We moved the cattle to a new field today and it went well, as usual. But before the move we had to spend a hour (or two) dragging a water line to the new field. We never have to supplement water in this field as there is a spring that feeds into it for the cattle to drink from. Today the spring is dry. Even with all the extra rain we have had, we are getting very dry. I hope for a shower this week to help rejuvenate the spring.
While hooking up the water line a predator got into the layers and snatched some of our girls. It was very odd because I had just been past them and there were no problems. When I got back from hooking up the water line I noticed the feathers all over. To make things more interesting, it all happened within feet of the cattle. When I went down to hook up the water the cows and chickens were comingling. The chickens almost walk on top of the cattle when they are laying down. So, I thought it odd that the situation happened with the cows so close at hand. Anyway, the layers will be moving again tomorrow.
We also moved the little layers out to a mobile coop this past week. It is interesting because they never figure out to go back into the coop on their own. The first night I had to put 100 of them back to bed. The next night half of that. The next, half of that. Last night we were down to 2. I am hoping that tonight they all have it figured out.
The corn is coming on nicely, finally. We had a slow start with our first patches being behind. But we are now on track. We will have two varieties on the stand for Labopr Day weekend. Harris 1001 ( our bicolor) and Silver King. We will have plenty stocked for all of your holiday festivities. Larger orders, please call ahead.
Summer vacation is ending, but I am thinking we forgot to have summer. We can probably count on one hand the number of true summer days we had this year. School starts up this coming week, thus making our days a little busier. This weekend we are finishing the high tunnel prep for the tomatoes. We will be planting 350 very nice 6 week old seedlings on Sunday. Our irrigation system is today's project (Saturday). Yesterday marked phase 2 of 3 for our synchronization program. We are aligning some heifers to breed. They will be bred on Monday at 10 am. We also have our second crop of hay to harvest on Sunday. I mowed it last night, we will let it dry all day today and should be in business to bale on Sunday. I expect about 300 bales from my side and the same from my grandfather's. It turned out to be some nice grass. Tuesday we travel to Rock Springs to attend Ag Progress Days. It is a very large farm show geared toward the producer. There are many tents with sales reps and lots of demonstrations. It is affiliated with Penn State's college of Ag Sciences, so they also offer tour of their facilities and trials. It is a yearly venture for David and I. Kind of like our "vacation" since we never get a summer trip as we are always busiest with animals in the summer.
I am back to school on Wednesday, so animals get moved and fed early in the morning. I don't like working in the dark, but I have not convinced the school that my fourth graders should be dropped off at the farm to do chores with me as part of the curriculum. I think it would be highly beneficial for them.
Our corn had a fantastic year. The sweet corn is superb. I would not hesitate to say it is some of the best in the county! Although I have not had anyone else's. Our silage corn is also performing greatly. We should be chopping in early September.
After a month's vacation our layers have finally come back. Half of our flock decided to molt and our production plummeted. They have returned, so our eggs are again plentiful.