Friday, August 8, 2014

Local Milk Inspectors.....

ST is a Pro at catching the milk stream.....

He is usually first in line every morning.. 

However momma cat beats him sometime.. She is quite talented..

Poor Cheezit.. Not so talented.. 
He spends more time seeing where the milk went then where it is coming from! 

Green Apple Cucumbers! 

 Garden is in full swing.. I have monster zucchini because I am not picking everyday!.. Those things really take off! But we are down to our last jar of relish so they will come in handy for that. I have about a million little tiny Cukes.. I don't think I am over exaggerating on that number by much either! :) The garden is a Jungle this year! We have had plenty of rain I have barely had to water this year. Thank you Jesus!
 Kyla and Kara are finishing their last week of internship at Terrell Creek Farm. I will be so happy that they are home full time! I have been overwhelmed occasionally this summer try to keep up with everything. And quite frankly I haven't done a very good job of it. 10 weeks was a long time! But I survived! Hopefully they learned a few things too. I now have a list of things that need done inside and out..
 Candice is enjoying her job at the dairy.. She has now brought home 2 calves.. One is a steer and the other is a little heifer. I will get pictures soon.. Promise.. They are sweet and bottle babies so they are easier to handle. Elsa is the heifer she is a Brown Swiss/Jersey cross.. Spitfire is the steer that is Milking Shorthorn/Brown Swiss cross. We will be investing in a milk machine between a cow and 13 goats freshening... That is a lot of milk.. Of course it will be 2 years before Elsa freshens. But the 13 goats will start freshening 150 days from August 15th!
 We also have Lots of Muscovy ducks now! The two mommas hatched out 24 babies between them. This is Daisy and her brood of 16.. They are now much bigger than the picture. Some have went to new homes and some are destined for the freezer. Any females we will keep. Duck eggs are awesome for baking! These guys are also keeping the fly population WAY down compared to other years. They have ate all the squash bugs and other pest.. They also like Cucumber leaves.. but we can't figure out if it's the actual leaf or the bugs on the leaf.. And the leaf just got in the way?... They didn't hurt it much as the Cucumbers have taken over the watermelons and are creeping into the goat pen. Not to mention the Pumpkins! Good Golly they are EVERY where!!!
 We added one other animal species this year... A Potbelly pig... Her name is Petunia AKA Squealer.. I tried regular sized hogs a couple of years ago. While they were tasty, they were also stressful. So our current experiment is raising larger Potbelly pigs for meat. Petunia will be bred for babies next year hopefully. I think a smaller pig is more sustainable especially on a small farm like ours.  So we will see!
 we have also sold off a lot of chickens. My chicken girl wants certain breeds. She is working on getting others. We kept a few back for eggs and her banties. But the chicken house is so empty. However the rooster is gone and the hens that are left go back to the chicken house at night. He kept leading them back to the yard to fight with the little cochin rooster through the cage.. Actually they couldn't reach each other so it was a lot of talk/crowing and that was it..
 I am going to try and blog more regular now.. I know promises..... promises.. We will be starting back to school in about a month. One was suppose to graduate in September but things happened and That is not happening for a while now. But it will happen when its suppose too.
 I think that is all that is going on now.. I hope everyone has a Blessed day!

 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.
 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.
 He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.
 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, and he overthroweth the words of the transgressor.
 Proverbs 22:9-12

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