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FARMER WIN!





Colonel’s Blog, Earthdate 2 April 2024…

Hey Y’all!


Good afternoon and happy Tuesday from Air2Ground Farms! Thankfully, the severe storms that passed through yesterday night only brought rain to the farm. The weather is going to be cooler for the next couple of days and then begin to warm again. WOW! Things have been hopping and dropping on the farm the past few days! First, Shelley returned last night and we’re all glad she is home! Second, Happy had a beautiful heifer calf, bottom 6 pics. We bred her to our Red Devon bull and the calf looks 100% like a Red Devon! He’s got strong genes! The calf is doing very well and is spunky. Happy’s calf last year was stillborn so this is her first time mothering and she is doing a great job. She is already producing much more than she did last time. The pic of the jug in the fridge is of day 1 colostrum, yellow gold on a farm. The new lambs that aren’t doing well, for whatever reason, get that as a starter to get their systems going. We’re back in the twice-a-day milking business. We have a couple more days of colostrum before she transitions fully to milk. We’re ready!! The beef herd is still doing well but getting anxious watching the green grass starting to grow outside their paddock while they’re still eating hay. They need to stay put another couple of weeks… but they don’t like that idea. The remaining 4 hogs are also doing well and will go to the processor in a couple of weeks. The birds are doing well and we’re consistently getting over 5 dozen chicken and a dozen duck eggs each day.


In the last blog, I detailed my farmer failure and today wanted to share a happier sheep story. We now have 19 lambs on the ground and only 1 has been stillborn. That 1 was born to a first-time ewe who had twins and the first one didn’t make it through the birthing process. The ewe is doing a good job with the remaining lamb and appears she will make a good mom. We now have one additional bottle lamb for a total of 3. The additional one was a twin, rejected immediately and I couldn’t even tell which ewe she belonged to so pulled her to what I’m calling our “Lamb Brooder.” The 3 in the “brooder” are all doing very well on Happy colostrum. Each evening I continue to tag and mark the new lambs from the past 24 hours and each morning we go out anticipating the new additions from overnight. Three mornings ago, we went out to feed the ewes and Rebekah and Makaylah spotted one ewe that was “stuck” in the birthing process. There was a lamb with the tips of its front hooves and its nose barely sticking out of the ewe. That’s the normal way they come out so I decided to watch it. Within about 30 minutes, it became obvious that she was exhausted and had stopped pushing. We were able to catch the ewe and get her on the ground, where I went to work. The lamb was really big and “stuck” in the birthing process. I was able to quickly “pull” the lamb free, totally expecting it to be dead. I shook it and noticed it begin to wiggle! I cleared its nose and mouth area and put it next to mom, who stood up and immediately began cleaning it. The top pic is that ewe and her lamb enjoying the sunshine. Considering the potential outcomes, I’m calling this one a FARMER WIN!


Saturday’s YouTube video was a look at our new beef chick brooder and how we used recycled materials to put it together with minimal cost.


Yesterday’s Dust’er Mud Podcast was a discussion on the top 5 keto fats and how to incorporate them into your diet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpHKkJA1TvI&list=UULFNqaipbTwMJVyld1tmsaCkA


Cheers!

Psycho & Shelley

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rcgable
Apr 04

Nice job! Getting one in the win column is always a good feeling but in this case it was literally life saving!

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Such heartwarming tales and pics!

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She shoots, HE scores!!!

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Apr 02
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Well Done!!!

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