Spring 2020

I thought it would be an interesting moment to sit and write a little about the farm and life. I am sure everyone is concerned about the pandemic that is Covid-19. This is certainly an unprecedented time in our lifetimes. It is also a time to take stock.

Once again, I remain grateful that I have been able to have the ability to live where I do, raise livestock, and have a garden. These opportunities have enriched our lives and keep us grounded (literally!) in challenging times. Animals need to be fed and cared for regardless of the world around us. Babies are being born – Life continues.

Lupine and her Girl (black)/Boy (White) twins. Born 3/17/20

A few things have changed here on the farm for 2020. We’ve had 5 sheep lamb so far and we are hoping for up to 5 more in the coming weeks. We are thankful to be able to retain some ewe lambs from our old ram Thunder. All the remaining ewes were bred by our new Ram Monroe.

We are expecting two litters of KuneKune Piglets to be born at the end of April! Our sows Nora and Ophelia are both pros and we can’t wait to have some little piglets running around. We were so fortunate to be able to bring some new blood onto the farm by using a boar from our friends at Lonedove KuneKunes.

Indigo – (LDF Ru 3) – sire of this years litters.

We (temporarily) have sold off our fold of Scottish Highland Cattle. We really enjoy having the cattle on the property and they are great for the overall regenerative agriculture push of our farm. They are also a lot more work! We may be bringing some on later this year or we may wait a year. As things go right now, so much is up in the air.

Thinking of adding some livestock to your life? Check out our sales page! Some lovely Romney Ewes, lamb shares/wholes, breeding animals (Babydoll Southdown and KuneKune), and meat pigs. Our lists are forming. Reach out if you would like to be put on the list! dana@balancedearthfarm.com.

In this time of forced slowing, please try to take a breath, choose to be kind, and reach out to those in need. Stay safe!

Babies!

It’s been a busy and weather weird February and beginning of March! At the start of February we had a winters worth of snow fall in 2 days! 3.5 feet fell burying the farm and the animals!

Nora wondering about the sudden change in weather.

Just prior to the worst of the snow – we had a surprise lambing – via c-section! One of our most seasoned ewe’s went into labor and was unable to progress. We took her to our veterinary who was able to perform a successful c-section.

Thumbelina and the first lamb via c-section.

Unfortunately, we did loose one of the twins, but the remaining lamb is thriving! We are supplementing with milk replacer as Thumbelina was not producing enough milk.

Achilles (aka: Lambikins) killin’ another bottle!

The last week of February and first week of March, our sows delivered their litters of piglets! When this was planned at the end of last year – we were thinking the time of year would be more ‘Spring’ like…oops!

The magnificent 8. We did struggle with some piglet loss due to weather, but these 8 vigorous piglets are nursing of two sows!

We will begin the rest of our lambing season in the next two weeks – here’s hoping for some grass to be poking through!

Ready for lambing?

If you are interested in pigs, piglet, and/or lambs – please reach out and get on our lists!

Happenings

We have also had some lovely sunsets – although this has been in part to a fire season that has exploded in the last week. The cloud in the second picture below is a pyrocumulonimbus cloud that was created by a fire and even caused a snow event (pyrosnow) on Mount Adams.

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Our Summer heat has meant early veraison (color change).

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What a crazy summer this has been!  Everyone is growing well and the property is alive with the sounds of the farm.

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The heat here has been tough on everyone!  Kunekune Piglets enjoy using their water bowls as pool!

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