In the Fields…the Daily Farm Adventures {65}

Saturday afternoon we took reservations on all our lambs. Yep, the whole crop is spoken for.

Our whole lamb crop is reserved, now we're on to the rest of the fall work at The Lowe Farm {}

Customers will be coming on Oct 3rd and Oct 4th to pick up or process their animals. We also sold all our eggs and a handful of chickens. Remember all those free chicks we ended up with in the spring? We’ve been able to raise them and sell birds to several other folks to turn them into a profit. So what’s next, right?

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Fall is also breeding season, so in addition to keeping our lambs healthy and growing for the next few weeks to finish, the mild summer seems to have brought at least a few of our ewes into early heat. It’s a little early for our flock, and our ewes are awfully fat right now {smile} so we’ll have to see if they actually breed early or not. Tiberius seems more curious than actually interested right now.

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The cows are just hanging out eating as usual. Our bull calves will both be harvesting this Fall as well. One to our freezer and one for customers.

Do you remember this little guy from last winter? Molly’s little calf?

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Yeah, he’s all grown up now…

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The flies have been particularly bad this year. Here’s something interesting about our cattle…our Zebu are not as susceptible to flies. I don’t know why. I didn’t even notice it at first because the only other cows around are Molly, as a Zebu/Jersey cross. But we noticed at the Fair that our cattle attract waaaay less flies than the Angus cows on the Fairgrounds. And in our pastures, you can see that Molly is pestered more than the others.

You can see that her calf up there has almost no flies.

Then you can see here that Annabelle has almost no flies other than the occasional horse fly on her legs or belly.

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Then you can see poor Molly here has a lot more. Not as many as a standard beef breed, but more than the Zebu. All those black marks are flies pestering her.

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And this is the worst we’ve seen them around here. On the whole I think we’ve been fortunate. However, I found a recipe for Homemade Fly Spray on Pinterest that we might try to give her a little relief.

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We don’t usually treat our cows with anything. We haven’t had any issues with internal parasites (unlike the sheep) and the flies are rarely bad enough to need treatment, so our cows live a pretty au natural lifestyle. Green grass and sunshine and they’re pretty carefree.

If you have any tried and true natural fly treatments, I’d love to hear them! Particularly how you give the treatment to the cows when they’re not halter trained. Molly’s friendly and curious, but she doesn’t just come when I call. Do you have fly problems at your farm? I remember the dairy farm we rented at when we were first married…whew! The flies were so bad you couldn’t leave your car windows down or your car would be covered!

Speaking of Fall work, we’re gearing up for winter around here and there’s new coats on the Christmas lists for the kiddos. We’ll have two getting passed down, but we’ll need to buy a new one for the Ladybug and new coveralls for the boys this year.

Will you be needing new winter gear this year?

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Canadian Visitors…the Daily Farm Adventures {64}

We have a new bird of prey moving into the neighborhood and I'm a little nervous. I think he's eyeing my chickens! {} #naturestudy #owls #homestead

We have some new visitors in the neighborhood. A flock of Canadian geese has taken up residence in our big front field every morning for the last two weeks or so. I’m a little frustrated that most of my pictures are either far away or of them moving away. They don’t get “scared” when we’re around, they just turn and mosey off across the field and all I get are pictures of their tails. It sounds very Fall-ish as they honk on their fly-overs. As usual, everyone else on the farm is {shrug} undisturbed. We’re not quite so casual about the … Continue Reading…

The Value of Serving TOGETHER

The value of serving TOGETHER, as a couple, in your church or community. {via}

If you follow us on Facebook, you might have seen some of our summer posts about Mr. Fix-It and I leading a VBS class together this past summer. Not just being someone else’s helper, but planning, teaching, and leading our own class. Together. It was a completely new experience for us, as individuals and as a couple. I’ll just come right out and admit that I was nervous. One, because it was new. And two, because Mr. Fix-It and I are very different personality-wise and this kind of activity really, really highlights those differences. I’m a planner (literally, my job … Continue Reading…

Back-To-School Means It Must Be Fall

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Be still my poor, pounding, Momma-heart…my munchkins are so grown now! Getting ready for school, getting them off to school, getting them home from school, and getting them use to school has taken up pretty much my every waking minute lately. Oh yeah, and then soccer, and lamb sorting (lamb harvest is just a few weeks away!), and now Mr. Fix-It and I are teaching 4th-6th graders at church on Wednesday nights. We’ve had friends over for football and friends over for lunch and friends over for shooting…sigh…life simply never stops. At all. As I’ve noted on our Facebook page, … Continue Reading…

Are They Grown, Or Not?

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Mr. Fix-It and I have spent a lot of time talking about current events lately. Always dangerous! {smile} And about our munchkins growing up so fast and all the new things just over the horizon for our family…like public school and riding the bus and the Ladybug mentioning that she wants a TV in her own room. (Um…no.) Something that has long been on my mind because of my other job (the full-time, in an office, get a paycheck, one) and now is on his mind too, is the almost schizophrenic American culture of childhood safety and risk assessment. For … Continue Reading…

Sailboats, Birthdays, and Blue Chairs..the Daily Farm Adventures {63}

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Usually the Daily Farm Adventures are filled with…well…farm adventures. {smile} But this weekend our days were filled with sailboats and shopping for the Ladybug’s birthday. She turns 10 today, ya know. And she celebrated in grand style by winning the church’s first Sailboat Regatta! The kiddos and Mr. Fix-It have been working on their first sailboats for a week now. They sanded, and sanded, and sanded, and sanded some more, and then painted. This was the first time they used spray paint. There were a few runs, but mostly on the curved bottom, so you don’t notice. The Ladybug went … Continue Reading…

Thoughts of the End of Summer…the Daily Farm Adventures {62}

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I came across this quote on Pinterest the other day and just loved it… I’m still struggling a little with keeping my camera in hand this year. But I find that my eye is still…trained?…prepped?…to see things that I would have missed before. I find that this farm life has shown me to appreciate things I wouldn’t have thought to like before. To see with new eyes. To be inspired by things I would have completely passed by. Like buzzards… I always associated them with death before, and that is hard. But I’ve learned that on the farm, sometimes they … Continue Reading…