Want to feed cows? Bring your pumpkins, squash, and gords to smash for the cows during store hours.
September 6, 2020 • 0 comment(s)
Murray (left) and June will be available for snuggling at Miles Smith Farm at the next Elspeth's Place fundraiser on Sept 25 and 26. It will be by appointment -- you don't want to stand in line these days.
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August 31, 2020 • 0 comment(s)
"Why would I sell the best bull I ever owned?" The thing is, I don't need a bull anymore. On Miles Smith Farm, the breeding window is only six weeks in July and August. But I still have to take good care of my bull the other 46 weeks. During the long New Hampshire winter, that means buying him huge amounts of expensive hay.
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August 23, 2020 • 0 comment(s)
It might seem that a calf born on the farm lives out his life there. That's true of 90 percent of the herd at Miles Smith Farm. But some cattle, especially Blain-the-bull, have more-interesting careers. I met Blain in 2016 when husband Bruce and I trucked three heifers, a cow/calf pair, and a bull to a cattle auction in Earlville, New York. Blain weighed 1,000-pounds, back then. With short legs and a muscular body, he was more impressive than most other bulls, regardless of breed. Short legs mean there's less bodyweight that doesn't add value. Extra muscling does add value so short legs, and a massive body are desired in a bull so these traits can be passed along. His physique was impressive, but he was also easy to handle.
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August 15, 2020 • 0 comment(s)
August is "New Hampshire Eat Local Month." It's a 31-day occasion worth observing. (Not to be confused with "Eat Locals"). When you purchase local food the benefits ripple through the community, helping the farms and businesses that support them.
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August 8, 2020 • 0 comment(s)
There is nothing more rewarding than a wagging tail and a wet nose to welcome you home. But they require so much care! Dogs are more like children than they are like livestock.
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August 2, 2020 • 0 comment(s)
What I've learned about working with cattle is simple. Get them to think your plan was their idea, and you'll win every time. Successful negotiation involves getting your counterpart to do the work for you; to suggest your solution.
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