Farm Fresh Friday/Our Essential Medicine Cabinet- Tick care for Dogs

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Personally, we don’t have a dog, but both Marius and I grew up with multiple dogs underfoot all the time. We’ve decided not to get a dog until we own our own home. BUT! A couple weeks ago we had my stepdads dog, Rosoce, for a week while they were away. He’s a great chap, an 8 yr old yellow lab who’s super calm. He spent most of the time laying on a blanket in our mudroom.

One night while he was laying there, Marius noticed a tick on him! Yuck, so nasty. 

On a side note…When I was 15, my Dad and I went moose hunting in Alberta with friends. My Dad was gutting the moose and got bit by a tick. He was in University at the time and when he got home, He asked his professor about the bite as it was red and inflamed. His Prof told him he was excused from class and to please go to the hospital as that was not good. He was infected with limes disease but able to catch it and didn’t get anything worse than he has minor arthritis. Some people are blinded by it. 

Anywho, after Marius pulled it out, straight out, without twisting, and made sure the head was attached, I decided I needed to put some essential oils on it. Cause in this house? Somethings up? Oh, there’s an oil for that…

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I knew Lavender would be anasgelsic and Meleluca (also known as Tea Tree Oil) would be a great disinfectant against bacteria. 

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I started by taking 1/2 a tsp of coconut oil in my palm, then putting two drops of each oil in my hand, and stirring them around. Then I kinda cupped my hand and quickly put it overtop of the tick bite and rubbed it around. Roscoe has never had a problem with ticks before, but I decided that not on my watch would this be the time something happened!! 

If you notice a tick bite on animal, or human, getting red and swollen or infected please seek medical attention. 

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4 Reasons Why Playing Music Helps You and the Cow

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I know, I know, I’m out to lunch, aren’t I? I started playing music while I milked the cow a couple months ago. I’ll admit, I’m a music junkie, I listen to music all day long. It’s the first thing I do when I get up, is turn on music! So it seemed like a natural progression. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that there were more benefits to this. 

1) It’s said that cows will produce more milk when you play music.

This Farm says that their cows produce upto a pint and a half of milk more when they play classical or love music. So I’m guessing that playing Quiet Riot’s C’mon Feel the Noise isn’t going to increase their yield, but Elvis’ Burning Love will. (Both of those are on the playlist I run through) True Story; our recessional song at our wedding was C’mon Feel the Noise. We’re cool like that. 

2) I believe that background noise makes them less sensitive to other noises.

No joke, the other day when I was milking, Hamish was in the bumbo 10 feet behind the cow, and 10 feet in front of the cow there was 3 tom turkeys in a pen. Hamish was screaming, and the turkeys thought they were being attacked and everytime he screamed they GOBBLEGOBBLEGOBBLE’d as loud as they could. The cow didn’t flinch. It’s not uncommon for Mac to come running up to where I milk and say “Hey MOM!”. When the cow is used to noise happening all the time, things like that don’t bother her. This is my personal experience, but I believe it has merit!

3) You have a beat to milk to. 

It’s nice to get in a rhythm with your squirt squirt squirt’n, and having a tune to go along to makes it kinda fun. Getting a rhythm going is part of what makes milking medatative for me, because your hands do the work and your brain disconnects from your hands a little bit. Don’t ask me to explain that further…you’d have to be a milker to know that one.

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4) You can practice your wicked singing voice. 

I know, I know, you all want to hear me sing (I’ll break windows…) but unfortunately my only audience is my family and the cow. She gets my best efforts too. They liked to be talked to but I don’t always know what to say. Which is quite a feat if you know me personally. So instead I sing 🙂

So there you go, 4 reasons, why I think playing music will help you and your cow. Maybe it’ll help your goat too!

Farm Fresh Fridays- Bounty within the Homestead

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The other day I was walking around outside at my Moms house. The boys were playing, My sister was there with her girls and I couldn’t help but take pictures and soak in the beauty of the day. I’m drawn to food, it’s who I am. Looking at the photos as I uploaded them, I couldn’t help but notice this huge bounty that could be had right at my Moms house.

Garlic grown in the garden. Mom was taking off excess paper to put it in the turkey brine. My Stepdad raised turkeys this year for the second time. We were blessed with a close to 35 pound turkey for Thanksgiving dinner!

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I take it for granted that herbs grow outside year round, but it’s another blessing to have fresh rosemary available for my roast potatoes!

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Molly and I were learning about growing calendula, as we enjoy using it in salves. How silly of us that it was actually growing right under our noses at my Moms house! Must pick and dry that to infuse in olive oil!

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I have sentimental attachment to these flowers…they were planted for my wedding! I wanted Dahlias EVERYWHERE. Then it was a cold spring and they didn’t grow in time. Instead, when they come up every year we have a laugh about us trying to grow flowers for my wedding.

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My Mom saved her own pepper seeds last year and grew them from seeds! (Tomatoes too!) So fun to see the full circle that way.

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Ahhh…yes….GMO free eggs. I feel like a rogue egg eater having these in my possesion. I feel wealthy with a dozen of these.

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More of the lovely wedding Dinner Plate Dahlias.

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Here is an example of Curse becomes blessing. Triplets were born to a sheep this spring and Mom left them all on. Well, one just became a stunted runt, so we cooked it over a fire for a fun evening of fellowship with friends and family. We’ve since discussed taking off a triplet should it happen next year and raising it on cows milk since we have abundance of that!

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Apples! Waiting for sauce! I don’t know what I’d do if I had to buy applesauce…just doesn’t compare.

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This whole farming thing…we may never be rich…we may not sleep in due to cows…but we sure eat like Kings!

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Writing a post like this is therapeutic. How can I not look back on these photos, and feel uplifted?

What blessings do you see within your home or homestead?

Farm Fresh Fridays- Red’s first week

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If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you’ll know that last week we had a new calf! We’ve been eagerly awaiting Wilderness calving and we were ecstatic to find a calf bouncing around one morning! Hurray for easy calvings!

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Wilderness was Artifically Inseminated (AI’d) in January and it was an effortless process. Lord knows we needed that after having to eat our last milking cow.  She was bred to a Red Angus as we knew we wouldn’t want a replacement heifer (baby girl calf we would raise for another milking cow) but instead would want a calf we could eat. And let me tell you! This little bull calf is a bruiser! My Mom’s lambs got named after apple varieties this spring (for example; Belle and Boskoop, Wolf and River) so I put it out there on Facebook as to what variety should we name him after? Fuji, Charles Ross, King and many others got suggested! King was my favourite. We call our cows by single syllables more often than not so it would fit. Then Red Delicious, called Red, got suggested. I fell in love! It fit so well! He’s a RED angus cross, who will be DELICIOUS when eaten! Red it is! Wilderness usually gets called Will, so Will and Red rolls off the tongue well.

Mama is doing well!

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This is just hours after we found her. She was laying down and that worried me because a cow that won’t get up is most likely a cow with milk fever. Animals die from milk fever fast. Basically, their body needs loads of calcium, fast, to produce that lovely colostrum! But it draws on their stores too hard and puts them into this shock that will kill them. If they are walking around and eating then they are usually fine. I had to walk right up to Will and pull on her collar to stand up, but then she started walking around and voraciously ate the haylage I brought over to where she was. (She didn’t want to go over to the shared feeder with the sheep) I sighed with relief, but still wanted to keep a close eye. I did go quickly grab a calcium/magnesium supplement from a local jersey farm that they give as a precaution after birth. It really helps prevent milk fever and $30 life insurance on a $1500 cow? I’ll take it.

Her udder was dripping it was so full, so when Marius got home from work we decided to milk a bit of the pressure off of her. The day before I had put her in a field more visible from my Moms house, but after having her calf, I put her back in with Tilley, our other cow.

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This is Tilley here waiting for Will to come back! We actually just sold Tilley and she went to her new home last Tuesday. It was too much on us and on the land to have two milking cows. I can’t think of a better home as they have 6 kids, the oldest three being girls all very into milking. Tilley is so patient and she will have a terrific life there. It was a sad morning Tuesday milking her for the last time.

Anyways! Back to Will and Red!

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We brought them both into the stanchion, as we didn’t know how Will would react to being separated from Red. She was excited to have grain and be back in the saddle again! As you can see, her udder is quite large and hard out the back of her legs.

The other thing you should notice is that her afterbirth is still hanging there;

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I didn’t know what to think, but Marius was worried (“When you give birth…that all comes out right away…” he said) so I called the vet and they assured me it will go on its on in a couple of days. It’s only gone in humans right away as the doctor helps it along.

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Will was so patient and Red just stood there for us to milk out a litre. It was enough to take some pressure off but still leave loads for Red!

Here is the “CMPK” calcium/magnesium ‘paste’ we gave her. You need a caulking gun to give it to them so I bought one for $5 at the hardware store. Then Mare and stepdad Doug informed me that was a horrible one and got one from Mare’s truck. Oh well!

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Then! The thing that screws on the end of the tube? Wouldn’t fit in the thingy of the caulking gun. Here they were problem solving…then…

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Cut part off…

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Ta-da! They said it was hard to get in her mouth, but once they did she quite liked it. Our cows are very tame and used to being handled, so I couldn’t tell you what it would be like on a cow not like that…You’d probably want them in the stanchion or a chute with headlock.

Overall, it’s been a good week for Red! We have only milked Will a few times, but (I’m writing this Tuesday, take the time to write when you can!) we plan on starting to separate them for the night and milk in the morning pretty soon. We keep our cows at my Moms house, so while we’re very lucky to have a place for them there, I wish I could just watch Red more!

 

 

 

 

Farm Fresh Friday- CSA week 17

I’m wanting to start weekly features here for a couple reasons. One of them being I need a bit of accountability as well as wanting to have a direction the blog is going. I like sharing what’s in my CSA box, as well as I’d like to share more about our livestock! So hopefully every Friday I’ll have a little something here to share! I look forward to ‘seeing’ you around!

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This week, I failed at CSA pictures. I mean, I took them, but they were bad. And I’m sorry, but you’re still going to see them so you can see what I got. But I apologize anyways.

Left to right: Braising greens, Kale, Fennel, Carrots (There was more…I just umm….ate a bunch) and celery! This picture obviously goes up a lot higher and the celery is this big beautiful one! Such a treat!

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Left to right: Romas, Peppers, Top right is Blue Ballet Squash and bottom right is a melon.

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The Plan?

-Peppers, Melon and Carrots for snacks.

-Kale went into mashed potatoes

-Romas? Well last week I was complaining about tomatoes and now its the last week and I’m going ack! No more tomatoes for the whole winter?! They’ve been going in salads and sandwiches.

-Fennel and celery will go in a soup with potatoes (I’m thinking with a wee bit of bacon…)

There will still be some celery left and we’ll snack on it 🙂

-Blue Ballet will make a delicious soup!

-Braising Greens will be a quick frittata dinner one night. That will use half of them, and the other half…well…I’m not sure at this point!

 

In other news, our cow, Wilderness, is due to calve on the 9th! We’re eagerly awaiting and I can’t wait to share her new calf! I also await having gallons and gallons of milk to make more cheese! We haven’t had much cheese lately as I try to avoid buying it and I’m missing my pizzas!

So what farm fresh produce did you snag this week?