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June 2, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob cut the alfalfa on the last day of May. It was way past full bloom and weedy, but a wet spring left him no choice in timing. In fact, the weather forcast is now calling for storms tomorrow, so it will probably get rained on before he can bale...see all
May 26, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
We let the ewes into the clover. Not even a snake in the grass (me) could spook them from munching. "Split Ear," a former bottle lamb, was watching the lambs climb the compost pile. Rip and chew, rip and chew. So good.  see all
May 21, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
I traveled with Bob to the McNay Research Farm in Clariton, Iowa, yesterday to attend a beef cattle research day for veterinarians. Much of the material could be helpful for anyone with a cow-calf herd. Here are some highlights. 4 Steps to...see all
May 12, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Everything changes so rapidly in the spring. The lambs grow quickly, the irises bloom overnight, the garden gets choked with weeds before you turn around. Here is a random assortment of photos from the past week to give you a glimpse of the fun!...see all
May 5, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
There are so many wonderful sights to see in May, things to smell, things to do. I traveled on farms in Illinois and Missouri last week, collecting photos and interviews for Living the Country Life. There is nothing better than seeing the...see all
April 27, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Storms dropped more than an inch of rain over the weekend, so lots of hay bedding was needed for the youngest lambs. Watch a video of the lambs behind our barn here. This is a sweet time of year. My lilacs are blooming in the back yard and...see all
April 22, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Little Speck is growing like crazy. This is one of the twin females I showed you earlier, the first lambs born on our farm this spring. Love the markings. They are racing around outside now, leaping in the sunshine. Bob had to perform a c-section...see all
April 13, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
I used a painter brush tool in Photoshop to enhance this photo, not that my forsythia needs any encouragement this spring. I forgot to trim it last year, so it's gaily waving spindly yellow arms in the breeze. Once it stops blooming I will chop it...see all
April 7, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Our first lambs of 2015 were born last night and they are spotted like tiny Holstein cows. So cute. The black spots are new for our herd, thanks to the two rams we bought from Dean Houghton in Missouri last fall. It will be fun to see how long the...see all
March 30, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
On Friday night I went with Bob to the vet clinic to watch him perform a c-section on a cow. Often these procedures are done in the field, but this cow was brought to the clinic and able to walk into the squeeze chute. This was a recipient or "...see all