Aussies Living Simply

  • Yes, you need a PIC and you apply through the LHPA (it used to be called the Rural Lands Protection Board). You need a PIC if you have livestock on your property, even horses now are included. When you buy a sheep, techncially, the seller will fill out a Travelling Waybill, which states what PIC they were at, and which PIC they are going to. This…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic House cows. in the forum Backyard livestock 9 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Melrose,
    Nothing ventured nothing gained. I ask around, do my own research, and then try and filter out all the guff that doesn’t apply to my situation. I think you’ll do fine with these girls. You just need to be prepared to roll with the punches so to speak, and deal with what comes up when it comes up. If things go wrong, or not exactly to…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic House cows. in the forum Backyard livestock 9 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Melrose,
    The heifer is gorgeous, and being a heifer you can “afford” to get attached to her.

    Now a note for others…
    I know you said her twin was a heifer calf, but for others who may think they are getting a two for one deal with a bull calf and a heifer calf, please read carefully…

    If the twin was a bull calf there is a very great…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Hi from Sydney! in the forum Introduce yourself 9 years, 8 months ago

    Hello Crystal,
    Blessed are the cheesemakers! I’ve book marked your blog so I will be following your progress with interest. We do our our self-sufficiency “thing” but on a larger scale, as we have a farm, and more room to play with. Its hard work, but worthwhile financially and physically.

    Cheesemaking and preserving are my hobbies, but I find…[Read more]

  • Hi Beks
    The stocking rate that you’re suggesting, cows (plural) and goats is too high for your property, even given its beautiful rich soils in that area.

    On 5 acres of useable land (is that pasture, or does that area include your dwelling etc), you would have one Jersey cow and be feeding her at least a biscuit of hay morning and evening.…[Read more]

  • LOL.. I remember using a similar sytem (it may have even been the same). I had an immaculate home…and those bloody cards just fed an obsessive compulsive disorder! I HAD to toss them for my mental health.

    Now, I keep a cleanish house, happy kids, and a huge managerie of animals (outside). As far as I’m concerned now, housework will still be…[Read more]

  • Hi,
    I bought mine through the internet through a place called Nature’s Wonderland. Excellent service and very reasonable postage and handling cost (from memory about $20 if that). I know its not Sydney based, but thought you’d like to know anyway.

  • Hi,
    Did you waterbath it? I make lots (and I mean LOTS) of apple sauce each year and water bath it. I haven’t had an off one yet.


    Try this one GirlFriday…up your way I think. High SCC isn’t so much of an issue if the milk still tastes good (but dairy’s are penalised for high SCC), but I’d ask a few questions to the owner about current bouts of mastitis if any.

    I can’t remember seeing a price on the…[Read more]

  • Hi Girlfriday,
    Try googling “farmstock” and it will bring you onto a site that sells poultry, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and alpacas, all under separate sections.

    People across Australia advertise on here, so you just wait for something to come up thats within travelling distance, and its mainly hobby farmers, rather than commercial farmers. I’ve…[Read more]

  • Hi,
    I fully understand about having “precious” FV jars.. I recently had the bottom of one of my Pint Juice bottles blow out in the preserver.

    My advice… if these are truly precious to you (and considering they don’t make them anymore and the jars are lovely)… DON’T use them in the boiling water bath. See if you can buy a cork to fit the top,…[Read more]

  • Hi Weaver,
    Glad you got your cream separator. What brand is it? I couldn’t tell from the pics that I could see.

    When you repaint it, careful. You must use food grade paint, sometimes its best just to leave them unpainted if you can’t find food grade paint.

    Goodluck using it! Make some Parmesan Cheese!

  • Hi,
    Given the area of pasture available (dependent on quality of course), a Jersey or a Dexter is your best choice.

    Dexters are marketed as “dual purpose” cattle, ie. beef and milk, however, these days, you may find that you will get dexters bred along “beef” lines (ie. bred selectively for their beef characteristics) or “milky” lines, (bred…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Raw Milk in the forum Dairy products 9 years, 11 months ago

    Hi eromlee,
    Raw milk is not the “safest” but CAN defintely be the absolute best for nutrition and health. However, raw milk can only be as “safe” as the condition under which it is collected, and from the cow it is milked from. The reason the government believe that raw milk is “unsafe” is that under the wrong conditions it can grow extremely…[Read more]

  • Hi,
    I’ve read that ordinary powdered skim milk, made up as per the instructions, is okay and much more affordable to feed to baby goats. I’ll double check and repost.

  • Hi,
    Can you explain the “softies” a bit more please? They sound interesting, and I seem to be forever at opshops!

  • I’m doing mulberry sauce as I type, I’ve dehydrated bags of pecans off the tree, and tomorrow I’m making up some lemon cordial and some lime cordial to bottle. We’ll be seeing family in November, so I’ll divvy out the presents then.


  • Hi,
    I make a mulberry puree and then preserve in FV jars. When I need to, I use this puree, mixed with the apple puree (also preserved in FV jars) to make apple rollups in my Ezi Dry food dehydrator. You don’t need much mulberry for it to take on the flavour of mulberry, which is why apple is such a good base for so many things!

  • Hi,
    We do our grocery shop fortnightly, so buy a lot of bread which we freeze. When I see fruit in season on special, I buy about 40kg and preserve it using FV jars and waterbathing. We do bulk meat (we breed our own), so we usually have a years worth of beef, lamb, pork and chicken in the freezer, vacuum packed. So we don’t actually have to buy…[Read more]

  • Hi,
    My husband made a home made version of a “little squirt” that attached to the toilet tap. By using this I never had to use a liner. Essentially, you wash the poo off straight away into the toilet, and then you dry pail the nappy until you have a bucket full to do a full load of washing.

    I didn’t have one instance of staining in all the time I…[Read more]

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