Sunday, November 17, 2013

Just another day on the farm...

The cow still having problems, not sure if the machine is working right or if the cow is broken. A dear friend of blessed memory told Michael and I that cows that come from commercial farms, even organic ones rarely are milked after they reach around 8 and well she is a bit older than that. I have made arrangements to buy a pair of Deters, male first. The male will bred my mini jersey and latter the female Dexter, when we get her. It is very sad to think Moo is done being our milk cow, but we must look to the future and be happy in the milk and meat we have gained from her. Time to start making money for the new bull and cow.

Life on any farm is hard, but worth it.  I know I have cow issues, but and issues with a bigger farm that bought the land below me.  they have no respect for anyone and believe money to place them higher than other people.  If anything I believe it places them lower.  The cut down trees on the county road that I live on, and left them in the road.  My son cleared the road, and I am grateful that he was here to do it, but what can I offer a young man.  I can say, stay on the farm, you will always have to eat, but you will always be at war.  When you are not fighting the government, you are fighting the larger farms.

Be blessed from all of us at Mahanaim Farm

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Getting ready for the cold and snow

Another winter is nearly upon us dear ones, it is so sad to see summer end.  I hate that last few days when you try so desperately to save the last of the garden; trying to get just one more week or even one more  day. I am sure this hard freeze on Tuesday will bring an end to that.  We are getting the animal pens prepped as well as the house. Wood is cut, hay is up and I am making room for the indoor trees and plants.

We have got the milk machine up and running, the pasteurizer is also now back up and running.  I am consequently fixing something almost every day, so is Michael.  This year I believe we have fixed  or replaced nearly everything at least once.  It has been a terrible money year for these sorts of problems to have occurred.  However we are keeping our heads up and praying for a better tomorrow.

We are working very hard to make money to keep the farm going through the winter.  I have set up a page on Facebook to sell off some of the animals and some other things to try and make up the money we are currently short of.  I have found a new bull to purchase and need to come up with $500. additional dollars  to purchase him.  It is a fantastic deal as he is a Dexter and very short legged.  Ruth and him will make lovely calves.  who knows I might keep moo just as a breeder cow.  Her calf, Nine eleven is doing very well, at a month old her is nearly the size of a four month old calf, I foresee lovely meat next year.

We still need to take the sheep and goats to the butcher and finish filling the freezer with yummy meat.  It is hard to keep up with so many things still needing done. That said, I need to log off and get some more work done.

Be Blessed dear ones and believe in miracles...