Well we spent the 4th of July weekend fencing in a new 15acre pasture for our growing heard of cows! It was some long hot days but even with all the sweat there is something profound about toiling together as a family. and the end of the day brings an awesome sense of accomplishment!
We have rounded out our heard with two more cow calf pairs. The two beautiful mama are wonderfully shaped and protective mothers. one of the calves is a cute little beefy heifer while the other is a beautiful bull calf. We're done collecting for the season but are thrilled to be working with such awesome animals!
We found another mama to join our heard and she brought her beautiful 2 week old calf with her! The calf is a mix between an Irish Dexter and a Belted Galloway which is the exact mix we are looking to breed! She is a perfect example of what a great combination it makes!
Well Ophelia got friends! They are also Irish Dexters. Beatrice is another yearling (the one with the horns) her Mother (standing next to her her) is 5 and doesn't have a name yet but Clara often calls her "Big Mama Cow". Big Mama has a unihorn as a result of a botched dehorning when she little but it doesn't change a thing about her usefulness and she's the perfect heard mama for beatrice and ophelia who is more then a little excited to have company!
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We have a new addition to the farm! This is Ophelia! She is a one year old Irish Dexter. Irish Dexters are a small breed cow great at foraging and can be used for both meat and milk! She is destined to be bred and milked so feel free to get attached. She is a beautiful animal and we are hoping to get her some friends soon!
We just finished this fantastic new pig house. it will have nice deep bedding in it a be the perfect warm shelter for the pigs to take refuge in during storms!
A new batch of piglets(12 weeks olds) came this weekend! It's amazing how small they look compared to our giant 5 month olds who are now mammoths!
It was such a pleasure to go through the process of obtaining the piglets, setting up their home and electric fence training pen a second time! We were able to iron out many of the kinks we had the first time. It is nice to feel like we are growing in skill and confidence as time goes by! This time went so nice and smoothly. I feel like even the piglets were more relaxed and trusting then the first batch.
Animals are so intuitive I feel like they reacted differently in part because we were so much more calm and steady! This is one of my favorite things about pigs, they are very intelligent and responsive. Our first batch responds to our calls. Knows when we show up we bring food and treats so we always get lots of grunts when we arrive! They are great with the electric fence and respect their boundaries. I am so excited to see this new batch grow as we keep working on our skills as pig farmers!
Our fourth family member has arrived earth side! She was actually born in August but I have been a bit distracted so updating the blog fell to the wayside! She is now six weeks old and a champ at tagging along for farm work. She is amazingly mellow and sleeps through most of the work!
It has been incredible starting this journey at the same time as we are expanding our family. As much hard work as it has been it has also been our biggest motivator! It feels like the best gift we can give them is a life filled with farming outdoors and animal life. Even though they are young and we are just starting out I can picture the kind of grounded life I am hoping they have. At least partially distanced for the millennial chaos with a deep connection to the land! Here's hoping!
Mother of 2 beautiful girls! Our growing family is the largest drive we have to build a life filled with good food and a connection to the land.