Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bitter Cold. . .

This winter is the worst I can remember since childhood

It has been colder, with more snow, than I ever expected.

Farm Chores are not exactly glorious in frigid weather, like this; however,
such things do not wait. . . 

Just ask my farming fellow

Right now, we are going through approximately 2,200 lbs of
hay a week, and thankfully, we found a source just a few miles
down the road and do not have to store any. We just pick it up,
as needed. 

The beef cattle operation where we buy our hay is also
run by a former dairyman who is going to AI'ed our heifer, Stella, next month.
We know dealing with sexed semen, conception rates are fairly low, and heat
detection is difficult with a single heifer, so wish us Luck! We will have a lot
invested in her breeding when it is all said and done.

I'm honestly getting closer to the idea of Rooster in the stew pot
every single time I am at the barn

On a poultry note, our Blue Laced Red Wyandottes are coming along beautifully, though most have ended up Splash in color. I believe we have 3 roosters and 5 hens. They are, without a doubt, some of the most beautiful chickens I've ever seen.

Everyone here at the farm looks forward to seeing warmer weather soon!



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