Year: 2016

Homesteading

December 30, 2016

Tralah, tralee, today’s my birthday, lucky me.  I’ll give my animals a treat, for each what he likes best to eat. . .(From The Jolly Barnyard , children’s book.) So today for my birthday we got to work on a project I wanted to work on, and that is refurbishing the greenhouse.  One, I sometimes […]

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December 10, 2016

Sad news.  One of our calves died.  This particular calf has been a little different since we got him.  Always slow, napping all the time, and apparently when we put him in the pasture, he couldn’t function on his own, even though we were feeding him every night, and there was plenty of grass to […]

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December 5, 2016

It seems like I haven’t written in a while (which is true).  We have been so busy doing things for our daughter’s wedding here at the farm.  However, that included finishing up projects here at the farm, so the farm could look good, as well as retain functionality.  For example, we finally have a two […]

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November 6, 2016

So busy finishing up the calf barn and getting ready for my daughter’s wedding.  We are moving right along on the calf barn in what spare time we can muster.  My husband specially made a support piece for the door. We made the door down in the basement, and we put it up today. We […]

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October 28, 2016

Today is a very good day.  I am finally starting to feel better from this 3 week illness I have had.  One thing about being on a farm and having an illness, the animals still need to be fed.  Today I was running a little late and one of my border collies, Phoenix, came and […]

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October 17, 2016

Days 3 and 4 of merging the calves/weaning the older ones went without incident, and today is day 5.  However, watching the smallest calf be lonely on this side of the fence made me worry.  I also was worried the he was not learning as much from the older calves as he needed to.  So […]

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October 14, 2016

Day Two of merging the herd/Day One of weaning. Yesterday, I left the calves in the fence with the older steer until it was time for their next bottle which was about 6:00.  At that time, my husband got home and we made bottles and took them to the fence.  We had no trouble whatsoever […]

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October 13, 2016

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!  I was one scared cow mama today.  You see I have two Black Angus steer that are about 13 months old.  AND I have five Brown Swiss bottle calves that range in age from 8 weeks to 5 weeks.  I could not find anything online that speaks to this situation of turning […]

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October 12, 2016

We are continuing to work on the calf barn, but have not progressed a lot due to illnesses and a hurricane (working only on weekends).  However, we are making progress.  The next part of the progress was to put in the posts necessary to finishing both ends of the calf barn, as well as where […]

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September 26, 2016

Well, we have finally begun our little calf barn from the metal carport.  Does anyone else have to add things small steps at a time?  Between our full time jobs, the now five bottle calves, getting ready for our daughter’s wedding, etc., we have to add things in with small steps of progress to keep […]

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