Monday, April 4, 2011 Finally some warmer weather despite the sprinkles and possible passing thunderstorms it feels good outside. Spring fieldwork is right around the corner! The warm weather is just what we need to get ready for our farm tours. This is one way we have diversified our operation to generate funds to pay the bills, feed the animals and raise our family on the farm. Every year thousa...
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Monday, April 4, 2011 Hello folks, it is Monday and the start of a new week. In order for me to wake up each morning I set my clock radio and let it buzz for awhile. The weather was nasty with a lot of rain predicted for the day. Mary went off to teach school and left Sally and me to do the alpaca feeding. After being around them for ten minutes or so they tend to make you happy and glad you a...
Friday, April 1 Up bright and early this morning to get 5 kids out the door for college and school. Not as early as when we milked dairy cows a few years ago. Dairy farmers get up very early to milk, feed, water and care for their dairy animals. This is a seven day a week job that last from sun-up until sun down. Often their chores have to be done before family activities because dairy cows have ...
Friday April 1, 2011 I worked today in the morning for a couple of hours on my job as a crop adjuster. Yesterday, the March 31 Planting Intentions and the March Grain Inventory reports were released by the United States Department of Agriculture. The price of corn, soybeans, and wheat traded on the Chicago Board of Trade are affected by these reports for the nearby future. The price in Chicago det...
Friday, April 1, 2011 Hello folks, how’s everything “Down On The Farm”? I remember listening to a gentleman from Indiana (Boss Johnson) who had a radio show and when he came on the air he asked that question. So, starting today and for the month of April, I will be telling you about things down on the farm! Our farms are located at Shandon, Ohio, and you will be learning about raising alpacas b...
March 28th It was so cold this morning when I went to work that I was sure glad to go inside the greenhouse and work for a while. We transplanted 50 flats of peppers, 10 flats kohlrabi, 6 flats of cabbage, and Angel wing begonias. We moved all of the Al’s pouches into the larger greenhouse, and finished up the petunia flats. Then we went outside and worked on a water drainage ditch along the mark...
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 “suitcase” 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...
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...
Bartels’ Christmas Trees and Treasures, also known as Bartels’ 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. Judy’s 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...
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