Farm Lessons

Our kids are growing up almost as fast as our heifer calves. Each day is a new lesson on the farm. Learning to care for our animals is important to being a good farmer, no matter how old you are.

Dawson, Shane and Kirsten's son, tries his hand at milking.
Dawson tries his hand at milking.
Leeland, Shane and Kirsten's Grandson, helps, too.
Leeland, Shane and Kirsten’s Grandson, helps, too.
Molly also lends a hand.
Molly also lends a hand as well.
Dawson likes to help gather the girls when it's milking time.
Dawson likes to help gather the girls when it’s milking time.

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And he's been known to give Annabelle a good brush while the others are being milked.
And he’s been known to give Annabelle a good brush while the others are being milked.
There's always more work with a new calf on the farm. Wren gave birth to a little heifer yesterday, who was named Stormy for the weather she came into.
There’s always more work with a new calf on the farm. Wren gave birth to a little heifer yesterday, who was named Stormy for the weather she came into.
Our friend Dustin came back for another lesson in hogs. He showed precision skill in neutering boars.
Our friend Dustin came back for another lesson in hogs. He showed precision skill in neutering boars.
Dawson knows feeding the hogs is important.
Dawson knows making sure the hogs get a meal is important.
Leeland held his first pig, and proved to be quite the skilled pig-catcher.
Leeland held his first pig, and proved to be quite the skilled pig-catcher.
Molly cuddles with a piglet.
Molly cuddles with a piglet.
As the piglets get bigger and stronger, they can come outside.
As the piglets get bigger and stronger, they can come outside.

Hard Workin’ Autumn

Winter’s coming just around the corner (though you wouldn’t know it by this weather), but we’re not slowing down at all here on the farm.

There’s been work on a farrowing house for our mother pigs.

Plotting the location
Plotting the location
Getting the corner holes dug out.
Getting the corner holes dug out.

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Here’s Mama Pig with her piglets.

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We cut our first hay…

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And our cows get to enjoy it.

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The goats needed a fence.

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We’ve had a lot of brush to clear.

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And of course, a few calves have been born recently.

Our lovely Sophia with little Sammy

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Lucy, the first calf born on our farm, has now given birth to her own first calf, Ladybug.

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Ladybug invites a friend to breakfast.

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Fifi, ever the protective one, had her calf in secret, and it took us a little while to find little Suellen.

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Tiger enjoying a meal while Catherine keeps in the shade of pasture trees.

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This is Renee’s little Dew Drop

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But even with all this work, we still have time for a little fun.

Eeyore (front left) often leaves his calf herd in the pasture to come visit Jack (back right), whose job it is to protect the goats.

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Jordan and Jack
Jordan and Jack
Investigating the new farm dog.
Investigating the new farm dog.

 

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So, how do you get the milk out of this hose?

 

An update on cows

We know you folks like to see what our girls are up to, so here’s some pictures of our ladies and their calves living it up on the farm.

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Some of our girls enjoying alfalfa after milking.

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Elsie’s tiny boy Juan conversing with a barn cat.

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Sophie’s calf “Jojo” as she was found hiding out shortly after her arrival.

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EJ is due to have her calf in March.