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I blinked, and it is almost the end of the year

After a lengthy post back at the start of the year where I spoke about Christmas, holidays and the start of the school year, I promised myself that I would be more up to date with my blogging.  After all, we do refer people to this website and I knew that it would not do

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….and we’re back to normal programming

Is it just me?  Is it because I’m getting older?  But I swear those Christmas holidays seemed so much shorter than normal.  They simply flew by!  Mind you, there were times that they seemed to drag, and those were the days that we had absolutely NOTHING on – my version of bliss, but the kid’s

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Planning for 2018

A new calendar year always gives you the opportunity to start afresh.  It is a bit silly that a date on a calendar gives us the “permission” to do this, but nevertheless, we all do. So today, I started some outlines of things that we will implement this year on farm, starting with breeding objectives

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The signing off of another year

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As I sit here, on the last day on 2017, I have a five minute window to reflect on what this year has been about for us.  There have been some great moments, but there have also been some terribly low ones too.  But I guess that we need them to learn from, to grow

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Does selling drugs online really work?

I have been involved with a home based business for many years.  in February, I will be 9 years as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator with my Graceful Impressions business.  Over this time, I reckon that the online component has increased substantially – not just for me, but for all other craft demos as well –

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Food glorious food…..NOT

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I’ve been quiet on here for the past few weeks and that has been a direct reflection of how busy things have become.  Once I have a great idea for a blog post, 100 other things rear their crazy, ugly heads and I don’t end up getting anywhere near the computer.  Well, except to try

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Who’s business is it anyway?

A week or so ago, I had a surprising – and a little disappointing – discussion with a friend of mine in relation to our farm business and my family’s life in general.  And the discussion got me thinking about all the people that feel they have an opinion on our businesses, our lives and

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Fat Unfeeling Farmers Fingers

For a good many years now, I have had a bit of a dig at Mark in regards to his hands. A typical dairy farmer, they are large, calloused and very strong.  He works with them every single day and he is always amazed every time we go away how they clean up real nice!

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A week is a long time….

They say that a week is a long time in politics.  Well, a week is a long time on our farm as well. The kids started back at after school activities last week and with a number of changes to the schedule, it really put the pressure on me to be super organised.  It is

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Making the punishment fit

Four kids in a house designed really for two, means that we are often in each others way and space.  There simply is not not enough room for all of us especially when we are all confined to the house for extended periods.  I mean, everyone sitting around watching a movie is fine, but when

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Position available – part time milker

This is an exciting development for us, because in almost 10 years, we have not advertised externally!  So this is a unique situation that rarely presents itself. We have an opening for a person that is interested in being part of a wider team, operating primarily within the milking team.  We have recently changed our

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2016 can piss right off!

Well, it’s been a while since I was on here.  The last time I updated, I was still in the hospital following surgery, and here it is, 2nd January 2017.  The time between these two posts has gone fast…and slow.  Crazy really. I had these grand plans of what I was going to do with

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Surgery, death and post op recovery

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Ok, a number of people are waiting on an update from me regarding surgery……here it is. Suffice to say that I made it through ok, even though I did experience a looming sensation that I would die in surgery.  I know that sounds melodramatic, but for the first time in a long time, I really

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I am the Master

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Have you ever done anything for your kids and they immediately think that you are the absolute BOMB at it?  No really, do they think that in their eyes, you are just fantastic at doing that particular thing?  Do they have that inbuilt knowledge that you have been practicing that particular task for years, perfecting

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Oh, can it get any worse?

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Ok, so 2016 has not been a great year.  In fact, it has been a bloody terrible year.  A number of my friends are also saying the same thing.  What happened?  What bad thing did we all do to deserve all this bad ju-ju? In a nutshell, personally, we have been hit with the milk

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Hell, fighting and school holidays

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I take my hat off to those parents who home school.  God knows I couldn’t do it.  I have spent the better part of the 2 weeks of school holidays screaming – most likely to myself – about the state of the house, about why my kids cannot amuse themselves, about why they simply CANNOT

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Get ready to break out the pitchforks

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Fonterra announced it’s end of financial year report yesterday, and front and centre was this figure: $834 million profit. Wow. Quite frankly, I doubt whether many dairy farmers are going to read past this figure because it is just so BIG.  And it flies in the face of Fonterra CEO Theo Spiring’s comment that Australian

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The division of power

I recently had the opportunity to read an article written by Chaunie Brusie on social media (see article here) that talked about how she stopped asking her husband for “permission” to have her own time and the effect that it had on her, her relationship and the household. I don’t want to open up a whole

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What made you smile today?

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As a follower of the dairy industry, you know that there has not been much to smile about in recent months.  And things don’t seem to be getting much better either.  We are putting up with ridiculous claims from would-be-nutritionalist-chefs that think that paleo diets are for everyone and I hear today, that we should drinking

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Look after #1

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the South West Ladies Lunch which is really another name for a lunch attended by 300 odd female dairy farmers and an excuse to drink champers.  Not enough champers, but it was on offer.  Milkshakes too if you wanted!  This is only the second one I have attended

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1st Communion

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Not everything that I will be posting on here will be about only the farm.  Farmers personal and private lives are tightly intermingled with farm business.  We live, eat, breath, sleep the farm. So with that in mind, I will also be posting a little bit about family.  Mainly celebrations, achievements, silly stuff….that sort of

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Dairy industry talks

Well, there has been a lot spoken and many promises made.  Let’s hope that these talks actually ACHIEVE something.  Other than just talk.  And more promises.  Because let’s face it, dairy farmers are fed up with both. VFF article on Barnaby Joyce’s dairy meeting

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Another blow to the dairy industry

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In our business, we deal with people.  A LOT. From bankers, accountants, industry service providers, staff, training organisations, government bodies, R&D groups, solicitors, vets, other farmers and the general public.  And many more. In dealing with all these people and groups, the most important part for us is building relationships.  Some of people that work

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Welcome to the new look

The digital age moves fast.  Too fast sometimes.  But the reality is, we have to keep up or get left behind.  Here at Craiglands, we have certainly dropped the ball in regards to our social media presence since we dipped our toes into the the blog pool over 10 years ago (god…..can it really be

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