Monthly Archives: January 2009

How to Make the Most out of Your Raw Milk

January 30, 2009
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How to Make the Most out of Your Raw Milk

One of the first things you learn as an agrarian, is that fresh raw milk is amazing!  It can multi-task like no other and I am only just beginning to learn the art of raw milk.  Here are some of the ways we have been using our milk: 1.)  Whole Milk:   First you have the…

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Busy

January 29, 2009
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We are just too cold to blog.  No, really, just really busy.  We have had a grand time getting together a first ever Vaughnshire Egg Sale Day:  happening today at the adorable bakery on our little town square.  Our egg production has continued to climb despite the dog killing 10 of our good layers.  We…

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Baby Lamb Photo

January 23, 2009
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Baby Lamb Photo

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Farm Life: Highs and Lows Part III

January 22, 2009
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Farm Life: Highs and Lows Part III

Beth already spilt the beans as they say.  But, today was another exciting day on the farm with many lessons in the ups and downs of life. It started off very “low” in the early hours of the morning.  You know those early hours, the ones before most computer geeks go to bed.  Yep, it…

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We have a healthy baby lamb!

January 22, 2009
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Just in!  We have a healthy baby ewe lamb.  Another one of the sheep had her baby this morning.  So far all is well…. Pictures to come soon…

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Record Egg Production and Then the Dog Kills the Chickens

January 22, 2009
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We are nice farmers.  We gave the dog a second chance and she let us down.    She has killed chickens in the past.  In our presence, she pretended to be chicken broke.  Lately, she seemed to have learned a lesson.  She even started letting them eat her food! However, last night we discovered when you hear…

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New Record Egg Production

January 21, 2009
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The amount of eggs keeps climbing….  we’re up to 54 eggs a day.  And we are all very excited about that!  For the first time, the boys are getting more white eggs from the leghorns than brown eggs from the other hens.  They have some escapee hens, so currently the boys are working on some ways…

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Pizza Box Recycling

January 21, 2009
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Pizza Box Recycling

Were he to go to regular school, he might have gotten kicked out of school during craft time.  He took the pizza boxes from lunch and recycled them into handy dandy, useful boy tools.  He even named them.  He strapped this one on his back and packed the other two. 

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Farm Life: Highs and Lows – Part Two

January 20, 2009
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Farm Life: Highs and Lows – Part Two

So to continue with the baby lamb saga.  We do not know for sure if it is genetic, or just the result of having a large 9 pound lamb for the first time ewe, but something went wrong with the umbilical cord.  The delivery, which by all appearances and compared to our only other lambing…

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Record Egg Production Day

January 17, 2009
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Record Egg Production Day

For the last several days, the boys have had record breaking egg production days…each day beating the record on the previous day.  Today, the boys collected 44 eggs!  We expect this number to climb to around 100 eggs per day come spring.  We have lots of eggs for sale! 

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Farm Life: Highs and Lows – Part One

January 17, 2009
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God is so good to us that often times we take for granted the favours and blessings he daily gives on our behalf.  Farm life seems to have a built in mechanism to bring us back to that reality on a regular basis.  Last spring, when we had our first Vaughnshire lambs, we thought it…

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Some things get easier

January 16, 2009
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Some things get easier

The screaming and crying has calmed down.  The new goats have settled into their new home for now.  The baby that is being bottle fed is staying on the porch for now–he likes to look through the glass door and windows at us.  He is starting to eat, so we are cutting back on the bottle.  Since…

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Farming in the Arctic South

January 15, 2009
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As we try to thaw out from this incredibly unreal day here on the farm, we have lots to blog about…upcoming soon! Right now it is about 14 degrees…with wind chill being even colder.  Here’s the weather warning: BITTERLY COLD TEMPERATURES… A LARGE, FRIGID ARCTIC HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM…. LOW TEMPERATURES WILL PLUNGE TO BETWEEN 0…

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Who Noticed the New Chicken Egg

January 12, 2009
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Who Noticed the New Chicken Egg

A very excited young man indeed–his white leghorn chickens are now laying eggs!  He has kept his egg production up with the other hens this winter and has been anxiously awaiting for his white leghorn hens to start laying.  He put a light on a timer in both chicken houses to give them 14 hours of light per…

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Pantry 2009: Making Apple Sauce Pictures

January 12, 2009
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Pantry 2009: Making Apple Sauce Pictures

I have been working on getting my pantry stocked with apple sauce.  It was a nice thought, but isn’t producing the vision I had of jars and jars of yummy homemade applesauce lining my pantry shelves.  It’s my first try.  Next time the babies will be napping before I attempt any canning.  I have another…

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