New Brooder, New Chicks

The chicken season officially began today with the arrival of 350 chicks from the good folks at NEPPA Hatchery.  Most farms need to have chicks shipped to them, but we are fortunate to live one town away from a hatchery.  Not only does this save us shipping costs, it also saves the chicks from the stress of being bumped and jostled and transported through all kinds of temperature transitions. For the previous six years of brooding chickens, we’ve used all kinds of cobbled together brooders.  This year as we transition to bigger… Read More

Make Me a Liar

A few weeks ago I mentioned that we were not going to be farrowing piglets on our farm this year; instead we’ll be working with a few other farms to purchase their weaned piglets.  That is still the plan, but since we have a coed dormitory for the pigs, one of the gilts decided to make a liar of me and gave us this litter of piglets.  While it wasn’t according to plan, we’re glad to have them around.

There Will Be Solar

(Only instead of big oil, our milkshake is being drained by big solar.) “Here, if you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake, and I have a straw. There it is, that’s a straw, you see? Watch it. Now, my straw reaches acroooooooss the room and starts to drink your milkshake. I… drink… your… milkshake!”  There Will Be Blood I’ve been waiting for this shoe to drop for a while.  The land surrounding us and various properties extending for about two miles have been signed over to become redeveloped as a… Read More

Mud Seeding

I had plans to frost seed the bale grazing areas in March when the temperatures were ideal (20s at night, low 30s during the day).  But then we had a few feet of snow and all those plans were put on hold. This weekend I did my best to spin the seeds out counting on a light frost Monday morning.  It was more mud seeding than frost seeding.  Conditions were far from ideal.  I had to gun the four wheeler through the muddy parts, slaloming diagonally across the field, so I’m sure… Read More