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It's Pumpkin-Smashing Season on the Farm

If you don't know what to do with your chemical-free pumpkins, bring them to the farm and smash them on-site. Jack-o-lanterns (without candles) are also popular, carved or not. Smashing is welcome on Wed. from 1-5 pm and Thur.-Sat. 10-5 pm (Please wear a mask and social distance.)

It ain't the cold; it's the ice!

As winter approaches, this farmer's annual war on ice is getting started. It might seem that a cattle farmer's first concern in winter would be keeping her cattle warm, but most cattle would laugh at the cold (if cows could laugh). As long as they have a place to shelter from bitter winds, most cows will stay warm.

Outsourcing The Bull-Work

Owning or borrowing a bull would seem to be a requirement to create calves. Blain, a Scottish Highlander bull, had bred all but five of my Highlander cows before I sold him in August. I still have Larry, but he is an Angus bull, and I don't want to mix the breeds. So who would impregnate my “open” (unbred) Scottish Highlander cows? Make that: How would we impregnate those cows? By artificial insemination (A.I.).

Do You Want To Learn How To Ride A Cow?

I always wonder why some parents want to buy a young, untrained pony for their child. I was reminded of this lapse of judgment when I saw this funny sign at a riding stable: For Fast Riders - We have fast horses.   For Slow Riders - We have slow horses.    For Those Who Have Never Ridden - We have horses that have never been ridden. 

Here Are Five Reasons to Buy A Cow

In this pandemic year, having enough to eat has been a challenge at times. We're not done with the pandemic yet; maybe having a stash of meat is wise. Aside from having enough to eat, there are other reasons it makes sense to buy a quarter, half, or whole cow.

How to Cook A Perfect Pot Roast Every Time

Fat cows make a farmer happy; most of the time. A cow with a layer of insulating fat will stay warmer in winter than her thin sister. So I don't like to see bones or ribs on my beef cows.  Not all bovines can produce a layer of fat. You will rarely see a fat dairy cow because they use all their energy to produce milk, while beef cattle put their energy into building muscles to create meat.