Grazing update

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Today the cows moved into the next section of paddocks. This is the area just up from the head of the upper pond. The grass on the top of the hill continues to look nice and thick while the bottom is fairly sparse. When its time to soil test again I think I will test those two areas and see if there is a difference.

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Rain delay

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So just as we retrieved the eggs this morning a storm cell came up and dumped a bunch of water on us. We decided to hide in the barn since it was just an isolated cell. Spork decided that he would go get Gross, our Peking duck. After some squawking and quacking, Spork emerged with the duck in hand and brought him over to the gator to sit in the pasture seat. I was busy petting him (ducks are SUPER soft) when I realized I should be putting a picture up of this. Its not every day you have a duck riding a gator.

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Early morning wake up

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Usually when Spork and I get up we have the house to ourselves. However this morning the Princesses graced us with their presence, although in a reduced capacity.

However with the Queen still abed, the girls weren’t long for the world.

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That great mud hole in the sky

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Wednesday, September 11th Spot and Weasley, our infertile breeding pair of pigs made their last trip to Sims, NC to be processed. Here they are loaded into the trailer awaiting the time to leave. We loaded them by tempting them with food, not shocking, yelling, or anything else mean. After we got them loaded we took an early morning trip to avoid the heat and they were dropped off by 9am.

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Here they are after unloading. They don’t just look huge because they are closer, they ARE huge. They are estimated at about 500 lbs each compared to about 100-125 lbs for the other pigs in the background.

As you can see from the picture, Weasley is still very much all boy with his figs intact. There is a lot of concern about boar taint with uncut males. I guess we will find out how prevalent it is, or how pungent. Wild boar doesn’t seem to have this issue so hopefully Weasley will make good meat.

I know we originally were going to keep Weasley but he is just so huge compared to Penelope I don’t think he could breed her. So both Spot and Weasley get to make the trip to the freezer.

If you are stopping by for dinner next week and are wondering what’s for dinner, we are having pork. The week after that, pork. If you want some pork products, we should be in stock by next weekend.

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Something besides cows

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Besides our morning cow routine, we also collect the eggs every morning. We aren’t getting the eggs we would expect from our chickens. We seem to have a goodly number of chickens who have passed their prime and need to graduate to the stew pot. I have to do some testing to figure out who is laying and who is not before I can select though and that’s a task I haven’t gotten to yet. The good thing about a farm is there is always something to do.

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Joel Salatin on liberty and farming

http://sustainablefoodtrust.org/articles/joel-salatin/

I don’t post many political items nor do I try to glean links to other peoples stuff just for filler on our website. However, liberty, farming, and Joel Salatin are all topics I’m interested in so I thought I’d pass along this post by Joel.

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Another misty morning

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The view this morning. Can you spot the cows?

Cool weather is coming. Although its going to be another 90 degree day today, lows in the 40s are coming this weekend.

The grass looks really good in the pasture where the cows are on the top of the hill. Its very thick with 0 signs of overgrazing. The paddocks are about 25 feet wide and the full length from the old fence line to the golf course.

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