With weaning comes the fact that we have young heifers and bulls available for sale. Last week we sold one bull and one heifer out of the newly weaned batches with another batch getting weaned shortly.
The current heifers we have available are as follows, by clicking on the original post (i n green) you can see the personal story for each calf;
#67 Licorice. Was born on 4/21/19 to sire KC Night Prowler (18890503). Licorice weighed in at 70 pounds at birth. Her mother is #56 Twisty. The original post for the birth of this calf was dated 4/25/19.
#66 Galaxy. She was born 4/23/19 to sire Prowler (same as above) and weighed in at 71 lbs. Her mother is #76 Blackie and her original post for birth was dated 4/30/19.
#25 Bailey was born 4/17/2019 to #92 Pearl. Prowler is her father. She weighed 73 lbs. at birth and her original post was dated 4/22/19.
#22 Posie born 4/2/19 to #80 Rosalie. Posie weighed in at 72 lbs, her father is Prowler. The original post telling of her birth was dated 4/9/19.
In the bull pen we have seven newly weaned bull calves currently available but will hold off with their information until they are closer to one year old.
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While in Klamath Falls, the group had a chance to tour Skyline Brewing. It was the last stop of the day and we were scheduled to have a group barbecue dinner during the tour. I had expectations of a brew/pub type experience, it seemed to be an obvious fact that we would visit some trendy facility that caters to the mobile yupsters (young hipsters or affluent followers of trends). I was dead wrong. We ended up on a farm/ranch that produces beef cattle with two brothers Ty and Ry Kliewer, and not only that, my family has a connection to this outfit. Continue reading
We are now on our second pickup load of seedlings for the riparian zone along the river. We have been concentrating on the four areas where Mike had used the bulldozer to eradicate (if only for a short time until they start growing again) those huge patches of invasive blackberries have now been replanted with a mixture of willow, cedar, white fir, hemlock and a few of other species that like ‘wet feet’. That means these seedlings are close enough to the river that and surface water to have moist ground all year long and sometimes may be underwater during flooding or prolonged rainy spells.
The rest of this load of mostly Douglas fir with a few other varieties prefer not to be in the wettest areas and they will be planted around the established alder trees that are nearing the end of their natural life span and on those higher banks of the river. The sandy soil drains quickly in these areas and their root will not stay submerged for extended periods.
With the last pickup load I had both Mike and Marilyn as full time helpers. Mike packed the trees into the area to be planting while Marilyn and I had to hustle to keep up with the flow of seedlings headed our way.
For this load, helpers came from farther away. It was a wonderful treat to get to visit with friends while we are digging and planting, with the sun shining on a glorious fall day.
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We are moving more toward winter with each passing day and the garden is showing a definite slow down. I just harvested the very last red cabbage that I had planted in the spring. The outer leaves had been frozen and thawed several times so they were mostly slime. I peeled away the ick and found the inside half of the cabbage sound, crisp and quite delicious.
The onions have been protected by the soil around them and are still firm although I will need to harvest the last half of row that is left in the garden before the ground gets muddy and stays muddy. The moisture can rot the bulbs if left in the ground.
The row of carrots are down to the last five feet or so, I have been using them as fast as I can in recipes, roasted in the oven for carrot fries, making carrot/raisin salad and for fresh eating. I have only about another week worth before they are all gone.
Kale has slowed considerably but I use the most tender leaves to make baked kale chips, a big hit for a snack or appetizer. Most of the apple trees are completely done for the year, only a few left from the very late HoneyCrisp and yellow delicious varieties. The cows are down to the last wheelbarrow loads of fruit for the year as we cut and dole them out a few at a time.
I have only four of the twenty four tires left in the potato row and they will be finished for the season. Most years I am able to put a few aside when I dig the last tire/mound, but we have been enjoying hashbrowns and potato soup a little more than normal and we are nearly out.
But never fear, I still have BEETS! I continue give them away to anyone that pulls into the driveway (I sure surprised the lost traveler asking for directions and the mail person when delivering a package) or when I go to meetings. I have made beet fries, beet salad (both cooked and raw), I mix them in with every pot of soup and dice them into casseroles. Pickled beets with carrots have been eaten freshly made with lots of jars canned and stored. Still I have more beets available.
Looking back at the beginning of this story, I had mentioned that the garden is dwindling which is true, but we are still getting a good amount of produce out of the relatively small space.
The tour of Patriot Hemp Services facility showed a company that is in the middle of their first year on this site. There are areas of the plant that are still waiting for equipment and there are producers that are out there still trying to find the right way to harvest their crops to deliver to this drying and storage facility.
The site would be in limbo waiting for equipment except for the producers that call, desperate to get their harvest dried before it molds. Emergency calls are handled as quickly as possible and many times, the plant can shift priorities to get a load in the door and drying in the course of a couple hours. Spontaneous combustion is a real issue in this game of many, many unknowns and the longer the plant matter has time to heat, the greater the possibility.
The dryers are large, bigger than a semi truck big and they use a wide conveyor belt to slowly move the product through the unit several times before it has dried to the proper moisture content. At this time in the facility, many of the loads have to be scooped manually from the truck that is bringing the product in onto the conveyor. It is all hands on deck when the shovels need to be scooping the conveyor full as it moves the product into the drying machine. There is no time to break until the load has been completely emptied from the delivery truck.
This facility is only the dryer for the product, the product itself is the responsibility and the property of the owner/grower. Harvesting in the field is a new prospect for many growers. Some hand harvest with clippers onto to glean the flowering buds. Others use corn pickers or combines to cut the full sized plants off just above the ground level and yet others pull the plants out of the ground to dry the entire plant and roots. The end results are striking when viewing the dried bags of product.
From this facility the grower/owners will be taking the dried product with some going to be processed further for oils and extracts.
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On occasion, we come across old fencing when working around the farm, sometimes from fences that were established, used and abandoned. Other times, rolls of wire or a long tangle can be found as we are digging in the dirt when trenching. When I was down along the riparian where Mike had bladed the large wild blackberries out, remnants of an old fence line were found as I shoveled holes for the seedlings.
What long pieces of barb wire I could extract from the wet ground was rolled up into rounds. Then I went along with a strong magnet searching for those smaller chunks of wire that had broken off. The smaller pieces are the most dangerous for the cattle, if one happened to be eaten with a bunch of grass, it could poke a hole in one of the stomachs or intestines. Fortunately, it doesn’t happen often and when ever we find metal of any kind we are quick to clean it up and get it out of the areas where the herd can tread.
Most of this day was spent removing the old in order to have a clean spot for the seedlings to reside. My trusty bucket was filled along with the rolls that I had accumulated down by the river.
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Our herd sire, Prowler has been keeping company with the main herd of cows on the far side of the river. He is a rather gentle critter, he is not one to go around the periphery to contain his harem. He does not bellow or snort to get attention, he tends to hang out in the middle of the herd rather than lead or follow. Although we never turn our backs to any bull (rule number one), Prowler has never raised any concerns about working with the herd while he is in their midst. So the damage that was incurred the other day surprised us. Continue reading