On the Farm

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It’s been a quiet winter thus far.  No extreme cold, no heavy snows or crusts of ice.  Our biggest issue is actually mud.  Our biggest issue is always mud. 🙂

The cows are milking well, and we’re getting ready to start breeding them back for next year.  Truth be told, I should have been on this a couple of months ago, so our calves will be born a tad bit later than I’d like.  And some will have to wait till spring.  Our late summer calves this year, though, were so beautiful, so sturdy and obviously well nourished, that I’d really like to lean toward fall calves.  I suppose that’s why the old timers do it that way?  Once again, we have much to learn from the conventional farmers.  There are reasons they do things the way they do, and to completely ignore their wisdom just because we don’t like some facet of their business, well, that’s like throwing out the baby with the bath water.

So we watch and test and learn from our mistakes, always seeking the best, both for ourselves and for our livestock.

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About Jennie Cooper

I'm the mother of eight children, the wife of a retired soldier, and a newly minted farmer. I spend my days fairly productively, home educating our children, raising large quantities of food for several families, and volunteering in our community. I read entire novels a page at a time in the comfort of my bathroom. I tell people I'm Catholic just because they find it so shocking. I think there's nothing so exciting as a thunderstorm coming in. It doesn't bother me at all that my dog barks outside my bedroom window all night. And I rather enjoy being 40. I didn't think I would, but 40 is pretty good.

3 thoughts on “On the Farm

  1. Charity

    “Our biggest issue is always mud.” That line, shall we say, resonated with me :). We just put down a nice new lane of woodchips on the area leading into the barn, which tends to get mucky in places, as the old woodchips start to decompose. The new lane is cushy, clean, and dry. Belle, being your typical cow, is currently refusing to set foot on it.

    1. Jennie Cooper Post author

      I hadn’t thought of wood chips. We laid down some gravel we had leftover from another project. It worked great – for a few weeks! Then the cows got over standing on it, and it is now just as much a soiled sloppy mess as everything else. Also, Dave got his tractor stuck back there and left some sloppy wheel ruts. You just can’t win. 🙁

      Frozen mud is just about the only reason I’m looking forward to a freeze!

      1. Charity

        The woodchips have worked pretty well, though not perfectly – we just get more and spread them on top as the old ones decompose and get dirty. Sometimes tree trimmers are willing to drop off their chips on the way home from a job.


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