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Archive for June, 2009

Spring Pasture

Spring Pasture

May brings a whirlwind of activity to RavenCroftFarm. We started our summer pasture rotation April 29th and were able to stop feeding hay by May 4th.  Since our cows and sheep are 100% grass based they are only fed either hay or pasture with a kelp mineral supplement.

Sheep Shearing

Sheep Shearing

John Pogue and son, Noah came to shear our sheep. He sheared the 16 ewes and the ram. The ram is probably 250 to 300 pounds so it took both of us to capture him for shearing. Once he sits them on their bottoms, they become very docile.

Manure was cleaned out of the barn to fertilize the corn field and one of the pastures after it was grazed the first time this season. We have taken 34 manure spreader loads out of the barn and probably have another 10 to go. This will be put on a hay/pasture after we take the first cut of hay from it. The soil is like a stomach and it should only be fed when it is ready to assimilate the nutrients. i. e. when the forage is growing fast.  Sorry no pictures.

Spreading Mineralized Organic Fertilizer

Spreading Mineralized Organic Fertilizer

We fertilized our hay fields with a custom blended mineralized organic fertilizer from Midwestern Bio-Ag.

Ready to hit the Road

Ready to hit the Road

The grandkids have their own whirlwind of activities. They are busy exploring the woods, making bows and arrows, building tree houses and driving the go-cart.

Teaching Chicks to drink and Eat

Teaching Chicks to drink and Eat

Our day old Chicks arrived at our local Post Office on Memorial Day. What a surprise! We expected them next day. Each chick has to be taught to drink water and eat because they do not have a mother hen to teach them.

Family Portrait with Mother, Father and Baby Girl

Family Portrait with Mother, Father and Baby Girl

As the whirlwind May wraps up, our oats and corn are up and the new born calves are starting to appear. We have 4 out of 7 so far.

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