We have a new family milk cow and her name is Margie! Our barnyard is once again complete. Margie is a full Jersey and seven months pregnant - she will deliver around March 20! She is a smaller Jersey cow but seems to have a calm disposition which is typical of Jerseys. We bought our new family milk cow through a raw milk dairy that is about 45 minutes from us and her previous owner delivered … [Read more...] about New Family Milk Cow – Meet Margie!
I love farm life - the simplicity of it - the self-sufficiency of it - the joys - the satisfaction of it all! But, as much as I enjoy our lifestyle of home education, working together in the vineyard and having a family milk cow and other farm animals, there are times when I get discouraged. Last week was one of those times I was ready to throw in the towel! Not on the whole life but on certain … [Read more...] about Being Prepared After the Cow Calves
What you are about to read and see is the actual process of delivering a calf. If you are squemish, you may want to blur your eyes at the photos as you continue reading. Hilde finally calved and has a beautiful, light brown calf! This delivery was the most eventful yet - the calf was breech! A breech calf is one that comes out feet and bottom first. The normal presentation is head first - well, … [Read more...] about A Calf is Born!
With all the excitement and work surrounding grape harvest, I forgot to tell you about the new additions to our homestead - Honey Bees! We have been wanting to get into beekeeping for quite awhile. Partly for the enjoyment of beekeeping; partly for sustainability and self-sufficiency; and partly for money saving. But assuredly, for really good honey! I have been buying raw honey in 5 gallon … [Read more...] about Backyard Bees
Remember Hilde? She is our family milk cow that we bought back in March. She was giving about 3 gallons per day and was suppose to calve in July. Hilde is half Jersey and half Brown Swiss - a combination that gives rich creamy milk that is good not only for drinking, but also cheesemaking. In anticipation of her calving, I had the vet check her to make sure she was bred (pregnant) before we … [Read more...] about How to Tell if Your Cow is About to Calve
After losing Sprinkles, our much loved shih-poo, it took a while to find another dog to be our inside house pet. Considering the circumstances of her death, we decided against another shih-poo. But the dilema then became what to get. Living in what will be the basement of our home with 1500 sq ft for the 9 of us, a large dog inside could become a source of irritation - especially for those in … [Read more...] about Bernie – Our New Shih-poo