It's time to break out. All the animals have been rather placid and sedentary through the winter months. They eat hay that is delivered to a central location, so there is no real need to rotate pastures (though they have ample room to roam). And they are ready. Just waiting and watching for those first shoots of … [Read more...]
Happy New Year from the farm! We hope you had a restful holiday and family time. We are ready for this new year. We better be - lambing season has begun. We are thankful for the milder temps as the ewes are a lot more comfortable. Last year was frigid. It will be a wild several weeks, with about 300 babies … [Read more...]
Gearing up for Old St. Nick
Final preparations are being made for the holiday rush. Hams are being smoked, beef are being processed and aged and another round of turkeys will be be slaughtered for the festivities. But after the craziness of Thanksgiving, this is a much slower roll. We love this time of year because there is such a focus is on … [Read more...]
We survived the big push of Thanksgiving turkey orders. And it was actually pretty darn smooth for harvesting 1100 fresh turkeys in 3 days. This year had it all... There was the obligatory picture of the last turkey bagged and tagged. The ritual weighing of the largest turkey of the day and betting on ‘best … [Read more...]
Turkey Tip #1 – Order Your Turkey!
Turkey Order Link at bottom of post...AND HERE. There has been a LOT of talk about the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving feast this year. Across the United States, several forces are working against a normal supply of our annual fall protein obsession. Namely: avian flu, high gas prices, drought affecting feed grains … [Read more...]
Chicken Wagons on the Move
I went out to the pasture by Bayberry Road to see how the broilers were doing on pasture. Even in this dry summer, there are bugs and grasses to nourish the birds. And while the weather is good - it's the best diet around. We have 5 wagons with broilers, that are moved at least once a day. How, you ask?? Well... We … [Read more...]
Bring on the Rain!
We always say that, on the farm, it is 'easier to put water on than to take it off'. However, drastic drought and drastic rain both have their drawbacks. While our wells are deep and we are not having trouble keeping the water flowing, the animals definitely do not have the lush grasses that the NJ summers, hot as they … [Read more...]
Not for the Romantics!
So, we have come to a point where it really is better, less stressful, more predictable, and generally easier on the sows, to use an artificial insemination technique to impregnate. I didn't think this story would 'play' quite as well on social media, and Brett agreed. But it is an important step in our process and I … [Read more...]
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