Well, we've gotten a little behind in the news reporting lately. A quick update: • the 4th beltie calf was born- finally!! • a bunch of guinea keats are scurrying around (with parental escort of course) • about 500 bales in the barn so far with about 15 acres to bale up today • hay rock got thrashed on Saturday - now Steve the welder is here making quick repairs (photo) • also, 4 tents full for 4th July weekend- everyone seems to be having a grand time so far!
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.
Dan & Kate & Lucia & Isaac
cows on their Winter paddock
Lucia's snow chunk
sheep in their Winter pen
Pete taking strings off of some round bales
Pete and Greg refurbishing an old wood stove for the pod
Well, we finished the last of the haying this week. Put the last wagon load in the barn this evening. It might get a little lean toward the end of the Winter as we didn't quite meet our goal of 2500 bales. In fact we've only got about 1700 square bales, but we also had our neighbor make about 50 large (500+ lb) round bales from our field which we'll use primarily for feeding the belties (cows). If we make good use of the re-growing pastures through Dec or Jan then we just might come out the other side with a surpluss - hard sayin' not knowin'
The weather report looks fantastic so we cut our neighbors field today. Hoping for a dry Wednesday and crisp dry Thursday morning so we can get nice dry bales that afternoon. Pics on the Daily-Blog soon.
Finally - some more hay in the barn after months of waiting for more than 1 day straight without a thunder-shower or two.We had several bailer breakdowns (again) but also some great extra help getting it all into the barn. Can't complain.
So, check back for some pictures of the grass party and a few more details about our haying efforts this year and maybe a few deeper words about haying philosophy and winter grazing.