Hard to say for sure since I don't eat all that much grass, but these guys seem quite content on there new paddock. It really is amazing how the grass sneaks up on us here in Walton. One minute there's nothing (let's say about April 20th) and the next minute - well, see for yourself. (sorry for the poor picture quality - i’ll shoot some new ones tomorrow)

Also moved the layers today to follow these guys and break up the cow patties (aka poop). One little mistake had us scampering around in the heat today trying to catch layers that had hopped out of the moving chicken house. So much for the "good enough is perfect" latch on the back door!

Next time it will be screwed shut before I pull it down the road.

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We were greeted this morning by a phone call from our neighbor Anna, "The Belted Galloways are out." she said calmly. A few more details and we were on our way out the door about 7:30. My first thought was to blame the 15" of snow that fell recently. As it turned out the snow really saved our butts. We tracked them down on the road. Kate blocked the road with our big fat Volvo and I ushered them back on the four-wheeler. They high-tailed it back down the trail cut through the snow right into their fenced area. They had simply pushed a big mound of hay on top of the electric tape. Once back in they seemed content to wait for me to fluff up there mound of loose hay. A few started munching and we tightenned up the fence and added a few posts. In other news Elle blessed us with some early lambs! Cute sturdy looking fellows. (gender currently unknown) We failed to get the ram out early enough in the Fall and figured there was at least a small possibility that this might happen. There's a good chance that more will come soon. Weather report calls for a warmish week nearing 40 with no rain. As good a week for Winter lambing as you can hope.

Greg made some delicious blueberry pancakes that I washe down with a delicious cup of coffee.

All things considered- fantastic Sunday morning!

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Good things the animals know what to do in a snowstorm: they STAND there.

Mostly anyways. We just hiked over to the our small herd of Belted Galloways and Abby, a milking shorthorn. They have a good bit of protection from a small crop of Hawthorn and Maple trees. When we got there they were all standing still under the trees. Their backs had a sprinkling of snow...they must have had good cover since about five inches has fallen in the last few hours.

The sheep also look like an oil painting: still, quiet and beautiful.

We are expecting another 12-18 inches in the next 18 hours. CRAZY.

I continue to work with Sierra. Brushing her and massaging her udders. Even though she barely lets me near them. I am doing what I can. And I am realizing that much of my self confidence is tied to my relationship with her. The better we work together. The more confident I feel. Yesterday, she bopped me, accidently I know, with her knee (?) while I was brushing her. An amateur's mistake. Why was my face down near her leg? I know that they come up when they kick and I also know that she is touchy around that area. SHe also nipped my hand while Lucia and I were feeding her some old apples. Again, I know it was my mistake. And I now have full faith that she is not doing something to me on purpose.

We have had her on the farm now for a year and a half and she will finally begin to pay her rent, so to speak. She is due on March 18th. Let the milking begin!

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Well, the snow is falling from the sky again. 6-10 inches predicted for tomorrow.It is quiet and soft and lovely. My dad said perhaps we will ski tomorrow. He is finally feeling better after a visit to North Carolina to see my brother's family. Too many kid germs. He got back and became violently ill. Poor guy.

The snow sprinkles down and all is still. For now. We have begun planning in earnest and taking a look at what we can actually afford to grow/do this year. The garden is taking shape on paper. I love the straight lines of the ruler and the grid paper. And I equally love the little curves and wobbles that the garden takes once it is carved into the soil.

I worked with Sierra today: tying her to the railing of her pen, brushing her, touching her bulging udder, and then finally giving her a treat of grains and minerals. She is due in the middle of March and it is going to take every bit of training that I can do between now and then to get her used to all of the attention that she is going to be getting.

We are getting over 3 dozen eggs a day from our chickens, and are in need of a sales outlet. This glut of eggs is so common at this time of year. No farmers markets and the few natural food stores in this area are swamped!!

Come buy eggs!! We have to keep them up at our house since the fridge in the store had to be turned off.

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ok, so it's not Christmas just yet. But if it doesn't come soon little Lucia is gonna bust a cog. We're all decked out and waiting for Santa to come. Things have been pretty snowy around here for a couple weeks now - though we didn't get a single flake from the recent craziness along the East coast. Lot's of light snow in the forecast for this week though (maybe a little rain on Christmas, ughh)

We haven't checked in for quite some time about our animals or our wonderful bounty of offerings in the farm store. Our freezers are stocked so please come on by. We can pretty much guarantee that you'll find all the pork and lamb you could want. I'll post our most current price sheet to the price-list link.

best wishes,

Dan & Kate & Lucia & Isaac

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cows on their Winter paddock

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cia's snowball

Lucia's snow chunk

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sheep in their Winter pen

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Pete taking strings off of some round bales

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Pete and Greg refurbishing an old wood stove for the pod

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two more li'l belties born since i last blogged.

have a look.

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um, sorry - it's that little guy with the white belt. closer photos next time.

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Stony Creek Farm's first ever calf was born this morning to one of our beautiful Belties!

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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.

-dan

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well, maybe. we looked at some beautiful animals yesterday. might be in our future. stay tuned...

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Just when I was saying to Dan, "Sierra hasn't been in heat for a while now. I wonder when we will be able to breed her?"

We woke up this morning to a beautiful mooing cow. Because of the site of our house: her pasture is directly across the creek from us. With our windows open, her moo sounds like she is right there in our front yard!

Mark your calendars! A few more months and we will be calling the Artificial Insemination specialist! Not our preferred way to breed animals, but a bull for a single heifer is not very cost effective. Not to mention the fact that nobody here feels confident enough to have a big guy like that around. But in the future, when we have our small herd of heifers and mama cows....anything is possible!!

Fresh chicken available today at the farm. Come by between 2-6pm for the 10% discount from our market prices.

See you soon.

kate

Here are some recent photos from the gardens...

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Meet Sierra, our lovely new Jersey calf. We're already dreaming of fresh raw butter and tall glasses of frothy whole milk. All in time. For now we'll simply be babying her like a member of the family.

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