Monday, April 23, 2012

Rainy day stand-around

Moved the herd to some good transition pasture where they will trample a lot of the forage to ground providing good habitat and food for the soil to build quickly. It's a rainy chilly day and the herd is pondering as to whether the forecasted snow will arrive or if the Nor'easter is passing more fully East. Regardless, they know this needed rain and wet will bring excellent chow shortly!

Rainy day stand-around

Bellina, Libby, Blizz, and young Silver Ear (clockwise from left).

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nahgem

This is Nahgem who was born Summer 2011. Yeah, she's real cute; 3 days old in these photos.


Hi!

I find all kinds of great hiding spots

Me and my mom

Hello again!

Bedded down



Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Couple 'o Day(s) Old Calves

Couple quick shots of the newest additions to the herd!

Ollie -- 6 days old

Nadia's calf -- 1 day old


They are settling in well and Ollie's starting to get some inside tips from some of the older calves...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Happy April Fools' Day!

Petro-Manure Breakthrough! -- Happy April Fools' Day! 

One of the principal tenants on ranch is that of soil growth. To achieve this, soil requires nutrition in many forms. One of the best is manure from our cattle and pigs (and even bees).

We also have some petro mechanical equipment to facilitate some of the ranch chores. One of these is the mighty Unimog. We've been working on a project to modify the Unimog such that it can convert it's diesel petrol exhaust to a nutrient rich product which it then deposits on our pastures.

Finally, success! Witness the Unimog Patty (in the mold of the classic cow patty):

Unimog taking a dump

Unimog patty

While we take great pride in our animals on the land and the way they build soil, slow water, and sequester CO2 we are very excited about this latest development that portends a true back end benefit from the oil industry!

We believe the key to our breakthrough lies in our utilization of the little known 4.1 protocol that was first brought to our attention by these two on one of our more traditional cow patties:

Flies mating on cow dung in woodlot