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Hmmm - where have we been??

Posted by Jamie on January 4, 2015 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (5)

Good blustery, cold afternoon!  If you haven't noticed, it has been a looooong time since there was an entry here in the blog section. We started a Facebook page for the farm about the time of the last entry and that has been the place where we have tried to keep everyone updated. I would say that we have had some varied success with that. You can always tell when Mark gets busy as the posts become infrequent.  So - we will try to continue this in 2015 and see how it goes. Wishing you all a Happy New Year and all the best in 2015.

Jamie

New Calf - 50% Done with Spring Calving!

Posted by Jamie on March 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Cami had her calf last night! She had a white bull calf. We have to decide on a name - which is always an interesting process. Both mom and baby are doing fine.

Chester the new puppy is getting big! I was just looking at photos tonight and I can't believe he was ever that small and cute. He is getting big and rambunctious. Feel bad for Bailey - she needs it. We started with puppy classes again last night. The first time we tried there weren't any other puppies in the class! He had a great time playing with all the other puppies. He has entered the destructive chewing stage. So far it had just been annoying. Now he destroys things in a big hurry.

Brooke is still waiting in the barn to have her calf. She looked disappointed last night that she wasn't the center of attention. With the weather we have been having I expect her to have it just about every day - and she holds out every time.

Tax weekend is here. Our appointment is next week, and I am not even close to ready. Each time I say this is what I am going to work on, something else comes up. Crunch time is here! Hopefully I have done a better job of keeping track of things than I have in the years past.

Seems winter is finally here. We have had to plow more in the last 2 weeks than we have all winter. We are expecting more snow Sunday evening. The problem is that each time is snows it seems to rain, too. Mark tried to plow the slush/snow combination with a less than desirable result. I think he said he had to shovel the truck out 4 times before he was done. Apparently that was a better option than calling me!

Trimmed Sue the other night. Apparently she is coming into heat again. It was a trying evening, but as I thought to myself when it was all done, at least I didn't get kicked! They are all starting to shed, so I brished her when I was done. She wasn't sure what to think of that. It is a sad commentary about how much time I get to spend grooming my horses!

The cattle trimming chute is now home. That has been something we needed to do for some time. Hopefully we can figure out how to use it! Luckily our friend Sue has one so Mark called to get some tips the other day. We are hoping to have a new feeder for next year. Another friend, Anne, bought one and said it saved what she had to pay extra for hay this year with the drought.

If you haven't yet, check out our Facebook page. Mark has been having fun updating this page and sharing what we do here on the farm.

Jamie

Cold Days on the Farm

Posted by Jamie on January 24, 2013 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been quite the week. Winter finally decided to show itself with some cold temperatures. That has meant frozen waterers in the chicken room, checking cattle and horse waterers (luckily few problems there), prayers that the car would start, and a puppy staying out when I think he needs to come back in the house. Mark was travelling this week for work again, so it was a little hectic trying to make sure the puppy has some alone time with me, trying to keep things together here (no guarantees there) and a few hours of chores each night. My biggest worry is leaving BJ in his stall because I forget to leave him out in the morning. It takes him about a half hour to finish his morning feed.

Chester is really funny. He loves to be outside and he was fun to watch after the 2 inches of snow we got this week. He is learning fast, and it is funny to watch him try to test the boundaries. He does have the independent streak in him - he comes when he wants to, and ignores you if he wants to do something else. He had his vet appointment this week and passed with flying colors. Another 3 weeks and we start puppy class in Rochester.

This week is the National Show and Sale in Denver. We stayed home this year again because we decided we would rather have a trimming chute for the cattle. I miss not being out there. It is fun to see people from around the country that we only see out there or at the summer convention. Sue has been calling giving us some updates - so at least we have a connection there!

Mya and Hannah are coming out to stay overnight tomorrow night. Then on Saturday we are watching the National Sale on the internet. It was a lot of fun last year and we are looking forward to it again this year.

We need to do some planning for the coming year. How we are going to manage the properties, how we are going to manage the herd, what we need to have in place for pest control, plans if the dry weather continues and how we are going to make sure there is enough feed to go around. With 3 new calves coming again this year and 4 heifers to be bred, I have a feeling that things are going to be even more crazy next year!

Let us know what you think of the new site. It is a work in progress, as everything around here is!

Jamie

New Year at Flatland Farm

Posted by Jamie on January 12, 2013 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It has been a loooooong time since I have made a blog entry. And you will notice that none of the old ones are visible here. One of the reasons has been that I was just much too busy last year and did not make the time to write one up. The second reason is because our old webpage service locked us out! They said we had too much traffic and needed to upgrade to a very expensive package. So, here we are at webs.com! So far it has been a pleasure to work with the templates they have and also their support people. Whew!

The year had a bit of a rough ending, we lost our dog, Zeke. He has been here on the farm with us since the month after we moved to the farm - ll years. He was the greeter for us and we couldn't have had a better dog. (Bailey - you are a wonderful dog, too). Bailey has been lonely - so Mark has been letting her into the house. She just sleeps all day in here - when I boot her out she runs around to check on everyone and make sure they are where they are supposed to be. She need a companion for when we are at work, so we are going to look at a puppy tomorrow. Hopefully I will have photos to show of our new addition to the farm!

The cattle are all fat and happy. Really - they are gaining like crazy this winter. When Hannah and Mya come out they weigh all the yearlings and have been having fun seeing who gains what that week. Mya is actually doing a school project looking at rate of gain between a spring calf and fall calf. Aila has been bred for a fall calf to Skye High Koal again - we have gotten 2 very nice calves from that combination. Duff is the calf from this fall and after 3 months he weighs 310 lbs. Not bad for a scrawny Highland!

The chickens are in their winter villa now. We had to work with ventilation a little - ended up being pretty wet in there at first. It is amazing how much heat those little bodies produce. I had been worried about the waterer and eggs freezing - the water has only been frozen 2 times, and I think we fixed that by moving it away from the door. All the new chickens are settling in and I commonly find 3 chickens crammed into one nest box.

The horses are unhappy this week - had both rain and wind, and the rain is now ice. So - a crabby Visi and with Sue in heat that means just watch your back. When I left the barn this morning Visi was nawing on Sue's leg like it was a dog bone. He is getting creative in his quest to not move his feet and let her win the dominance game. Right now, I don't think she cares about that game. Her mind is on something else.

The rabbits are causing Mark fits - he keeps breeding rabbits and only a few end up being bred each time. They do seem to like the hulless oats we bought from Larry Sassen, a fellow Highland breeder. It is funny to see them attack the feeder when they get fed. Frannie, Max and Meanie Agnes (the 3 cats) are still living in the rabbit barn. It is amazing what a few cats can do for a mouse population. I never see any sign of mice at all. We always had mice here in the barn. Apparently our barn cats here are too fat and lazy!

Well, I hope you enjoy the new site. There have been a few updates to the content, and hopefully the photos here load easily for you. I will continue to add things over the next few weeks and probably play with the layout some more. They have some fun tools!!

Jamie


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