Harvest Day At The Farm

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On the farm we tend and nurture registered Black Angus cattle. We raise future herd sires from newborns, with the help our our outstanding mamma cows, to productive young males ready to service a herd of their own. We control the heifer side of equation, by picking and choosing the correct mix for of healthy females to keep for our farm and those to sell. These females will carry on the process of becoming producing mothers for the next generations both on our farm and for those farms who purchase animals from us. Although it is not our main business here on the farm, we also have animals strictly for meat production. Continue reading

Yes Sir, Yes Sir, Four Bags Full

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All those walnuts that I picked up a couple of weeks ago have been haunting me. With all the preparations getting the farm ready for fall, the ongoing firewood processing/delivery schedule. traipsing through the woods for mushrooms at every opportunity, and the looming REAL Oregon program, I have been obsessed with trying to get the buckets of walnuts dried, cracked, shelled and packaged for the freezer. Continue reading

Overnight Delicacy

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You may have noticed that I like mushrooms from the amount of stories that I share. There are other things that I forage for about the farm but the mushrooms are by far some of my most favorite. Besides the variety of fall mushrooms that pop up in the forest, there are a couple of varieties that pop up right in my yard and garden. Continue reading

At The Fence Line

It is a convergence of two different worlds at the boundary line of our property and the neighbor who is doing a very large clear cut.

From our side of the line, we have no vehicle access to the area because of the steep terrain, and the non-rocked hauling and skid roads until next summer. All the our roads have been water-barred for the winter with deep channels dug across to divert rain and runoff in an effort to keep from carving deep grooves on the downhill slopes. From the neighbor side of the line, logging has been in full swing for more than a month and will continue throughout the winter. Continue reading

Final Field

With much trepidation over the weather forecast for the last week, we had been waffling between mowing and not mowing the last and smallest hay field. It becomes an intense workout of being ready to go yet not going for days on end. Finally with the promise (or simply hope and desire) that the weather was going to warm and hold clear for the next five days, Mike mowed down the thick, wet grass during a rain shower that was supposed to be the last one for a good stretch of time. Continue reading

On Hold

We have finished with the hay harvest on all the fields except the very last 6 acre field. This horseshoe shaped piece is surrounded by the meandering river on all but about sixty yards across the small neck of the field. It stays damp from the effects of the river and grows the thickest grass on the whole farm. It is the field that must have the most sunlight and warm days to complete the drying process so we can only cut the grass when the forecast calls for at least five days in a row with optimum weather.

trucks and tractors sit in the barn until a break in the damp weatherFor the last week, the forecast has called for rain and possible thunderstorms to roll through the area for anywhere between two to five days so we are on hold with harvest.

The equipment is all tucked into the barn for the time being while nature takes time for a cleansing rain.

The mower will be hooked up and can start even while the grass and ground is wet as long as the following five days allow for the grass to dry. In the meantime, we will let the main herd into the fields that we have completed so they can do the cleanup work on the missed edges, where wind whipped the grass out of the wind-rows and around the edges along the fence lines. That should keep the herd busy while we finish off the hay season with the last 6 acre field.