E is still enjoying tennis. She won her doubles match yesterday but lost the singles.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Last night instead of sitting and watching television, I decided to work on Brother in the barn. We have lights down there you know. I did have to think ahead and catch him and have him in the lot earlier so we could find him. It's a little tough wondering around on the hillside hunting for one in the dark.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I found Kit under the Endless Summer Hydrangea this week. The last time he was under this bush he was attacking a praying mantis nest.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Two more goats kidded this week. That leaves 1 more that is bred. Two didn't breed this year, Sissy and Tinkerbell. If my count is right that's 61 kids from 39 nannies, right at our 150% goal. Now if they all make it to sale time that would be wonderful.
And this yearling polled nanny had a cute single.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
It seems like all of my Friday Fences are of us repairing fences. This time it was at the farm J grew up on. The calves apparently got out and someone ran them back. In the process they torn down part of the fence.
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
J is trying to get all of the fences fixed so we can start turning the cows and calves out onto their spring grass.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Our little 4-H group had a trail ride/meeting yesterday. It was a little cool but still nice for a ride. We had 3 4-Her's riding and 6 adults. J made the comment that maybe we need an adult 4-H club instead.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Saturday, April 20, 2013
And look, there was enough for supper. It was so tender and sweet and just enough for me and E. Looking forward to a good harvest over the next 2 months.
Not much going on in the rest of the garden. Anyone know an easy way to get rid of chickweed?
Friday, April 19, 2013
This is the view in my yard. How wonderful it that!
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
This is never a good sign when you see it in the driveway. It means someone has had to pull a calf and now the jack has been washed off and is drying. This time that someone was me. J had left early to help a neighbor haul some cattle which left me to check the heifers after I took E to school and fed the goats.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Our yard is finally looking like spring. Everything is starting to bloom. It is beautiful.
Monday, April 15, 2013
J and I went to see V show her heifer in the Little I on Saturday. Aunt L came by for the show too. As with most things from my youth it has changed a lot. Most of the kids were just showing to get extra credit for their livestock handling class. V was not in the class but was showing because she wanted to. It wasn't nearly as formal as in the past either, there was no ham sale, and I don't know what happened to the horse class. There were only 5 in it and they were showing adult horses, not yearlings that they had to halter break themselves.
And on a better note, there was the Animal Science Department Awards Banquet the night before and V was honored with the Mary Howe diZerega Memorial Scholarship which I think was much more important than how you place in a showmanship class. The description said...
"This memorial scholarship was endowed in 2003 by the family of Mrs. Mary Howe diZerega. Mrs. diZerega was a 10th generation cattle farmer who supervised every aspect of her Oakdale Farm, a performance-tested Charolais herd, which was started in 1968 in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Upperville, Va. Her keen interest in genetics and persistence for quality helped to build an exceptional herd of purebred Charolais. Mary Howe served as a leader in many local, state, and national cattle organizations, including being elected by her peers as President of the American-International Charolais Association. She was a 1998 Block and Bridle Honor Awardee and was a 2003 Hall of Fame inductee. This endowed scholarship recognizes students, preferably young women, who are preparing for a profession in breeding and raising beef cattle. Selection includes leadership skills, need, character and academic achievement."
Congratulations V! We are proud of you.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
J is still feeding hay. If the weather stays nice and the grass has a chance to grow it won't be long before he can quit.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
- when you have cattle to work. Yesterday we got up the yearlings to work so we could start turning them out on the spring pastures.
First, it was up and down these hills to get this group.
You would then think it pretty simple to get them through the gap and into the barn lot.