The Value of The Cull

  Years ago, wayyyy back in the early 2000s, when we began raising cattle, we heard rumors of something called ‘culling’.  Being typical novices, however, and convinced in our own knowledge, we paid it little mind.  Of course, we agreed that if you had a bad animal in your herd you should get rid of […]

Rest, Sweet Rest

Some days I really feel like Dory.  You remember, the memory-challenged fish from Finding Nemo.  “Just Keep Swimming”.  Somedays it seems that’s all I can eek out.  Just…keep… It’s days like that (today being one of such) that I need things to be simple.  Simple.  I know it may not be easy, but simple is […]

The Cow Arrangement

Where there’s a milk cow, there’s drama. Years ago, shortly after we moved from the city, we discovered the wonders of raw milk.  Initially we ‘purchased’ raw milk by buying the feed for the farmer who kept and milked the cow.  Then his hands got tired and we inherited Molly.  The first cow ever to […]

Drama, Drama, Drama!

Selling our bull, Gentry, is a risk.  While his body conformation isn’t our ideal, he is a walking, breeding, Mike-Tyson-Voice mooing herdsire.  Our gamble wasn’t so much on whether or not he would breed if he stayed – our gamble is on who will take his place. When we purchased our Southpoll crosses last February, […]

Wrecks and Drug Busts

It’s sometimes mind-boggling just how far-afield farm-related stories stretch.  Almost as mind boggling as the number of hyphenated words we can squeeze into one sentence… Above is a case in point. Last Wednesday, or Tuesday, we were trying to get the green tractor started.  We like to keep it in a semi-broken state to frustrate […]

The Right Tool

A couple of years ago we broke down and purchased a new chicken plucker and scalder.  New to us normally just means the product contains thrice used parts put to a new use.  This was different.  No old lamp cords, or recycled 2x4s.  These were stainless steel, electric and gas powered machines that, out of […]


Wow! Spring is blowing by and thankfully we’re still here. Please accept the picture above as a more figurative, than literal, estimation of our recent past.  No.  It’s pretty literal. Life has lately been consumed with preparation, and, as usual, tardy preparation.  Case in point… After lengthy research, we concluded that our pastures needed more […]