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Pregnant Ewes, Lambing Season and When Things Don’t Go Right

January 19, 2013
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Pregnant Ewes, Lambing Season and When Things Don’t Go Right

Our 15 year old son is a shepherd to a small, but expanding flock of sheep.  He has had a relatively easy time with the sheep compared to other animals my kids have tried out.  These sheep seem very hardy and resistant to disease.  They lamb easy and often have twins.  They are easy to…

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Winter Flooding Jan 2013

January 14, 2013
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Winter Flooding Jan 2013

Our seasonal creek started flowing out of season with white rapids today.  It’s been raining hard for hours…. days… now Almost three years ago, we had a 1,000 year flood that caused much devastation to our community. That flood altered our farm in several ways.  First, we ended up with enormous amounts of rock deposited…

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Darts with C02 ?

May 22, 2012
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Darts with C02 ?

Our little boy is 3.  He’s almost 4.  He was our very 1st baby born right here at home on the farm.  Our 8th baby born at home… just the 1st one born on this farm …..and 5th boy.  He’s proud of that. Our almost 4 year old has been anxiously awaiting his birthday.  For…

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Gooey ammonia-based USDA approved ‘pink slime’ in hamburger meat?

February 1, 2012
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Gooey ammonia-based USDA approved ‘pink slime’ in hamburger meat?

Is the unbelievably, disgusting Frankenstein food industry out of control?  This article is really eye opening.  While McDonalds says they are discontinuing ammonium hydroxide as an ingredient in their hamburger meat, my confidence in mega food industries remains even more skeptical and leery.  I’m all the more resigned to keeping this junk out of my…

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Admiring New Farm Life

January 28, 2012
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Admiring New Farm Life

This time our cow gave birth in just the nick of time.  We had a bad storm the day before and we were expecting tornadic weather the next night.  She gave birth between the bad weather and in just enough time to get everyone safely to the barn before the down pour and the wind…

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Training A Milk Cow?

January 25, 2012
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Training A Milk Cow?

1st time milking animals don’t know the milking routine.  You have to train a milk cow how to milk.  We’ve trained two enormous beasts how to milk.  That means we are not experts and still have much to learn and even if we had trained 100 cows to milk… the 101st would be completely different.…

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The Birth of a Guernsey Dairy Calf

January 23, 2012
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The Birth of a Guernsey Dairy Calf

We’ve been anxiously awaiting the birth of a dairy calf here on our farm.  After weeks of checking and rechecking and nightly treks out to the cow pasture….One of our milk cows, Dixie, finally gave birth to a large, healthy bull calf Sunday afternoon! If you haven’t read my post about Waiting On A Dairy…

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Waiting on a Dairy Calf

January 12, 2012
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Waiting on a Dairy Calf

We’ve been waiting on one of our milk cows to have her calf.  It’s sorta like a “watch pot never boils” scenario.  I was sure she was going to go last week…. and then she didn’t.  And then I was absolutely sure she was going to calve the other day… and then she didn’t.  So…

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New Years Family Update

January 10, 2012
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New Years Family Update

We pray for blessings We pray for peace Comfort for family, protection while we sleep We pray for healing, for prosperity We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering All the while, You hear each spoken need Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things…… Another year has started.  2012…

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Tennessee Amish Plow Boy Produce Auction

July 6, 2011
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Tennessee Amish Plow Boy Produce Auction

I loaded up the kids and we headed to the Plow Boy Amish Produce Auction last week.  It always proves to be a fun outing!  If you haven’t read what I’ve written about the Plow Boy Auction in the past, check out this link:  Tennessee Plow Boy Produce Auction It is a large auction of…

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How To Hatch Out Chicks

June 29, 2011
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How To Hatch Out Chicks

I’m not exactly sure how to hatch out chicks at home using a incubator.  We tried it once.  We used a small styrofoam incubator a few years ago and attempted to hatch chicks very unsuccessfully.  We religiously monitored the temperature, humidity and turned the eggs three times a day.  At the end of the 3 weeks of torture trying to hatch out…

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Weeding and Watering Garden and Soul

June 28, 2011
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Weeding and Watering Garden and Soul

In between all the rain last week and this week, we worked in the garden every day planting more garden seeds and continuing to do battle against the weeds.    It’s still not completely up and going, but it’s much better than the garden jungle we had a little while ago. This week, I replanted green bean seeds.  The…

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Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk

June 27, 2011
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A few nights ago, my 13 year old son was about to orbit Mars when our new Guernsey dairy cow, Izzy, kicked over the 3 gallon milking pail which was almost full of creamy, frothy fresh milk.  She kicked.  He scrambled for the milk pail and missed and we watched the milk flow like a river all over the milking area. …

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Bringing Home A Dairy Cow

June 23, 2011
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Bringing Home A Dairy Cow

Last week, we took a 3 hour trip to fetch a newly freshened dairy cow to add to our Guernsey herd.  On our way, we also stopped by a Guernsey Dairy Farm and picked up a newborn bull calf.       The trip went smoothly.  Everyone watched giddy and excited as we loaded her up.  She handled the ride in…

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Cow Pregnancy Test

June 21, 2011
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Cow Pregnancy Test

It would be nice if they made a cow pregnancy test where you could just stick the little plastic indicator under the cow’s urine flow and have it read the cow baby hormone in about 30 seconds.  I mean, really, how hard is that?  But then again, I’ve seen a cow pee and I wouldn’t want to be the…

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