Category: Livestock

Getting Ready for October

Well, it was yet another busy morning at our farm today.  We have been working dilligently on a couple large projects for the farm the past few weeks….namely, trying to improve the overall comfort and health of our cows.  With that comes a …

Getting Ready for October

Well, it was yet another busy morning at our farm today.  We have been working dilligently on a couple large projects for the farm the past few weeks….namely, trying to improve the overall comfort and health of our cows.  With that comes a …

Getting Ready for October

Well, it was yet another busy morning at our farm today.  We have been working dilligently on a couple large projects for the farm the past few weeks….namely, trying to improve the overall comfort and health of our cows.  With that comes a …

Summer Scenes

Some scenes from our farm this summer.Coming up the driveway…. The Parlor building which houses our event room and where the cows are milked….The balcony off the Parlor….My view from the balcony….Cows walking out of the milking parlor back to t…

Scatter Butte

In Black and white… I mentioned the other day on Facebook, that I had taken some absolutely gorgeous, amazing and otherwise picture er, um book-worthy photos and that you’d have to wait until the book was released to see them, and I haven’t changed my mind about that. But, I couldn’t stand the suspense, so […]

Hoop Shed Barn Progression

With a couple previous posts about the hoop shelter I took a few minutes this morning to do an update. The heavy duty white plastic allows plenty of light in. The shrubs and trees behind the structure provide a wind block and the peak is just slightly more than the 8′ hoop house. We’re waiting […]

Mucovy Duck Mane and Helmet

Sometimes in discussing Muscovy ducks there is mention of a ‘mane’ and/or ‘helmet’ – while out in the yard one of ‘the boys’ decided to display this – his white feathers are pretty bright in the morning sun. You can see the feathers on his head and the back of his neck he can flatten […]

Coccidia and the Dangers of Misinformation

There are many who say birds and animals that are “properly kept” should never get sick. Of course things happen and in the real world this includes illness. There can be a variety of reasons but we know, scientifically, that environment, stress and immune systems play a big role. We know that sometimes things caught […]

Yesterday Afternoon

20110811-080115.jpgWe’ve been having some lovely weather here in South Dakota recently. Those of you in the South don’t hate, please? I got the chance to saddle Gump yesterday and move some pairs and I must say, it was a gorgeous ride! I took my iPhone and snapped a couple pictures. Someday folks, I will pack […]

Crops are growing and cows are calving

It’s been a busy past couple of weeks on the farm, both in the fields and in the maternity pasture.rain falling on a field of forage sorghumPlentiful rainfall has all the crops colored a nice, healthy shade of green. Our silage corn is right on track t…