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Relics

Our farm has been farmed continuously (except during the war) since the 1730s, when William Pannill built Green Level. Our farm was divided off of the original Pannill property years ago (Green Level is still a residence), and other than an old roadbed, there are few remnants of the 18th century activities. We sold off […]

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The New Bull

Bull selection is a huge topic, and there’s a few thousand years of history, science, and folklore behind the topic that I won’t bother getting into right now. Scott had found an old-school meat wagon, and I liked the way the bull looked on paper, and that’s about as good as it gets for us. […]

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An Early Christmas Gift

Stacking up your veterinary work is not only cheaper, it’s easier on the owner, easier on the animals, and easier on the vet. So when I scheduled the bull for his BSE – Breeding Soundness Exam -I also scheduled some cows for pregnancy checks, opting for a later date to get it all done. Big […]

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One Last Thing

I told myself a few days ago that I was done posting about the fabric I was finding at Mom’s, but I promise, just one last one. In the spirit of Ugly Christmas Sweaters, I offer this fabric. Is there any way to make this any worse? Well yes, by God, there is a way […]

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More Cultural Archaeology

I spent a couple of extra hours yesterday playing “Find the Cows” – two pairs (two mamas, two babies) who were there Sunday, but not there for Tuesday’s roll call. Not a huge deal, 99% sure it’s not a problem at all, but it’s that 1% of the time that they pay me the big […]

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More Multi-Generational Housekeeping

Now that the hay hauling is done, I’m back at cleaning up my mom’s house, going through boxes and boxes of craft projects and supplies. In addition to more fabric, and more yarn, I found a box full of finished cross-stitch, ready to be mounted (or whatever you call it) and delivered. In box full […]

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Emergency Bale Wrapping – A Romantic Interlude

In between wrapping bales, we had the vet out to do some reproductive testing on our new bull. The three letters BSE can mean two (at least) different things in the cattle industry. BSE – Bovine spongiform encephalopathy – is also known as Mad Cow Disease. That’s a bad thing. We’re not here to talk […]

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Emergency Bale Wrapping – Day Three

Our flatbed can carry 10 wet bales. Final count on round bales to be hauled? 179. Do the math. So not only do we have to haul all this home, we have to wrap it as well. Fortunately, and totally unexpectedly, a hero with his shiny Red Rhino inline bale hauler. And between the Rhino […]

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Emergency Bale Wrapping – Day Two

This morning I got to finish up some of the things we needed to get done before we get into our bale wrapping operation. I bought two rolls of bale-wrap, and a bucket of hydraulic fluid.   I got the fuel wagon from one farm, filled it up, and took it over to the hay […]

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Emergency Hay Wrapping

As of Sunday, I was sure we were done with hay baling for the year, and was just letting myself ease into pre-holiday mode. But it’s Tuesday, and things change. One of our farming partners just baled up some wet bales for us, so we need to get them picked up and wrapped tonight. The […]

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