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...
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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. ...
Hello:), It's been a very, very busy time at my house lately with all my chores, school, our show season coming up, and the holidays. Our house is just a bit chaotic. My day usually runs just about like this; I get home from school and tie up my two show calves Ted and Lou Casey then I go in and do homework. After I finally get that done I come back out and exercise and practice showmanship...
Monday, November 22, 2010 Spent most of the day getting ready for Thanksgiving. Worked in the house and Dave called occasionally to help him string out tile for the trench he was digging. Our tile system is almost done for this field. A few more runs and we will have it complete. Over 18,000 feet of tile in this side of the field not counting the tile that was put in during the spring months. ...
Sunday- November 14 I went to church this morning. Andy and the boys fed the cattle and the pigs. They also checked the sows and baby pigs, processed baby pigs and bred sows. I fixed them a quick noon meal. We call it dinner here. After we ate, Doug and Andy finished the cattle waterers and David and Dan worked in the shop. We do all our own repairs and maintenance on our equipment, so there ...
Sunday-November 14 We attended church and our fall festival is planned today. I always help in the office with the accounting. I keep the money turned in on the computer so at the end of the day with the running total we can tell the amount we have collected. My Sunday was spent at St. Aloysius Church from 8 am until 8 pm. The guys were putting in tile and trying to beat the rain that was comi...
Monday-November 8 I had to take the car to get the car to get serviced in the morning. On the way to get that job taken care of I had clients calling about claims on their crop insurance. The farmers are wrapping up and most are finished with their crops and seeing they just don’t have the crops they should have harvested. I will file claims when I get back home. When I arrived home Dave was a...
Everyday our day starts with feeding the cattle and pigs at home and feeding and caring for all the sows up at the sow farm. After we feed we will check the newborn baby pigs and process any pigs born (or farrowed ) the day before. Next it is time to breed sows. We artificially inseminate (AI) the sows which are in heat. I will explain some of these tasks as I keep this diary. Sunday-November 7 ...
Well, I'd better formally introduce myself first hadn't I. Hello, my name is Karen Hiltbrand and I'm 15 years old. I live on my parents family-owned farm in the small town of Seven Mile, Ohio and I absolutely wouldn't trade the way I live in for anything. My life revolves around all aspects of our farm. Since this is just my first entry I'll just start and tell you a few things about myself. ...
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