Farm Journal

Continuing Forward with Gardening

May 27, 2014
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Continuing Forward with Gardening

So we’ve been a bit busy.  Now that the long, cold winter is over…. …and then spring time was welcomed with much joy even with some storm damage and flooding. Now summer time is getting started with all hands on deck doing much needed garden work.  Last year, our garden was practically non-existent due 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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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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What’s Going on at the Farm?

July 16, 2010
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What’s Going on at the Farm?

We have lots going on around the farm.  The flood put a damper on our  progress and we have been having to deal with cleaning up piles and piles of river rock.  We did get the rock off our main pasture fence and stood it up straight again.  The rock is still all around us..but…

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Ice Weather

January 12, 2010
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Ice Weather

We are very thankful the temperatures are supposed to be pulling up into the 40’s tomorrow!!!   We’re wondering if that is going to happen! We’ve enjoyed the winter wonderland.  We had 3 days of snow falling from the sky last week…not accumulating much on the ground…but definitely beautiful!  We’ve had I’ve-lost-count-how-many days of below freeeeezing weather. …

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Pig Sitting and Delivery

August 19, 2009
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This is kind of a farm update, but also a fun look at the “little things” of farm life that we over look so much of the time.  I say little things, because when we think of owning animals we think of caring for them, feeding them, etc…  But we don’t often remember that those…

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Cows Shares Announced

July 25, 2009
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As you have probably seen by now, we have been working on a new backend for vaughnshire.com.  We are maintaining the blog for the usual family update, political rants, and theological musings, but we felt the farm needed a little more flexibility than the blog could provide.  We have a lot of exciting plans for…

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What about the Guernsey Cow?

May 27, 2009
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What about the Guernsey Cow?

We have been so busy living the life of cow owners, that we have not even taken the time to really share all the great benefits of our Guernsey milk.  Here is a quick list of recommended articles that will help explain why we passed over the dozens of Jersey cows and sought out another Guernsey…

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Back to milking

May 15, 2009
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Back to milking

We lost our milk cow back in August of 2008.  Since then, we have been searching for another Guernsey.  Guernsey cows are difficult to find around here.  Most family farming people  prefer the smaller Jersey cow.  The Jersey cow gives a nice amount of creamy milk and works well with a family farm, however we were already sold…

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Just a few farm tools for the pond

March 17, 2009
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Just a few farm tools for the pond

In an effort to repair his pond from the devastating effects that the 2007 drought caused, he has been tending his pond like a sick puppy (…like he would attend a sick puppy, not like I would…). He’s already added bentonite clay.  Today, he walked in the house with a big bag and a box and a smile. …

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Look! No Horns!

March 12, 2009
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Look!  No Horns!

Our Nubian milk goat’s horns fell off after about 3 1/2 weeks.  Here’s the story about how and why we banded the goat’s horns:  The Trouble with Goat Horns.  Here’s a picture of her with horns. Here’s a picture of her horns in the process of falling off. Wow! Look at that!  No Horns!  Here’s a…

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Incubating Chicken Eggs: We have a chick!

March 3, 2009
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Incubating Chicken Eggs:  We have a chick!

Late last night our first chick finally hatched out of its egg.  Just in case anyone is wondering…chicks don’t immediately hatch out of their eggs.  It takes forever.    Here’s the shell.  It has been quite fascinating for the children to see the process of taking an egg, incubating it, turning it, keeping it warm and then…

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De-Horning Update

March 2, 2009
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De-Horning Update

So far Chessnut still has horns… although they are loose.  The banding appears to be working as planned, with a couple minor draw backs.  First, she cut milk production by about 20%.  Which makes sense, but not something we had on the radar or we may have waited for this procedure. Secondly, even with her weakened…

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They are so cute!

February 3, 2009
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They are so cute!

Well, she had TWINS!!!  We are all very excited and thrilled that the final ewe to lamb had twins!  They are doing well and we let them out of the lambing pen the other day to join the other sheep in the pasture.  The babies are so cute and funny.  Sheep really do “boing”!

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Baby Lamb Photo

January 23, 2009
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Baby Lamb Photo

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