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Tuesday
Mar222016

Spring is a time for lots of work, er, excitement on the farm!


Spring is an exciting time as we change from the slow, intense pace of the cold winter to the frantic and chaotic pace that often comes with spring.  It never fails.  We feel very prepared, rested and rejuvenated after Winter.  However, as soon as the grass starts turning green (and man is it turning green!) suddenly that feeling of preparedness evaporates and we immediately feel that we are suddenly behind.  That's because green grass is a very tangible signal that many things are about to get busier.

The first and very busy thing that has changed is our first batch of chicks arrived in the mail.  Each year at this time we start receiving new chicks that we will grow on pasture to butcher in early summer.  The first batch we got was our Prairie Rangers.  These are our slowest growing broilers, so they are the ones we start with.  Before they arrived, we had to get the brooder prepared after a long period of inactivity over the winter.  Equipment had to be checked, supplies cleaned and things arranged.  Once they arrive, a whole new list of chores of feeding, watering, and checking get added to our daily routines.  However, chicks are more than just work.  They are also a celebration.  Our girls love getting a few chicks and playing with them in the yard, in the sandbox sometimes even in the house.  These chicks will be out of the brooder and into the pasture in just a couple weeks - and then our next batch will arrive. The brooder will be kept busy with chicks and turkey poults for the next several months.  

The cows have also started causing us a little more work.  They LOVE the return of green grass.  They seem to get tired of the dry, crunchy hay and yearn for the lush, soft, green grass.  It seems to instill a certain amount of orneriness in them and we have spent several days lately readjusting the cattle from the pastures they think they should be in -- to the paddocks we have assigned for them.One very nice thing about spring though is the return of temps above 32 degrees. This has meant we have been able to start using the watering system again, at least for the cattle.  This means that now water is brought to them automatically and on-demand at any time instead of us having to haul water out to them in large several hundred gallons tanks.   This saves us time, is best for the cattle and is also more gentle on the land -- a win for all.  Now if we can just have guessed right and can avoid below 20 degree temps for the rest of the season.

Overall, Spring is more excitement than work and any work involved we are ready for.  Our farming is very connected to nature and the natural cycles of the seasons.  This natural cycle seems to be well suited to keep us excited, invigorated, and ready for the challenges of the farm.  

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