Seeing Double? This week Red Doc one of our 100% Grass-fed Cattle gave birth to twin bull calves. At first I didn’t think they were both going to make it, they were a little weak, she was pushing one away ignoring it and kicking if he tried to nurse………
Roll away nest boxes were installed this week.
More Chicks arrive
Ole Farmers Trick
I tied her and forced her to let the calve nurse, and then used an old timers trick to get her to accept him. Most mammals can recognize their young with smell, and sound. There are a couple of methods to get a mammal to accept another’s baby, several years ago I used one successfully to get a cow who lost her calf to accept a Holstein bull calf.
The ole farmers tale, says to rub miracle whip form nose to the tip of the tail on the calf. When momma licks him, she will get the sent in her nose and start to associate the calf as her own. Bob the owner of our main farm happens to love Miracle Whip, his wife Sally keeps a good supply in their larder. She graciously let me have a jar, being there were two calves I rubbed them both down, with a good thick stripe across their top line. With in moments she was licking the calf that she had accepted, I guided the other over, and she started licking him as well. I tied her up again, helping the little guy nurse, she didn’t try to kick him once.
Over the next few days, I searched each day for the calves (they hide well especially in the tall grass), and made sure they nursed. Thursday morning I couldn’t find the smaller calf, Hunter and I looked for an hour. Again in the evening I looked for him, I gave up thinking he hadn’t nursed enough and had passed away. Seconds later he popped up from behind the mineral feeder, let out a moo, and ran to Red Doc after she called back to him. He nursed immediately with no assistance. Friday, both calves were very energetic, running and playing in the evening as we moved the cattle to fresh grass.
The new roll away nest boxes were installed last weekend. Which has led to the hens are laying a bit better, and the eggs are much cleaner. They are still breaking a few eggs a day, but nothing like the previous weeks. I’m making a few more tweaks, and I think we will be back to full production soon.
Our third batch of broiler chickens arrived this week. 100 Freedom Ranger day old chicks, went into the brooder Thursday morning.
Mid next week the second batch will head to the pasture at 3 weeks old, where we will rotate them daily. They are growing very well, and will head to the processor in about 5 more weeks.
Hunter our 7 year old has decided to spend most of his summer working at the farm. A lot of his time is spent playing with the animals, however, he has started to be a huge help.
Yesterday as I was moving the cattle he took it upon himself to fill their water troughs. Its not an easy task to attach the 2″ water line, and open the valve, somehow he managed.
Each morning he feeds and waters the chicks, and straightens the barn. I’m really enjoying his company and help.
In the coming weeks we will be making hay, he will likely be headed to daycare on those days. Its safer that way. I’ll be looking for a few good strong teens to unload wagons and stack hay in the barn.
We stocked the freezers with Grass-fed Beef yesterday, a great supply of steaks, and roasts are available this weekend.
Pasture Raised Chicken: There are a few chickens still available from last weeks harvest. This week the next batch will be available. We are going to be offering cut ups for the first time, bone in breast, legs, thighs, and wings. Email to reserve yours firstname.lastname@example.org
Pasture Raised Pork: This week we are fully stocked with pork, stop by this weekend to stock up. Chops, sausage, roasts, ribs and much more.
CSA Openings: In July and August we have 3 openings for new CSA members. Each month we prepare a selection of our pasture raised meats for our CSA members. You can pick up at the farm, or we can deliver right to your door. Order a CSA for your family today!
Half and Whole Pig Prebuys: We are offering a few pigs for prebuy. Order now for a 15% discount, pigs will go to butcher this fall.
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2884 West Glenville Rd
West Charlton NY 12010