Welcome to the world little calf

And here is the last baby to be  born on our farm this year.

Coco had her calf today about 2:30 pm with no assistance.

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Coco’s little calf born July 30, 2014.


This is Coco, big brother, and baby…


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Mama, baby, and big brother.

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Posted by therealshari - July 30, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Categories: Cows   Tags: calf, cow, farm

We’ve been feeding Chaffhaye for a week now

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The goats just can’t wait for their Chaffhaye!

You really need to watch our animals to see their love of Chaffhaye.

The goats get into the bucket before we can get into the pen.

The sheep do all but climb over their feeders, as do the milking goats.

What makes it so irresistible?

It could be the kiss of molasses that is sprayed onto the freshly chopped alfalfa, or it could be something far more simple, and something most animals in our valley have never tasted… absolutely fresh alfalfa, cut when it is most nutritious, yet tender and tasty.

I find it very interesting that both goats and sheep are in love with it. After all, sheep are grazers, and I would expect them to love it. Goats, however, are browsers. They are happiest when  allowed to trim our trees, munch on  tumbleweed,  or other miscellaneous weeds on our farm.

But, love it the goats do!

Because it is guaranteed, and under continuous test at the company, we can safely  feed it year round without worrying about “working it in” or having bloat blocks on hand in case they get a tummy ache.

So, here’s what we’re expecting the Chaffhaye to do for both us, and our animals.

With the sheep, aside from the dust that gets blown around, the fleeces should have much less vegetative matter. Because we expect their immune systems to be healthier, thanks to all the beneficial bacteria, we really hope the sheep lice will find a new home. We don’t like to treat for it, as it runs contrary to our “natural” and close to organic business plan.

We also expect the mothers will produce more milk, which leads to faster-growing lambs, and then more money in our pocket.

Our goats are our most precious animals. Each doe has the potential to produce more than 10,000 pounds of milk in her lifetime. That’s a lot of Cajeta! We assign a value of $3.00 per 8 pounds of milk, so you can see how much our gals are worth… just under $4000 by their milk alone.

Feeding Chaffhaye allows us to keep a balanced diet in front of our girls year-round. We simply vary the amount they get from 1 to 2 pounds each per day. After kidding, when they are nursing their own offspring, we keep feed in front of them at all times. They’re good at self-regulating because the nutrition is so good and consistent.

The rest of our animals also get varying amounts of Chaffhaye for several reasons.

Our chickens love it. We throw it into their yard as “scratch”. No matter what they were doing, when the Chaffhaye arrives, it’s pandemonium in the yard, lots of cackling, and jostling for position.

The ducks aren’t fond of it. We’ve spoiled them with fresh chopped lettuce from our garden, as well as their commercial pellets.

The cows would eat the whole bag of Chaffhaye if allowed. Coco is very pregnant (due in  a couple of weeks) and she pretty much inhales anything put in front of her. Tebow, the steer has to be very quick to get anything special, as Coco is very pushy with food.

A few of our rabbits like Chaffhaye at this time. We’re not pushing it on them, until we’re sure we have all the other animals settled in. Changing feed on rabbits is always a lengthy process to keep from upsetting their temperamental digestive systems. Our main reason for feeding them Chaffhaye, is to reduce the pellet dust.


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Posted by therealshari - July 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Categories: Around the farm, Chaffhaye, Goats   Tags: alfalfa, chaffhaye, chickens, cow, farm, goat, rabbits

Land of the free because of the brave

It’s our Independence Day, not just the 4th of July.

It’s a day which shall live forever, as a tiny band of just over 200 men declared their independence from Great Britain, and King George.

What caused this desire for independence, later referred to as a revolution?

Control, taxes, oppression, and a deep down desire for exactly the opposite. A desire so fiery that the flame would never be extinguished.

Two-hundred-thirty-eight years the Continental Army was organized, with over 10,000 men to engage the British in our fight for independence.

Today, 238 years, our Independence Day is celebrated with Bar-B-Ques, flags, parades, and travel.

At a time when we need to take time to reflect on what the 238 years have brought forth, we would rather party, and say “all is well”. Any problems we have are someone else’s problem.

We Four Country Gals are here to tell you that no… our country’s problems belong to no one but us.

Now, we’re more fortunate than many. We have a little piece of land in a very peaceful valley. Our problems here deal not with control, taxes, or oppression. Our problems deal with how best to manage our little farm for our own self-sufficiency, and how we can help others in their efforts to do the same.

As for the rest of the citizens of the USA, only time will tell, as to whether or not they will awaken to the control, taxes, oppression, and the desire to have true freedom.

Sure, you say you are living in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

You’re free, as long as you abide by every single rule, action, law, and judgement produced by your local, state, and federal government. As for your bravery, well, that’s something you’d rather entrust to less than 3% of the nation… our highly trained military forces.

So, on this Independence Day, which is celebrated on the 4th of July and conveniently a three-day weekend, ask yourself this…

Are you really free to enjoy your life as the Declaration of Independence declares…

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.

Reflect on these words. Digest these words. Commit them to your heart, for it is once again time for a Declaration of Independence.

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Posted by therealshari - July 4, 2014 at 10:14 am

Categories: Around the farm   Tags: Delaration of Independence, Independence

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