Around the Barnyard — 5 Comments

  1. I am looking forward to fall, a new season of work on our farm too. We have been putting up hay all summer. The garden was consumed by horn worms (I didn’t put out much this year anyway). We purchased a hog at the county fair for the freezer (we do our beef in January). The fall is woodcutting, winterizing begins, general maintenance (catching up from being in the hayfields) and school starts. It seems to have been a very long hot summer. My buffs that I got April 24th have not started producing eggs yet. Maybe as the weather cools… my older flock have really cut back due to the heat. Cows pretty much just take care of their own. Around November we will pull the calves and sell them. Decide if there are any older cows that need to be sold and replaced with our heifers. I am looking forward to a different pace that is for sure.

    • Yes, around the time you start to get bored, thankfully it’s time to move on to the next thing. That’s what I love about a diverse farm enterprise. We’ll go through our lambs and make flock changes in September and start breeding in October. Then focus on the cows in Nov too, likely. We try to get everyone resettled (new home, freezer, etc.) before we have to start winter feeding everyone so we’re not feeding extra mouths. Hay is just through the roof in price (and NOT quality) around here.

  2. Those farm babies do look awfully cute. I’m a terrible bleeding heart. Your grass can’t be that bad, considering that your animals are thriving. I wonder what kind of pasture system you’re using? I enjoyed reading and am looking forward to your next post. Have a GREAT week.

    • We have high tensile perimeter fencing and divided our 20 acre field basically in half with an alley in the middle for moving/sorting. Inside the big fields we use 3 lines of temporary hot twine to create “strips” and we rotate every day or couple of days to a new “strip.” It’s had some break downs and we have trouble keeping the lines really HOT because of our sandy soil, but it’s going better and better every year.

      Our biggest thing has been accepting that our methods just don’t meet the “standards.” For example, our “grass” is what everyone else would call “weeds.” Regular grass struggles to grow here, but wiregrass and crabgrass flourish. Well, we’ve discovered that our sheep LOVE those “weeds” too. So we’ve stopped trying to plant fescues and stuff and are going with more natives, etc. and it’s working much better.

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