March 19, 2011 Today, a nice warm sunny day, we are going to take the mare and foal out into the small grass paddock. The foal has the cotton lead in the ďsuitcaseĒ fashion around his shoulders and but. He worked very well in the stall leading him around the mare so he is accustomed to the control and feel of the lead. Jay takes the mare through the back door, and out into the open. The foal comes...
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Francis Farms††† (Alpaca Corner) John, Mary & Sally Francis Shandon, OH† 45063 Nestled in the southeastern corner of Morgan Township lies Alpaca Corner, home to 18 registered huacaya alpacas.† Alpaca Corner was chosen as the farm name because it is located at the crossroads of St. Rt. 126 and Morgan-Ross Road in Butler County. John Francis and his daughters Mary and Sally tend to the alpaca li...
Bartelsí Christmas Trees and Treasures, also known as Bartelsí Farm LLC, is the newest enterprise added to our family farm. We are Steve and Judy Bartels, in partnership with our son, Brian. Christmas Trees are new to our farm, but farming is in our genes. My great- great grandfather farmed in Meigs County, Ohio, beginning in 1857, when he emigrated from Germany. Judyís family has been farming in ...
Hi! My name is Bethann Niederman and I am excited to share with you my diary about our family and farm. Bob and I operate Niederman Family Farm. Bob's parents, Robert and Janet own the farm and host the Gregory Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast and the rental barn. Our five children are the fourth generation to live, play, and work on our farm. Elizabeth, our oldest, is in her second year at Miami Uni...
We are delighted the foal is a colt (boy), healthy and here! That is the start of all the real joy and work that goes with breeding.† We are now in the house getting about 1.5 hours of broken sleep when we realize the foal has stood up on his own but still hasnít found his motherís milk. You can sit there watching the foal struggle to get up onto his spindly legs or you let mother and baby work it...
March 21st After feeding the animals and checking the greenhouses, I worked a lot in the office. There is always so much bookwork to do. More plants will be in this week so I had better keep up the office work so I can get out and plant. We met some friends for supper tonight at a restaurant in Hamilton. It is always nice to catch up on the news with old friends. March 22nd Today the plants came...
March 21, 2011 Monday morning, girls up and getting ready for school. Five days and the kids will be on spring break.†† Checked on maternity pen and no babies.† Dave is leaving to haul gravel. His phone has been ringing non-stop. (Thatís a good thing) Itís cloudy today with a chance of showers. Took girls to bus and Justin to school. Back home to do work. Mixed feed and fed the cattle. Today was s...
Monday March 14, 2011 Early morning about 1am.† Computer froze up on me so I had to stop on blog, and yes Iím a night owl.† One last trip to barn to check on cows before bed.† All the cows where content. Emphasis on All, because a gate was open that wasnít suppose to be.† They were all lying down and the calves were in the nursery. So I decide to shut the gate to the pasture, so no one would calv...
March 14, 2011†† Well the rain and cold weather is really getting on my nerves! I am itching to get outside and get some work done. I guess I will quit complaining, and be contented to work in the greenhouses.† Today I worked on getting all of the hanging baskets priced, treated with fertilizer and ready to hang on the overhead lines. Hanging the baskets is one of my least favorite things to do. ...
In the morning Honey is fine and there is no baby. After feeding the other barns, Honey goes out in her paddock to get some fresh air and exercise. I checked on her about three in the afternoon and she looks more restless than she did earlier in the morning. Her tail is softer and easier to rise up toward her back. She is waxing more and starting to drip her milk.Maybe Soon???? That is the interes...
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