Category: Agrarian Life

How do I save my cow from bloat?

I hate when I have to ask this question.  It is the usual story – at least around here.  There is a new milker in the stall (both the cow and the boy), we are late for school, the barn door…

Farmer Boy II – Born Again Dirt

We just listened to an encouraging interview on Generations with Vision featuring Noah Sanders.  Kevin and Noah layout a good understanding of our current agrarian / economic system and the challenges we face going forward.  Of course if it only threw…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. …

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…

Giving Up On the Garden ?

We came home to a scary overgrown jungle in the garden after being gone for a week.  I stood at the garden fence looking in at the wild jungle that had tripled in size in just a week.   I grow great super…

The Dairy Bull Conversation

  Spanky’s Daddy They say that the most dangerous farm animal is a dairy bull.  And even more dangerous, is the bottle-fed dairy bull because he does not fear the hand that fed him.  We happen to have a bottle-fed…

Downsizing our Chicken Flock

It was a very good day.  About a month ago, we sold half of our chickens.  An unusual feeling of happy giddiness overwhelmed me that day as I thought of those birds leaving my farm for good.  I still think of…

Farm Illusions

We talk a lot about becoming more deliberate and serious about growing our own food.  At different seasons, we’ve done better than others.  This year we completed the task of putting up the greenhouse.  It took us a long time, but…

Pastured Pork

We love farm raised meat!  We’ve been raising our own meat for several years now and it’s been such a blessing to our family.  Last year, our momma pig had 5 piglets who have now grown up and are ready to…