Monday, May 31, 2010

In the Middle of the Night

Ah, the work of a farmer is never, ever done.
At 3am or thereabouts, a thunderstorm rolled in last night.
Of course, despite all the fence the carnivore husband has done
time and money have not allowed a 3 sided shelter to be built in the 3 acre
field where the cow, llama and stallion are.

The rain was coming down so hard, I sent the husband out to take up the stallion, which was simple enough. JC Signature has the good sense to know John is out to rescue him from the storm, and he was eager to come in!
The cow, Stella, also run right out and up with him to be put in her dry stall, but Keisha, the llama, is another story.
So here I am - standing on the porch in the middle of the night and can barely see 10 feet in front of me with the sheets of rain coming down, and there is John wrestling the llama all over the field. I can barely make the goings on out from the porch, and then he manages, after a fair amount of time has passed, to drag her toward the hill to make their way to the barn, and she stops mid way there, refuses to budge and it took everything in him to get her on up to the barn.
He never liked the llama, anyway. Since I am not the one that came in chilled and soaked through to the bone, I still like her quite well ;)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Of course

Of course, when you put a new fence up and have the horses out in it less than 48 hours a tree will fall on it, knock it down once it is dark and the horses will find their way out and down into the front yard. . .
This is to be expect.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Horses = No Sense

So, my husband kills himself fencing our 15 acres of hill that has an 8 acre flat for our mares.
What then do these mares do when turned out?
Well, they stand by the gate, of course. Do they go running free through the hills?
Of course not!


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fence - 2/3 done!

We now have only to hook up our 50 mile fence electric charger to have the total top

1/2 of the property fenced and ready to be in use!

Oh, when the burden of hay taxes one's spirits as low as they have mine at present, this is a joyous occasion, to be sure! One can never waste grass, such a precious commodity here on our farm is it.

Keep us in mind if you spot "cheap" dry kept hay or know anyone cutting hay are
a super reasonable rate!

We now only have to fence the sides to connect the front half and the hill with the yard area to be finished with all fence. Sure, doing this will put us with a yard cow, but there is grass to be eaten all over the yard, and by George, Stella is going to get it! You just can't go a-buyin' hay when you have perfectly fine grass on your land. No, sir!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Meggie's Leg

Never, and I repeat, Never under-estimate the power of a Miniature
Dachshund  who weighs 8lbs, max.

Mariah, our Mini Doxie, attacked our doeling, Meggie
(named thus after the book and movie "The Thorn Birds," and left some puncture wounds.

Not expecting such a small dog to do much damage, we cleaned them on the surface and
began injections of Pen G. I realized that was not doing the trick, so I contact our fantastic vet, Chad Brown, and we got Excenel, but that also failed to help.
We moved onto Gentocin, the strongest antibiotic she can have, and it still failed
to really help.

Today, we took Meggie in for surgery to remove the necrotic tissue and clean the wound
while she was under anesthesia. It looks a great deal better, and we have a good prognosis.

Unfortunately, we did not feel comfortable with the risk of Mariah, our beloved little dog, getting out and doing such harm again, so we will have to work on safely placing her.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Vegetarian Homesteader?

Vegetarian and Homesteader. . . interesting juxtaposition there, isn't it?

I decided long, long ago (feels like eons) to give up eating meat and
animal products that are derived from animal slaughter. 14 years ago,
to be precise. No meat, fish, chicken, broth, gelatin or whatever else.
I even gave Veganism a go, and I found it was not for me.

Now, be that as it may, I have respect for those who raise their
sources of meat naturally and slaughter humanely. People are
so far removed from where their food comes from that is really
is quite frightening. I appreciate the recognition some families have
and the movement for local, humanely raised and slaughtered food.

At any rate, consigning the raising of animals that are often
used a sources for food with vegetarianism is a rough road
to hoe, if you will.

Take the cow: the cow, if she is going to produce
milk, must be bred, but what if she has a bull calf? 

On to dairy goats. . . in the world of dairy animals, male animals usually
have little worth. Often the little bucklings (male goat kids) are drowned
at birth. If they are not, they are often wethered (castrated), grown out and then butchered. 

Let us move on to chickens.

Oh my.
If one buys hatchery stock, The hatcheries have little demand for cockerels (male chicks) of the laying breeds, and the little fellows, when they are hatched, are ground up or worse, if there can be a worse. 

Now, my husband is a full fledged meat-eater.
He would prefer traditional homesteading where livestock provide the family with meat,

but then here I am: The Vegetarian Homesteader trying to get with the program.

Here, I work on raising Cows and Goats for milk, butter, cheese and yogurt. . .and in time will work into raising them for humane meat.

Surely, we can do it in a more cruelty free way, and still, I respect those who do not have my convictions that recognize the unhealthy, commercially raised offerings at
public grocery stores is neither just to the animals or good for their families
and are raising their own food!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fence in progress

We, or I should say, the Husband is nearly finished with stage TWO of our fence.

This is exciting as it means less hay to feed in warmer months and less work for the Husband, which he will appreciate. It means better muscle condition on the horses, which is very important. Our photos of the Arabs will be much better when they have overall improved muscle and tone! Can't wait to update with some amazing photos of JC Signature, KD Lady Ann and Champagne Reminiscing.

Everyone has a Blog

When I realize that everyone out there doing the farming, homesteading, livestock life also has a blog, I think I must be very behind with the times and missing out on the following of 'readers that can come with an active, funny and interesting blog.
I already have a website, Lucas Farm, that gets a great deal of traffic, but it does not really tell our story, and I so enjoy visiting the other homesteading blogs, I think I need to give this a try. Besides, I lends a different spin on homesteading - I am a vegetarian, and that can set our experience apart in a real but humorous way.



Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27

"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington