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Hair Sheep

  There are many breeds of sheep. Our sheep are  Katahdin (pronouned Ka ta din).  They are called hair sheep because they have hair instead of wool.  Wool sheep require shearing twice a year.  This takes considerable time and effort for each sheep.  There is not a high demand for wool at this time. So basically you are spending…

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Flashback Farming

Uncle Lewis shared a story we’d like to share with you. When he was a kid, back in the 1940’s, his father butchered a hog every winter.  They didn’t have electricity back then.  Here is how our conversation went: Lewis:  When we butchered the hog, we hung him in the bedroom. Me:  (thinking you hang it for seven days,…

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Bittersweet-bacon is curing as we type

It is bittersweet.  It is sad to remove an animal from our farm.  It is sad to know his fate.  But let’s get to the nitty gritty.  We eat meat.  We’d rather eat meat that we know than meat from the store.  This pork is hormone free, antibiotic free, and steroid free.  The hog got to wallow in the mud, dig in…

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Things kids do on a farm

What is so special about our five year old brushing Trixie?  The fact that she decided to do this on her own.  I walked out of the barn and there she was, brushing the horse.  She has really embraced farm life.  She is still a girly, girl (hence the dress) but she will put on muck boots and jump in the…

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Grass Kills

Did you know that a horse can get sick by eating too much grass? When we brought Trixie home last fall she came from a dusty home with no grass.  She only had hay.  We brought her home to a lush 5 acres.  You can imagine her eagerness to munch on grass.  We had read that you had to…

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Sheep Chores

What better way to celebrate Easter than to care for some sheep?  Of course, that is after worshiping Jesus, after lunch, after egg hunting.  Which explains why my nephew was wearing a tie while doing farm work. Our niece and nephew volunteered to help us vaccinate, tag, and trim hooves while our oldest niece agreed to babysit.  Thanks, kids!…

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Worthy is the Lamb

A few weeks ago, hubby and I were discussing whether or not to raise a batch of chickens for meat.  Our five year old yelled, “Don’t eat the chickens!”.  “Don’t eat any of our animals!”.  I reminded her that our current hens are for laying eggs, but yes, we will be eating some of our animals.  “Remember bacon, honey?”…

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