After 2 crazy weeks of babysitting we were gone basically since Thursday night. We had a 4H volunteer meeting and the girls went to Nana's house. Then Friday and Saturday was spent at the Small Farm Trade show. Kyle didn't get to go on Saturday as planned though. I didn't get to all the classes either because of getting hung up in other classes talking to people about things. But I did get to go to the class given by Joel Salatin.
First pic is of a tractor type thing that looks like a tiller on steroids!!! lol But it has a baler, mower and rake that hooks up to it.. Would be great if you had about 10-15 acres!! It was a multi-purpose deal! And Expensive!!!!
Then here is a Sam look alike!! A full blooded Komondor! I am really impressed with these dogs!! He does the same thing as Sam to and tried to chew his leash in half so then he was on a chain! He trims him every year in the spring with a pair of scissors over a week or 2. and that's it!! They are so easy around people too.. They don't seem to get confused on where their place is like some of the other LGD's do. They look like miniature polar bears and they can put another predator in its place!! We were worried about them getting from one side of the farm to the other. Friday morning we were getting ready to leave and We saw a dog up on the road.. Dinah and Sam was no where to be seen all the sudden here they come Flying across the field over the fence and to the road edge fence. The other dog took off like he had been shot at!! We were like YEAH!!!! go Sam and Dinah!!! All I can say is I am impressed!!Fainting goats that were there.. Short but broad!! Very pretty colors!!Muscovy Drake and duck. Full grown!! Made ours look small!!!! Very pretty birds!
Last but not least how to pasture rabbits with out them getting away!!! I thought this was cool. Joel Salatin's son started raising rabbits at 8 yrs old and has developed some that he is very happy with. And speaking of Joel Salatin. I read his books and thought they wer great ideas didn't understand everything or how it would be applied to a smaller farm. Then getting to hear him speak He was an awesome person to listen too. He is very personable and a little goofy! lol But he is also very passionate about family, farming and changing the way its done. He is very concerned about certain issues and not his next dollar. He said after all this time and the way they do things they still don't have a financial plan or long term goals. His advice is you want to farm quit the job and just jump in and do it!!! Yikes!! What scary advice!! He also inherited his farm.. His website is www.polyfacefarms.com the farm of many faces.
There was also a couple of guys right here in Missouri that are practicing Managed Intensive Grazing with cattle and sheep. They cant say enough about it! They said it can be done on a place as small as 5 acres! It improves the soil at a rate of 4 tons an acre per year!!! Adding organic material and natural fertilizer. It also keeps the rain in the soil and it doesn't dry out as much. The seed bank is turned up and all 3 guys that talked on MIG said they haven't seeded in 20-50 years and have a wide variety of grasses and legumes Except Alfalfa.Which I have never been real impressed with alfalfa. My goats prefer weeds to alfalfa!! lol They think Alfalfa is expensive bedding meant to be wallowed in... Brats!
Also did you know that Honey bees go to a range of a 2 mile radius from the hive? The supreme courts have also declared they have the right to trespass!! lol
It was fun to go to the tradeshow But I was so Glad to be home!!! We are such homebodies!!!