The Slowcook at Spydog Farm The Slowcook at Spydog Farm

Are We There Yet?

September 11th, 2014 by Ed Bruske

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We’ve almost completed our second full rotation around the farm with our mowing crew. We have about 12 acres of clear pasture and each day our band of happy mowers–10 ewes, one boy goat, and one pregnant Jersey heifer–move to a fresh paddock measuring 6,400 square feet behind temporary electric fencing.

Despite milkweed, golden rod and innumerable other invasive species, our pastures are looking pretty decent. The animals appear to be in good trim and excellent spirits as the first hints of an approaching winter make themselves felt in the chill of morning.

Meanwhile, we have two rams stationed apart from the girls in pasture behind the walk-in shelter. The female goats–Dolly and Tanner–also have been on a more long-term assignment, grazing odd patches here and there.

The poultry business is still going strong. We move three chicken tractors every day with 50 more Freedom Ranger chicks in the basement waiting their turn. The laying hens stationed in the fruit orchard continue producing eggs, and we will soon be making nesting boxes for the new flock of Americaunas living behind netting closer to the house.

There’s plenty to do every day, and now it’s time to make sure we have enough firewood stacked and kindling chopped.

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Top o’ the Morning

September 3rd, 2014 by Ed Bruske

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We’re nearing the end of a second grazing of the upper pasture. The animals greet me each morning from behind the temporary fencing eager to move to the next paddock.

They’re doing a great job cleaning up the farm around the edges and helping to build healthy soil.

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