This is the story of how I learned how to properly care for our pastures. Photos from when we first bought the property, fall 2012: When we first put livestock on our property in 2013, we fenced 1 acre to start (out of 3 that were in pasture) and continuously grazed with a few calves [...]
It's been a long time since the last post! The dark winter months are starting to let up and spring is just around the corner. We've come out of lambing doing well this year, despite the rocky start losing 2 out of 3 triplets from our new ewe Ginger.
The wheat harvest did not go as planned. Mostly, this means that the chickens broke into my hoop where it was drying and decimated my crop. The good news is that this fed them for 3 days. The bad news is that it took me 6 months and 100 sq ft to grow enough feed for [...]
I thought we were overrun with babies before, but we have more than ever! There are 100 meat chicks in the brooder, future egg-layer chicks hatching from the incubator, baby rabbits on the way, bottle piglets, and plenty of lambs. The momma sheep have been excellent at their jobs and have really helped this newbie [...]
There are all kinds of babies running around the farm, and there will soon be more. We've got chicks, piglets, lambs, and bunnies! The piglets have been doing a fine job of tilling the garden. When we first brought them in the whole thing was covered in grass. Now it looks like someone took a [...]
With any luck, the ewes are all bred up and ready for lambing in April/May. The ram's aggressive tendencies have not let up, so he is currently for sale and may become mutton. The girls are fat and gaining quickly for the worst of winter. Spotty, Sarah, Helena, and Cow needed a deworming one last [...]