Wow, 2019 was very busy for the farm. But at the same time, it felt so natural. In 2018 we were setting our footing, making plans, going through many trials and errors for what worked for us and what didn’t. But in 2019, we were comfortable. Although we suffered a loss of our favorite cow at the end of the year, we were able to met so many new customers, we had a great time at all the farmers market events, and deepened our relationship with our processor.
This is Pheobe. Due to unforeseen health problems, we lost her in December 2019. There is a YouTube video about how this effected us and our farm here… Losing an Animal
2019 gave us fluidity so we can think about 2020. Well, here it is!! And boy, do we have a lot going on!
- Our chicken tractors are changing
- We are getting a goose! Ha.
- We are expanding our cattle herd
- In June, we will be welcoming our first farm hand, Lincoln. (If you see Olivia at the farmers markets, you may notice she has gotten a little more round! Ha.)
We are so excited for all that 2020 has to offer us. And we hope you will be there to experience it with us! While you are also welcome to come out to the farm and check out what’s new, you can also see how we are doing by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
Don’t forget that just because the farmers markets are closed, it doesn’t mean the farm is. You can use one of the many ways to contact us, set up an order, and pick it up at the farm, or talk to us about delivery options!
Until then we hope you have a very happy new year!! Please enjoy some pictures below of how our year went!
We welcomed our first calves of the year in March and April
We built 4,000 feet of woven wire cattle fencing and 1,000 feet of water piping for our cows to rotationally graze on our small but very mighty farm!
The meat chickens loved the new pasture with all kinds of cattle manure, bugs, and sunshine!
The left is a pasture before cows or chickens where able to eat, fertilize, and mulch grasses. The right is the same pasture after the cows and chickens were able to eat the goods and let them grow back.
Getting the calves into the chute gives us the greatest opportunity to get them used to it so we can use it if they are sick or hurt. This first interaction is where we tag their ears so its easier to identify them, we also check for any sores or signs is illness. All the calves were healthy and happy!!
Olivia can breed cattle so we use her services to breed our lovely ladies. We have 3 confirmed pregnant cows to end the year!
When winter came and the weather was getting tough, we opened the barn so the cows and calves could get out the wind and brisk cold. You can see they were a little skeptical at first, but they love it now!
This picture was taken first thing January 1, 2020. The funny thing about a new year, its still just another day. The sun rises, the calves need fed, and we stand back at the gate to say, Good Morning Cows!