March 30, 2015 Farm News

The usual garden view looks to be little changed form last week.  the bank of snow in the far background seems not to have shrunk by much.

The usual garden view looks to be little changed form last week. the bank of snow in the far background seems not to have shrunk by much.

In spite of the cold weather the past while, spring does continue to advance.  We are getting about 2 or 3 extra minutes of daylight each day and the sun gets warmer.  It is just a very slow advance. We have seen several flocks of Tundra Swans in flight and Killdeer, flocks of Turkey Vulture, Robins and probably other of the feathered spring migrants.  We have planted a few seeds into trays but are going toned to invest in something to provide bottom heat if we want uniform germination in the normal length of time.  Various ideas out there that won’t cost too very much.  We’ll have to look around.

The hairy herd of bovine ruminating on the days events.

The hairy herd of bovine ruminating on the days events.

This is Tippy a purebred Dairy Shorthorn cow due to pop a calf anytime now. she is a very nice cow,looks good, nice horns, good temperament, easy to handle.

This is Tippy a purebred Dairy Shorthorn cow due to pop a calf anytime now. she is a very nice cow,looks good, nice horns, good temperament, easy to handle.

Most of the snow except for that which was in deep drifts or is on north facing slopes, has gone and the ground is drying well in many places.  If the weather warms a bit more, if we have some sun, and if we don’t get too much rain, then I think that we will be working a little ground within two weeks and then we can seed the broad beans and a few other cold hardy things directly into the garden outside.

Marta and Leucan just idling away the hours waiting for spring.

Marta and Leucan just idling away the hours waiting for spring.

Our good neighbour, Laverne, brought us more hay from the field near us with his tractor and wagon and I drove our truck to his barn to get a large square bale of the high quality hay as we had just finished the last bales of both types that day. We probably will not get the horses, sheep, and cows out on to pasture until mid May.  So we will burn through a lot more hay.  We have to bring them all on to smaller outside areas ’til then so as to allow the grasses to come uneaten until well grown.

The main flock of ISA Browns and the ducks.

The main flock of ISA Browns and the ducks.

A closer look at the buff ducks.  Supposed to be runners but I don't think so. A couple of Campbells in there too.

A closer look at the buff ducks. Supposed to be runners but I don’t think so. A couple of Campbells in there too.

I head out to William Dam Seeds on Wednesday to pick up an order of seeds.  This will be most of the seeds we require though there will be potatoes to get in about two weeks and maybe the odd package of something we have forgotten or changed our mind on.

The new flock of ready to lay Barred Rocks.  These birds are around 20 weeks old.  they are being kept inside for about a week or so to get familiar with the place. Only two or three eggs a day so far and they are of course very small.

The new flock of ready to lay Barred Rocks. These birds are around 20 weeks old. they are being kept inside for about a week or so to get familiar with the place. Only two or three eggs a day so far and they are of course very small.

The two Barred Rock roosters.  Everyone looks so young.  They are just maturing now.

The two Barred Rock roosters. Everyone looks so young. They are just maturing now.

Chickens and ducks are still laying quite well and anxious too to get on to better ground.  The flock of special birds have more space to roam right now as there are fewer of them to do significant damage to the pasture.

A Marans rooster doing a little dance with Silkies and Marans hens.

A Marans rooster doing a little dance with Silkies and Marans hens.

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Maple syrup production still continues though we only get about 20 t0 30 litres of sap a day when the weather is like this. Takes up a lot of space on the old woodstove still. This tap and bucket are on one of our few Sugar maple trees as most of our taps are on Manitoba Maples.

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