Ruth’s day with Maureen the cow

July 17, 2012

At dinner, Ruth Helen told us her story of the day.  She started by telling Abigail and me and covered everything again in greater detail when Kathy and Samuel came in for dinner, and when we called grandparents so they could hear the story firsthand.  Ruth’s story went like this: “The story is about Mo.  […]

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Chickens & Cows on the Pasture

August 18, 2010

A cow pie is money, and I like to get it back in the soil “bank” as soon as possible. Of course, I’d rather not spend my time following around the cow with a rake to spread the manure out as soon as it hits the ground. I’ve got chickens lined up to do that job for me.

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Pasture Brix

July 28, 2010

The threshold of 12° Bx marks the point when insects stop eating the plants. The theory goes that if an aphid or caterpillar eats sap sweeter than that, it ferments into alcohol and kills the bug.

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Maureen the cow has joined the milking routine

July 21, 2010

We have a once-a-day milking routine at our place. The kid goats and the now the calf get penned up at night and are given back to their moms after milking is finished in the morning. The little bit of milk production we lose is made up for with the health of the young animals, and the easier chore routine.

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Holistic Sustainable Agriculture from the Soil Up

July 3, 2010

There were 27 people who came out and joined us for Dr Dettloff’s presentation Saturday. I will type up the notes about local resources which we compiled throughout the day, and distribute them to those who joined us.

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The calf has arrived!

June 30, 2010
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Maureen, our dexter cow, gave us a calf last Thursday morning.

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The taste of raw milk

June 1, 2010

I learned about barn odors & milk flavors in a cheese making seminar I took a couple years ago, and it’s true. We’ve tasted the difference in our goat’s milk between the days where they are out in the pasture vs. closed up in a pen–though they were eating the same food.

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New addition: The family cow

May 11, 2010

Kathy has been cow-shopping for more than a year, and it didn’t take long to conclude Dexter’s were the right breed for our place.

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