I ordered a hard copy today of this report to keep at the Seed Plant for customer reference. Both the hard copy and the download are free!
All three kitties are banished to the outdoors completely for a couple of days. This morning they received their twice a year droncit tablet to deal with the nasty tapeworms. They are very good about allowing me to shove a pill down their throats – each accepted their medicine on the first go and, as usual, didn’t bite or scratch. Good, brave kitties.
Next week is Strongid. Much easier being a liquid and they like the taste.
Thoughtfully explained; with gentleness and respect.
Just finished pregnancy checking a few cows, including my recip (recipient) cows. Remember that 10 cows were implanted with Aberdeen-Angus embryos on the 24th and 25th of September. The verdict: of the ten, six are bred! That is 60%! Which is so exciting. It sounds like a low percentage, but consider that these embryos were collected and frozen in Scotland on 17 March 2015, then shipped frozen in August to Los Angeles, passed through customs, then on to GENEX in Billings, Montana continuing to Trans-Ova in Chillicothe, MO. Then thawed and implanted. That’s a LOT of room for error.
These cows are scheduled to calve about 25 June 2016. A lot can happen between now and then and even at calving and during the calf’s growing years. So the risk continues.
Suffice it to say, i may have the most colourful recip cows in the county!
Once a year I make soap. It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients, but it does take a lot of work, to make several years’ worth of homemade healthy, clean soap that doesn’t dry out your skin like commercial body soaps can. Many of the ingredients I have to order (i order mine from Essential Depot), but our home raised grassfinished beef tallow and my neighbour’s beeswax are key ingredients as well.
We don’t manage bees on our farms, but our neighbour does and he shares beeswax with me. Lots of ways to farm. Thanks to our neighbour, Kevin, for caring for bees and their hives and producing great honey. He stopped by last week and gave me some wax.
Agricultural production opportunities abound, but none that i’ve found come without dedication, hard work, and passion. It’s unlikely you’ll become financially wealthy either, but there is more to life than that.
Got a late start this morning, but headed up to roll up a polybraid, then take it to the paddock where the cows were and set it up. I had put off rolling this polybraid up all summer and because of that, there was some damage to the wire (it wasn’t energised all this time) from deer, calves, sheep chewing on it and breaking the tiny wires braided inside the poly.
Thinking the cows would be starving (they act like that a lot), I provided them far too large a stockpiled paddock. They just ran around trampling their food and kicking up their heels! Despite standing knee deep in fresh grass, after about an hour, some of them had wandered back into the old paddock to nibble on short clovers.
This is the first strip of winter stockpile I’ve turned them onto this season. The paddock size is 17.9 acres, but they’ve been alloted about 7, which as i said was far too much. It’s grown pretty good although this is growth since May, not August- September, so the quality will not be as good and I’ll need to watch the condition of the cows as winter becomes more severe and they need more energy. I estimated there are about 7 inches of forage at about 350 lbs per inch giving 2450# per acre. Given the number of cows and calves in this mob, they eat about 6000# per day, so this 7 acre allotment should yield about 17,150 lbs or 3 days of grazing. It will be interesting to see how close i get to the estimation.
Forecasting snow flurries by morning.
Quick trip to my farm to shift the cows across the road.
Yes, i was just there yesterday, but discovered that I had grossly overestimated the amount of forage the cows would have, so they had to be moved today.
Took Dallas with me just in case my temporary netting decided to take flight in our 33 mph gusting winds. But all went well; he wouldn’t have needed to go, but sure gave me extra peace of mind. Taking out mineral,
shutting gates, and draining a water tank took us 55 minutes. Driving up there and back takes 1 hour 15 minutes. Obviously, I usually plan to spend more time up there to justify the trip.