The cows continue their march across the pasture directly in front of our house. The grass is thick and good looking although the cows are mowing it down as fast as they can. The front pasture is small so the cows can cover a paddock pretty quickly.
After 4 days gone, the cows have killed the last of the phosphorous and also the vitamin V4 in the mineral feeder. I used my last bag of V4 this morning and the phosphorous was done before I left. I have a large replenishment order that is supposed to be here this week. I don’t think they have hit their schedule yet so I don’t have my hopes up but maybe this time I will get lucky. The cows have gone through 250 lbs of phosphorous in 30 days. Obviously it’s the mineral they were lacking the most. I just have to keep them supplied and the balance should return to the farm. I keep telling myself that when the bill comes.
It’s been a few days since I was able to post. I’ve been in Troy, NC at Montgomery Community College taking a class to learn some new skills I’ll be sharing later. Although it was nice to be gone, it sure was nice to get back, especially when I had great helpers for my first trip to the farmers market.
The rooster in this video is Red, our first rooster. He lost an eye to infection and now lives as an outcast. We make sure his outcast life is actually the good life, always getting the best of everything. He actually spends quite a bit of time at the house, eating the dogs food and hanging out. Not too bad of a retired life.
Thanks to Miguel and the inmates for keeping everybody safe and full while I was gone.
Yesterday was the day! Inmate Brian came over after work and together we pulled all the pork out of the cooler, washed all the salt off, and then hauled all the bacon to be over to the smoke house. Miguel started us a fire in the smoke box and Brian and I fiddled and fussed with the smoker till we got the temperature and smoke as good as we knew to do it.
Three hours of smoking over oak and everything went back into the cooler. Once I get done with my next too do I will come back and get everything ready for packaging and freezing. This morning though, its time for a test piece of bacon.
And now for the most important part. The taste.
The verdict? Too salty, but mighty fine otherwise.
Today we moved the cows to the pasture that is landlocked by the pond. This is a quick in and out pasture because there is currently no water source to this paddock.
Here you can see the leaders of the pack getting onto some very nice grass before sunrise. From left to right, Laser, Sprinkles, Sam, Spunky, and Love. Love and Spunky are the actual leaders of the herd.
My buddy Dustin took this picture for me. It’s the view as you are walking up the hill towards the barn and my house. As usual the picture doesn’t do it justice. The Lord gives us amazing things everyday if we can just stop and admire them every once in a while. Luckily, I don’t need Hollywood to be entertained.
On the ride home I saw this plate. Pretty neat. Instead of the soccer mom I expect from a mini-van, it ‘s a girl who can drive a tractor.
When I went down to the wood boiler to fire it this morning, I found this waiting for me at eye level. I cannot recall seeing a bug like this before. Anyone know what it is?