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Summer’s Gone and So Is Fall

Well, the title about sums it up! Hard to believe that we are into November already! We still haven’t completed the addition on the barn either and I am sure that snow isn’t too far out in the forecast!

This fall turned into a slow brewing nightmare. Corn harvest still isn’t done on some of the fields because they are just too wet! Nothing like trying to get a chopper into a mud pit! Only got stuck once with the tractor but that was definately more than needed to happen.

Trying to keep up with harvest while building a ten foot addition down the full 72 foot length of our barn has not worked out so well. We got the poles in the ground, the roofing on and a new water system put in but that’s about the extent of what we have managed to complete so far.

Our herd has expanded yet again too! We now have three calves here. One bull calf that already has a group of girls to spend next summer at pasture with and two lineback/jersey cross heifers! Along with those three additions, there have also been three Dexter cattle added to our mix! I will post photos in our photo page as soon as I get some time. Our jersey rescue cow is looking good and we are awaiting the arrival of her calf! The vet was WAY off his estimates when he preg checked her…by nearly two and a half months!!!! We have been anxiously waiting too…mostly because it will be the first calf born on the farm in 25 years!!!!

Two of our steers went to the butcher shop last weekend…I miss them but I do like to eat. They were well cared for when they were here and raised with the intention that they also had a purpose.

Our young group of chickens are doing well. They have moved into a temporary hut shelter until the barn addition is completed and they are loving their barn yard! A few have started laying eggs but we still are not keeping up with the local demand for our eggs! We are selling around 15 dozen eggs a week now!!!! Everyone who buys from us keeps telling us that these are the best eggs they have ever had! Makes me happy to know that how we treat our animals here shows through!

I (Doreen) have been working more on spending time doing social media things too. Sometimes it is difficult to keep up with a new business, a farm (which really is another business) and just life in general. You can find our facebook page for the biomass happenings at and on twitter! I have my own account through twitter too…CNYFarmGirl! I know I am not as informative or as busy within the ag industry as some others are…but I do ask some good questions and have some thoughts about things on ag.
Right now, one of my newest questions: Are cows better off today with regard to animal welfare than they were 20 yr ago? Please give reasons on why or why not.
I am gonna talk more about that very soon! Hope everyone has a great day…time for me to head back to the barn!

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Update

Yes, I know. Shame on me! I haven’t updated at all recently. There has been a lot going on and this was unfortunately not high on the list of main priorities.

BUT…I finally have the time to update what has been going around here! First off, bad weather this spring resulted in crops going in late and even some issues with replanting fields that didn’t take. Too much rain this spring made for a muddy mess no matter where you went.

Then as the spring transferred to summer, the extreme opposite happened. We went from fields of mud to field too dry. First cutting alphalpha went great but second cutting resulted in very poor yields due to lack of water and near drought conditions. Our pasture grass stopped growing and we had to feed hay much early than we ever would!

Then a couple of weeks ago, our region saw a deluge of 7-11 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. Many of our neighboors, friends and family have been displaced or effected by all of the flooding in the area that recieved national attention…

Fortunately, we were not affected by the high levels of water and are high enough in elevation to not have been impacted at all by the rest reminants of Lee.
Instead, we have started construction on a 10 foot addition on the side of our barn, a new barn roof and additions to our herd!

I will update each seperate happening in additional posts…due to the fact that I have taken lots of photos and this isn’t the post to include those in.

Right now….I need to go check on the arrival of our newest addition that is coming at any time now!
God Bless and Have a great day!

Another day…

Happy St. Patty’s Day everyone! I hope that you began the morning with an excellent breakfast of Green Eggs and Ham! Not that Dr. Suess has anything to do with St. Pat’s Day but, the color is just too cool to pass up!

That is about the extent of how much I celebrate St. Patty’s Day. To me, it is just another day full of things to do and things to get done. I spent about an hour yesterday just assessing the damage and the standing water that is in the pastures and fields. We have a lot of work to get done! Barn roof that collapsed needs to be torn down and removed. The hoop barn needs to be pulled down and reset because of the leaning walls due to extremely high winds (they gusted at over 70 mph). We need to scrap out all the barns, get the compost pile moved to the garden, clean up all the residual build up from feeding round bales and the lawn is littered full of broken pieces of tree branches and stones from the snow plowing.

We have standing water in about 1/2 the pasture and by the way, we still have a ton of snow spots here and there. I can’t wait for the grass to start turning green. Spring is so close…I just can’t wait!

Maniac Monday

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Monday’s could be the easy day of the week…The day when you slowly transition back into the work week! It never works that way though, does it?
Uggg. Today has just been one of those days. We woke up this morning to more snow! I am starting to wonder just when it is going to stop…June maybe?!?! πŸ™‚
All kidding aside, it has been one hell of a morning. The phone has been ringing off the hook and with each phone call, it breeds two or three more! I am tired and ready for a break!
This morning has been crammed with phone calls, one after another all morning long. I sit here now, taking my lunch break, typing on the computer to relax my brain for just a few minutes. I work on several different levels when it comes to work. Right now the top one is project manager for Broome Biomass. I have devoted my life over the past few years to developing the marketing strategy and the business model for the company. In the course of doing so, I have become a marketing agent for other companies that are looking to sell biomass products. It keeps me very busy and at times can become extremely frustrating.
I think the thing that makes it very difficult is trying to play the balancing act and do so many things at once…It is very much like farming! Very rewarding but it doesn’t pay very well! πŸ™‚ I do love everything that I have done and look forward to everything that I will be able to do in the future to promote agriculture into the renewable energy world in a real world working environment.
I am off again to work on the farm. Time to mix up my own special blend of chicken feed and to muck the barns out. The fun never stops! Have a blessed day!

Out like a lamb

The old saying goes that if March comes in like a lion, it will leave like a lamb. Here we are mid-month and March has already dumped recorded snows. Now today, we have high winds and heavy rain.

The rain is melting the snow away, but it is going to cause flooding. Our barn floor is already under water. Partly because of the broken roof on part of it and partly because the ground has a down hill slope that leads right into the barn. It is a nasty mess every where you try to take a step. Snow build up here, ice over there and mud in all the drives and walk areas. I managed to get drenched through this morning while working on chores too.

One thing though….I don’t regret or wish things were any different. Some people go spend a hundred bucks on shower heads so when they take showers it’s like standing in a rain storm. Me…I just step outside! Conservation at it’s finest. πŸ™‚ All kidding aside, the one thing I really wish different is that someone could turn up the heat on the water falling from the heavens just a little. Then again, there is nothing like a cold shower to wake you right up in the morning!

I will be posting another blog later today. Since yesterday was my step-daughter’s birthday and the only thing she wanted was an old-school cheesecake. I have decided to share an old fashioned recipe that I have made in the past.

One thing I do want to make known, I use old school recipes that are loaded full of fats and whole milks. You remember…the recipes your Grandma used back when she made goodies. I am sorry but there is nothing like a good ol’ homemade pie crust made with lard instead of the processed junk we buy in a can to use (shortening). If I ever do use shortening, especially for pie crusts, I use the butter flavor Crisco. And…Paula from Paula’s Home Cooking Show is my fav! I love to listen to her talk and ohhhh does she savor the taste of the foods she cooks. Now you know what I act like when I fix something really good to eat…I just don’t have that southern drawl! I do love food!

Since I will be posting recipes, I will make sure to note variations that can be used to reduce the fat content. And I will also note for those people who are lactose intolerant or just can’t have milk like me some alternatives that I have tried and seemed to work well.

I am off to get some paperwork accomplished and work on securing a contract for the biomass right now. Hope that you are all sitting in the sun, soaking up the sunshine and thinking of sending some our way soon! God Bless.

Mother Nature is very mad!

It seems that Mother Nature is very upset with the United States lately. Especially the east coast! Just what did we do wrong to make her send all this snow our way?

The snow totals were some where around two feet within our area. We have no way of knowing here on the farm due to the winds that blow the snow completely away in one area to dump it in another. Most of which I think landed in front of the front door.

At 11 pm two nights ago, it was already difficult to push the screen door open on the front of the house. About a total of 10 inches had fallen at that point. By 5 am, there was about three feet stacked in front of that same door. You couldn’t even budge the door more than a few inches. By 7 am, the drift in front of the garage door was approximately chest height and about 4 feet high. I had to dig a path through the drift to get out into the driveway to get to the furnace and the front porch! After shoveling about 100 feet of packed, heavy wet snow and an hour of my time…I could open the front door and atleast get to the wood pile to fill the furnace.

At about 8 am, the dairy farmer from up the hill came down with his loader and cleared out the driveway! Glad he did and very thankful for atleast clearing the way just in case we needed to get out. About 9, we finally made it to the barn and got the tractor out to do some more snow moving. Mr. Farmer cleared out the area in front of the barn doors and room enough to manuveur the four wheeler around. By 11 am, I was so exhausted I think I could have slept for the remainder of the day….but, guess what! No chance of that. There was still paperwork and emails that had to be taken care of.

After spending much of the day shoveling and a few hours working on computer stuff, it was time to do chores all over again. Mr. Farmer took the tractor back out and plowed a path to get to the chicken barn. It wasn’t fully cleared out, but definately easier to walk in than snow up to your knees! All of the animals faired alright but none of them wanted to spend anytime out in the snow. The poor chickens stood in the barn door looking at the expanse of white and decided that being in the barn under the lamp was better than freezing their feet off.

They did come out today…to hop over the snow banks to play and scratch around on the areas that are bare ground! You should have seen the group of them that had gotten over a snow drift and couldn’t figure out how to get back across without stepping in the snow. Anyone looking for a new business…chicken shoes for winter is a recommendation! πŸ™‚

The cows loved the sun and mild temperatures today. They really seemed to enjoy sucking up all that vitamin D from the sunshine…Now just if we can get rid of all this snow! The turkey hens are still setting on their eggs…which will hopefully hatch out a couple of poults by the end of this week! I am so excited. Spring is around the corner and that means new calves, chicks and poults! The things I love the best about farming!!!!!

Send some warm thoughts to all of us up here in NY buried under a mountain of snow! God Bless you all and have a fantastic day!