Just a quick note to say that we finally decided to put down our injured beltie heifer. She was not improving and appeared to be in pain or at least great discomfort. We have butchered her for pet food. We feel that is the best, safest and least wasteful way to use her meat. Perhaps we will revisit the nuances of this experience in a later post. In better news! A little beltie calf was born this morning. Despite the cold he/she appears to be doing very well. There are no guarantees this time of year (or ever). Its critical that she it gets a good dose of colostrum (cows early milk after delivery) and that it's mamma remains very attentive. So far so good.
Ok, enough with the farm births you say. Well how's about sum farm fresh butter! (that's just me gettin' folksy in the presence of down-home farm goodness) Here's a pic of our first Sierra butter. More to come from Kate about how farm fresh butter from pastured cow's milk can garnish your toast, cure cancer, and hasten peace on Earth!
two more li'l belties born since i last blogged.
have a look.
um, sorry - it's that little guy with the white belt. closer photos next time.
Stony Creek Farm's first ever calf was born this morning to one of our beautiful Belties!
and yes, there was one more set of lambs to come. and they came today - two more healthy lambs. i think we are now finally done lambing. brings the total born to 41. 2 have died. i'll do a final count tomorrow to be sure.
Yes, there may still be one set on the way. But we had two more mamas give birth today.
One, Evie, this morning gave birth to two beautiful black lambs - a boy and a girl.
And then on an amazing sunset walk with some good friends we discovered another Finn mama with four.
Yes, F-O-U-R lambs.
At first dan and I didn't know what we were seeing. Totally unprecedented. They were all up and being licked and trying to nurse.
We'll see how they look in the morning.
The other lambs look incredible. Even the one that I had to force to nurse looks healthy and robust.
The rain today has helped out immensely and now the green around here has really popped!
We need to get weeding and mulching! Potatoes HAVE to go in this weekend. Hope things dry up a bit...
time to get to work.
Had the first of the Rhubarb from the garden, some asparagus and greens from the gardens as well.
Discovered mint along a spring across the creek. What an amazing bounty the earth is already providing for us!
Well, we had to cancel our may day celebration because of the tremendous amount of work that lies in front of us to get this ecotourism thing off the ground by June. And of course the farm continues to thrive and grow - seedlings to plant, peas coming up, weeds to pull out, lambs being born, chickens to move to new grass, eggs to collect, beef cows to check on. Still, we had a couple of friends stop by yesterday. The day turned out to be gorgeous by the afternoon.
Some lambs were born in the morning - one needed some help getting to its incredibly patient mama, Angel. The little bugger seemed done for after Kate assisted it around 1 o'clock. But by 2 o'clock the little guy was up and trying to nurse on his own. What an amazing thing to watch. He continues to thrive today, with his big sister and patient mama on the lookout.
Mom and dad, aka Nonno and Nonna came over to play . We thought we were going to get some plants in the ground. Instead we put up a May Pole and buried some feathers in the hay and set up a hayride. All per Lucia's instructions, "the hay pile goes here" "is this how long the ribbons should be" Isaac slept soundly while Nonno whiled away the time playing games on his ipod.
Some good friends brought our barn cats back from the spay day at Delhi. thank you bret and laura! Their daughters Elena and Sabine had fun riding in the mule and taking a woods walk where our new tents are going to go. then Lucia and Elena turned into Laura and Mary from the LIttle House on the Prairie for the rest of the evening! Never seen two little girls so enjoy themselves!!
The newest member of our family, Elizabeth, brought her family over for a tour and walk about as well. We all had a great time eating trout lilies, talking about how amazing our creek is, thinking up names for the tents and smashing caterpillar tents (okay, I guess Lucia and I were the only ones doing that last thing).
Of course while all of this is going on Dan and his father were overseeing the excavation of three of the tents sites. Peter cutting out dead trees and dan piling them up to be wood chipped later. The Excavator did a beautiful job: nice level sites, with minimal damage to the surrounding area. Dan and I are ready to move our house over there.
So far our tents are named: sunset, trout lily, creek side, may apple, pasture walk, hideaway, - well we could change a few. But that is wehre we are for now.
Oh, and in case you think that is too much for a weekend, that was just Saturday!
At night, I drove to Delhi to pick up a prospective apprentice, Terra. She spent the night. And after pancakes in the morning we went straight to work transplanting cabbages and lettuce into the garden. We moved the sheep. Terra got to carry a newborn lamb into the new area with its concerned mama bleating all the way. Terra finished transplanting lettuces while dan and I picked up some large saplings from the tent site and replanted them near the house. After a bite to eat Terra and I headed out to Nonna's house to pick up Lucia and Isaac. After a delivery of some diapers, Terra and I headed to Oneonta so that she could catch the 3 o'clock bus to the city. A short visit that will hopefully turn into a long summer stay.
Dan did some more overseeing with the excavator, finished up some graphics work and coordinated some things for tomorrow - for we receive the tents tomorrow!! Yike-o's.
Hope everyone out there had an equally rewarding weekend!
Hey everybody, sorry for the long delay in blogging. We've been busy.Here are just a few things that have been going on since we last wrote. (In no particular order)
• Summer apprentice Alyssa left a couple days ago to pursue a short design internship before returning to Syracuse University to continue her Industrial Design studies • started haying and got caught in the rain..bummer. Only got one wagon load into the barn before torrential rains and heavy winds that blew our second hay wagon down the hill and crashing into the wood line by the road. Yikes. On a positive note, Pete and Dan spent Sunday performing a major wagon transplant and now the old dangerous wagon has new life on a new (to us) set of running gear. pictures in a future post • guinea keets born!! (10 of twelve were missing yesterday so stay tuned) • 4 chicks born to one of our laying hens! • turkeys doing great / they now have access to outdoors and will soon be in a new paddock all their own • more to come...
Here are some quick pictures of the first 2. More to come...
Our sow Gertrude gave birth to twelve beautiful piglets early this morning. She must have know it was kate's birthday and wanted to piggyback (sorry) on the day's good cheer.