Thursday, September 22, 2016

Beef for sale

We now have 1/2 of a beef available for purchase... sold as either a 1/4 or 1/2. Butcher date has been set.  This steer is 1/4 Angus and 3/4 Highland.

**UPDATE: WE ARE CURRENTLY SOLD OUT FOR 2016.  If you are interested in beef, please contact us and we can put your name on the list for next Fall.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hay day!

Last week our hay was finally cut after all of the wet weather we had this spring, but once it was down the forecast was starting to look wet again later in the week.  The hay guy raked it a few times and got it baled.  Luckily it stayed nice until it was all in the barn, and the next morning we woke up to rain.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Halter training... day 1

Halter training has started for the oldest heifer born this Spring.  Not sure she liked it much, but her mama and papa are both very calm and like to be scratched so it will just take time.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Temporary fencing vs. bull

What happens when our bull tries to eat the grass on the other side of a temporary hot wire fence?  He somehow manages to get the fiberglass pole with a small wire clip stuck in his hair... runs through the pasture like a crazy bull... cowards by his girls until hubby takes it off!
We were out moving irrigation and watched the whole thing... it was pretty funny.  More importantly, maybe he learned his lesson and won't be sticking his head through the fence anymore!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Milking Highland Cattle

A few days ago I was worried that our new calf was only nursing on one side of her mama's udder.  So we put Mama cow in the squeeze shoot and milked her out on the other side to make sure her teats were small enough for her calf to suckle.  She didn't mind at all and I got a half gallon of fresh milk.

I made some fresh yogurt, thanks to a recipe from The Prairie Homestead.  Super simple to do, I made it in the evening, used my oven's proofing setting overnight, and woke up to homemade yogurt.  Yum!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Scheduling beef

If you haven't yet, it's time (or possibly past time) to schedule Fall butchering with your local butcher.  I called our butcher this week, and mobile farm visits are scheduled out all the way until the end of December so we will have to haul this Fall's steer into the butcher.  The soonest they had any openings was the end of October.  Glad I didn't wait any longer! 

Maybe this isn't a problem with farms that have a large number of animals going to beef every year and are on a normal schedule with their butcher, but I will definitely be marking the calendar to call earlier next Spring.  We like to butcher in the Fall before we have to start haying the cattle.  We've had years that we've made it until Thanksgiving on pasture so late October should work out good.

If you are interested in locally raised Highland beef, check out our 'For Sale' page for more information.