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9 years 6 months ago #18953 by hilldweller

Anyone else enjoy this? What a neat couple, AND an answer to the perennial 'is it possible to earn an income off a small block of land?' :D

That hay they were feeding out at the beginning looked seriously yummy too. I've got so used to the rained-on crap I'm giving my lot this year I'd forgotten what good hay looks like. Could almost smell it through the TV screen LOL [^][^][^].


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9 years 6 months ago #281040 by Country Girl

I thought it was fantastic [8D] and a great move by Country Calendar to show a profitable small block. They lead a fantastic lifestyle and show that you can be sustainable on your own patch - it would be great to see more smaller enterprises featured :D and the hay did look good!


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9 years 6 months ago #281050 by Seaside

I was heartened by the lady (wasn't she inspiring?) saying that they weren't hobby farmers, they were farmers who farm on a small scale.

That's very much how I feel. A hobby is something you do for love, not money, and generally you give away what you make. Take knitting - that is the hobby of many who give their knitting to grandchildren or orphanages or other charities. Yet someone who knits for sale is not a hobbyist.

As a very small scale chilli farmer, I do love chillies, and that's why I've chosen to grow them, but I wouldn't plant the number I do if I didn't want to make some money out of them.


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9 years 6 months ago #281052 by celt

Yeah I felt that they were inspiring. What a positive attitude, mind you I think the lady was not your usual 60 year old. She has lead quite a life, something to aspire to. Love people who can have a laugh at life and themselves. Country Calendar has been very good this season.


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9 years 6 months ago #281058 by eelcat

We felt inspired too. Perfectly timed as a stall (run by someoneelse but selling their cheeses) in Weillington this morning had a queue most of the morning. A lovely couple and so kind to their cows. Just like OH with his!


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9 years 6 months ago #281061 by Jo-Otago

not your usual 60 year old

She wasn't - she was 68!!! [:0] :D Might be a few years left in me yet then... :p Was awesome to see them loving life like that, and what gorgeous moodles!


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9 years 6 months ago #281063 by bevhawkins

After buying all the cheese making gear and the milk plant set up - I wonder how long it took them to start making profit by selling the cheeses? I make my own and would love to do it their way but I think the set up would be quite expensive to start off with. I thought they were a great couple and agree that their cows were much loved. :)

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9 years 6 months ago #281067 by kitchen

It was a great show. I feel almost inspired to try my hand at cheese-making, almost :-) Bev didn't they say it cost about $58k to set up and they were bringing in around $27k per annum? something along those lines anyway. So it would pay for itself in no time.

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9 years 6 months ago #281072 by ronnie

kitchen;262275 wrote: It was a great show. I feel almost inspired to try my hand at cheese-making, almost :-) Bev didn't they say it cost about $58k to set up and they were bringing in around $27k per annum? something along those lines anyway. So it would pay for itself in no time.


Yes, seems she got a redundancy payout which enabled them to set up their fantastic shed and cheese room.

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9 years 6 months ago #281075 by Organix

kitchen;262275 wrote: It was a great show. I feel almost inspired to try my hand at cheese-making, almost :-) Bev didn't they say it cost about $58k to set up and they were bringing in around $27k per annum? something along those lines anyway. So it would pay for itself in no time.

Depends on whether the 'wages' were factored in or not. I suspect they were operating more along the lines of deriving a living for their labour of love but were thoroughly enjoying what they were doing. Two very learned and inspirational people having a ball being head down-tail up in their 'retirement' years. Good on them :)


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9 years 6 months ago #281077 by moonshiner

A little different than I was expecting but quite surprising, 26 litres a day from a Jersey ain't a bad effort either [;)]

Mind you ever since Kaumea started the thread on cheese making I have been thinking about a house cow...

And I HATE milking [}:)] !



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9 years 6 months ago #281081 by max2

SOH and E recorded it for me and I just watched it.

Yes VERY inspirational and I hoped my parents watched it as well. I do believe though they mentioned several times that the property was a bolt hole for them away from their main residence in the early days. it was only after he was made redundant that they choose to move to the property as a lifestyle choice.... so for those starting out, take heart, it can be done, but it does take time, money (for set up and purchase) and hard yakka. I would hate for a newbie to think they could walk in and expect the same in their first year, with a blank canvas to begin with.

That couple were a credit though, and yes I reckon CC has been great this year too!

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9 years 6 months ago #281083 by Jack

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moonshiner;262287 wrote: A little different than I was expecting but quite surprising, 26 litres a day from a Jersey ain't a bad effort either [;)]

And I HATE milking [}:)] !

Well I just don't believe that. A jersey giving that much milk, it is probably 26 litres from the 4 cows.

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9 years 6 months ago #281091 by moonshiner

I have no experience with Jerseys Jack and I may have misheard but I thought she said from her first cow she was getting 26 litres a day

I have worked with an extremely selectively bred Freisan herd that was averaging 22.25 litres a day per cow with no supplementary feeding



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9 years 6 months ago #281117 by betenoir

I can confirm (from 4 years of herd testing) that 26 litres a day is achievable by exceptional Jerseys. I only had two farms that got that amount of milk out of their Jerseys. Both were small farms (100 odd cows) that concentrated on producing high quality stud cows and by 'normal' dairy farm standards their cows were spoilt rotten. Warm water udder washes at every milking, treats in the cow shed etc. And they usually cleaned up at every locval A & P show. Guess quality sometimes pays off over quantity


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