Seasonal Activities on Forbes honest farms

Extensive Farming

Extensive farming is about using as much of the natural assets as possible in the farming process. By using more of the natural assets, Extensive Farming reduces the need for artificial intervention and over farming of the land.

January
Wheat farmers start preparing for next year…..April to June they will plant their crops…Visitors can see at the farm being tilled in January through to June, with the GPS tractors. Ask the Forbes Visitor Information Centre about an Open Day on wheat farms to watch the tilling.

June - August
Sheep farmers sheer sheep in June and young sheep in August – check the Honest Farming events calendar for Open Farms where you can watch sheep shearing in action

September
Canola comes into bloom in September and are planted in April - watch out for the brilliant spray of yellow across fields

September
Fruit Blossoms in September when the fruit trees dripping in flowers and buzzing with bees. You can drop into an open local fruit farm, to buy a bouquet of blossoms.

November to January
Stone fruits in season in November- there are cherries, plums white and yellow peaches. The different varieties of peaches extend their availability as they ripen in different months, allowing the season to run from November till late January. Drop into the Farm Gate stores to buy prime fruit literally by the bucket load.

December Harvest
Watch out for Headers on farms, see the farming community work around the clock. Ask at the Forbes Visitor Information Centre for wheat farms that have and Open Day at harvest time.

Year round activities

The majority of farmers, are working with livestock and are busy all year round. All year round, livestock farmers are moving cattle around in paddocks to manage their access to feed. Cereal farmers, who have livestock, work on preparing paddocks for next years crop, and use their livestock to weed the paddock out and pad them down.

The livestock farmer is working all year around, watching his stock and managing the up keep of fences. The livestock farmers are constantly renewing sections of fence, which have wear and tear from the constant contact with cattle. The average livestock farm may have three to four kilometres of fence to upkeep.

The maintenance of building and machinery also occupies a lot of the time of the livestock farmer. Honest Farmers have Open Day for people to join them on back of a ute tour, as they survey their farm for fence repair work. Don’t forget to take your binoculars to spot emus or kangaroos on your travels.

Ask at the Forbes Visitor Information Centre about joining the Honest Farmers, on Open day on motor cycle or horse back, to move cattle around the farm.

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