Category: Livestock

Low on milk, but hopefully high on forage

As summer creeps along and we try to prepare ourselves for the impending “dog days” of August, we’re still drying off more cows than we’re freshening. For those of you unfamiliar with dairy lingo, that means more cows are leaving the milking herd for “…

Visiting Grandpa’s California Dairy

Each summer my sons and I take a trip to California to visit my parents, family and friends. Lad stays in Ohio to take care of the farm. I enjoy coming “home” and sharing the place I grew up with my boys.Garrett and Jack in the corn field next to my pa…

Sounds Like Life

Some time ago Darryl Worley had a hit song about a friend who was seeing problems that really was just “life”. Getting news of the bad sort but could have been worse as well as ‘just stuff’ here is a point today. The first is that a friend was mugged and robbed in Nashville last […]

When Will the Heat Wave End?

It seems like most of the country has been hit with a heat wave. It’s caused many problems and has touched almost everyone’s life. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, work in a hospital or on a … Continue reading

When Will The Heat Wave End?

It seems like most of the country has been hit with a heat wave.  It’s caused many problems and has touched almost everyone’s life.  It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, work in a hospital or on a … Continue reading

Heat rises (and milk production drops)

A reporter from WCBI-TV came to our farm this afternoon to interview my father and I about the effect of summer heat on milk production. You can read his article or watch the video (story begins at the 8:18 mark) from the station’s website.David Gilmer…

Connor’s Silkie Vlog part 3

With a correction of some information from part 2 – thanks to the Silkie breeder who took the time to comment! –

What’s Happening at SlowMoneyFarm?

It’s been a busy time here at SlowMoneyFarm. Thursday was a whirlwind of watering, stocking up feeders, packing, laundry and preparations for the weekend. Friday morning came early with topping off all animals with feed and water, being thankful for a break in the heat predicted and a quick shower before Connor and I caught […]

Ponies!

Last week I got a chance to go out and see my mares and their babies. In typical *dragon form, my mare, Sonora (Nora) took herself and her colt, The Fridge, away from the rest of the herd. She doesn’t come by her nickname, The Dragon, for no reason. It’s more about how she looks […]

Connor’s Silkie Vlog Part 2

This was done at the same time as part 1, but uses and shows a Silkie rooster whose saving grace is temperament to boost confidence as Connor learns Silkies. He’s no show bird, but has a home! See why –