April 10, 2014 Farm News

Noon on Wednesday at the usual photo spot. a little bit of snow back there in the trees.

Noon on Wednesday at the usual photo spot. a little bit of snow back there in the trees.

On a sunny warm noon on the 9th of April. The mare just dozing while the gelding is still munching hay.

On a sunny warm noon on the 9th of April. The mare just dozing while the gelding is still munching hay.

Spring steadily moves forward, every week showing improvement, steady greater warming, on average, from over the previous week.  The frost is nearly all out of the ground now, nearly all of the snow has melted away and our laneway is finally dependably passable though still a bit muddy.  There is still enough frost in the ground,

Far left row is stubs of last seasons broccoli, next is a bed of onions for greens while the dead oats covers the first of the three garlic beds.

Far left row is stubs of last seasons broccoli, next is a bed of onions for greens while the dead oats covers the first of the three garlic beds.

Just another view showing how desolate the garden looks at the moment. It will rapidly change.

Just another view showing how desolate the garden looks at the moment. It will rapidly change.

 

in some spots, that it is still difficult to get post holes dug.  At least the car tires no longer sink into the ground and make deep ruts and this week we will try working up a few beds in the garden.  Maybe we will use the horses and the single row cultivator if the ground is dry enough, not to sticky.  The broad beans will be the first to go in and we have some sprouted onions that we can put in for use as greens. lots of seeding now in the greenhouse.

The horses are looking better, they continue slowly to gain weight.  Their coats now are looking quite ragged as they are starting to shed all those billions of winter coat hairs.  We’ll start to brush them frequently soon, but a bit chilly to try to get rid of their winter coats.  We are still looking for a mutually

Mealtime for one of the month old lambs.

Mealtime for one of the month old lambs.

suitable date to have a look at the two mares that we are considering as a replacement team.  We really need them soon because we have an awful lot work to be done.  But this team has not worked for about two years so it is going to take us quite a little while to retrain them to even the basics and then work with them to the point where we can really know

This is one of the oldest of this spring's lambs looking nice and plump.

This is one of the oldest of this spring’s lambs looking nice and plump.

them.  The retraining will mostly be done using a piece of equipment in places that can’t do too much damage if the horses wander a lot. Now that the frost is mostly out of the ground we can also get started on fixing the fence for the pasture where they will stay.

Another new calf was born Monday late evening and is making extra work for us as

The newest calf on Wednesday starting her second day a still pretty wobbly.

The newest calf on Wednesday starting her second day a still pretty wobbly.

She is a pretty little heifer, part Holstein and part Canadienne.

She is a pretty little heifer, part Holstein and part Canadienne.

 

she can’t seem to figure out where the milk supply is located and this in spite of long efforts on our parts to show her. We have resorted to bottle feeding and are hoping that this does not have to on for too long.   But I have to stop this now.  I  have reread the  earlier sentences and realize that there is too much to do.

 

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