Spring is a time of renewal and busy-ness in life, especially on the farm. New chores and jobs seem to grow as fast as the green grass. Here's a quick look at what's going on at Synergistic Acres...
Our Galloway CATTLE are ravenous for fresh, spring grass and we are building their daily pasture more than twice as large as normal. Our small group of spring calving is complete and we have lots of nourishing grass for the whole herd.
The PUPPIES continue to be roly-poly bundles of energy. They certainly have their own personalities and we are excited to meet the new owners so we can best match needs to pups. Mara Mama is weaning the pups naturally and gradually. Both Charlie and Mara are giving lessons on respecting elders while they eat.
Our Large Black PIGS can barely be seen in their lush pastures. We have a group that we will take for processing soon and several litters of varying ages foraging and growing that will allow us to offer pork more frequently throughout the year.
We have a set of very sprcial Heritage Barred Rock CHICKENS, that have been bred specifically for their old-world meat characteristics for over six decades. These will soon be ready for processing. The hens of the group have just started laying EGGS which is a nice balance to some of our current layer flock that has begun their annual molt during which they don't lay as much.
One broody HEN that adopted an area by our barn has been sitting on eggs. She has just a few days left and we are so hopeful that she will be successful in her hatch. We'd be delighted to see little chicks tottering along after their mama in the yard.
The Heritage breed TURKEY poults are in the brooder, just starting to get some feathers. They will soon graduate to the pasture pens and follow in the footsteps of the hundreds of turkeys that have enjoyed the pasture based methods we use at Synergistic Acres.
FARMER Jeff has just three weeks left of his 'day job' and then he'll get to be on summer break. The whole FARM Family is looking forward to that!
What's keeping you busy?