Keeping the farm in balance means a lot of things — what you plant, when you plant it; which and how many animals you overwinter, and which you export. A summer of drought means planning to destock a little more than usual this winter: with less grass than usual, miscalculating the number of livestock we can feed between now and next May could mean the difference between coming through the winter with healthy livestock, and — if we were to run out of feed and couldn’t buy hay — selling at a loss between now and April.
So, our best two-year-old heifer, and our fattest steer, have gone to our son’s place to clean up his 5 ac. pasture and hang out until January. Honey, our beloved lead cow, has been pulled out of the line and is nursing two calves on the home place. Some time this fall she’ll make the big change; with her bad hips she wouldn’t make it through the winter.
Of the remaining fifteen animals, about five will be sold: some one- and two-year-old heifers (hate to part with them before we see what they can do!), and one dairy mama with only three working quarters. These are great animals, all grass always, and will bless someone else’s farm. Contact us if you are interested, or check them out on craigslist.