Short shorter shortest. These days I am trying to keep up with everything. The calves are coming and no problems so far. The cows look great from an easy winter and maybe because I have tried to cull problem animals, they are all taking care of their calves.
Yesterday a black cow had a brindle calf. The father is brown brindle but this bull calf black and tan brindle. looks quite sophisticated. Also the calf is what we call in Iceland glass eyed “glaseygður”. Icelandic horses sometimes have eyes like that, white streaks through the eyes, makes them look wild.
I am trying to breed different colors into the cattle, something that looks good on a wall or floor, guess my Icelandic heritage is coming through. Here they want all the cattle to have the same color, Black Angus, Red Herefords, White British etc. I want my herd to have every possible cattle color in the world, why not.
This spring has been quite cold, here at 2000 feet, it just stopped or to be exact the grass. I thought I had more than enough hay and almost sold some this winter Luckily it never happened and now I am getting close to the last bales but the grass is starting to grow so we should be fine.
We should have well over 50 calves this spring but because it takes them two years to grow up, we are going to be short on beef this year, we will see. I am maybe thinking not to expand the herd too much, maybe culling some two year old heifers for beef.
I only want to have enough beef to satisfy the direct marketing. Hard to plan 2 years into the future. Also I would like to have time for my other profession, used to be a potter before I became a farmer, dream of making pots in my old age.
Yesterday I opened an account in our bank. Call it “Spring Lake Farm Equipment Fund” and put the first $100 from one of you into it. There it is going to stay until I buy processing equipment for the slaughterhouse. So if any of you want to own a meat saw, vacuum packer, knife rack or other equipment with me, just write a check to SLFEF and I will put it into the account, $100 there as of now.
The chicks ae coming fast and furious out of the incubator, not as many ducklings, having problems with that incubator. But every morning when I let the ducks out in the morning the eggs are all over the floor so hopefully lots of ducklings. I would like a few hundred of them running around the farm this summer, nothing like a flock of ducks going out in the morning or coming back home at night, real rush-hour, a sight to see.
Few lambs born this week and the dogs staying with them 24-7, no lambs for the coyotes this year. We can hear them up in the woods at night, but these dogs won’t let any of them get near the sheep. Being French their names are Dumas and Zola.
Written By Ingimundur on May 7, 2016