September 2014

Guess what, another good month here.  Jemma is crawling, and our cows were moved to the neighbors pasture for a month or so.  The cattle are enjoying themselves, eating the grass and nibbling the brush along the edges.

The biggest news for September actually happened on October 2.  John broke his hand working out in the pasture, tripped on an irrigation furrow and landed awkwardly on his right hand.  1 broken (splintered) bone and surgery with a plate and 10 screws on this little bone.  Things will slow down even more here.  At least I like to think that way.

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Pig butchering at the end of the month will be delayed by 4 to 6 weeks.  We raised 3 pigs through the summer, and they did a lot of work for us.  We have some dry areas in the pasture and they worked in a lot of dryland pasture seed.  I hope the results are good next spring.  2 of the pigs were raised ‘on contract’ for friends and family.  The 3rd pig is for us, and its the one we will butcher at home ourselves- once my hand heals.

We had our grass cut in early October.  The idea is we’re going to rake it in to windrows, not bale it, and then feed it over the winter to the cattle.  We’ll use electric fence to slowly meter out the wind rows, since baling is the expensive part of making hay, this is a cheap way to make hay for the winter.  We were short on hay, now we are looking really good.  I project a hay surplus in spring.

Chicory

Chicory

Good insects!

Good insects!

The hens got moved off pasture at the end of September and they have two weeks to think about where home is.  They’re cooped up in their hen house as they rehome that this is their new home.  October 3rd the hens get released back out to free range for the rest of the winter.  The trick is for us to remember to close the hens door at night to keep the predators out, and then open the door in the morning.  Sounds easy but if you forget just once in these six months or so that’s all it takes for a raccoon, skunk or fox to get in the hen house and cause a lot of damage- lets just put it that way.

Our pullets started laying in mid September, now we’re getting 10 to 18 eggs per day.  So we finally have eggs for sale . These are pasture raised hens fed non GMO feed and in the winter they are free range.  They’ll be fighting with the pigs here soon trying to steal their food, these  little birds are pretty bold.  Funny to see.

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