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I finally got my goats in to the processor. I’d forgotten how much I like the goat burger with egg noodles and cream of mushroom soup. It will be nice to have my warm goat concoction for lunches this winter. The pigs are growing fast. They are big enough now that they make a pretty good mess so I’ve been hosing out their pen everyday. They seem to appreciate it. It’s been miserable hot lately. We, like alot of the rest of the country, are getting cooked. Everyday when I hose out the pig mansion and they run and squeel through the water I notice the cows all taking a dip in the pond. Unless I decide to buy more cows we only have one left to calve this year. Sheep cow, as she is affectionately called here, had her calf this week. A beautiful little heifer calf. Momma has been keeping her hidden away for the most part, but Madison wouldn’t go another day without venturing into the field to sneak a peek and some pics. Turns out momma isn’t upset about that at all. The calf isn’t a bit shy either. Most calves don’t take kindly to being bothered, but this little one is different. Maybe Madison is just working her charm.

We narrowly averted total disaster with the chickens at Combs 2 this week. During the hottest weather of the year, at the hottest point in the day, a crew of state workers mowing right of ways, broke the county water main. We got very little water from them for the majority of the afternoon. Luckily we have the well and the 5000 gallon resevoir and a pump for just these occasions. It wouldn’t have taken long at all with no cool cells for the birds to die from the heat. Our service tech came by with our scheduled sell dates for both farms this week too. Looks like September 18th will be the day for Farm 1 and Janurary 1st for Farm 2. Good news is it looks as though we will get 500 FF chicks back for our next flocks. I’ve had alot better luck with these than some other breeds. The down time for Farm 1 this year will be anything but slow. We have already purchased the equipment to do some upgrades. We’ll be adding stir fans and attic inlets as well as a 36″ fan to minimum ventilate with. Farm 2 already has the stir fans and attic inlets, but we will be adding the 36″ minimum vent fan there too. We have been approved for state cost share assistance on a litter shed for this year. There are so many hoops to jump through I wonder if it’s worth it. We’re currently being held up by the litter management plan. There’s very few people available to do these. We have been waiting almost 3 months. I’m beginning to wonder if we will make it by December. Especially given how busy we will be in September.

Looks like we will be taking the 3316 HST to the doctor soon. The dif lock has stopped engaging. I’ve already talked to the dealer and we’ve decided to put off the repair until after hay season. I’m still kicking tires on square balers. I really like the Massey Ferguson 1837, but even at a 4% interest rate it’s hard to justify spending $16000. I’ve found a used New Holland 570 in Alabama that’s in excellent shape for $7500. It will cost me about $500 to go pick it up. Most likely if it’s still available toward the end of the week I’ll head south to pick it up. While I was shopping square balers I had the opportunity to spend a little time looking over the new offerings Mahindra is bringing to the game. I’m really impressed with the 35 series. The 8560 cab still has my heart though. I can definately see this tractor in my future. It was really neat to see my kids crawling all over the tractors. We had my friend Amanda along for the ride and it made me proud as they explained to her what the pieces of equipment on the dealers lot were and how they worked.

Well I better get back at it! Lots to do! As always thanks for reading and be sure to check out the pics I’ve added!


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One to go

I finally got my goats in to the processor. I’d forgotten how much I like the goat burger with egg noodles and cream of mushroom soup. It will be nice to have my warm goat concoction for lunches this winter. The pigs are growing fast. They are big enough now that they make a pretty good mess so I’ve been hosing out their pen everyday. They seem to appreciate it. It’s been miserable hot lately. We, like alot of the rest of the country, are getting cooked. Everyday when I hose out the pig mansion and they run and squeel through the water I notice the cows all taking a dip in the pond. Unless I decide to buy more cows we only have one left to calve this year. Sheep cow, as she is affectionately called here, had her calf this week. A beautiful little heifer calf. Momma has been keeping her hidden away for the most part, but Madison wouldn’t go another day without venturing into the field to sneak a peek and some pics. Turns out momma isn’t upset about that at all. The calf isn’t a bit shy either. Most calves don’t take kindly to being bothered, but this little one is different. Maybe Madison is just working her charm.

We narrowly averted total disaster with the chickens at Combs 2 this week. During the hottest weather of the year, at the hottest point in the day, a crew of state workers mowing right of ways, broke the county water main. We got very little water from them for the majority of the afternoon. Luckily we have the well and the 5000 gallon resevoir and a pump for just these occasions. It wouldn’t have taken long at all with no cool cells for the birds to die from the heat. Our service tech came by with our scheduled sell dates for both farms this week too. Looks like September 18th will be the day for Farm 1 and Janurary 1st for Farm 2. Good news is it looks as though we will get 500 FF chicks back for our next flocks. I’ve had alot better luck with these than some other breeds. The down time for Farm 1 this year will be anything but slow. We have already purchased the equipment to do some upgrades. We’ll be adding stir fans and attic inlets as well as a 36″ fan to minimum ventilate with. Farm 2 already has the stir fans and attic inlets, but we will be adding the 36″ minimum vent fan there too. We have been approved for state cost share assistance on a litter shed for this year. There are so many hoops to jump through I wonder if it’s worth it. We’re currently being held up by the litter management plan. There’s very few people available to do these. We have been waiting almost 3 months. I’m beginning to wonder if we will make it by December. Especially given how busy we will be in September.

Looks like we will be taking the 3316 HST to the doctor soon. The dif lock has stopped engaging. I’ve already talked to the dealer and we’ve decided to put off the repair until after hay season. I’m still kicking tires on square balers. I really like the Massey Ferguson 1837, but even at a 4% interest rate it’s hard to justify spending $16000. I’ve found a used New Holland 570 in Alabama that’s in excellent shape for $7500. It will cost me about $500 to go pick it up. Most likely if it’s still available toward the end of the week I’ll head south to pick it up. While I was shopping square balers I had the opportunity to spend a little time looking over the new offerings Mahindra is bringing to the game. I’m really impressed with the 35 series. The 8560 cab still has my heart though. I can definately see this tractor in my future. It was really neat to see my kids crawling all over the tractors. We had my friend Amanda along for the ride and it made me proud as they explained to her what the pieces of equipment on the dealers lot were and how they worked.

Well I better get back at it! Lots to do! As always thanks for reading and be sure to check out the pics I’ve added!


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