Again, a very dry start and then….rain, and more rain. A lovely 2″ fell again last week within a 24 hour period and every few days since, more small rain shower. The pastures were starting to show stress with brown, dry patches with very little regrowth. Those same pastures are now springing back with abundance, thick and full of all the lovely clover that the animals love so well.
Just finished another animal sort, taking the largest steers, checking on weights and ‘finish’ ( the amount of fat cover) they have.
Some steers ( definition = boy beef who have been ‘clipped’ to keep them from breeding the lady beef) are smaller with better fat cover, it means that they may still grow larger but they have started putting fat instead of needing it entirely for growth. Other steers will be large and lanky, taking longer to get that nice finish that means they are ready to harvest.
We sorted out eight and they do look lovely. For the next month, it will be the very best pasture + the very best dry hay for them.
The new beef/sheep barn is here. All on one pallet. EVERYONE has said that there is no way that a 30’x48′ building will fit on one pallet. We shall see when it goes up. Waiting on one more quote for the cement work and to see if we get the green light to finish this before winter. I’m really, really hoping it does happen. The number of animals ( beef, chickens, pigs, sheep) that are here are astonishing. When I consider that many of them will be having babies over the winter, the extra room will be very handy to have.
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