A brother from another mother (hurrah for rakhis!) asked me to write everyday as my birthday present to him.
It’s an unusual present, and one that is very selfless, because he frankly doesn’t gain anything from this.
The one condition is that I publish something every 15 days.
So here’s a post that brings together a few things I love: farming, TV, equal opportunity.
10 things I’ve learned about farming in Australia from watching McLeod’s daughters:
- It’s expensive to run a property.
- It isn’t the most rewarding work for your farmhands either.
- If you go organic, the whole property needs to be organic, and that can take 5 years to happen.
- It’s a good idea not to remove ‘weeds’- they keep the soil together and their roots prevent water from running away too fast.
- Australia has officials who determine who has the right to use water, and how much.
- Aussie farms don’t all have merino sheep ( 6th grade me feels quite let down).
- Fences need to be checked and repaired frequently, or cows might get out. Or sheep. Or llamas.
- People steal cattle. Yes, even in this day and age. Guard your stock.
- Make sure you aren’t foolhardy, but learn to take some risks.
- Use water wisely.