Sure, you get sniffly, your plants die, and your animals start acting possessed, but, the fall colors are fantastic and you get frost flowers! National Weather Service has an awesome article on the perfect conditions for these beauties. Keep your eyes peeled this week, you may not see them for another year! https://www.weather.gov/lmk/frost_flowers
I went to Florida for a 3 day conference week before last, and apparently I missed fall in South Carolina while I was gone. The weather, it seems, has decided it is time for winter.
As you may have read awhile back, we recently rented a no till drill from the county soil and water conservation district and sowed rye and orchard grasses as well as crimson clover.
My old man never gets much attention any more. Either I’m working with the colt, cows, or we’re doing chores. He doesn’t seem to mind. Truth be told, he’s an antisocial creature. But when I need him, he usually pulls through. We rounded up cows last night for annual shots, and since it was ourContinue reading “A Good Horse”
HA! File that under biggest lies I’ve ever told myself. Baby cows drink SOME milk. And eat hay. And steal their mommy’s grain. They’re ravenous. Which explains their explosive growth rate, but I certainly did not account for feeding the little creatures big cow food throughout the winter.
As a one time FFA enthusiast and sometime conservation biology student, I try to do things right here on the farm. Low chemical use, select cutting of trees (except gum trees. They get ALL the chemicals and ALL the cutting), etc. So when it came time to overseed our pastures, our first year I didContinue reading “No Till Drills”
This is my first year ever putting in a fall garden. Though, when it is still over 90 some days, can we really call it fall? Aside from the traditional greens, carrots, peas, and broccoli; my father-in-law recommended we put in green beans and purple hulls as well. I was not convinced at first, asContinue reading “Fall Gardening”
Well, we’ve hit a milestone. It has been 8 days now since our older calf, SirLoin, has made an escape. We added six strands around the remainder of the pasture, and he STILL got out last Tuesday. He was using our handy dandy walkthroughs, which have now been blocked off. I think that has fixedContinue reading “8 Days Post Outbreak”
And it was blessedly uneventful! To be fair, we had two cows, so is that really even a season? I am so thankful that our second calf was born and that neither cow needed assistance in the process. It is quite lovely to just go into the pasture and see a newborn baby! Everyone, meetContinue reading “Calving Season is Over”
Saturday was chicken processing day. It’s been on the calendar for months. And a more perfect day we could not have asked for. Cool, overcast, and slightly misty. We ended up processing 12 birds, and along about numbers 7 or 8, my neighbors called to say that SirLoin had escaped. Again. Lets take a momentContinue reading “Calf Fencing – Round 2”