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The Autumn Rush
September 19, 2019, 9:23 am
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blkcowcalf

September 19, 2019

September is flying by. It is a busy time, as I rush and work to get our speltz crop planted. I did manage to get the hay equipment all cleaned and put away. I helped a friend on a logging job for a day too. Now I must focus on getting the crop planted, before the wet days of fall make field work impossible.

The cows are starting to have their calves. This is always a fun time…watching the babies that is. The moms take it all in stride. I try to stay pretty much hands off, mostly checking on everyone from the fence line. I get involved when necessary, but usually just watch to ensure that all is well.

The corn crop is ripening fast. The trees are starting to show color and signs of dropping their leaves. I want to stay “on track” so as not to get caught by the changing weather. Last year, our autumn was very wet. I didn’t get any speltz planted, nor any fall plowing done. My hope, for this year, is to continue to keep up.

The compost has all been spread. The manure storage area is empty and ready for winter. The manure spreader has been power washed, lubed and stored away. The corn harvest is our next big job, but so far so good. The autumn rush is on, but we are keeping up…so far.



Oh Baby
November 12, 2016, 3:31 pm
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calf

November 12, 2016

We are in our calving season. I share a Murry Gray bull with another guy. I get him for six months and my buddy keeps the bull the rest of the time. I calve in autumn because it works out for us. We have plenty of feed and a good winter home for the cows. This part of our farm operation does not compete with other jobs, so this works out perfect for us.

This little heifer calf was born Wednesday. She had a little half brother born yesterday. The weather is great. Even the sunbeam, caught in the photo above, seems to agree! The cows will soon move to their winter pasture. The babies get to run and play. They and their mommas can choose to sleep under the soft pine trees or in the three-sided shed. Most nights they stay in the pines, but when freezing rain comes, they all prefer the protection of the walls and roof.

I enjoy babies at this time of year. Spring has me hopping with maple syrup season, followed by the planting season. It is often while making hay that I would finally get to look after the calves. Now that we have switched to fall calving, I have more time to watch over them. I get to enjoy their antics as they jump and play. I can give the whole herd more attention and all of us are better off for it.

This is just one more part of our operation that we had to sort out. We need our small farm to produce in order to be sustainable. It also needs to be manageable. I think we have finally found our “groove” and Oh Baby …it’s worth it!



Oh Baby
October 24, 2014, 8:24 pm
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Hello World

Hello World

October 24, 2014

Liz’s calf finally stopped long enough for me to get a picture. They were all just moved to the white clover field. I am sure they are very happy…because their backsides are green with envy…or something like that 😮

The little calf is 3/4 Murry Grey. She is standing right in front of mom and dad, but I focused on the cute one! The rich clover will help provide very rich milk to make the little one grow. She is a chunk. She is a fine example of what I hope my breeding program will accomplish. I haven’t named her yet, but all in good time I guess.

We are expecting more calves in the coming weeks. It is an exciting time. The grass is holding out well, but I don’t especially like calving this late in the year. I just hope the babies will come soon, before the biting winter winds blow. They are hardy once they are born and dried off. They are born with a winter coat at this time of year, but I still think that is a rough way to enter the world. They leave a 101 degree womb and hit the ground with the outside temperatures near freezing. No wonder they are in a rush to stand and drink warm milk!

The best part of farming is the babies. It is a great reward. I will never get over the miracle of birth…2 legged or 4 legged.