Finally an update
Well I was headed to the auction I mentioned in the last post when some guy pulled out in front of my truck and we crashed. Totalled out my truck and banged up my buddys trailer pretty good.
So I didn't get any cows that day.
But Tammy and I made it to an auction 2 weks ago and bought 2 cute calves. A Jersey/Holstein cross we named Belle and a crossbreed we named Lady. I think Lady has some Milking Shorthorn in her. They are both thriving in the old chicken brooder coop. Lady is 4 months old and fits in a halter so we have been tethering her out but she doesn't take the warmth well and starts overheating out in direct sunlight so I may have to modify my plans a bit.
I found a local farmer who will sell me hay at cheaper prices if I buy it on the wagon so he doesn't have to unload it in his barn. I will probably go back to having the calves graze on half an acre and buy in hay for the winter.
With gas at 3 bucks a gallon I need to come up with some other means to keep the lawn mowed. I bought 3 rabbits yesterday and may start working on a couple of chicken tractors.
We finally got the previous owner to remove the old cars he had parked out in the back acre and I have spent a few days cleaning out the remaining junk and old fenceposts and rocks left back there. Still have a bunch of stuff to remove, but it is looking much better.
Tammy tilled a buch more area for the garden and I have some tilled up around the chicken yard so I can plant some leaf letuce for them to peck in.
We got our asparagus planted and Tammy is working on thinning out the strawberries and moving them to a new area.
My dad is ready to give us all the raspberries we can handle and a few more varieties of strawberries so our soft fruit selection should be pretty good. Found what we believe to be a wild plum and hope to get enough fruit off of it to get some jelly this year.
This week should see the potatoes and corn planted. Plus we have lots of broccoli, cabbage, pumpkin, squash, and mellon plants to transplant.
One more pass with the tiller and most of the garden should be ready for that.
A couple of pics
sammyd on 04.30.06 @ 07:30 AM CST [link]