Farming our way

We are farming in a sustainable, neighborly kind of way. No chemicals, no artificial inputs, and the health and well-being of our livestock, our lives and our customers are the priority. Our families live on this land and God willing, will do so in the future. It is our responsibility to pass along a piece of ground that is worth living on.

We are working towards raising "Heritage" livestock - those breeds that were found to be so valuable to our ancestors by their hardiness, their adaptability, and their value as multi-use stock. Our sheep mow the yard, our hogs eat the extra veggies, and our goats take care of the weedeating! The chickens help me dig holes for trees in the orchard, and the horse, well, he just supervises the whole operation.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pregnant GOS



  The first noticeable signs of babies in our GOS girls!  Hopefully new babies soon!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

New Chicks - version 2013

We received our new shipment of "Assorted rare breeds, Assorted egg layers and Assorted fryers" from Meyer Hatchery on April 2, 2013.  We lost one the first night, but everyone else has done just fine.  They spent the first week in the laundry room due to the cold temperatures and were pretty happy to move out to the "pygmy palace".  We've been back and forth with the weather - 75 plus degrees one day, 40 degrees the next.  That makes raising chicks a little nerve racking.
They have grown so much!  They "fly" up onto my knee every time I sit in the coop.

Mugging for the camera!
 
They are a fine looking array of rare breeds.  I still haven't figured out all the different breeds we have yet!

Supper Time!

Waiting on Supper! 
They all line up to whichever gate they think I'm coming through to feed at night.  The two sows (Abby and Ella) are on the right in front of the gate and Jethro is on the left, looking over the fence board.  The chickens are happy that the sun is up later in the evening so they can help the pigs eat their supper!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Kabal - EOW - December 27, 2012


Kabal, the Great Pyrenees guardian of Camulod Farm, was diagnosed with bone cancer just shortly before Thanksgiving, 2012.  

When he entered early retirement after a CCL tear, he continued to guard our family, from one of his favorite places.


We had to have Dr. Jon out to put Kabal down two days after Christmas this past year.  He ended his watch on our farm but not in our hearts.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Jethro

Welcome Home Jethro!
  Jethro joined us at Camulod Farm just a few weeks ago!  Jethro is a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig and he is looking forward to getting big enough to move in with his new girlfriends!  In the mean time, Jethro is living in the Pygmy palace with access to the house yard.  Jethro is a bit confused sometimes, since Sibin, the Great Pyrenees has become his best buddy.  Sibin taught him how to pounce last week so they take turns stalking and pouncing on each other.  I'm sure that she will regret that idea when he grows up!


The Welcoming Committee

                                                 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Aiden and the Ham

So this is "our" boy, Aiden, and a ham from a pig that a bunch of us gave to our friends this past winter.  Aiden actually biologically belongs to our friends, but he has been adopted by a whole herd of us who are praying constantly for this great boy and his loving family!

Aiden was born in July of 2011 with an entire list of issues that have taxed his little body and his family, but not their spirit! 

From his blog:  http://www.journeywithaiden.com/ 

Aiden was diagnosed at 15 weeks gestation with Spina Bifida(myelomeningocele), hydrocephalus, Tetralogy of Fallot with absent pulmonary valve. Diagnosed with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (aka DiGeorge's Syndrome) later in the pregnancy along with a solitary kidney.

Aiden has had numerous surgeries and will continue to have them in an attempt to correct the problems that his little body has thrown in his path!


Aiden's response to all of the hospital visits and surgeries! 

Aiden has reminded so many of us of those things that are most important to our lives.  He's but a baby, but his impact has changed so many lives!  Please take a minute to look at his blog and learn about Aiden and his amazing family.  As his mom says - "He's a rock star!"

We couldn't agree more!!!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

C-Section at midnight

Prancer, an Angus cross cow, that lives at my cousin's farm, decided that this past Sunday evening was her due date! She gave it a good effort and after a little while of personal struggle, she gave up. So we stepped up to assist and found her heifer calf in a precarious position. The calf's head was turned back with her nose pointing to her momma's belly instead of pointing out with her hooves towards' the exit. We each struggled to shove the calf back inside far enough to move her head back to its proper position. Dr. James finally arrived and wasn't able to make any progress either so it was decision time. Take Prancer to OSU for an emergency c-section or do the emergency c-section in the barn. Dr. James was confident in his abilities and my cousin agreed. We prepared for the emergency c-section!

Dr. James called for assistance from his wife who arrived shortly to lend a hand and after an enormous team effort by the whole herd (human herd!) we had delivered the calf surgically! Unfortunately, the calf had died earlier while we were struggling to get her out the conventional way. However, Dr. James was able to save Prancer. Once again, we were thankful for the efforts of Dr. James and his wife Angie. They are the best! As we say around here, if it's a weird issue with an animal - it's gonna happen on our farm!