The Second coming of beef!

SOLD OUT – Thank you again to our wonderful customers who support our small operation!  We really could not do this without the local support!

 

Did you miss out on Fall Beef? Well we are going to have another animal ready soon and we only have 1/2 share left! Let me know if you are interested!! This is 100% pasture fed organically raised beef. If you are going to eat meat, why not support sustainably raised products!  Our animals are born outside, live their lives in pasture and mixed forest and managed with intensive grazing practices which is better for the land AND the animal.  In the off season they are fed organic hay.

Scottish Highland meat is super lean, high omega content, and the taste is similar to beefalo (buffalo cross).   

Our cattle are NOT big cattle, therefore 1/2 a share is great for a larger family or share with some friends!

Bottle lambs happen

We’ve had a mixed lambing season with seven live lambs and two that didn’t make it.  The count is 4 ewes and 3 rams.  As happens sometime, we had an experienced ewe reject one of her twins.  We tried to see if we could convince another ewe to take him on (called grafting), but without success.  And so…we introduce Norbert: 

We will bottle feed him until we are able to wean him and move him back into the flock.  He’s a feisty little guy with quite the voice!

The dogs seem to be taking it all in stride: 

Poco is very protective of Norbert and will often not allow Pharaah near them. 

Norbert does enjoy cuddling up with Pharaah the ‘herding’ dog!

Winter Farm Visit!

I love having visitors to the farm!  Usually, people want to come when the weather is nice and the animals are frolicking in the pastures.  Thankfully, I have a few hardy friends who are willing to come when it is cold, snowy, and muddy!  

Oli and his mom Paloma came over to see the new lambs!  We actually have a wether (a castrated male sheep) a little younger than Oli, that shares his name and that this little guy got to bottle feed!  Thanks for the smiles guys!  

Finding Love Machine a new breeding Farm

We are on the hunt for a new farm for our 3 year old, proven, Mahia Love (x Awakino) Boar – Love Machine!  He is really good at his job and takes it very seriously.  He is also kind with his ladies and loves human attention.  He has a great head with classic KuneKune features.  He will add some New Zealand style to your breeding program!  If you know of anyone looking for a great boar we are open to selling him or trading him. 

More Snow – and lambing has begun

What a winter this has been!  We have had consistent storms since December and we have not had much true melt off.  The animals have come through the weather well and who would have thought that we would have started lambing in the snow?!?

On February 5th, 2017 one of our best ewe’s: Betty, delivered a large and vigorous black ewe lamb!  We had to improvise a lambing ‘jug’ (pen), but they are both doing well.  

We have another ewe about ready to join her  – mostly likely with twins!  I guess while Spring might still be 6 weeks away, new life has started here!

 

Winter weather is here with 17″ of SNOW!

I love the first snow of the year!  So quiet and peaceful; everyone slows down (at least for a little while!).  The whole town seems more like the quaint mountain town we are.  Even with the extra work needed on the farm, I still love the snow!  It is a time to allow ourselves to relax a little – at least after chores!

Thankfully for this storm we had some warning and we were able to get the pigs tucked into super insulated shelters!  The cows and sheep seem to mind less, but (as you will see below), we did move the sheep out from the trees and into an area with more traditional shelter.  We ended up with just shy of 17″ in this first storm with more due this week.  I hope you love the snap shots of the farm in winter!  

Hauling water out to the pigs and sheep!

Pig Train coming out of their straw insulated Pig-loo.

Checking out the fresh water, wondering where breakfast is!

Tabor – our little boar from Loreen Milbrath at East Island Farms!  He’s such a poser!!

These large trees also help shelter the pig lot – allowing an easy place for them to feed. 

Pharaah the farm dog having fun in the snow!

Love Machine and Panama are not so sure about all this stuff!

The Cattle enjoying their Organic Cabbage scraps from Oregon Brineworks!  Check this company out if you need amazing fermented foods or the best hot sauce around!

Poco helping lead the sheep to more sheltered pastures!

MORE fun for Pharaah!

Morning light!

Pig Swap!

We had so much fun meeting a fellow Kunekune breeder from Vashon Island Washington!  Loreen and I connected through the wonderful world of Facebook.  We each had a hankering for some new pigs and thankfully we were able to make a 2 for 2 trade!  So much fun!  So we each loaded up our pigs and met to do a swap!  The new kids are settling in well and after a short quarantine period are in with the females and our remaining 2016 piglets. Still looking to sell 2 more Ru x Jenny Boars! If you are interested, let me know!

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Loading up on our end  – Reginald and Josephine – off to live on Vashon Island.  One of the many benefits of smaller pigs – two 7 month piglets fit in a XL dog crate in the back of a Honda Fit!

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Introducing: Tabor – He is a super sweet and lovely deep ginger Boris (x Rebecca Gina) Boar.  We are so excited to see how he continues to grow and potential add genetic diversity to our herd.  Thank you Loreen for trusting us with this guy.

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Introducing: Ireland – a lovely compact, chestnut colored Rebecca Gina (x Boris) gilt.  At 3 months old she is just beautiful.  I think she will continue to develop well.  I was saddened a couple years ago when I sold a piglet that was very similar to her.  Now I have that piglet back in spades.  Ireland is a tough, sweet, gorgeous piglet!  While she does not have wattles – her confirmation is very nice and her color is to dye (pun intended) for! Thank you again Loreen for allowing us to add her to our program.

Rain, Rain, Rain

We are closing in on the end of a very wet October.  October in the Columbia River Gorge is usually a beautiful time to be here.  We have amazing fall colors and crisp fall mornings that warm into mild, clear days. The green starts to come back with cooler weather and intermittent showers, waterfalls come on strong and our surrounding mountains (Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams) are blanketed in new snow.  This year we have had lovely colors, new snow, and the waterfalls are huge because of all the rainfall.  While we are pleased with the filling of waterways, aquifers and snow – the mud season on a farm is always a little hard!img_0560

Finding surprise low snow in the foothills when going hiking!

 

img_0656 img_0684When October gives you rain – go mushroom hunting!  Wild mushroom risotto on top, NOT made with the inedible coral mushroom below!

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While not exactly our view of Mt. Adams, this is what we would normally experience for fall.  This picture was taken at a wonderful Alpaca farm about 40 minutes from us!  Check them out online: www.meadowrockalpacas.com