tamwork Here's Tammy breaking in the new saw.
sammyd on 09.28.08 @ 09:57 PM CST [link]
Here's a pic of Chris helping to stack the wood. You can see the chopper and the ol WD in the background.
sammyd on 09.28.08 @ 09:54 PM CST [link]
Well, a busy day today.
Tammy and Chris went to Sunday school and church this morning and I went out and chopped down 6 rows of sweet corn stalks. I carried bundles of stalks to the garage and when Chris got home we ran them through the chopper and bagged them up. Tammy broke out our new chainsaw and started cutting the bit of wood we had from last year.
When Chris and I got done with the silage we helped get the firewood stacked and after a short break Tammy decided that it was time to do some tomatoes. We picked over a bushel and put 14 2 qt jars in the dishwasher. Tammy blanched the things and I got peeling. Then she filled the jars. Ran out of lemon juice halfway through so had to make a trip to the store, and I got to rest my back which was hurting from hunching over the sink while peeling all those maters. Chris did the chores for us.
2 of the jars broke while hot water bathing :-( so we have 6 gallons of maters done today.
Since last entry....
We taped Jethro last week and it said about 500 pounds, Toby taped in at about 300. We burned his horns off a couple of weeks ago and he looks really good. He has discovered a talent for slipping his lead and wandering off into the neighbors yard. I think the snap may be worn out so I bought a new lead and tethered him behind the garage on some good grass. Jethro remains the sole occupant of the back acre and is doing a good job of mowing it down.
We have sold 55 of our meat birds and someone may be interested in 15 yet. May actually get our chicken for free if we sell them. The 28 layers are looking fine and I got their nest box and a roost installed.
Tammys brothers say they want 12 of the rabbits which would bring us down to one buck one pregnant doe and the doe with 9 bunnies.
Gwen and Misty are keeping us in about a gallon of milk a day and Tammy has been making some killer cheese. It's a hit wherever she takes it.
Bev will cycle again in a week or 2 if she didn't take earlier this month and she's dried up. Poor thing, really nice looking goat but her udder just isn't anything to crow about.
I picked up a Gehl 400 chopper from a guy at work. No heads and the big chute has been replaced with something much shorter since he used it to chop baled straw for bedding. Just right for our operation. He had taken 3 knives out of it for a coarser cut but found the knives and gave them to me when I bought the machine. I've all ready chopped a bunch of corn for the calves and bedding for the goats. I also chopped a couple of big piles of weeds for the neighbor. We did 6 bags of silage today but I forgot to take pics. Still have a big patch of field corn to do though.
We bought a new Stihl chainsaw last week since we will be cutting most of our own firewood this year. It's a touch bigger than Dads which we borrowed quite a bit.
THe surveyors have our land plotted and recorded so will be closing on that soon. It worked out to just a touch over 7 acres. Will be helping the owner move his stuff so I can get some of my machinery under a roof this year.
That's about it for now. Lots of stuff to do while it's still fall though.
sammyd on 09.28.08 @ 09:48 PM CST [link]