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Milking rhythm

When I begin doing something and my unwieldy inexperience leaves me frustrated, I always imagine how it will be when I have someday mastered that thing. It’s how I felt when I first began taking piano lessons at age 7. … Continue reading

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Milking the Cow: Day 3

Day 3 – Aug. 16, 2013 There will obviously come a time—hopefully soon—when the morning milkings will, by and large, be uneventful. At that point, I’ll quit regularly blogging about them. But that time is not yet, and while we’re … Continue reading

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The baby calf is here!!!

It is indeed a time of new life on the farm. Sometime during the night, our sweet Gertie had her first-ever calf. This beautiful little baby calf has been long-awaited on our farm! We bought Gertrude as a four-month old … Continue reading

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When pigs fly…

Life on the farm has been, and is, moving at breakneck speed lately. The season brings so much to do, and even though the days are longer, the sun always seems to set too soon. So I should be outside … Continue reading

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How to butcher a pig

Recently we killed one of our American Mulefoot hogs. He was about 2 years old, and weighed, on hoof, probably about 350 lbs. I enlisted the help of a friend, Mark Bales, as well as Mark’s time-tempered neighbor, Bud. Bud … Continue reading

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Growing fodder for the homestead

Feed cost is the biggest ongoing expense for a farmer. So any time he/she can reduce feed costs, even by a little, he/she will do so, if he/she is smart. I’ve been researching ways to cut our feed costs, and … Continue reading

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