So you may all be wondering how the farm is doing since the last post. Let me tell you, it hasn't been easy.
The husband was working an over night shift, I put both kids in bed and went to go hook the trailer onto the truck. I drove down the steep hill and loaded up Daisy in the dark. She's such a good pig. All 600 lbs of her hopped into the trailer for me. I backed out and drove her up the hill. The next morning, I took her to Producers in Mt Vernon. It's a livestock auction. She brought $0.64 a lb. I cried on the way home.
Patsy Swines' story is a little bit better. She is a 6 year old boys pet. They have big plans to breed her. I didn't cry that time.
2 pigs to go. They will be bacon in September. It will be the first time not having pigs through the winter in a long time. I'm kind of excited, but sad at the same time. We have all this milk Whiskers is giving us. We can only use so much. I'm hoping for some herd shares to help with the milk supply as well as a little extra income that makes going out to milk everyday a little more rewarding.
Manitowoc is going to Illinois the end of this month. (supposedly). He will have a herd of longhorn girls to keep him company. I'm sure he will be happy. But I will miss him.
After that, the 3 steers will go in for beef and we will be left with the girls, Whiskers and Dragon, and one calf for next years beef.
I am not yet decided on the pony. If someone wants her, I will probably sell, but as of right now, I am not actively seeking a new home for her.
Rozi, the new boar goat buck we have, decided to bust out and start his job of breeding the does early. Looks like kidding season will start in early Jan. Kidding season makes the bleak winter so much better. :-)
I kind of regret selling the chickens, only because store eggs are gross. I need to remember to go to a friends house to get my eggs instead.
I've kind of let the garden go. I just don't have it in me right now. I got so depressed from losing so much to the flood, I just have let the bugs and weeds take over what little did survive. We did get some beans and squash, but the cucumbers were destroyed by beetles just as they really started to produce.
Corn is like a freakin' weed. It can handle anything. We're expecting a decent crop of corn within the next week or so.