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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
March 25, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
A few months ago I noticed an uptick in water usage on our sheep farm. I figured it was due to a bigger flock or more water use in the shop. My mistake. By last month the volume was alarming, so I alerted Bob (who can now monitor and pay the utility...see all
March 17, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob is pulling late nights and early mornings as spring approaches and calving season is in full swing. Cow c-sections at midnight and 3:00 a.m. will make a man tired. If he gets a live calf and healthy cow at the end he's happy. On Saturday we...see all
March 9, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob finished one of his winter projects in time for lambing season. This is a sheep feeder with slots for 16 animals at a time. The bottom is the top of an old gas barrel. The bands were around Grandpa's old brick silo. I think the rest of it is...see all
March 3, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
A week ago, the farmer who rents our 365 acres called to say he had to drop the rent by $45 an acre. Corn and soybean prices have tumbled in the past year, while farm input prices have continued to rise. Under Iowa law, farm lease modifications...see all
February 23, 2015 | Betsy's Backyard
I've been thinking about 4-H, as two people from my 4-H years died last week. Edith Kilby was my 4-H leader in Calvert, Maryland. She encouraged me to enter demonstration and speech contests and required all members to keep detailed record books....see all