Agrarian Life

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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How do I save my cow from bloat?

March 6, 2012
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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 gets left loose, the cows take advantage and have free access to the feed barrel…

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Farmer Boy II – Born Again Dirt

March 3, 2012
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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 stones at the current system it would be one thing, but they offer a viable…

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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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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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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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Giving Up On the Garden ?

June 20, 2011
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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 weeds and rocks. I stood gazing at the garden in a cloud of despair.  I…

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The Dairy Bull Conversation

June 18, 2011
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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 Guernsey dairy bull on our farm that has now grown into teenager-bullhood.  There really wasn’t…

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Downsizing our Chicken Flock

June 10, 2011
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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 that day and it makes me smile.  Now, don’t get me wrong…. I love farm fresh…

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Farm Illusions

June 10, 2011
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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 finally, I can look out my front window and see a semi-circle of plastic sitting…

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Pastured Pork

May 16, 2011
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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 head to the butcher.  I’m so excited about this for a couple of reasons: First,…

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Vaughnshire Family Farming- Winter and Spring 2011

May 4, 2011
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Vaughnshire Family Farming- Winter and Spring 2011

We remembered this thing we have called a blog.  I’m not sure if anyone has missed us…but we are still here.  I hope to start farm blogging again and occasionally, turn it over to my older boys to blog about the happenings at Vaughnshire Farm for those interested.  I’ll briefly catch up this year…. The beginning of…

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