Making hay while the sun shines isn’t just an old-fashioned turn of phrase, it’s a way of life on our farm! Summer has been hot, but the grass grew all spring and was ready for baling last week. Out in the sun, it’s pretty hot in the tractor. At the end of the day, it feels pretty good to have over three hundred bales put up for our hungry stock this winter.
Babies on the farm
We’ve had three Wagyu calves born this summer, and they’re doing great! All of our other “babies” (who are growing rather big now) are all weaned and settling down after we moved them to separate-sex pastures. We sweetened the separation anxiety with a little extra grain and some baby carrots thrown in too.
The current farm projects
I’ve always got some project going. With our summer so hot, the cows need their own sports drink, just like humans do. My next project is to make mineral feeders for them. I use salt blocks with mineral and plain salt as this gets them to drink more water and stay healthy and hydrated. They love it.
To make the feeders, I’m using recycled cedar that came off the barn. It’s such good stuff, it’ll probably outlast us both! Because I need one in every paddock, so my plan is to make at least twelve (one fore every paddock). Eight are done already!
Julia had a surprise when she found a big snake in my workshop last week. I have looked around several times, but haven’t come across him (or her) yet. It must have come in when the boys were cutting the grass since we park one of our mowers in there too. I don’t want to step on it by mistake or pick it up thinking its a piece of wood! Certainly, I don’t want to hurt it.
Most people detest snakes, but I think they have their place on the farm. I’d like to put our visitor back outside to do its job of keeping the rodent population down.
That’s all the news from the farm for now. We’re trying to keep cool through this month!