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Turnbull

Living on the farm we have many animals (mainly calves and lambs) to rescue and raise. Most times we are successful other times we are not. There are reasons why some animals do not mother with their children, they must know they are born unable to survive. If we find them we take them into the animals Nursery.

No such problem with the bull “turn”as he was named came in September and took to drinking from the bottle quickly and confidently, he was soon joined by Johnny and Coco the merino lambs from the city. They bonded together and became a clan. Turnbull drinking in August, joined with the lambs in September watched by our Goldie.

The lambs have moved into a mob of sheep and I couldn’t cope with the constant pooh at the door and the flies they were bringing into the house every time a back door opened so they are living well together in the shearing shed in the next paddock behind the house.

Turnbull is a very quiet Angus calf, except when he hears the shower turn on so he comes to the window and bellows for his food (milk) and boy has he grown. He waits for me at the end of the carport and comes up for a face rub with or without a bucket of milk. I am still wary of him – he will grow to be approx 1000 kilos or more and he is now at underarm height and I laugh as he walks besides me on the way to his milk feeder. I think how ridiculous it must look to strangers to see this middle aged woman carrying a silver bucket of milk in one hand with a Golden retriever walking along and on the other side Turnbull is trotting and pushing into me, so I have to direct him with my hand.

I still don’t trust him enough to walk behind him I am now at good knee capping height as that will be where he would kick back, straight into my knee cap. No thanks. Having the sunshine back has been great for everyone, including the farmer and animals.

 

 

Beef Left Overs

I am going a bit pie crazy at the moment, having been given a pie maker for a Christmas present I am doing many (exciting things) with pastry & left overs. I am beginning to get the feeling the farmer doesn’t share my excitement of the product. I made some lamb pies the other day and he asked for a chicken sandwich !

Lucky we have paddock fed chickens in our freezers as well. we can now supply Little Greenbush Poultry paddock fed meat chickens to be able to cook and eat. They are like us, no hormone, no anti-biotics and no GM feed substitute, we don’t feed our beef and lamb grain either.

Anywho, I made gluten free shortcrust pastry – a bit more fiddly than normal and as neither of us have an intolerance, I’ll go back to normal. I put the pie base into the maker, cut the beef, veg’s and potato straight from the fridge, put them in a bowl and then add gravy to cover. Spoon the mixture into the shell and place a filo pastry cover on top brushed with milk. Close the lid and let cook, Yummy.

Beef pie 1    Beef pie 2