Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Cow Trip to Canada

On June 17, 2009 Billy and I set out in our reconstructed Frieghtliner truck to bring home the new genetics we got on the internet in January.  We covered close to 4,000 miles in 6 days and included taking in an auction  near Grand Prairie to get the panels to contain the bull and bred heifer.  We also included a jog down to Edmonton to purchase a cream separator and butter churn. We had a good time touring around with George Ramsay at Ladywells Farm near Barhead, Alberta where we bought and loaded out our new bull and bred heifer.  Was really interesting to see how other people handle cattle. We got home Monday evening at 6 PM June 22 and were met by the Federal Vet who inspected the animals and gave them the green light to enter the herd on the farm.  

The photo is of the cattle in the back of the truck ready to cross the Yukon River at midnight on June 21- the longest day of the year.  

 There are a lot of stories in this story that will be fleshed out later and a photo album that you can access at:  http://picasaweb.google.com/larrydevilbiss/CanadaCowTrip?pli=1&gsessionid=R3Jo7ZRSAAPueQfai7zdGQ#

All you need to do is select and paste this long address into your web browser and it will open up the photo album.  You should also know that any photos on these postings can be enlarged by simply clicking on them.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Feed Site

Here the cows are enjoying the new feed barn site.  We have the logs on site and the foundations set for a 30 ft high tee pee to store the hay for this winter's feed.

Cow House

Here is our potential site for a future cow house.  The design calls for  a house designed around a silo for feed and a feed area where the heat from the cows is used to heat the house.  The manure and remains from the feed will be collected at the very bottom to provide methane for cooking and hot water.  We are looking for statistics to help us with how many cows it takes to heat a home in Alaska in the winter- any suggestions?