Monday, February 25, 2013

2013 Spring Kidding Results

Our '2013 Spring Kidding Season' has already finished. In one week's time we had 23* babies born. I know this is small in comparison to some farms but this is enough for our farm and enough considering we only had six does freshen (kid).  It was a rough kidding season this year with several very difficult births but we didn't lose any of the babies or the mama's. The Lord blessed us with beautiful healthy babies. I am in the process of photographing them to add to the website but they are full of shimmies and wiggles and taking their photograph is a bit of a challenge; unless of course they are tuckered out and sleeping.

*two babies were stillborn but it was obvious that they had passed away before the end of their gestation.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Our first 2013 babies have arrived!

Nutmeg's babies arrived at 1 AM today. Here are a couple photos of the little cuties, 3 does and 1 buckling.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

So God Made a Farmer

Last week we watched the Super Bowl like millions of others around the country. We watched as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the 49ers, but somehow didn't feel sad about it as the 49ers didn't seem to have their hearts into playing, jet lag maybe ... But one moment brought us to tears, well me anyway. If you have not seen this commercial it is well worth watching. It won't bring tears to some of  you but for me it is the core of my being.


And on the 8th day God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker!". So, God made a farmer!

God said I need somebody to get up before dawn and milk cows and work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board. So, God made a farmer!

I need somebody with strong arms. Strong enough to rustle a calf, yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry and have to wait for lunch until his wife is done feeding and visiting with the ladies and telling them to be sure to come back real soon...and mean it. So, God made a farmer!

God said "I need somebody that can shape an ax handle, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire make a harness out of hay wire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And...who, at planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty hour week by Tuesday noon. Then, pain'n from "tractor back", put in another seventy two hours. So, God made a farmer!

God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop on mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor's place. So, God made a farmer!

God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees, heave bails and yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink combed pullets...and who will stop his mower for an hour to mend the broken leg of a meadow lark. So, God made a farmer!

It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight...and not cut corners. Somebody to seed and weed, feed and breed...and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk. Somebody to replenish the self feeder and then finish a hard days work with a five mile drive to church. Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who'd laugh and then sigh...and then respond with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life "doing what dad does". So, God made a farmer!

(Author Unknown. Article reproduced from Paul Harvey radio show, but unable to trace the source.)God Made a Farmer

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Waiting for Babies

      Our Spring (very early Spring) babies should be arriving any day. It is a wonder that Penstemon can still continue to walk around but she is doing fine. Maybe she is holding out for St. Valentine's Day.

Monday, February 4, 2013

A New Face

     This is our newest addition. He is a 5 month old jake Royal Palm Turkey. He is not too keen on being handled at the moment but we are working on that. He has no worry of ever becoming a meal so hopefully he will settle in soon and start to relax. Now to think of a name for him ...