A slow change

Farm life continues on in it’s wonderful, slow, often predictable plodding.

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The weather has taken a shift. We are experiencing a cold, misty rain every couple of days and the trees in the mountains are starting to show color. But yesterday was dry and clear, so I moved the cows to our pastures. We have several large bales of hay that would be hard to move to the barn. So I just brought the cows here instead.

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I lead Maisy over to our place and the other cows are supposed to follow. Maisy has been to our pastures many times and she has the routine down pretty well.

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But the younger cows forget that they are supposed to stay with momma.

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And they end up eating the chicken food or the lawn.

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Just a little persuasion with grain moves them together.

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And they are back in their own little herd.

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Next year I’m planning to grow sunflowers in this spot where the cows are right now. Everyone on the farm has a job. These girls (and Phil) are doing their part by eating down the heavy grass and making important deposits to the cause.

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We should have GREAT flowers here next summer!

 

The egg production has definitely taken a dive. The chickens look like they are hard at work in this picture, but they are faking it while the camera is trained on them.

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They really just lounge around the coop eating bon- bons and gossiping all day. I know this because there are candy wrappers and beverage cans on the coop floor each evening~ and no eggs.

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The pigs are gaining nicely. I’m guessing they are close to a good market weight now. It will be time to move them on soon. I sometimes have to remind the kids that the pigs are here to feed us and others. We give them great lives while they live with us. Then they must fulfil their destinies.

Like Joel Salatin says: they only have one bad day.

The farm isn’t a petting zoo.

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Well, ok~ maybe it is.

 

Paradise~ just north of nowhere.

 

Today’s count: 10 eggs. From 60 chickens! Big fakers.

What’s for supper: Pork roast, baked potatoes with all the fixins and salad.

Weather: Rain. High near 45. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Tonight rain before midnight, then a chance of snow.Low around 27. North northeast wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.  (OK~ I know I said that I’m ready for winter but I think I lied. I’m really not ready for snow yet, dang it!)

3 thoughts

  1. I am so loving this!!! Silly cows and chickens!! They are your children!! Who took the pictures? It’s getting cold there!! We are suppose to have rain here too. Love to all!!

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