Week 5 Monday July 25, 2011 Oscar primarily did the morning feeding by himself. Chris came around 9:00 to help finish up. Jeremy hauled hogs for a friend to the Camden locker early this morning and picked up calf feed from Harvestland on his way back. We have tried many different brands of calf feed from different companies but we keep coming back to this one because the calves seem to grow bes...
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Monday July 25 As with most Mondays this time of the year, we started the day cutting flowers. As a result of the dry weather we have a somewhat narrower selection of cut flowers available, but what we have looks very good. Two orders were cut and delivered by 10:00AM. A pallet of tomatoes were then loaded on the truck and delivered to Burwinkles. That emptied the packing shed just about the t...
Monday July 18, 2011 HOT. HOT. HOT. I make a gallon of ice tea, ˝ gallon homemade sports drink (1 Kool-Aid packet, 1/4 tsp Morton Lite salt, 1/4 tsp salt, heaping 1/2 cup sugar, 2 quarts water) every day. Plus we drink gallons of water. Michael took calf 830 to Dr. Krom, leaving at 7 AM to beat the heat. Dr. Krom said the foot is healing and to continue penicillin for 5 days. But at least we d...
Week 4 Monday, July 18, 2011 Jeremy was here bright and early to help feed this morning. Then Chris and Oscar gathered the round bales of straw from Jeremy’s and brought them to the farm here. After feeding at the other farms, Chris mowed grass. We got a new bucket for the skid loader today and Oscar used it to clean out the barn at Jeremy’s. He spread the manure from the barn over the wheat fie...
Week Three Monday July 18 Flowers were cut starting at a little after 6AM and delivered promptly. Some of today’s cuts went to a wholesaler and some to retail shops. The lisianthus were particularly nice this morning. Five of the nine colors we grow were in are in full bloom and have terrific (long) stem length – something that florists want. As I think I mentioned earlier, we grow them in a pla...
Monday July 11, 2011 With the hot weather in the forecast, we hook up extra water tanks for the cattle. Since the cows are still in their breeding groups, we have 6 different pastures with cattle. All the groups have access to geo-thermal Mira founts. The geo-thermal tubes keep the water cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. But, when it gets real hot, some cows just stand over the water,...
Monday, July 11, 2011 Today was really a hot one! According to the news it was 97 ° with 81% humidity giving us a heat index of 113°. Dangerously hot. But for some reasons the calves still expect to be fed! In our newest group, they are all doing well and still on bottles. From the July 1st group we still have two calves that have not switched over from bottles to buckets. One is a very lar...
Monday July 11 Our son Mark and the two boys made it to our home last night about 10PM. We were all very happy to see each other. As expected the boys needed a “bedtime snack” and really didn’t want to stop talking about -- well everything. Since they got in late and were tired from their 12+ hour drive we all slept in a bit this morning. Breakfast was a bit piecemeal as we all rolled out of be...
July 4, Monday Blessed with slight rain. It took me all morning to prepare meals for the week for Michael Everett and nephew Luke Combs, who will do feeding and stay at our house while we travel to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, delivering 3 bulls. I love lettuce from the garden, but it takes a while to clean, and I am not sure the guys appreciate all the effort. Other than gallons of ice tea, b...
Monday July 4 A happy Fourth of July to all!! The precipitation we had this morning was what we call a “teaser”. Not enough to really help the crops but enough to make it a “boot day” and spread some fungal diseases around in the tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers and squash. It was good, however, for the transplants that we put in the field the past two evenings. They were all standing straight up ...
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