Wow! It’s hard to believe that we are already flying through February. We have all currently been fighting the flu but so thankful that maybe we can get all sickness over and done with before we start our lambing season. The ewes are getting bigger and bagging up. After last year’s rough lambing year we are hoping for a reprieve this year.
We did get a surprise batch of puppies out of our rescue LGD, not sure what she managed to get bred by but she had 4 big healthy pups. Two girls and two boys, of which we plan to keep both females to add to our LGD pack. We was shocked she had puppies because she is so old we didn’t think she was able too.
We have also cranked the incubators back up. Currently have test eggs which consist of Sebbie geese eggs, snowflake quail and butler quail. We have decided that if our Cornish chickens don’t start laying within the next month then they are all going to freezer camp. Sometimes you have to step back and decide which benefit you and the farm and not just a money pit and lost cause.
So as we prepare to head to our first rabbit show of the year 2018 this year we are also having to consider thinning the herd down. Hope everyone has a great rest of FEB.
It feels like winter outside and frozen water tubs prove it. This is the time of year that farming and keeping livestock sucks. You have to make sure everyone handles the freezing temps and that they have access to fresh water all day. Not a lot of fun trying to handle cold water with numb fingers. This is when we fantasize about Spring and pray that it shows up quickly. I know that since we are in Arkansas we don’t have to deal with extreme snow falls and blizzards. I thank God for that and pray for those that do, I honestly can’t imagine raising livestock and dealing with that type of harsh environment.
Out of the animals here on the farm, most handle it without any issues, in fact our Chows and LGDs love the cooler temps. Our youngest daughter has a small three pound chihuahua and when I set her outside the other morning she immediately turned around and said to heck with this. I think that is the fastest she has ever done her business. She doesn’t even mind the sweaters our youngest places on her so I guess she knows they help.
We having been working on our bull pasture and extending a couple of pig pens, got a lot done yesterday and a lot closer to finishing. Now we are prepping for the arrival of lambs over the next couple of months. Praying for a great lamb crop as last year’s wasn’t so great. That is the part of raising livestock that no one likes. Losses….. Last year we had issues with aborting and even lost a couple of older ewes to unknown reasons. We have done our best this year getting our ewes prepped for lambing including vaccination to help prevent abortions.
Time will tell.
Hope everyone is surviving the winter and looking forward to Spring and the babies it brings.
These picture was taken over a decade ago but always brings a smile to my face. These two were a mess. The little doe named Zoey taught me a lot about deer.
Did you know they will play in water puddles like kids? They also make a variety of noises. Zoey would follow me all over the farm and if I was working on something then she was like a dog: getting into everything. She would even carry stuff around in her mouth.
A lot of people could and would learn from animals if they just took the time to observe them.
It’s a new year and that means another year survived. Now to make this year even better than before. Lots of plans but that means a lot of work but it will never happen if we don’t start somewhere. We can dream all day long but until we start putting the wheels in motion we can’t get any closer to our dreams.
I challenge each of you to think of your dream and the steps you will need to take to get there. We can only regret the steps we didn’t take to get closer to our dreams. Just think if we had started working on our dream with more dedication years ago then we might have been where we want to be now. Believe in yourself and your dream!
I have discovered podcasts recently and let me tell you – some of those are very motivating. So I am going to take some of their suggestions and start stepping out on those stepping stones!Good luck to all of us! May our dreams one day become a reality!
Well we didn’t get off to a very good start with our babydolls this year. It has been one of those rough farming years. Seems like if it could go wrong then it did, but we won’t let that stop us and have bigger and better plans for next year!
Our youngest has decided to start her own pig farm – guinea pigs that is!!! She takes in rescue and unwanted pigs. She also has plans to start showing them.
We have also started experiencing the wonderful world of essential oils! Oh My!! I wish we had of started them sooner! If you want to know what I’m talking about or want to join in then contact us at email@example.com. We use DoTerra oils.
Hard to believe it is already the second month in the new year!!!
We are so excited about 2017 as we have a lot going on and planned for. We will start lambing around March and can’t wait for those little lambs to hit the ground running.
Our girls are getting geared up for the new show season and just waiting on lambs to get here so they can officially start planning shows.
We have also added a new partner to our Rabbitry so that we can offer a bigger variety of rabbits. We specialize in rare breed show bunnies. Currently we have Holland Lops, Thriantas, Tans, Czech Frosty, Dwarf Hotots and English Lops.
We are starting to get cooler weather now so getting everyone ready for winter. We are waiting for a chow to have a litter of pups and hopefully have several rabbits due. The sheep and goats are bred to start having kids and lambs after the first of the year. We have also taken a trip to Virginia and picked up six more babydoll ewes.
In the meantime, we are brainstorming for ideas to help with the farm and helping out the youth with learning about agriculture and showing.
Sorry that I dropped the ball on you! We are once again getting ready for fair. We have had a lot happen this year and still not done!
The kids showed this spring and summer and done a great job!
We will have our county fair week after next and plan to show sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and geese. Then we will be headed to District fair and have a small break then off to State. Wish them luck!
We plan on adding several babydoll ewes to the herd. The market ewes are off at the breeders now. Hoping to have quite a few baby lambs around the first of the year.
Hopefully I can start making a habit of posting here again.
Need a quick easy meal that will feed the family?
Recipe for deer shoulder or necks in crock pot
Place meat in crock pot
Place seasoning and cut onions to place on top.
In a bowl take a can of beer, cup of sour cream, and can of cream of mushroom soup. Mix up good and then place over meat.
Allow meat to cook all day in crock pot. When it starts falling off bone then take the bones out.
Cook about 2 cups of white rice and then add to crock pot.
Makes an awesome full filling family meal.
I have had a lot of people ask me how to process deer and how to keep it from tasting gamey. I will eventually add a video but for now I will tell you the best I can.
After the deer is dressed out and quartered then you will need to put in a refrigerator or cooler. Make sure it stays good and cold for several days.
Once the meat has had time to rest then we start pulling out a little at a time and cutting into the choice of meats that we choose – normally steaks, cube meat, tenderloin, neck, and we even use the meat between the ribs for grind. We try not to waste any meat. Once meat is cut up then it goes into a sink of cold water with salt generously sprinkled over the top.
Allow meat to sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Drain the water and then package meat into freezer safe bags or vacuum seal it. We weigh out 2 lbs for all of our bags. We take the grind meat and grind it and use it for ground meat and to make sausage out of it. We also use hams to make deer jerky.
I have recipes to use for shoulders, necks, sausage and jerky. Stay tuned – I will be adding them later on.
We use this method on all of our wild game. Our entire family hunts and this allows our family to have meat all year round.