Dexter cows and calves

Dexter cows and calves

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Bred cows

Hi,  I'm in the Illinois Valley just a few miles over the border.  Sorry, I do not have any bred cows (for sale) at this time.  I will be putting my bull in with the herd at the end of this month.  Half the pasture herd was aborted but I have to keep them isolated for another 30 days

I have some lovely little heifers that are being halter trained.  They are open but are old enough for breeding.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Aborting the cows

The neighbor's three bulls tore through 3 new fences and spent the night with my cows.  The vet will be here next Saturday to abort the herd.  I am beyond pissed.  Had I been here I would have shot all three of them.

Finish work

My latest project is the farm orchard.  A gazzilion fruit trees arrived from One green world and raintree nursery.   I will not be here to see them planted but my gang here has some in already and holes dug for more.

Thursday, March 25, 2010


I have been living away from the farm for most of the last 2 years.  It is hard to write about your life there  when you are not living there.  As most old rundown country places are the farm is a MONEY PIT.  We are trying to get it livable and workable for humans (us) and livestock.  It is coming along nicely.  I will post some pictures soon

Monday, October 27, 2008

I'm Back

It has been a crazy year. I can't believe it has been this long since I have posted to my blog. I won't bore you with a lot of details but I will try to get with the program and post at least once a week.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

MAGICAL moon rise

This was the most spectacular moonrise tonight. We have beautiful sunsets and the moon coming up over the mountains is always beautiful but tonight's was just absolutely magical. Scott was just finishing the evening feeding and ran in to get his camera when it started coming over the mountains.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Winter Hay Supply

We brought in 50 tons of alfalfa hay this weekend. The price increase may put us out of business. The price has doubled in 6 years. Where will this end? The cost of land, water and feed will be passed on to the consumer. How will we afford food for our families?

Sunday, October 7, 2007


Livestock Guardian Dogs !!!! We have PUPPIES! We have had many sheep losses the last few years. The mountains and wilderness areas that surround our valley are home to mountain lions (cougars), bears, coyotes and soon to be wolves. Bobbi, my neighbor across the road, has lost 4 feeder calves this summer to lions. The kill sights are bringing in black bears to scavenge. We tried an adopted Anatolian LGD but he killed and ate 2 lambs so he had to go. I just purchased 2- 7 week old puppies. They are a Maremma X Great Pyrenees blend. They are tiny, little fluff balls. Are they going to grow up and take on a 135 pound mountain lion?? Their mom and dad did! Mom got torn pretty bad but the goats they were guarding were unharmed

Our puppies will soon look like these 8 month old siblings.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Snow tonight!!!

We are expecting snow down to 3,000 feet. This was our big snow last year. It was beautiful. We will only get rain here, I hope.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Moving the calves

It is time to move the calves in close to the house. They need to be halter trained, have their hooves trimmed and get ready for their new homes. The heifers need to get ready to be a family cow that can be handled by women and children. We need to look hard at the little bulls and decide who (if anyone)is good enough to be a future herd sire.
Look at the difference in size and appearance of the crossbred calf ! What do you think?

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Getting ready for winter

The weather is changing. The cows are getting their fur coats. The ground is parched, waiting for the rains to come. The garden has been touched by early frost. The last of the raspberries are drying before birds get them. The winter squash and the potatoes are stored for winter.

The winter hay supply arrives this weekend. The cows and ewes are fattening up for their long winter pregnancy. They are ready. I am not!

I love my sheep!

I love my sheep!
My sheep love me :-)))