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Spring Time Is Busy On The Farm

March 22, 2022

At the farm, we all look forward to Spring. Warmer and longer days mean the grass will grow and take care of the cows vs. hay. This is really important because the mama cows start calving early February. This year we had 47 calves born in less than 20 days. Here is a picture of one that was posing for the camera.

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Here is a picture of the yearlings enjoying a stress free afternoon.

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The next 10 or so days will be very busy! Starting Monday we have the feed truck delivery, finish about 400' of net fence so the sheep can be moved to the farm, trailer pigs & deliver for harvest, and crate chickens about dark.

Tuesday & Wednesday is mostly chicken processing plus regular chores. Then, Thursday & Friday we are cutting and packing 6-beef - four of the halves are custom and will be picked up the week of March 28th.

Fittings for the two new chicken tractors will deliver Wednesday so I will most likely finish assembly Saturday.

Monday, March 28th the seller of compost will deliver to our farm. He and his wife will drive from AR, bring our compost and take home a half beef on Tuesday. He is excited about seeing our operation Pretty cool!!!

About the same time the spray rig attachment for our no-till drill will arrive and it will be time to pickup our summer cover crop mix from Petcher Seeds. With the price of inputs this year our objective is to maximize soil health, provide great grazing for the cows, and generate plenty of biomass for soil biology.

Our mix will include Sun Hemp, Red Ripper Peas, Crabgrass, and Sorghum Sudan grass. And, I found a source for worm casing that I will "inoculate" the seeds with. According to J.I. Rodale, "Earthworm castings are the finest form of humus known. These casing consist of soil and other matter which is passed through and changed by secretions in their intestinal canals and is of extremely high fertilizer values."

In a recent podcast featuring Dr. Allen Williams, he said the Top 3 Requirements For Quality Grass Fed Beef are: Soil Health, Forage Diversity, and Degree of finish in the beef.

There's always a lot to do on the farm. Thankfully, our hard work pays off in happy, loyal customers - we hope you are one of them!

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