We are still very lucky though. Our dry spell is nothing like the droughts they are having down South. All weather is relative really. An Australian drought would devastate this area. And a mid west drought would be a Hawke’s Bay dry summer.
But the local crops will come in thin and short. And the price of grain (and feed) is already beginning to rise. Lately the price of meat in the stores has begun to rise too. I read that ground beef is the highest it has ever been. So for the farmers there will be a shortage of hay and very expensive grain. Sustainable looks better and better every day.
Awaiting their night time release are eight big Rhode Island Reds. I have enough clients to sell their eggs to, so their grain is covered as long as they keep laying. Rhode Island Reds are good winter layers and these are still young. So they be able to segue into the farmy cycle easily.
The nights are cooler and he is beginning to shed. So beautiful. The design of these birds is superb.
Good morning. Daisy gets her third hormone shot on Sunday and then the vet will come to breed her. I hope she gets pregnant the first attempt so that she can calve next years calf on the spring grass. Though it will not be much earlier than this year. I really do not want her calving much later. Milking into the deep winter will be hard on her and me.
You will remember that this year you and I are going to New Zealand in December for a few weeks, so I am hoping to be able to dry her up by then. If not I have stand-by milkers, a lovely retired couple from down the road. You cannot dry up a cow who is milking a large amount of milk. It is dangerous for the animal. The cow kind of slows down herself and once her production has dropped right down, then we can stop milking and dry her up. So I have to be prepared for both scenarios. And be guided by Daisy herself.
Have a lovely day.
What was happening on the farm a year ago? Quite a bit by the sounds of it. Sex on the farmy is the first time the animals began to really find their voices. This is still a funny read!