November 29, 2010 Well the week has started as usual checking on the steers and feeding the cows. With the help of Michael, we ran electric fencing around the pond so the cows in the woods would have more grass to eat. We still have to build one more fence by the pond in order to trust the cows without the electric fence. We turned the cows out and they seemed happy but still look for a round b...
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Wednesday, December 1 What a blustery day with snow flurries flying about. Hope you enjoy reading about our small beef cattle farm. Show cattle and farming seem to be in Allen's blood and he enjoys all the hard work it takes to make this a viable business. With a full-time off the farm job, it means week nights, weekends and holidays are taken for cattle and farming needs. Allen does daily feeding...
December 1, 2010 Hello! I hope you enjoy our diary. We are very active on this dairy farm. I was up at 4:45 to walk my small dog Teddy, then we start our milking at 5:30 AM. We are milking currently 88 cows in a double 16 herringbone parlor. It certainly seemed like winter this morning as it is snowing steadily. I don’t think it will accumulate much but it sure is cold. My son, Keith is stationed ...
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 Hello, I am delighted to have folks peeking into life on our little goat farm. We have been raising the Pygmy goats for about twelve years now. We started small but now we have one of the largest herds in Southwest Ohio. Our herd name is “Dry Run Acres” and we named our herd after the little creek that runs across the back of our property. Every day I have chores to...
Sunday, November 28 Today Andy and I left to go to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with my Mom and Dad for a couple of days.The boys took care of the morning feeding and they checked the sows and baby pigs. They scraped and spread lime for the sows due to have babies. Doug and Lindsay processed the baby pigs. They process pigs every morning. They dock the pig’s tail, (because as the pigs get older the...
Hello, Hope everyone’s Thanksgiving was well. Mine was well, this past weekend was my first cattle show of the season and I did pretty well, I guess I can’t complain. Although it was so cold we had a good time. My heifer Lou Casey really surprised me and did very well for me. Recently all our chores at home have been changed around, I now alternate with my two siblings getting up and feeding th...
Greeting from Morgan Township. We are Allen and Cathy Minges, also known as Minges Show Cattle. We raise beef cattle, with a focus on club calves and breeding stock. Both of us come from farm families and Allen farmed full-time for 22 years before taking an off the farm job in 1998 with Scherzinger Drilling. He now works a full-time job as well as farms 100 acres of corn and soybeans with another ...
Meet Dewey and Nancy Powell of Ross Township. The Powells raise miniature meat goats on a small farm on Layhigh Road. Dry Run Acres Pygmy goat herd started as a 4-H project for their son Joe and his best friend Nate in the early 1990s. As the boys grew – so did the herd, and Dewey laughs when he says “It’s a 4-H project that got out of hand!” The pygmy goat makes an excellent 4-H project because t...
We are fourth generation dairy farmers. Our farm has been in our family for over 100 years. We are located in Butler County, Ohio. I am Rosemary and my husband Edward and I operate this dairy farm. We have been married 33 years. Our son, Keith, 31 is in the United States Army. He is stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska which is near Fairbanks. Keith is being deployed to Iraq in January for the t...
Sunday, November 21, 2010 I went to church this morning. Andy and the boys fed the cattle and sows. They also checked the sows and their babies, processed pigs and bred the sows. We ate a light dinner. The boys worked in the shop. They fed and took care of everything for the evening chores while I cooked for our evening meal. We had 35 family members come over for our Thanksgiving meal tonight. ...
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