Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Step in the right direction

I am happy to say we went through the steps to be approved for a Pet Finder
rescue account.

You can find the animals we are helping place here:

http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/WV164.html


I currently have 5 Arabians listed as a courtesy.

Life: Renewing here on the farm

This little gal was born this afternoon, just two days after we had to put Phoenix, the rescue mare, down.

Kind of symbolic since we were so very sure this doe wasn't bred to kid until 4 weeks from now. I suppose our little Nigerian was busy at an awfully young, young age because we put Missy, the doe, in with our Pygmy buck for kids in October, and
there is no way this doeling could belong to him.

Either way, that is the cycle of things and life on a farm. It is a process of renewal.
Things pass away, new life is born. . .it is all very heart wrenching and touch at the same time.

This is Missy's 3rd kidding. She gave us a little grey buckling in Spring of 2009,
Twin Kinder kids in January 2010 and now this little doeling Nigerian cross. I believe
she will end up giving us twins as she still appears to be carrying another.

This little girl will be for sale to an approved home only.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

She is gone, it is over, but it is not finished

This evening at 7pm, we put down Phoenix, our rescue mare.

She is now, for the first time, probably since she was a foal,

without pain. That is something to breathe a sign of relief for,

truly, it is.

I want to thank my Uncle, Tony, and Sam Maynard of Maynard
Construction here in Lavalette for their help!


It is better on the other side, little mare,
I assure you, it must be.

The mare is gone. I will say, it was very peaceful. She had Bute to allow her to walk out a bit into the pasture, and we gave her treats the whole way, and she grazed some, and it was really peaceful and she had enough Bute, that she seemed to feel okay on the walk - though  it was a pitiful walk.

I hope I've learned something from her case, and I hope I've shared her story online enough that it moves some people to action to try to help horses in such need.


http://www.deviantart.com/ by plutoplusone.com
I want to take this time to let people know that there are many other horses like her out there.

If you have personal horses, please understand you should feel obligated to do rescue when you can afford to.

I feel it is only the right thing to do. Give something back to the creatures that give you so much.

Right now, the horse market is beyond down. Horses aren't selling and the few that do go for a pittance, by and large.

Horses are so cheap now, anyone can "get themselves" one, two or three. That is what happened with this mare. The people who had her could not feed themselves, and yet they felt they should get 'em a horse. 10 years ago, when horse prices were higher, neglect and abuse was somewhat less a muck.

Please, if you have the facilities, take in a rescue horse once you know how to rehab one, how to refeed one. If you love horses and can't afford to take in a rescue or do not have room, consider donating to a rescue to help them continue to help the unwanted because, I assure you, they are everywhere.

Life on the Farm must proceed

The boys, the older two, one being my husband and the other our older son, decided
to take a trail ride today.


First they went out with my son on his pony and my husband on our stallion, JC.
That all went very well, by and large.


JC seemed scared of the river. Acorn, the little gelding, at the rip age of 20, was able to show JC, the young and brave young guy, how to trod on through the water and convince him it would not swallow him up alive. Down through the river they then went.
On the way back, Acorn had to demonstrate once again that the river is safe to walk through, and JC was able to meander on through.


(The above was after JC's ride, and his saddlepad was riding off!)


When they returned, my husband swapped out our stallion for our Quarter Horse mare, Liz, and off they went again. Apparently, both Liz and JC need a lot of work on "Whoa" and enjoy a full gallop all the way out and back, but my husband is a normal young man who finds this a great pleasure. Acorn, though he should behave a bit elderly at 20 years old, also enjoys a good gallop.


It was during the gallop home that Acorn could not be sure whether he wants to run, eat or eat and run. . .


That was the adventure for the day, for them. I stayed home with the little ones.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

All over the Place

Can I just take a moment and share with everyone that I have no idea what to do.
I always know what to do, and now I am bereft of any direction.

Phoenix, the rescue, is supposed to be put down tomorrow evening at or about 7pm.

We had a gracious volunteer, Sam Maynard of Maynard Construction here in Lavalette,
come and dig the grave today. He offered kindly to come back tomorrow and bury her once she is put down.

Now, maybe I am just getting cold feet and this is still the right choice, but maybe there is a chance she will recover and be okay and basically, eventually pain-free and live happily. . .

Maybe she just needs time or maybe she simply is tired and wants to be done. 'Tis the trouble with animals. . . they cannot tell us.

I had friends visit yesterday, and she was perky, nickering to them, came over for some pats, and that is what made me really reconsider. If she can feel okay enough to do that, is she really through?

Oh, maybe she is just used to so much pain that she copes as best she can and gets what love and affection she knows we offer and deals.


You know, I began this journey by writing, "Horse Rescue is not fun, but someone must do it. . ." and perhaps my husband is right and I need to "Cowboy Up" now that it really and truly has become a tragedy, but I can't seem to find the ability to do so.

I need to make a decision soon and make peace with it.

 * * *

Okay, I've come back to this post from this evening to add that I was able to email with and hear back from a large rescue that deal specifically with rescues with serious hoof issues.

They were able to put things in perspective with this mare in a way that makes me feel at peace with putting this mare down. I am not happy about it, but I feel much more confident in the decision now.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A Threat to Real Milk and Cheese in MO

Read the blog below:

http://www.truth-farmer.blogspot.com/

I know the folks of Morningland Dairy

 http://www.morninglanddairy.com/

through online forums, and the way they are
being used as a target because of raw cheese
and milk is outrageous!

Read that blog, visit Morningland Dairy's site
and email aginfo@mda.mo.gov at the USDA
and tell her you are outraged at how Morningland is being treated.

Below is a text you can modify written by another upset homesteader I know.
Adjust the letter to suit you and email to the above address:

"To Whom It May Concern:




I am writing to express my extreme shock and displeasure with the way a confiscated cheese in California has somehow forced a family dairy in Missouri to shut down their business and is demanding the dairy destroy six-month's worth of good, wholesome dairy product -- which the government refuses to allow them to batch test.



Morningland Dairy in Mountain View, Missouri, has operated for thirty years without one incident of someone becoming ill from their cheese.



How, then, can it be that a sample of cheese taken clear across the country in California, where it sat for over four months in an un-iced cooler,and sat for another fifty-five days before it was tested, with absolutely NO knowledge of how it was handled during those fifty-five days, forces the closure of a dairy in Missouri?



And how can it be that, despite the fact that over one-hundred swabs taken from the Missouri dairy all tested negative for pathogens, the FDA and Missouri Milk Board insist that close to half a million dollars worth of product must be destroyed rather than be tested?



I'd also like to respectfully ask why the laws in the state of seizure (California) were not followed, to wit: Confiscated food is to be tested IMMEDIATELY, and the producer of that food product is supposed to receive an identical sample to test independently. This did NOT happen.



Please, tell me why Morningland Dairy must be shut down when it is patently obvious that their good, healthy food is not at all contaminated. Why are you looking to them as the source of pathogen based on a questionable sample taken clear across the country?



I have to wonder if something like this happened to a mega-producer like Kraft, would they be treated so abominably, with no recourse whatsoever to defend their innocence?



There are many people questioning what is going on here, and we deserve honest, straightforward answers.



I look forward to your timely response in this matter.



Sincerely,

__________________  "
 
 
I am tired, as I am sure you are, of the government standing up for the Big Guy and
crushing the little guy left and right, time and time again.

Monday, September 13, 2010

I'll give her a name


Because living like she is . . . is not truly being Alive

Our vet confirmed that her chance of survival and recovery is totally hopeless today.
Phoenix. . . I really knew that was the appropriate name for the rescue mare from the beginning, and now I see she is not supposed to get the name upon recovery here, but she will receive the name for the new life she will have in the "beyond,"

Even as God says that a sparrow does not fall that he is not with it in Matthew 10:29, surely not a horse goes out of this world that he is not aware of, that he does not care for, that he has not made new provisions for beyond the earth.

So the mare will be Phoenix. She will be slightly plump, shiny and be able to run to and fro in the next life, will she not?

In the story of the Phoenix, upon the death of the Phoenix, a new bird always rises from the ashes.

So it will be with our Phoenix, I believe


Last week her haunting face told an awful story :(

Happily ever after isn't always external, I have learned

 
Phoenix in Theory
- just a photo I found
online, but it reminds me of how I feel she
should hae been on earth had she been properly
love and cared for
* * *
And this photo shows how I wish I could have
gotten her, show how I wish she could have
been when I posted an update on her someday
* * *
But regardless, it shows
how I believe she will go onto be once
she is out of pain here.

We are still arranging for a humane euthanasia and burial for her,
so once we do put her down, we will post a blog, too.
At this point, it is just a tribute post and an update about
what we know must now take place.

A Sad Day and ignorant mistakes

Had to put down our poor little Llama, Keisha, tonight.


She contracted the menengial worm, and once effected,
they almost never recover.

She was down. We had her stalled and treated with banamine, ivomectin
plus, bo-se and we kept her drenched with electrolytes and water,
but we had no way to get her up into a sling 
(though that just gave a slight chance she might improve),
and hercondition just kept declining over the past 4-5 days.

She had stopped eating 2 days ago, and this evening, 
she was too pitiful for me to justify tryinf to continue to
treat something untreatable.

 
We had an Alpaca get the menengial worm in the past,
and we had a vet at our last place put him down with medication,
and it was AWFUL.

They are very hard, it seems, to stick intravenously, (http://www.serenityacresllamas.com/injections.htm)

... it was SO sad.

I've seen dogs put down, and it has always been peaceful.
This instance above was nothing like that.


She wasn't the nicest llama, but I liked her very well :'(




Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering

It is 9/11, and this quote from the Talmud seems very fitting,

"There are stars who's light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen appart. There are people who's remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow."

For those who gave everything to save others on that day, especially. . .because they had a choice, and they took such a high road.

* * *

That quote also reminds me to tell the story of our farm's name and the loss that inspired it since 9/11 is something of a time for reflection and to remember for so many people.

Lucas is no longer my last name, and it is certainly not my husband's.

Lucas is my maiden name; however, I did not choose to name our farm in order to glorify myself.

Lucas Farm was in chosen to honor my brothers, sister and father. Donald Davis "Tiny" Lucas (my father), Angel Ruth Lucas (my sister), Quentin Davis Lucas (youngest brother) and Benjamin Aaron Lucas (middle brother) all died in the last 3 1/2 years.

My sister and brothers were lost to me in a fire in Huntington, WV that lacked the brave firefighters found on September 11, 2001 in New York City.

My father followed them in his sleep at the age of 85 in June of 2009.

I also gave my middle son the name of "Lucas" in honor of my siblings; however, my father was still alive when he was born. After my father died, I had my third son, and I gave him the middle name of "Davis" in honor of my father.

Few quotes signify how I feel about them as well as this quote from the Talmud:

“There are stars who's light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen appart. There are people who's remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow.”

PLEASE read the whole story about them here on my Farm's site:

http://lucasfarmwv.com/Name.aspx

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A positive update on the rescue mare

The mare somehow unwrapped her whole leg yesterday.

She must have done it the past night because it looked much dryer, and
frankly, it looked MUCH better. She was walking better and seemed happier.


I wasn't sure and still feel a bit uncertain, but I am leaving it upwrapped in that
area for now and seeing what takes place.


Maybe things do look "darkest before the dawn" in such cases as this



Friday, September 3, 2010

A short Soapbox rant on Homesteading

Day in and day out, I - along with most people who wish to live in a homestead type of environment - encounter the "secular" families or individuals who look at me and pose various questions about why we do what we do, live how we live or lift up ideals of living that are foreign to them.


Various people explain to me the reasons living as modern and secularly as possible is the only way that works (I always wish, as I am sure you do, to ask how it is that a lifestyle so very old and successful can be found wanting juxtaposed to the recent and modern way of life they think they prefer) and is the only way to live a fulfilled life.

I often get the questions about the animals. . . Why? What for? What good are they?
Folks who ask this. . . if the economy goes where I suspect it will, do not beg milk, eggs or meat of us ;) I will ask you some of those questions above.

Regardless, inside I do a mental eye roll and move on, most of the time. Tonight, I would like to briefly and quickly address why we do what we do and what we do not like about the alternative.

Homesteading or methods of living found at the heart of a homesteading life are not new, they are aged and weathered methods of living that have stood the tests of time and continued to prove sustainable.

The ideals surrounding a homesteading are not those that also chase wealth, affluence, notoriety, secularism, fads, titles, bigger and better or likewise. The ideals circle around family, sustainable living, often around God, a higher purpose, nature, a quest of historic knowledges and morality.

The homesteader finds being able to actually live happily is not intertwined with money, succes in the a secular manner or prestige. What matters is found at home and being able to surround your home with as much of what you have produced, raised and nurtured as possible.

Sending children out to a "village" to raise them is not only often considered absurd by those with homesteading ideals, but it is rarely something these people will partake in. Raising and caring for your children yourself is expected and enjoyed.

Living to work in a job away from the farm might be necessary, but it is not desired.

Building a career outside of a homestead could be seen to prevent the building of a life
within the homestead.

Buying all or most food sources day in and day out from mass production is not acceptable on moral, health and even the most basic life standards. Humane living is always the only choice. One must try to get as close to it as possible. Humane living is as beneficial for the human being as it is for the creatures that move the machine on.

This isn't to say the we would want to lock ourselves away on the farm or have achieved any of the ideals above (we aim for it, however). It isn't to say we hope to do nothing of outside importance, but as our founding father, George Washington, a true farmer/homesteader extraordinaire said,



"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


When we forget this truth, I fear we will have truly lost any sense of really living.



President Washington also said:

"I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world"

- George Washington

No matter what path you choose to lead or espouse to heights of great importance, those of far greater knowledge than we can assume to have, those who came before us felt that,

"The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization."

- Daniel Webster

A Windy day on the Farm blew in thoughts on Jersey Heifers and Farm Fresh Eggs

It was a lovely day. I must stress that: LOVELY!

The temperature was fantastic, it was overcast and it rained. I adore the rain,
and the horses loved it today after just an unbearable week of heat!

It was one of those nice and windy storms fulls of vastly spaced, huge raindrops; the
kind of rain you can walk in and barely get wet.

Just before the storm, we were out and about around the barn.

Stella, down from her hillside, enjoyed some interaction with Christian.
She is the most friendly, loving heifer I've encountered.


She will hopefully be bred AI with sexed semen in the next 3 months. She is nearly 14 months old now.

She is a small heifer, even as far as Jerseys go. This suits us fine because we had originally wanted minis, but they are out of our price range.

The nuns from the Holy Annunciation Monastery in PA, where we purchased Stella,
came to delivery 2 mini Donkeys last week, and they were thrilled with Stella's condition and size. She is truly lovely Jersey!
  * * *
To remind those who are local:

We have FRESH EGGS FOR SALE



Our hens are healthy and lovely. They are well cared for, get fresh veggies and grass and have a huge coop and a large outdoor run. They get out to free range sometimes, but to keep local hawks from picking them off, they are in their run and coop more often than not.

You can be sure, the taste of these eggs is SUPERIOR to any store bought eggs, and they are much safer. Studies show caged hens (cages so small the hens cannot move, and they never see the outdoors) have salmonella positive result 23.4% of the time. The rate drops to only 4% of Organic flock and free range flock is 3%.
Below is the conditions of the hens laying the STORE eggs:




Our eggs are $3.00 a dozen



The Donkies are here.
Justice and Jeremino: WELCOME to the farm!

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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