Spring life has now sprung at Nyroca
With the onset of spring, animals at Nyroca are following the usual behavioural pattern and are in the reproductive mode.The five ewes have certainly increased their weight and tell-tale growing udders confirm what I hope will be prime lamb for slaughter this time next year.
Several hens are sitting on eggs, which are due to hatch out this coming week. Just to supplement the flock of fowls at Nyroca, I bought two dozen Isa brown day old chicks, and as a variation, for the first time, a day old clutch of meat birds which I hope to prepare for the freezer in exactly twelve weeks’ time. I’ve been told to remove their feed at night, otherwise they will eat 24 hours a day, become obese and unable to stand. The chickens are bred in the Barossa Valley and on Fridays are taken to the bus depot in Adelaide, from where they travel all day to Port Lincoln – with no losses!
The other day Marion and Merrick Savage called into Nyroca and gave me some lessons on seed collection – they were most keen for me to help by collecting Rock Wattle seeds for them, to help with a propagation project. Nyroca has a lot of the Rock Wattle (Acacia Rupicola as Marion prefers it to be known). After they had left I collected half a chaff bag of pods and seeds to hand to them later. They are a fascinating pair, and only too pleased to share their immense knowledge of botany. As is the way with these sorts of people (and farmers in particular), they are continually observing the environment around them, noticing which trees and shrubs are flowering.
The current season has also been most productive with honey aplenty, and Nyroca hives at The Woolshed, Dutton Bay and another at David and Stella Habner’s farm at Poonindie.
The infrastructure at Nyroca continues to expand, and my latest project is the construction of a large garage. I have been reluctant to commence work as I have been most fearful about the footings, given that they must be quite exacting by way of measurements and levels. It reminded me of the old bible story of building a house on sand. I was frightened that if I attempted to do it myself the shed would finish up looking something like the Ettamogah Pub! Fortunately Neil Wilson from Point Boston came to the rescue and put in two days’ work, and the shed is now nearing completion – and looking very much liked a shed should look!