April 3, 2013 Farm News

Curious lamb about 4 weeks old

Curious lamb about 4 weeks old

Nothing really out of the ordinary this week past.  We have had a couple of days of good maple sap runs but mostly there has been little.  We have boiled down a good amount of sap so far and we have about 15 litres of maple syrup.

As reported last week we had a bull calf born a week ago now and it is doing just fine.  Aerron has been milking the mother and getting a little milk but so far she has not had a lot.  The cow and calf are out on the pasture all day and brought into the barn at night the cow going into a standing stall and the calf into a separate pen so that he cannot get any milk from his mother.  Aerron then milks the mother in the morning after giving her some hay and some crimped oats in her stall and after the milking her calf is once more allowed to go with her mother.  So although we don’t get a lot of milk we are now self sufficient in milk.

We saw the last flock of Tundra Swans on thursday last and I did manage to get a bit of a photo and though it is far from the best photo it is the only one that I have been able to get. I’ll also put up photos of the new lambs and of the new bull calf taken the same morning.

 We are very close to planting the broad beans. We now just need one day with the temperature around 25 to 20 degrees C to make it comfortably warm and to eliminate mud.  We should be putting some seeds into trays in the greenhouse soon too.  Our greenhouse is unheated so we really need the temperature to stay above freezing most nights.  We can, in a pinch, use an electric heat lamp to provide some short duration heating.

If you have been considering a CSA vegetable share for this coming growing season then now is the time to contact us and get at least the downpayment to us.  It is not too late  

These lambs are doing what lambs and small children excell at: having fun.

These lambs are doing what lambs and small children excell at: having fun.

Still just having fun.

Still just having fun.

Our new bull calf named "Max" at this point less than 20 hours old. So max is really at his min.

Our new bull calf named “Max” at this point less than 20 hours old. So max is really at his min.

Max is following Aerron up to where mom and the rest of the herd are.

Max is following Aerron up to where mom and the rest of the herd are.

He's like a well trained puppy.

He’s like a well trained puppy.

Half way to the herd. He followed along with Aeron the whole way.

Half way to the herd. He followed along with Aerron the whole way.

Mum suddenly remembers that she has calf and there he is.

Mum suddenly remembers that she has calf and there he is.

At home with the herd and now he can have fun, just like lambs and little children.

At home with the herd and now he can have fun, just like lambs and little children.

The last flock of Tundra Swans in the spring of 2013

The last flock of Tundra Swans in the spring of 2013

There were two photos taken. There were only about a dozen swans in the flock.
There were two photos taken. There were only about a dozen swans in the flock.

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