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Snow and Turkeys

The first snow of the year has come and gone here. The kids were so disappointed to see it melt. They wanted to build a snowman. We only got about a half inch so it would have been difficult even if it hadn’t melted by the time they got home from school.

The snow did make us finally start feeding out some hay. I’ve put out 4 rolls total for the goats and horses. The goats also get some squares along the way that got baled too green. I am afraid to feed this to the horses due to the likelyhood of some mold being in it. The goats sure don’t mind it though. They gobble it down and don’t waste a bit like they do with the rolls.

Today the family is off to Mamaw Staley’s for Thanksgiving dinner. The Staley’s live just a few miles north of us and they have a small farmstead the kids like to visit. They raise their own honey as well as milk. They make buttermilk and fresh butter too.

Temps today are forecasted to be in the 60s and that’s a welcome change. Our wood splitter has been torn up so we’ve been only burning the round stuff. I braved the cold long enough to take it apart. Now I’ve got to order some parts. The goats helped me with it by eating the spark plug wire. I’ll never understand why they eat some of the things they do.

We have decided on rough lumber to side one of the old chickenhouses since we are out of the stone shingles that were on it originally, and several of them are broken. I made a trip to an old friend’s sawmill to see about the wood. It will be a couple weeks, but fortunately he will saw the 1×6′s I will need. He told me he has a really hard time getting pine to saw since the pine beetle hit us so hard. There just doesn’t seem to be much pine left here, and what little there is won’t get cut because folks are hoping the trees will reseed themselves. On this property there are hundreds of downed dead pines that would have fetched a pretty penny in their prime. At the time, the estate of my great uncle was being litigated so no one could do anything with them. I bet it cost the parties involved over $100,000 in timber sales on the whole 125 acres. If I thought the lumber would be salvagable, I would skid them out with the 6000 4wd and either take them to be sawed or buy a band mill and do it myself.

The next few months will bring big changes here on the farm. We have borrowed the money to clear some more of our land and do some improvements. Now we are searching for the most economical way to do this. Our choices are hiring someone to do it all, versus renting (or buying) a dozer and doing it ourselves.

Well check back soon I’ll be posting more with some pics as time allows……Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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