Spring Snow - West Wind Acres

Spring Snow

Farmer Friday the last day of March 2017

31 MarSpring Snow


Farmer Friday

This week flew by, but a lot was accomplished.  We started the week with snow on the ground that mostly melted, before a late winter storm arrived last night.

Monday I was a guest speaker for the Galway Lions Club, at the Cock ‘n Bull. After a great dinner I spoke about West Wind Acres, how we raise our animals, and what makes us different than most farms. 

Many upstanding members of our community were in the audience, including a few teacher, and several local business owners.

In the next few weeks we will have some exciting news to share, including dates for our farm tours.  Stay tuned

Meat Deliveries

Each month we deliver meat throughout the Capital District.  This Tuesday we deliver to Delmar, Rensselaer, and Loudonville.  Friday we deliver throughout Schenectady and Saratoga Counties  Place your order today.

Free Fertilizer:

Supposedly spring started about 10 days ago.  Yesterday our grass was mostly exposed, overnight 3″ of snow fell.  Snow in early spring when the ground is mostly thawed, acts as a free fertilizer slowly allowing the nitrogen it holds to seep into the ground.  This will help the grass to grow quickly once the sun finds it again.

Cattle

Calving season is going to start any day, our heifers are springing (their udders are filling up).  This spring we are expecting around 20 calves over the next several weeks.

Pigs

Two more litters of piglets should arrive this week.  Which will put our total up to 5 litters.  So far we have orders for most of the piglets that have been born.  We will sell off the early piglets, and then raise all that are born after late April.

Pigs on pasture take 6-12 months to raise.  Many factors figure into the time it takes to grow to market weight.  Pigs can grow and finish on 100% grass, adding grain, whey, milk, or other treats can fatten them quicker.  Taking away their exercise can as well. 

We raise each batch a little differently, experimenting with different combinations of feed, and forage.  We find the longer it takes to raise a pig the better the meat is.

Farm Store:

Pastured Pork:  we have a great supply of pasture raised pork this weekend, including breakfast and italian sausage, fresh bacon (not smoked), hams, boston butts, shoulder roasts, lots of chops, and spare ribs.

Grass-fed beef:  our beef supply is also pretty good going into this weekend, we have a few t-bones, ribeyes, sirloins, london broils, a couple beautiful rib roasts, and hamburger patties.

Stop in 9-1 Saturday and Sunday

2884 West Glenville Rd

West Charlton, NY 12010

 
 

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