Archive of ‘In the Barnyard’ category

Daisy & Sausage Flowers

| Cattle, Herbs, In the Barnyard, Jersey cattle

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I’ve been writing here for what? Over six years now? A fact that, in and of itself is insane to me, but that’s not the point. The point is I’ve learned over 6 years that from time to time, for sundry reasons, I don’t write or rather can’t write. Sometimes it’s doubt. No one wants […] Read more…

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Lambing Season {2015}

| In the Barnyard, sheep

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Whelp, our first lambing season is officially over. It has been an emotional roller coaster ride full of anticipation, anxiety, hope, sadness, and a couple surprises. I started watching for the first lamb a full month before she was even born. We turned the ram in with the ewes and saw him make advances the very […] Read more…

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Failure

| book review, homestead management, In the Barnyard, In the Home

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If I could summarize life with one word right now, it would be “failure.” Seems like everything we put our hands to is a scramble to make it turn out. In the last few months we had our breeding stock pigs die, we had a cow unbelievably miscarry triplets days before the bull had to go back […] Read more…

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How to Improve Your Pasture (For Free)

| Cattle, In the Barnyard, Jersey cattle, pasture

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Does your pasture resemble more of a lawn? Pasture seed sure isn’t cheap! Perhaps you’re wondering how you’ll afford to re-seed it. This simple way of feeding your livestock hay this winter will spread seed and fertilizer right where you need it! This fall, for the first time in our homesteading career, we purchased pasture […] Read more…

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Your Questions: Can I Own a Dairy Cow (Or Goat) AND Still Have a Life?

| Cattle, homestead management, In the Barnyard, Jersey cattle, out and about

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We have recently started up a small, raw milk dairy, weaned the calves and have moved to twice a day milking. I am expecting our third child (3 under 4) and was wondering about how I am going to manage to leave our place again. How do you balance being able to go to things […] Read more…

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Our New Heat Detection Machine

| Cattle, In the Barnyard, Jersey cattle

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I find that I enjoy introducing you to cattle. Might as well enjoy it since I do it so frequently. I mean in the last 14 months, you’ve met Maby, Holly, Bailey, Rusty, Stella, Candy, and “Big Bertha.” Well this chap is Dozer. He came to us as A Bull With No Name. Meaning that […] Read more…

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Why We Feed Our Family Milk Cow Grain

| Cattle, farming ethics, In the Barnyard, Jersey cattle, Uncategorized

Why We Feed Our Family Milk Cow Grain

What kind of a self-respecting Cow Mama am I, exhibiting my poor gals before the proverbial world and pointing out all the imperfections in their body conditions?! Do you think they’ll forgive me because it was for educational purposes that I showed you that Holly is on the skinny side, Candy & Stella are just about […] Read more…

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~Is My Cow Too Skinny? Evaluating Cattle Body Condition~

| Cattle, farming ethics, In the Barnyard, Jersey cattle

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So you’ve been dreaming of a family milk cow. Raw milk. Cream. Butter. Cheese. Clanging milk pails. Cool morning sunrises. The sweet smell of hay. The works. So you bought a piece of land. And it’s big enough to finally bring your gal home and start living the dream. Congratulations! But what if your small pasture […] Read more…

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~Heat Watch 2014… Continues…~

| Cattle, In the Barnyard, Jersey cattle

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Well, the results are in. Here it is, late September, and only ONE of our three cows are bred! Let’s all give Stella our sincerest congratulations on her expected arrival next year! Dear gal has earned a crown and may continue her reign as Still My Favorite. It has been an interesting year as we learn […] Read more…

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~My Side of the Milk Bucket~

| Cattle, dairy, In the Barnyard, Jersey cattle, Uncategorized

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{I Heart Raw Milk}   {Splish Splash} {Our Dolly, Holly}     {Sweet Stella Vanilla} {Dandy Candy} {I Got A Little Sloppy, Don’t You Think? *Hangs Head in Shame*} {Candy’s Cream. Oh.My. Go’ness.} {The Most Yellow I’ve Personally Seen} {Bright, Beautiful Buttah} “My Side of the Milk Bucket.” Sounds like a good series title for ranting […] Read more…

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