Nights are getting cooler, even days! This is a sure sign autumn is in the air. Working at the farm, (mostly outside) seems much easier with the cooler weather.
The grass isn’t growing as fast and so we need to give the cows more hay.
Each cow needs to eat at least 40 lbs of hay per cow per day! With 21 cows milking that equals at least 840 lbs of hay per day!
This summer’s hot dry weather has meant many farmers have to adjust their farms to adapt. Many farmers are selling cows because they won’t have enough feed for them through the winter. Other farmers have been given permission to harvest hay from conservation land, so they will have food for their cows in February.
We have been blessed with a moderate amount of rain this summer. Though things have been dryer than usual, we have been able to keep our cows on our irrigated pasture. Our spring fed pond has supplied enough water to keep the grass watered this summer.
Many farmers, organic and conventional, will have a difficult, stressful winter. Growing food (farming) is one of the only businesses where business owners usually are not able to base the price of their product on cost of production.
Thank you for buying milk, cheese, beef, veal and eggs from our farm. Because of you, we can base our prices on cost of production.
It is that time of year! The nights are getting cooler, gardens are browning up, melons and other late season vegetables are abundant.
Also, the grass isn’t growing as fast and the cows are eating more hay to meet their nutritional needs.
Our last open house of the season will be Sept. 8. Check out our “Open House” page for more details!
Unfortunately, our Open House scheduled for August 11th has been postponed until September. We thank you all for your support, and hope to see you all in September! In the meantime, keep stopping by our farmstand to say hello and buy some of our delicious cheese, eggs and meat – and be sure to find us at our Farmers’ Markets!
What are the loudest noises on the farm? Well, in winter the occasional cow lowing and the daily tractor excursions punctured the relative quiet. But in spring, the farm is full of constant noise! My favorite noise so far is definitely the barnswallows that dip and dive all over the farm - harassing cats (or unsuspecting people) if they get too close to their nests.
Their songs sound like clockwork – chirpy with an almost mechanical whirring noise, and puts me in mind of a steampunk bird, part gears part feathers. And I’m not the only one! According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
“Both male and female Barn Swallows sing a “twitter-warble” song during courtship and egg-laying, with a long series of continuous warbling sounds followed by up to a dozen rapid, mechanical-sounding whirrs”
Take a listen to their song and find out more about these beautiful birds! Do you imagine a mechanical bird as well? (photo courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
As I said, it is very difficult to get work done when there are adorable animals around every corner – and I hope you get to visit us tomorrow for our open house to meet some of them!
I was eating a bowl of cereal for lunch one day (made with our farm’s delicious milk, of course) and one of Fuzzy Stripe’s kittens decided she wanted a taste of the milk… my mistake! After she had a little taste, she wanted the whole thing. Here she is chewing on the spoon, and tug of warring with me over the milk.
At our open house, you’ll be able to purchase our delicious milk and taste it for yourself! Is it worth tug of warring over? I think so! And the kittens do too.
As many of you probably understand, spring is a very busy season for farms! There is much to do, and all our chores are often interrupted by really adorable baby animals, so of course things wind up taking a lot longer than usual. Here are three of our calves having a grand old time in the sun.
Hopefully you will come visit us and see our baby calves yourself during our open house next week, Saturday May 19th! I will be there helping to give milking demonstrations and answering questions. I hope to see you all there and show you the farm I love.
And if calves running around aren’t distracting enough, there are always adorable kittens underfoot. Here are two of Fuzzy Stripe’s kittens learning how to walk in the hay – the orange kitten is particularly feisty, and isn’t very pleased when I interrupt his walking attempts…
This is our youngest baby calf, born on Monday of this week! He is a very active little calf, and loves to try to follow me around the greenhouse while I feed the other calves. He was tied up in the greenhouse while I was getting a calf pen ready for him, and he loved wandering as far as the rope would let him trying to suck on my pants! You can see here he got himself a little tangled up in his rope! I feed him last because all the other calves drink their milk out of buckets, but until 5 or 6 days of age he will get bottle fed.
Calves love sucking on things! Bottles, my hands, my pants, my boots, the metal of their pens, each other… pretty much anything they can get their mouths on! Which is why we keep them in separate pens especially when they are young. All that chasing me around and drinking is hard work! Afterward he takes a little rest in the hay – but even though he is laying down, he never stops being curious!