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It’s a bull calf!

After 3 generations of heifers being born on our little farm, we finally have a bull calf, and is he ever a cutie. Cindy and I were out feeding and we noticed Coco, our heifer was real uncomfortable. She was pacing back and forth, and when she wasn’t walking, she was rocking back and forth. By the time we finished feeding all the animals, she had a bubble showing.

We really weren’t expecting her to calve until the middle of May, this was April 24… What we thought was about three weeks early.

Now, this was pretty exciting as we hadn’t really been with the other heifers when they had their calves. The first one dropped her baby while we were finding our cameras. The second one had hers just before we got back from our annual mammograms. If we’d driven a little faster in the snow (May 18) we’d have seen the calf drop.

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Beefmaster Bucky meets his heifer

Bucky arrivesEarlier this week, the Hafen’s delivered their young breeding bull. His name is “Bucky” and he’s pure Beefmaster.

We’ll have him here for about a month to ensure he breeds Coco. She’s just 14 months old, so it’s her first time through this process. She’s part Beefmaster, so we’re really expecting a nice baby. Would really be nice if they produced a little bull calf.

Bucky the bull

 

 

It was so funny when we put him into her pen. She wanted no part of him, running to the farthest corner possible. There wasn’t any feed around, but that didn’t keep him from carefully inspecting the entire pen and her bucket, just in case…

We had purposely kept Chewy, Border Collie farm dog, in the house. The last thing we wanted was for her to try to herd him until he got acquainted with his new surroundings,

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Garden season over, winter’s coming

As our 2012 garden season has come to a close, it’s now time to concentrate on getting ready for winter. Around here, winter can arrive in a heartbeat.

Our hay for the yearThe hay is all in place, over $7000 for the the 7 blocks this year. At that price, we bit the bullet and invested in a professional hay tarp. We had the hay all put into one place this year, since we have the tractor to move bales. We’re also installing gates at each access road.

So far, we’ve pretty much dismantled the gardens, except for some parsnips, beets, turnips, cauliflower and cabbage. We had a hard freeze on the 5th, and that pretty much took care of the garden.

We’re adding a “storage container” to our little farm. That will allow us to properly store our garden and farm tools someplace other than in “Mom’s garage”.

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Certified Organic!

We got the call this morning from Rhonda at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. We’re officially Certified Organic for our vegetable gardens.

Now, we’re awaiting word on the grant. All the applications and inspections are complete, just waiting for the final word. If we get it, we will place two 20 x 54 hoop houses over our large garden. We will then raise a winter cover crop of hairy vetch and let the sheep graze it down a bit in the spring before tilling it into the soil.

We also have the aquaponics system fully assembled and are now awaiting the arrival of some fish. That should happen later this week, or early next week. We’ve been running the water to get it all settled and trying to get the temp up so the fishies won’t freeze.

We have seven lambs on the ground and all are either sold or reserved for our breeding stock.

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We’ve had 2 weeks of early spring

Spring is always a busy time here… and we generally have “early spring”, “fake spring”, and then the real spring. With this early spring, we’ve been able to get some tractor work done, and also begin work on repairing the greenhouse.

Early spring usually comes in early March. It gets nice and warm during the day (above 55), but still freezes at night. We may also have several days of no wind.

Today was the end of early spring. Now we’re back to a pattern of high 40’s to low 50’s with pretty brisk winds in the afternoon. It’s also mostly cloudy.

Last month, Bev saw a possibility of applying for a grant for our gardening and Farmers’ Market project. About the same time, Cindy was researching a new project called “aquaponics”.

I did more online research and made a few phone calls.

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  • Goats helping photographer
    Hey, we'd love to help you take your pictures.
  • Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014
    Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014.
  • Cindy feeding Chaffhaye
  • working in the kitchen
    Bev recording milk weights, Shari stirring the Cajeta
  • The first two little doelings.
    The first two little doelings.
  • Mom with Thor
    Mom is cuddling our new buckling, Thor.
  • cargo trailer
    Our Farmer's Market cargo trailer.
  • Hand digging trench
    Shari pitches in and digs up broken water line.

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