We’ve finally hit the big time and bought an honest to goodness milk pail. Hamby Dairy Supply had a scratch and dent sale and had their milk pails marked half off. I bit the bullet and bought the pail you see and couldn’t be happier with it. It is neither scratched nor dented and appears perfect in all ways. It’s quite an improvement over the plastic pails we were using because it has a handle and takes up less space. At half off, it cost four times more than the pails we were using so it better be better!
Today I am working for The Princess on a school project. We are building the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the ancient wonders of the world. We are doing it to scale so no big framing work today however we had to make an ancient water lift system to pump the water to the plants.
We will work the rest of the day on the gardens, then tonight we will be processing 4 deer that are showing up. A gift from a friend at the end of deer season. Looks like the room we made in the freezer lately from pork is getting replaced by venison. Spork and The Princess will of course be in the thick of any meat processing, as always.
So apparently there is an end of year report on WordPress for how your blog is doing. Being a masochist, or is that sadist, I can never remember which it is I figured I’d go through and see what’s going on. If you are interested, you can see the report here.
Who is bacon.org? I need to know something with that cool of a website.
Of course, as a fan of despair.com I was immediately reminded of the demotivational poster pictured above while reading the report. However, I intended to post a post every day, 7 days a week for the time I was blogging. Some days I don’t get one in but some days I post two so with 160 posts in part of 2013 overall I met my goal. I also have the best journal of farming I’ve ever kept, which isn’t saying much since I rarely keep records.
Overall it’s been a good 2013 and I hope to continue the blog into 2014. In the meantime, I do hope it helps some of you if for nothing else than amusement.
The inmates did a good job and got everything salted and rotated. Unfortunately inmate Brian has some sort of crud like I do. My Ebola has progressed into pneumonia so I still am not getting too much done, which is very frustrating. I keep saying that maybe tomorrow I will feel better. Tomorrow will come, right?
That’s of course a Cow, lettuce, and tomato. Here is one of the many bucket fulls of veggies going to the cows today. With all the surplus I was able to hold off feeding a bail of hay today which is 15 dollars saved. The cows don’t mind because they would rather have the veggies anyway so this is actually a treat day for them. The warm weather doesn’t hurt their mood either.
Here you see Dottie just coming into the barn for milking. It was so cold that frost formed on the tuft of curly hair on top of her head. I’ve heard of girls getting their hair frosted, I have never seen the real thing though.
For anyone worrying about the cows, they were so full from yesterday that they were plenty warm (food = heat for a ruminant). It’s only this hair that is far away from her body that got cold and frosted.
A few months ago I was worried what we were going to do for pig food for the winter. I don’t feed corn to my pigs unless it’s still in the husk(I.e. Fresh). They only get fresh vegetables and table scraps. The problem was that with winter coming the fresh veggies were drying up.
Enter the Mexican farmers market. They bring fresh veggies from Florida weekly and sell year around. We have gone from famine to feast with our food supply but today jumped to a whole other level. Here is what we picked up, just today from one vendor.
I had to shoot it in panorama just to get it to fit in the screen. That’s a trailer full and a DUMP TRUCK full of food, well above the sideboards for both. In 24 hours we picked up about 11 pallets of food. At about 1000 pounds per pallet that’s an amazing amount of food for the cost of gas. Of course our pigs cannot begin to keep up so the cows are getting all they can eat as well and they are loving it. What they don’t eat the trample into the ground and the ground loves it as well. We are feeding on our worst pasture so hopefully next year we will see some marked improvement.