Animals

Kerry Cow For Sale

Mab

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a rare breed Kerry cow here’s your chance. Last year the Swiss Village Foundation purchased Mab, one of my Kerry cows, for egg harvesting. The Swiss Village Foundation or SVF is located in Newport, Rhode Island, and is a seed bank which preserves germplasm (sperm and egg) from rare and…

New Digs For Pigs

New Digs For Pigs

Now that spring has arrived, Gladys and Petunia have been moved from a life confined to the barn to a life outdoors. The butcher has been called and their days are literally numbered. For the last couple weeks of their existence, Gladys and Petunia will be temporarily residing in our large vegetable garden.  For the…

Black Cattle – Cold Spring

Cold Spring Black Cattle

Spring is slow in coming this year. It’s unusual that the grass has not started to green up by now and I’ve yet to see a crocus. Good thing hay was so plentiful last year. Because we’ll be feeding it for a bit longer. How about where you are? Is it still winter or has…

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

Weanling Piglets

I’m confounded and I’ll tell you why. Because there is an epidemic of death and contagion sweeping across the farms of this country that is barely getting a mention in the mainstream media. If you ask me it should be front page news. And I’ll wager that unless you live in farming community or you…

Mobile Veterinary Clinic

Portable Vet Clinic

A Porta-Vet or Bowie mobile clinic on the back of a pickup truck is a familiar sight in rural America. A country veterinarian carries most everything they will need for a routine farm call or for an emergency. Including hot water. The local veterinarian always has time for questions and often stays for a short…

Gladys In March

Gladys & Rick

Gladys and Petunia should be ready for slaughter in about another 5 to 6 weeks. Both gilts (a gilt is a young female pig) are exceptionally calm and friendly. They’ve been a pleasure to raise this winter and will be sorely missed when their time here is up.

Blood Sample From A Tail Vein

Drawing Blood From The Tail Vein

Mistletoe and another young Kerry heifer have been sold to a buyer in New England. But before they can be moved across state lines in April, some paperwork and certain heath testing protocols need to be followed. Yesterday our veterinarian was here to draw blood samples. With Mistletoe, blood was drawn from the vein underneath…

Chicken House Needs A Coat Of Paint

Chicken House Needs To Be Painted

When warmer weather arrives my small chicken house will be moved to a different location . The move will be easy to do because the structure was built on skids and the chicken yard is a portable dog kennel. Once the chicken house is relocated it will get a fresh coat of paint. I’m sorely…

Waterloo Mohair – My Source For Mohair Fibers

Angora Goats

Years ago when I was a young hand spinner and homesteader I raised Angora goats. In fact if I remember correctly, Angora goats were the first goats that I ever owned. For those of you who may be unaware, Angora goats are the source for the fiber known as mohair. Sometimes people will get Angora…

A Realistic Assessment of Kerry Cattle

Kerry Cattle Are Friendly If Handled Properly

A Rare Breed In The Modern WorldWe have had our Kerry cattle for just over two years. My wife and I originally bought them for an integrated dairy production project on two different family farms.  The plan was that our neighbors would keep them and milk them along with their dairy cows on their farm,…

From Bottle To Bucket Then Back To Bottle Again

Mistletoe One Month

Mistletoe is a purebred Kerry heifer calf. She was born 2 days before Christmas and was orphaned at birth. Her mother was one of my older Kerry cows and died from a prolapsed uterus just a few hours after she was born. Like most Kerry calves, Mistletoe is very healthy and very vocal. I’ve noticed…

The Care and Management of Hypothermic Lambs & Kid Goats

Clara Belle Hypothermic

Gosh it’s cold outside! I thought I’d shelve my internet hiatus to offer some potentially lifesaving advice to new and maybe not so new shepherds and goat keepers. Throughout much of North America, the record cold is interfering with the health and well-being of many early season neonatal lambs and goat kids. Lambs and goat…

Gladys In November

Gladys In November

This fall’s piglets are doing very well. They seem to be growing fast and are exceptionally good eaters. Both piglets have tamed up nicely and will be moved to large quarters maybe this week. I was in the barn the other evening and Gladys was happy to pose for me.