I am surprised to see that we have just reached the 100 post milestone. hopefully you have enjoyed the ride as I have. My hope is that you have an idea about who we are, what we do and why we do these things. I am somewhat random at times, but have tried to develop some threads as we go a long.
I am always looking at ways to improve the blog and ideas for posting. I recently received a few from a follower, so I will probably start some threads about these various topics.
So moving forward from here, I think I will try to focus my posts for a few threads or series:
- Homesteading (Keys, How to start, Things to consider, techniques)
- Fencing Systems (By Species, By fence type, alternatives)
- Animal Raising
- Organic Crops and Management systems
- Soil Series (how to test soil, nutrients, structure, etc)
- Pasture Management (Intensive grazing, Plant types for forage, Rotational Grazing)
- Gardening (Techniques and Tools)
Let me know how you enjoy any posts or ways that we can improve. Any input is always appreciated.
I am looking for topic suggestions and feedback.
What would you like to hear about?
What posts or threads have you enjoyed the most?
What areas are you interested in?
Ideas are organic farming, beef cattle breeding and management, grass fed programs, heritage breeds of animals, chicken information, how to articles.
I am also looking for potential guest bloggers that would like to contribute periodically for the fun of it.
Let me know in the comments section. Thanks in advance!
Born this afternoon to cow number 816. He is a robust looking big boy. I will try to weigh him later if I can get close.
Spring is here………………………….
On a cold night such as this…..I gently remind myself that it is, in fact, SPRING!!!!
Well I guess it has been too much fun enjoying the 80 degree days. It was probably time for a correction, but did we have to correct to 30 degrees. I may have to fire up the wood burner. I am thankful for our cold frame. It is holding up well and the plants look healthy and vibrant.
I guess we will hunker down for the night- thankful for a warm, safe place to live.
Sounds like a threatening post. This guy better watch out, because the battle is on amd it is raging. My new arch enemy is what I think is called Canada thistle. This stuff seems to be everywhere. I would love for somebody to comment and tell me what a blessing it is to have-That it has multiple nutritional and medicinal benefits. As for now, all that I know it is good for is the occasional scratch as I try to pick our asparagus. The thing that is frustrating is the long taproot that is hard to remove. This coupled with the small spikes on the plant make it a hard one to remove. I wear gloves and pull to.the best of my abilities. Sometimes I get a 9 inch taproot. Other times the top breaks off. The other thing that make it such a nuisance is that any part left on the ground can develop a new plant. I burn the parts that I am able to pull. This hopefully keeps it from spreading.
Plant taproot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I got inspired by the post below, so I thought it appropriate to share my thoughts about earth day.
A HISTORY OF EARTH DAY
At the beginning of creation, God created the heavens and the earth. He created water, light, plants, animals and mankind. Male and female he created them to dwell in the garden of Eden. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, setting in motion the decline of man and the need for a Savior. God challenged man to work the earth and to care for it and His creatures.
It is with this backdrop that I pause to appreciate His creation on this Earth Day 2012. I feel that Earth Day has become more of a reason to celebrate the earth itself rather than the Creator of both the heaven ans the earth. We focus on recycling and not leaving a carbon footprint or inprint or whatever print it is that we are supposed to limit. Why not love the Creator and take care of what He has created (plants, animals, and fellow man) everyday? I try to make it so that I live life, yet not abuse that around me.
We have chosen over the past few years to limit our intake of things that may harm our bodies, and in turn may harm the earth.
We have tried to cut out genetically modified corn products.
We have tried to eliminate other GMO products as well.
We raise grass fed beef and free rang chickens. We do this to lessen the impact that our farm has on our environment, but also to provide a safe and nutritious end product for ourselves and our consumers.
We raise organic vegetables in our garden. This is again to focus more in the end product, but also reduces our strain on the environment.
We burn our garbage, in an attempt to lessen the waste that ia headed into landfills.
We feed our leftover food to the chickens, creating less waste in the end.
We compost yard waste, which inturn becomes healthy compost for our organic vegetables.
We burn wood through the winter, so that we utilize less propane. This lets us trade a renewable energy source (wood) for a non renewable fossil-type fuel.
So I ask that you pause to consider the amazing creation that ia around. God gave it to us to use, but also to care for. This should be our calling. Worship the Creator first and then care for and cherish His creation
I was expecting to see a blog focused on earth day. I believe that every day it is our responsibility to take care of the earth. However, I am anti-earth day as it is nearly a religion of earth worship in my humble opinion. So back to the article above, I was pleasantly surprised to see that people want to take action against things that may harm us. The post was not simply a reduce, reuse, and recycle article; but a great post about supporting local organic farms and demanding knowledge on what products contain GMO product.
So the other night, we got to witness the birth of our first Red Poll calf here on the farm. It all started at softball practice with a call from the neighbor. He called to say that a heifer was in labor…with a bubble hanging out the back end. We were just done with softball practice, so we quickly jumped into the van to head home for the show.
Upon arriving home, I noted that one of the girls was off on her own with her tail raised. Indeed she was in labor. So we set up near the barn to see how things would transpire. We watched as she laid down to push, then stood up for a bit. I was surprised to see her eat some grass in the midst of laboring. We clearly saw her water break. There was a lot of clear fluid the came out very fast at first and continued in small bursts as she pushed. Finally she laid down for several contractions. At this point, her tail and back end were facing away from us.
I decided to walk around to the corner of the filed where she was laying. I stayed outside of the fence line, but got close enough to watch through the video camera. I taped the whole event from this vantage point. I watched as the calf appeared to be stuck. I could only see one foot and a head. My veterinary instincts started to kick in, but luckily I decided to wait a little while. Upon zooming in, I could see both front legs and the head. The legs were crossed in such a way that it appeared to be only one. I was still a bit concerned as a few minutes passed without any progress. I knew it was best to wait it out, but I was questioning this mantra in my head. I waited a few more minutes and could see that the calf was shoulder locked. As I was mulling over what to do inside my head, she began to make more progress. The shoulders were starting to come through as her back end likely relaxed a bit more. Finally, the shoulder came through. After many contractions over about 45 minutes the calf was about to be born. Three or four final contractions and pushes and the calf was out.
We had a live bull calf. I was amazed to watch him stand and nurse within 20 minutes. This is so amazing to me. We are excited that he was born without any problems and is doing very well.
And now the kicker……remember I stated that I was watching through the video camera? Well, I was recording as well. Apparently when I began to walk around for a better view I hit the record button. Our video camera has a delay on the light enough that I messed the whole thing up. Every time I thought I was recording, the camera was off. When I thought it was of….it was on. So when we went to view the video, there was nothing but grass. The stinker is that I had a great video (Or so I thought). O well Maybe next time.