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We need your help… Private Property Legislation in Utah

After a long winter layoff, it’s back to work.

First order of business is… wait for it… asking you to help us get a piece of legislation passed.

Bet you weren’t expecting that. After all, farmers aren’t politicians. No, but we’re passionate individuals who can easily tell right from wrong, justice from injustice, and the over reach of government on a regular basis.

So here goes.

We (a group of Utah small farmers), are asking you to help us get “cow sharing” made legal again in Utah.

What’s “cow sharing”?

Simply put it’s when you share physical ownership of a cow with a few other people, and choose to have that cow boarded, fed, and milked by a third party, and to pay that individual for their work. It applies equally to other hooved animals,

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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.

 

This is Coco, big brother, and baby…

 

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We’ve been feeding Chaffhaye for a week now

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.

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Summertime, and we’re still having newborns!

Yep, when most everyone else is done having babies around here, we’re still kidding, and one of our hens and our duck are setting with one chick hatched so far.

A while ago, our chickens discovered one of our secrets… their fence had rotted out at the base. If they wiggled a bit, they could go walk about. First there were a couple, then a few, and finally more than half the flock.

While it was fun to watch them interact with the birds in our front yard, go over to the sheep, cow, and goat pens, Mom soon became irritated as they kept “helping her” with the landscaping. Unfortunately, their favorite work was usually done where she had recently raked… kicking all that soil back onto the walkway.

So, Cindy went to work fixing the fence. Because the chickens were mostly smart enough to return  to the coop at  night,

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Below zero temps with livestock to feed

Damn! We’re so tired of the below zero mornings while doing chores, only to have to repeat  the process with the windchill below zero in the afternoon.  Mind you, this is an area that routinely hits 100+ degrees in the summer time.

Let me share with you exactly what we do on a typical week day in this weather..

Mom usually starts the day shortly after 5 AM. It’s lights on in the kitchen and check the coffee pot time. Even though the machine is on automatic, Mom doesn’t trust it. We don’t trust that Mom set it right, but that’s another story. The kitchen is her domain until she gives it up.

Bev is next up about 5:30. By shortly before 6:30 she’s out to pre-trip and start the school bus. In below zero weather, all kinds of things can happen. She’s already had two dead batteries,

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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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