Our grandparents have come up to visit. It has been nice to visit with them.
I have grass everywhere! I am not going to complain, because last summer was terribly dry. So far this year has been good. I am trying to manage the grass the best I can. It is hard to do that when the grass is tall. Sheep like leafy stuff, not stalks. So when you graze the taller grass, they eat any leaves into the ground, and leave the stalks. It doesn't look pretty, but it is certainly better then no grass at all.
I took a pasture walk yesterday to try and see how many types of plants I could find growing. I counted 18. Each year I am getting more and more diversity within the pasture. It is amazing what managed grazing will do. I was not able to identify all the types of plants growing, but a lot of them I was. Here is a list of the plants I have been able to identify in the pasture. Not all of them are growing now, but I have seen all of these in the past. Also note that the "weeds" are not necessarily weeds. I just used that word to classify them. If the sheep eat something, I don't consider it a weed. Here is the list:
As you can see, there is a lot of variety. My guess is that it will continue to get more and more diverse. In the past we have had a lot of Purpletop, and some foxtail, but I did not see any this year. It is interesting how it changes from year to year. Maybe we will have some this fall? Also, we have had way more clover and vetch then I think we have ever had.
We butchered the first batch of chickens this year. Unfortunately I lost a lot to predators, so I only had 21, but I guess that is better then nothing. I am trying to watch how many I loose to predators with my other batches. The thing is, you should profit about half of your income with broilers. However, if you loose half of the chickens, there goes your profit. So I am trying to work on watching how many I loose. I have started using GMO-Free feed, and that seems to be helping as well.
I heard about a new broiler breed. It has got the conformation of a Cornish cross, and supposedly grows to butchering weight in 9 weeks. It is also supposed to be hardier. They call it the "Heritage White" and it can be found at S & G Poultry. I have yet to try them, but when I order the next batch, I plan on getting some of these.
The farmers' market has started up this week. It is our second week there today. Last week I sold $300 worth of stuff. It is nice to be out of winter, when all I do is spend money, and start making money instead.
My friend Cody and I played the special music for a service at our church Thursday night. Here is a video my grandfather took of us performing. I got to use my new PA system, and (once we figured out how to work it) it worked well. Here is the video, it is not great quality as it was taped on my grandpa's camera, but I hope you enjoy it.
And, while I am on the subject of music, I thought I would show you a video of these brothers playing music. Even if you do not like bluegrass, you will be amazed. The banjo player is 11, and I believe the fiddle and guitar players are 14 and 15. They are called the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. Here is a video. Check these guys out!
Well, that is all for today!
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