Monday, January 16, 2017


After a couple years of study I have decided to switch from all cooking oils and margarine and butter to using our own tallow.  On the left is what was skimmed off the crock pot of bones that we cooked down for gravy.  The bottom part has cooled and the top is fresh out of the crock. I am going to document how much we can save from a typical trim box from processing a side of our beef.  I'm convinced at this point that the benefits of using our own tallow outweigh the risks and expense of using even the "healthy" stuff from the stores.  We will keep you posted.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Manger Scene

No bright lights, no loud sounds, no extraordinary miracles, no visible angels- just peace on earth.

Happy New Year

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What's in a Bale of hay does not stay in the Bale

When a chunk of metal this size (12 X18 inches) shows up in the feed bunker you have got to know there is a story and a lot of questions to be answered.  This is the arm of my hay Tedder.  I was not aware that it was broken so I went down to check it out and everything was intact.  That meant that this tedder arm was from two years ago.  That means that this hunk of steel evaded the baler two years ago and evaded being seen at that time or during fertilizing and that this year it probably went through the mower, and the tedder, and the baler and its slicer in order to appear inside a bale of hay.  My next move in the process is to check the slicers on my baler.  They either have to be broken or very dull!

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Weaning time is always a sad time.  This year the noise level will be lower because 10 of the mothers are joining the breed stock at Delta Junction.

Here is my notice to Tim.

I have 10 very unhappy mothers that are ready to load.  They have access to hay and water but not their calves.  If you give me an hour warning I will be there to help load.

For the record I will document who is coming.

#2 is the oldest tag but it got on the wrong cow.  It should have been on #26 who is staying and oldest.

#19 is a plain looker but her second calf broke 1100 pounds before 18 months.

#21 and #22 are always together and are good natured, eat out of your hand temperament.

#28 is probably the best beef frame in the herd.  She had her first calf late and it is going to have a rough winter.

#30 and #31 are also always together, curious and mild natured. #30 is named Easter because that was her birth date.  She also had the distinction of being born orange.  The birth sack broke and the mother #2 was eating a lot of carrots.  Easter looked like a mobile carrot for a few days.  Both #30 and #31 had first calves this year.

#36, #39, and #45 are also finishing their first lactation.  They have red points and have temperaments to match.

We got 2 inches of snow so I’m hoping your truck is 4WD.  There is one corner at the junction of McKenzie and Harding that could be tricky.  We can double up  with my van if necessary.

Have a safe trip and

God Bless

Thursday, October 20, 2016

On Farm Kill Floor Working!

This week we inaugurated  our kill floor.  Next year we should be able to entirely control our schedule.  Top picture shows the first group in the ally behind the knock box and the bottom shows them hanging where they will cool and age for two weeks.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Pippy Long Stocking's Calf

Pippy is not a small cow but her 5 month old calf is nearly as large as she is.  One advantage of cross breed vigor.  Poppy is half Guernsey so she delivers a lot of milk- and this guy got it all.

Hercules #291

At one year Hercules is shaping up to be a nice bull.  He will be the lead bull next year.