November 2018

Hello readers;
   Welcome to our web site about our rural Missouri farm.  We stay busy all year with cattle, haying ( no row crops), hogs, sheep, goats and poultry.   Horses and occasionally some other animal such as a llama live on our farm too.  The horses are purely for pleasure.  I don’t ride anymore but the younger ones do.
November is a wind down month.  Most of the heavy work is done.  The gardens are put to rest after providing us much produce as tomatoes, okra, sweet potatoes, onions, melons, corn, peppers, pumpkins and pretty much whatever else strikes my fancy.  I try something new most years.  This year I had fun with the produce.  I took some to the fair and did very well–lots of blue,  My flowers likewise.  Next fair time I plan to take some of my canned goods, maybe butter, needle work and crafts.  Think I can do well with most of them: and I have such fun making these things.  That can happen once you “RETIRE”.
I have quit milking until the Guernseys calve again.  By then we will have the milk barn completed and will train the cows to come in and let me take their rich creamy offerings each morning.  I will use an electric milking machine and pour the delicious milk into sterile jars and seal it for our customers.  If it is not all taken then our pastured pigs enjoy a big treat.  They love milk!  The Guernseys’ calves will learn to take a bottle for one meal or I will have a nurse cow.  Then the calves will be with their moms for the day and separated for a few hours during the night so I can have milk too.
We have three sows, Berkshires or crosses, and they had 19 piglets this summer.  We sold some and are fattening some for people to buy.  All our animals get non GMO grain and are on pasture in the open so they have grass and sunshine as much as they want.  Baby pigs are soooo cute.  Course they don’t stay small very long.
We will process 9 turkeys November 17 for some of our customers.  We usually have many more but this year the weather, especially the heat, was not kind to the young turkeys.  We have the white ones and the bronze ones and they are of various sizes.  I really like to watch them grow.  They stay small for so long but about mid October they begin to put on size and we have had them get to 40 pounds.  Believe it or not a turkey that size will fit in a regular oven to cook for the Holidays.  Our family generally have several of them over the year and enjoy every bite.
I picked up about 3 bushel of pears for the pigs today, Nov 3.  The trees, apples and pears, were loaded.  Plums and peaches were nearly bare of fruit, thanks to the cold, wet spring.  I plan to plant more fruit trees in the spring and hope to get my berry patch started as well.  Have a really good place for it, I think.  Hope it doesn’t frost there early in the spring.  We have one blackberry bush and it has big delicious berries nearly all summer  Now for many more and several kinds.
Hay was not so good in this part of Missouri this year.  We have had to hunt more land to hay than we usually do.  The fall cuttings have been better than the spring cuttings.  We think we will have enough to feed our cows until green grass again in April.  By then they will be having their babies and need good feed.  We run mostly red cattle–Red Devons, Red Angus and Shorthorns.  Still have some black hided animals as that is what sells best in our neck of the woods.  But if we sell them as meat on the rail one can’t tell what color the hide was anyway.  It makes a difference how the animal was raised and what it was fed  Have added some Longhorn to the mix for the health benefits that breed offers.  We try not to use chemicals on our farm and don’t use much.
Well, I bet this is getting too long.  I’ll sign off and wish you the happiest and most BLESSED  holidays ever.
Thanks for the visit.  Until we meet again.     Virginia