I have wanted to try out our new blog all summer but we have been so busy around the farm that summer flew by way too fast and now we are looking at the reds and golds of fall already. I thought that people may be interested in what's new, so here is an update - better late than never! Hopefully more will come every month.
We finally cut our establishment crop of alfalfa hay. The field looks so pretty with the newly cut grass and now the cows have some good food for the cold winter months ahead. The cows have a new pasture mate, they seem to be adjusting rather well. After years of saving, Molly was finally able to find and purchase the horse of her dreams, Koda (a quarter horse from South Dakota). Until Koda has a stall built, she is residing in the cow pasture. :)
Our Berkshire sows had their second litter of babies in August. Mama pigs are doing fine and those little ones are sooooo cute and tiny when they are born. But before your eyes they grow and soon....well we won't speak of that right now. We do enjoy our pigs while they are with us. The babies' papa, Lefty, is fine as well and on occasion likes to eat a tomato or egg out of our hand.
Matthew's pasture raised broiler project is now over, with the birds in the freezer waiting to be sold. This was a great project for Matthew, he took excellent care of the birds everyday and it was a very good lesson in responsibility for him. He is hoping to expand into more broilers as well as turkeys next year. The birds were a little smaller than we expected, maybe a couple more weeks would have grown them to the five pounds we were hoping for but they are still delicious.
The children are back at their lessons, although we are one student short now that Molly has graduated. Enjoy your children every day, too soon they are grown.
Blessings to your family!