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Wifi Webcams

If you are a fan of our FB page, you may have already seen this, but…

We’re looking for some used WiFi webcams to broadcast what we are doing in the calf barn and in the milking parlor.

Do you have a WiFi webcam that you’re not using? Our calving season starts after Sept. 8th (and continues through Jan). We would like to be able to put a few cams up and broadcast the stream for folks to observe their progress (feeding, playing, bonding, etc..).

The world-wide community has given us so much and we’d like to be able to show what has been created.

With us still running on a tight budget (we still owe on the calf-barn), we don’t feel that the spending for educational purposes is something we can do right now… but if there is a webcam or two out there that folks are not using, we’d be more than happy to put it/them to use.

The quality of the cam is not important. If it works, it is good enough.

We want to be able to put some live-streams out their for folks to enjoy and ask questions about.

The Borgis Are Here

This is a first for us. After homesteading for 7 years and farming for only 1, we have puppies.

We are so proud of our little Tessa. After having a whirl-wind romance with our Border Collie, Jack (who we thought was sterile), she gave birth to 10 Borgi puppies (2 were stillborn) over an 8 hr period.

tessa has borgi puppies

We were a bit worried with her mothering skills, since she was under a year of age. But she is a wonderful little mama.

After a couple days of bonding with her little ones, she is back to her old chipper self and being helpful with the dairy cows, when we go out at milking time.

They say Borgis are the perfect combo of lazy and active – active outdoors and lazy once inside. Corgis & Border Collies are great herding breeds, but Borgis are said to be better than both their parents… we’ll see.

Even though we are not dog breeders, these puppies will be for sale… this will most likely be Tessa’s only litter of puppies.  They must be 8 weeks old before they can leave.  We are asking $250 for each.

Yesterday (4/1/16) they were health checked and dew-claws were removed & cauterized.

Housing For The Future

Carol and I just picked up this “gem”.  It was a good deal and should it no longer meet it’s primary purpose for our farm, we have already discussed it’s fate for later years.

camper and future wwoof housing

The operation of our dairy is pretty transparent… if you want to know something, just ask us.  Educating others about how we do things here is important to us.  Nearly on a daily basis, we are contacted by folks wanting to know more about how we’re doing things.  That’s where this 28′ ft Coachman comes in… we hope to make it available to any #WWOOF volunteers that make their way out to our neck of the prairie.

We didn’t take any photos of the interior yet, but did find a sales brochure for this camper, showing the original setup.  Isn’t is charming?

camper interior

Wise Advice from a Farmer’s Wife

  • Whenever you return a borrowed pie pan, make sure it’s got a warm pie in it.
  • Invite lots of folks to supper. You can always add more water to the soup.
  • There’s no such thing as woman’s work on a farm. There’s just work.
  • Make home a happy place for the children. Everybody returns to their happy place.
  • Always keep a small light on in the kitchen window at night.
  • If your man gets his truck stuck in the field, don’t go in after him. Throw him a rope and pull him out with the tractor.
  • Keep the kerosene lamp away from the the milk cow’s leg.
  • It’s a whole lot easier to get breakfast from a chicken than a pig.
  • Always pat the chickens when you take their eggs.
  • It’s easy to clean an empty house, but hard to live in one.
  • All children spill milk. Learn to smile and wipe it up.
  • Homemade is always better than store bought.
  • A tongue’s like a knife. The sharper it is the deeper it cuts.
  • A good neighbor always knows when to visit and when to leave.
  • A city dog wants to run out the door, but a country dog stays on the porch ’cause he’s not fenced-in.
  • Always light birthday candles from the middle outward.
  • Nothin’ gets the frustrations out better then splittn’ wood.
  • The longer the dress hem, the more trusting the husband.
  • Enjoy doing your children’s laundry. Some day they’ll be gone.
  • You’ll never catch a runnin’ chicken but if you throw seed around the back door you’ll have a skillet full by supper.
  • Biscuits brown better with a little butter brushed on ’em.
  • Check your shoelaces before runnin’ to help somebody.
  • Visit old people who can’t get out. Some day you’ll be one.
  • The softer you talk, the closer folks’ll listen.
  • The colder the outhouse, the warmer the bed.

Fun Fact

Jersey milk

Carol’s Winter Photo

There was plenty of hoarfrost in the trees after a foggy night and sub-freezing morning temps.

barn photo

barn photo

It’s a gorgeous photo for sure

Thanksgiving Day Pickle Bread

Whether we have the Thanksgiving Dinner here or at somebody else’s house, Carol’s homemade pickle bread is an ever-requested hit.

pickle_bread

Two loaves were baked this afternoon.  Chances are they will be gone by this time tomorrow

Here’s the recipe… CLICK HERE.

Front Page News

We are front page news on the busiest newspaper day of the year for the West Central Tribune.  We are the first farm in Kandiyohi County to be certified under the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program

front page news

Well, you can’t really tell by this photo, but the pic of the grass-banked creek is located on our farm.  The article is entitled ‘Pennock dairy becomes Kandiyohi County’s first certified for water quality’, makes the point that if we can keep clean water at the utmost importance on a farm that wasn’t even suppose to be able support a family, especially after facing hardship, we all can.

article online
The link to the article is HERE.

The article also mentions that the Water Quality Certification Program is available to all farms. And it assists participants looking to implement best management practices that improve productivity as well as their farm’s stewardship role.

The program is entirely voluntary. The benefits to farmers are many, according to Pearson. They start with regulatory certainty. Participants are deemed in compliance with any new state or federal water quality rules.  CLICK HERE for more info about the program and/or watch the video.

 

This same article was posted on AgWeek’s website and FB page.

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Just a few of our lawn mowers... although, one seems to be either broken or needs fuel... LOL

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Carol is... A 'Woman In Jeans'

Read her feature interview in the Dairy Star.
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Organic Valley makes some really good cheese. And some of that cheese is made from our milk.