Monday, August 31, 2009

Rainy Days & Mondays

Today is Monday and it's raining. Not a good combo. William milked this morning (as usual). Rainy days means muddy cows and plenty of laundry for me. I am sure that all the milk cows were covered in good old McConnells red mud. Rainy days also cause it to take a little longer to milk, since you have to wash the udders longer.
Then he and his dad gathered up some of the calves we have and took a few to the sale barn. Things are tight on all dairy farms at the moment. With the price of milk creeping slowly back to normal we hope things will be changing soon.

I haven't been at the farm today however I have been working. I have gone to working 4 10 hour days in order to be at home more. I have spent most of the day layout ads for the upcoming show. I just hope there are no huge mistakes.

Below are some recent photos of the farm life.

Wyatt helping to feed baby calves (kinda).

Wyatt's new favorite thing...playing in cornmeal!
Wyatt's first love... a tractor
"Come on Mom lets feed the calves!"

Wyatt & Daddy putting out feed.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hot Summer Days

When it is hot outside everyone wants to either be in the air conditioning or the water. Around here that is not usually an option. This weekend is no exceptation.

William, Wyatt & I moved some dairy steers to a new pasture yesterday, when we arrived the gate was standing wide open. William had just been down to the pasture this morning and shut the gate because we already had two steers in the field. The land used by a few deer hunters who obviously didn't know the old rule "If the gate is closed keep it closed." We also helped put out feed, feed baby calves, and wash up around the barn.

Wyatt and I looked over the ewe flock at the house as well. Nothing unusual with them. With the amount of rain and reducing our numbers we have plenty of grass. All the breeding ewes are now out on open fields grazing until winter. The lambs were doing well enough we noticed a few that needed deworming. Hopefully we can get that done tonight.

On Saturday, Wyatt and I helped out at the concession stand at the old York Sale barn to raise money for the Fall livestock show. William had to work some calves. We checked the steers we turned into new ground yesterday. We are looking at purchasing about 3o beef cows from William's grandfather, however both parties are still on the fence on the logistics. Now sure how we can juggle them but I am sure we will figure out a way.