, we are slowing climbing out of the grain poisoning drama. Pigs are now starting to put weight back on.

Many sows have lost their litters...... pity....shall have to re-mate them and start again....bummer

such a loss

some sows never pulled out of it and had to be shot, so wont have them any way. sows lost a lot of condition, to the point of being anoarexix

trust among framers seems to have gone grain should not be a lottery rather it should be in good order on every load, next time I wont to buy from anew farmer I will go have a look first....and if I cant I wont buy it....simple. i wont every have barley on farm either as this appears more suseptible to mycotoxins than other grains. The farmer also did not put any barley in himself.......but kept back a huge amount of grain. it also did not germinate very well and has flecks on it from disease. have sent them off for testing. have sent pigs down to vet to further look for poisoning.

In to the bargain now that their immune systems are low we have an outbreak of worms.

Need a break and need to some how bring it all back up and running. it is so difficult

Come visit me, Mindalong West.

09/23/2014 03:41.58 PM Report This Comment  
  It's super hot and super dry here so I was thinking about you in the cold and wet. Too bad we can't have half and half!

Come visit me, CSE.

07/06/2014 07:35.25 PM Report This Comment  
  How are you doing? How cold does it get there? Yes, we're all thawed out now but living in the mountains does give us some strange temps.

Just yesterday it was 110 degrees and the night leading into it was 34 degrees! That's a huge difference in just a few hours! I don't know how some of our plants survive these extremes but they do and we have the best alfalfa (lucerne) in the country. It thrives on hot days and cold nights.

All the goats had their kids and we were super lucky this year. We only got does. Can you believe that? No boys to try and get rid of. That's never happened before. We can always find homes for girls.

The animals are doing great and we are raising another baby squirrel. We have a baby California Ground Squirrel. She's the cutest thing ever and so smart and friendly. Her name is Nugget and we adore her.

Anyway, that's the quick report from this side of the world. I suppose you're tucking in for the winter. Stay warm!

Come visit me, CSE.

06/19/2014 11:21.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Was suppose to pick ip Rose this weekend. But we've seen our fair share of down pours. If I cant take the truck to our red barn I know darn sure we cant make it to Randy's barn. They are calling for a dry spell next week so we will see.

Ideal sent an email last night, P2's next shipment shall come Thrs or Friday.

Physical year is up for us at work and getting the end of the year status recorded has take a few weeks. Dont understand why they "twick" our databases at the end of the year.

How's your eyes? I guess P2 told you that the goats shut the gate on my hand? What events we have on the homefront.

Come visit me, The Homestead.

06/04/2014 04:37.47 AM Report This Comment  
  P2 only saw 1 photo. I havent told him about the other or who the daddy is. Remember P2's black/white boar from the Keller's (Akeim). Well that's the dad to both of them. Their moms are both fb large black hogs. They even have a red wattle sow off of Ruby. Small world hey?

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05/22/2014 04:38.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Our water......full of iron flakes. Pipe work has to be opened regularly to allow it all to flow out and then shut. am going away from troughs for pigs for that reason. Also pigs put sand in their troughs every time they have a drink..... painful to clean out. Will go to bite ball drinkers instead that way they all get a mouth full of clean water on every drink!

Come visit me, Mindalong West.

05/21/2014 05:27.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Few more photos....... barley sprouts pigs and chickens just love it when there is nothing else around. with out a hot house takes around 7 - 8 days to grow 4 inches or so high. can grow in any thing as long as the troughs have holes in them of one sort or another. Can even grow in a stainless trough and use the outlet as the point of escape for water. Just tilt it slightly at the other end.

Come visit me, Mindalong West.

05/21/2014 05:25.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Easter!

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04/19/2014 08:51.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello : )
Yes I've finally had some of the quizzes done : ) 14 so far : )

Come visit me, Diamond in the City.

04/02/2014 05:26.17 PM Report This Comment  
  USDA Vet came out to keep P2's flock certificate up to date so he can show his chickens for 2015.

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04/01/2014 11:58.37 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello Down Under! Would love to trade places with
you! We would love to live where you are! We are located in the northern part of "Up Top" LOL in Manitoba Canada... almost center... north & south and east & west in Canada.... This year ... very much the FROZEN NORTH! LOL we have had soo much cold for so long the frost has gone so far into the ground to freeze our water lines so are watering the cows by lawn hoses from the house water tap...
I have visited much of Australia with my mother in 2010.. we were able to take the train trip across the country east to west and north to south ... it was amazing : ) I would love to live in the center of Australia, near the desert. We have friends all across the country. : )

How did you make out with that dog you aske dme about a while back? We have another litter of pups due soon : ) looking forward to that : ) Really miss not having any lambs (sold all last fall) and the cow should calve any day. : )
Lorna www.wall2wallsheep.com

Come visit me, Diamond in the City.

03/31/2014 10:46.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Well the USDA Vet came out got the 1 roo and his pen mate tested and then off to P2's standards. Picked up eggs while we were in the coop, too.

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03/27/2014 01:06.12 PM Report This Comment  
  Well P2, Em and Pa-Paw got into the garden over the weekend and go the weeds out, the chicken shavings spread and all the plants planted and the seed. Then Saturday night the bottom fell out with rain . So maybe the corn is well soaked and want to sprout and come out of the ground.

Rose's crew got their booster over the weekend.

Mr. Larry brought over Chansey (reg Nubian doe) for P2 to grow, show and return in Feb 2015 (after State show).

Hand is slowy getting better.

Might put halters on Fusion, Sweetie and Platium this coming weekend.

Trying to let the ball clover come back to reseed it self. P2's crimson clover reseeded itself for the 1st time in 9 years. Maybe we can do it again this year. Still can't find dutch clover on the market.

Rye grass field is looking good, might be able to cut it for rye grass hay this year for the show calves.

P2 is down to 8 layen hens. He will get day old chicks in mid-May.

Hope all is well with you!

Come visit me, The Homestead.

03/24/2014 06:53.56 AM Report This Comment  
  Well we must have had a mini tornado go through...we have tress down branches every where and a pig hut some 8 metres long lose it roof and it slammed in to the side of a silo put a gouge on the side of it and then slid past and hit the lean too and squashed the guttering and stopped. tine very where, patio tubing very bent up and battered....some parts I have actually not found as yet. Supports that went across the hut to hold the tin on..... I have one of them but not the other two. damage not very wide and not very long either and we got 4 mm of rain and that is all.

To day I put the roof back on but flat instead of leaning/slanted.....dont want the wind to get underneath it and put it back where I found it the other day. Have wired and tech screwed today all day

We are expecting rain so the little pigs will be dry and warm. They were given hay on the weekend and they have managed to spread it every where.

Also crushed one load of grain and put it out and got another one in the mill. Just got to add dust and put that out for my dry girls.

shifted 2 sows that are due may be tonight or tomorrow, feed encourages them in to the farrowing pens. a hot wire and a gate keep them there.

Our new farrowing area was made of rabbit netting never again it has been a pain. but pallets on the walls of the runs have stopped the pigs from leaning on the netting and pushing it on to the electric fence and shorting the whole piggery out.

Just need to find a good solid solution for the gates....as these are also a drama.

do I add a new "cocky gate" with ring lock or do I go see what i can get at the second hand steel shop..... might do that and may be get around the problem of girls and piglets getting out.

expecting rain tomorrow......so it will be cooler, has been hot today and yesterday and all week end. think I am looking forward to winter bit tired of the hot weather and the muggy days.....

Come visit me, Mindalong West.

03/24/2014 06:36.00 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi
My minis pigs are 15-30 pounds full grown. You can also see us at www.minisnmore.org and www.facebook.com/groups/minisnmore . Love your farm by the way!!!

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02/26/2014 07:47.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Did they every get the fire out?

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01/16/2014 06:31.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Just dropping by with belated wishes for a Merry Christmas. I see that last year I stopped by on the 27th too.

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12/27/2013 07:28.22 PM Report This Comment  
  MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR

Safe trip to and from

Thanks for P2 gift! Can you put the plastic molds in the oven?

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12/24/2013 06:34.37 AM Report This Comment  
  It's Thanksgiving over here in the US and I thought I'd just drop by and see what's up down there!

Things are getting pretty cold here and I expect they're just beginning to warm up there in time for Christmas!

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11/28/2013 11:31.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Well Amy came back into heat. Have no clue about Rose. Boar looks short. Swaped semen off Amy onto a microscrope slide and semen "looks" good. Maybe Rose is settled and might be thinking of AIing Amy in Dec

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11/27/2013 05:40.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Man oh man we sure do LOVE your red belts. Thinking Amy is coming back in heat. P2 is on the fence about the boar. Dont even know if Rose is settled. ..:-(

Mist most of the day. His mouth is sour. They put another plate in. Been on the couch ever since we made it back in.

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11/26/2013 03:13.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy Guy Fawkes Day!

There aren't many people I can write that too that know what it is!

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11/06/2013 12:01.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Okay P2 info has been transferred to my phone. Sean transferred my info onto his old phone and gave it to me. Sean now has a new phone that has static on it when he calls me. So he has to get that fixed.

Amy has been in the pen with Derpy for the week of the fair and this week. All I can say is someones counting is off because she mated this past Monday.

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10/22/2013 07:34.39 AM Report This Comment  
  In an effort to improve our website for our visitors, we will be changing some of our service providers. We do not expect to experience any technical difficulties. However, if you are unable to access our website, please be assured it will be temporary as we transition to the new service. 10/19/2013 12:00.00 AM  
  How are you doing? Looking forward to the weekend?

The farrier came today to shoe our big draught Percheron, Eddie. But, the farrier has a broken hand. I've been learning from him how to do the work myself so I was grateful for the chance to do most of the trimming and nailing. It was fun! One day I might actually be good at it! :)

At least I'm passable...

Still warming up there? Or is it hot already? I bet the piglets are growing like weeds.

Give Nobby a kiss from me!

Come visit me, CSE.

10/11/2013 10:54.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Is it in your nail bed?

Do you have a needle nose twizzer?

Have you been soaking it in warm salt water?

How is your finger feeling now?

Come visit me, The Homestead.

10/04/2013 08:24.43 AM Report This Comment  
  How are you doing? It's still pretty hot here. Is it still cold there? We've had so much smoke from nearby forest fires. It's finally going away now. We even took in a bunch of goats from people being evacuated. The goats are gone now too.

How is Nobby doing? I know it's been awhile since I've written. I've been so busy. Sorry! We lost our best and sweetest milking doe last month. She was sick in the morning and dead by the next. It happened so suddenly.

We just got her sister today. She was one of the few does we hadn't bred ourselves so it's nice to have her sister here. We'll see how she fits in.

She looks a lot like Lily (the dead doe) but is smaller. She's a bit skittish but we can already see her sweet personality. Widget, the goat who was best friends with Lily, went insane when she heard the truck drive up with Ellie (new doe) bleating.

I think she was convinced that Lily had returned home. Poor Widget. However, she seems to be taking to Ellie quite readily. She needs a friend her age.

Take care!

Come visit me, CSE.

09/10/2013 11:53.21 PM Report This Comment  
  What did the vet says about Nobbie?

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09/06/2013 07:12.20 AM Report This Comment  
  Mr. Blake said that he bred his two from us to a blue butt that had more blue on the boar then what UHaul had. P2 counting down the days to the 20th so he can check and see what the two litters look like.

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08/14/2013 06:44.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Well we have had issues for the last weeks at work. People leaveing and other titles changing and I'm about to go out of my mind because school starts on the 9th and I have no packets for the schools that we serve.

I don't know what's worse the headaches at work or at home.

P2 said that Nobby feeling off, do you know what's wrong with him?

P2 and I will give the entire pig crew shots so they will all be under the weather at the same time. Haven't made up my mind if Amy really could of came back in heat the Friday after she gave birth. But then again she only had 9. P2 wants me to put her in with Derpy so he could have a Dec or Jan litter and see what he throws. I'm thinking he's still too young, he was born at the end of Jan 2013. But we have bred boars young.

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08/01/2013 06:07.06 AM Report This Comment  
  Mr. Dale James would call the barrows "bars". It just stuck with us.

Your 2nd pic down with the hog with the red, could go for a hereford hog if it was a touch darker.

How have you been?

Hay season for us.

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07/30/2013 05:38.10 AM Report This Comment  
  So, it's freezing there? I have to admit that sounds kind of nice right now. It's super hot here and has been for a couple of months now. I think a forest fire started tonight as it's now also smokey. Not so unusual for this time of year.

Pippin is healing well and impatient to get back to our adventures again. 2 more weeks and he'll be allowed to get proper exercise.

How are your piggies coping with the cold? Pigs don't have much natural protection. Poor things. I bet they appreciate their huts right now!

Sounds like you're keeping busy. Have fun and stay warm!

Come visit me, CSE.

07/19/2013 11:35.22 PM Report This Comment  
  I'm back to finish my blog! Midnight was creeping up on me and I had to quickly get my points.

So, I guess you're all settled for the winter now. Did you get all your pig huts done? It is nice to have things ready for the winter beforehand but I know it doesn't always work out that way. I hate building things in the snow!

My little mini horse, Pippin, had to have surgery last week for 2 enteroliths weighing 3lbs. He's only 190lbs himself so they are HUGE for him. In fact, that's a pretty good size for even a normal horse. He's recovering well and each day he's showing improvement.

Wish we could leave votes here like on the other channels. Have fun and stay warm! I'll think of you while we're dying of heatstroke over here!

Come visit me, CSE.

06/28/2013 12:05.30 AM Report This Comment  
  How are you doing? We've hit the hot weather here! It's averaging 100 degrees. I took one of the horses out for a drive in the "cool" of the evening. Well, it felt cool but when I looked at the thermometer it read 90 degrees! I guess it must have been a lot hotter during the day!

Come visit me, CSE.

06/27/2013 11:55.47 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks
Thanks for the warm welcome! I hope you're enjoying your new hens! :D

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06/23/2013 09:31.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Thank you for the information.... It looks like you are getting close to the hereford markings they way you are breeding. We have a closed breeding program here also,all of our animals are very healthy. There is a different up side to a closed breeding program... Please stay in touch we love seeing and herring what you are doing on your farm.

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06/03/2013 07:58.44 AM Report This Comment  
  been crushing today. 4 ton to be exact. It has been cold and windy....2nd day of Winter. Dont really know what we are in for this winter, whether it will be cold and wet, or just cold. We could do with a good season and good crops as this will push the price of grain down...an abundance of grain will also push it down....and that will suit me fine.

Come visit me, Mindalong West.

06/02/2013 02:47.05 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello from Lorna of Wall 2 Wall
Well you have two problems... one it is an Australian Kelpie ... and not a Border Collie.... the other is that you have to control of him that he can not [in his mind] do what ever he wants to.... I would suggest (if he was a BC) to buy some training DVD's that is what we did and learned a lot... mostly how they think... with a BC they are hunting in a pack like wolves and you are a pack leader so they bring the "kill" to you.... there for the gather.... a go back... is actually a different thing that what you are thinking of and that is when the dog has gathered and brought the sheep a long way towards you but one or more have been missed and you stop the dog and then tell them to "look back" and that means that they need to go back to pick up the ones they missed... this is a more advanced move for a more confident dog. I think your real problem is not having a "lay down" or "stop"... where they stop moving and listen and then move in a controlled manner toward the animals and not an "ATTACK" .... Go to the Border Collies on line store and try a few of the DVD's for training ... Elvin Kopp is good... don't waste your money on any Rural Routes productions.... OR try to find a Kelpie breeder on line and talk to them.... I don't know how kelpies work... different breeds work in different ways... like a Heeler is a chasing dog not a gathering dog. We had a vet come once and wanted to work her samoids on the sheep and she was sure that they were "upright herders" as they see them with the Eskimos and the Reindeer.... but after and watching any tv about them the dogs are just with the people but I don't believe that they actually herd the reindeer in any fashion... what hers did here was litterally bounce off the sheep (jumped on their backs) and barked so much that the sheep were totally un-nerved.... BC very rarely make a sound when they are herding sheep... some with cows but not sheep....

The other thing ... just because they stare at things does not actually mean that they have a good eye... .and letting them stare at animals for long periods of time can be detrimental as they will think that is what they are supposed to do instead of moving them... just watch them.

Hope this helps some... good luck! Lorna : )

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06/01/2013 06:06.24 PM Report This Comment  
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