Sunday, June 29, 2014

Been a busy month.
Corn is looking pretty good for getting a late start. It was over waist high today.

The chickens got moved out to their coop this week. I was going to wait to open their hatch to the yard but I opened it today. They aren't too interested in going outside yet though.

The garden is looking good. Been keeping ahead of the weeds for the most part. Tammy has been giving her new tiller a workout.

Didn't have any plans on making hay this year but the neighbor asked if we wanted to make some on his land for 3/4 of the hay. So we got to try out the new tractor on the baler and Chris got to stack while I drove. At least for the first wagon.

And after a few years without them, goats are back on the place. Found a deal on some does that I couldn't pass up so Chris and I went and picked 4 up. We got 2 yearling Alpines and 2 of this springs Saanens.They look like decent animals.

Chris and I pulled out a lean to I had behind the garage and made a little fence so they have a place to stay at night and we use the electro-netting to make them new pasture as needed. They can really eat!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Spring has sprung

Finally was able to get out in the fields and get some stuff done.
The new tractor works like a champ. Had an issue with the 656 but it was just the starter solenoid so we got it up and running without too much fuss. The little Case donated a front wheel to the grain drill so we need to get that fixed.
Had a big bash for the May birthdays and such. Dad tried out the new tractor on the disc. Had to pry him out of the seat or he'd still be running it.
Got the old powerline and fenceline torn out on the north field so now I have 2 2 acre fields. Got 1 in corn and 1 in oats/hay. Bought a bag of seed corn and it was just enough to get the job done. Bought 5 bu of oats and 1 50 lb sack of hay seed and it was enough for the 2 acres with some left over to do half the back acre if it ever dries out enough to plant.
Working n getting some of the mess cleaned up around here. Was a junk hole when we bought it and haven't had much time to fix that. Hopefully this year we can make a dent in it.
Tammy has been busy out in the garden and working on the pond in the front. It's looking pretty good.
So here are some pics from around the place. Here is Dad discing up the corn ground.

Here's the corn field all planted.
Here's the oats up and growing.
Chris on his new toy.
And Tammy working on her pond.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Been a few days since my last post. Our little Koko up and died not too long after we got her. Still not sure what happened, she was growing quite well, no scours or anything, just a perky little girl. Then one night Chris went out to feed her and she was gone. If we get another calf we will be trying to raise it outside in a hutch and see if that does the trick. Calves are pretty expensive at the moment so it may be a bit. We will be getting chickens in June. Gonna get a few layers as well and see about having some fresh eggs around here. Picked up a new tractor this winter. Had purchased an old M with a snow bucket for snow clearing but the hydraulics had some moisture in them and the tires were pretty poor. So we got a fairly new New Holland with a big loader and bucket. A really nice rig. Actually had it out plowing today. First in the field around here. Tammy get a new tiller for her birthday and she had that out in the garden yesterday. Spring is really late in coming but were pecking away at stuff. So here's the new tractor.

Will be doing some more flipping and getting the number of tractors reduced around here. Got the old power line out to a well way out back down and the poles removed so I can get the fence out and make 2 small fields one bigger field. Will be a chore getting the fence out, but we did one last year and it's nice to have a bigger field to work in. Plan on planting half the back land to corn and half to oats/hay. THe back acre got plowed last fall and I want to finally try an 8 section rotation based on John Seymours plan. Then I suppose I'll have to get a calf, although Chris has been bugging about goats lately. Chris did some work for a neighbor and got some turkeys for it. Hasn't got them home yet as we ripped out the chicken yard fence last weekend. I told him it was his baby and he needed to come up with a plan so we'll see if he has learned anything.