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...
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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...
Thanks to all of the diarists who have participated in our monthly diaries! Make sure to go back to November to view all the diaries that have been posted. Thanks to the following participants: Rita Beiser, Gail Lierer, Karen Hiltbrand, Nancy Powell, Rosemary Beeler, Cathy Minges, Toni Schwab, Sarah Summe, Tim Hesselbrock, Mary Dengler, Eggy Casey, Kellie Warner, Cathy Jacob, Kathy Hiltbrand and J...
The afternoon routine at Crosswind Farm usually starts about 4:30- 5:00.† Jericho assists us† daily after he is out of high school and finished with his FFA meetings. The stalls for the yearlings, Ace, the two boys as well as Honey need to be picked out, fresh straw spread around, and hay placed in the back corner of each stall. The water buckets get cleaned and filled with fresh water. Grain is p...
Butler County Farm Bureau will award five $500 scholarships in 2011. The deadline for the applications is close of business on Thursday, March 31. Applications can be downloaded or you can contact the Farm Bureau office at 513-844-8371. Don't delay, this is a great member benefit....
Monday, March 7, 2011 Up late working on my blog. Checked penned cow #8140 and maternity pen. Itís very frustrating when I make an effort to get out of bed and check the cattle and then nothing is going on.† I guess because the next time Iíll say to my self, ďOh theyíll be fineĒ, then when I donít go out and check them one of the cows ends up having trouble.†† Itís happened more then once to me.† ...
Monday, March 7, 2011 The goats beat me out of the door today! There they were standing outside the pen when I walked down to the barn this morning. They worked a board loose at the bottom of the fence and slipped out. Lucky for me they are so tame that they just followed me right back into the barn. After I fixed the pen, I spent the morning in the greenhouses planting Lillys. There is to be a we...
March 1, 2011 Welcome to Crosswind Farm. We are going to take a unique trip through the process of a mare foaling. Maybe before we start you should know the lay of the land. There are three barns that have different names and functions. The broodmare barn is the old dairy barn that in the early 80s Jay transformed the milking stanchions into 7 concrete block stalls for his mares. The hay and straw...
Crosswind Farm is a former dairy and grain farm in Okeana, Ohio with its origin in 1840. In 1974 John (Jay) bought 40+ acres of land west of Okeana and two miles east of the Indiana border. As the years progressed we have added land to total 76 acres. Many years of neglect created need for a lot of clearing brush and scrub trees before Jay was able to have ample pasture for his Thoroughbred broodm...
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