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Posted 6/5/2011 7:30pm by Roberta & Bill Browning.

Ever hear that expression? When you need to "put up" feed for 100+ animals for the winter and early spring, the meaning becomes all too clear.  Luckily it's been a good haymaking weather this week.

For dry hay, 3 sunny drying days are needed (in a row).  The first cutting is usually in May-June (weather dependent).  The goal is to cut the hay at optimal quality.   Too early and there's not enough fiber, too late and the nutritional value decreases by the day. When there's a good forecast, plans are made to cut, tedder, rake and bale the hay.  We also make wrapped hay, which needs to be between 40-60% moisture when baled and wrapped. In a pinch, if the weather forecast is wrong, if there's one good drying day wrapped bales can be made.

I've uploaded some photos of haying and "round baling".  The round bales are 4 feet wide, 5 feet in diameter, and weigh approximately 1000 pounds each. 

 

Posted 6/2/2011 6:33am by Roberta & Bill Browning.

We've (finally) had some warm and sunny days and everything is starting to grow on the farm now.  Lambs are being born, 6 so far, and 5 are red.  The GOS pigs are getting big, and quite rambunctious. The girls in the northeast pasture have moved into the east pasture to help those cows keep up with the grass. Calves are also being born in the south pasture, with 4 so far this spring.  Chloe is back with Adele, Lady, Irene and Cloudy, and all are happy about that.    Chloe is a wonderful Dexter cow who lets any calf nurse, so we have to keep an eye on her and make sure she's only feeding her calf.   Two years ago we had to put her in with the sheep to keep her from being drawn down too much by other calves.  Before we knew it, she was letting lambs nurse!

 

 

Bacon, Breakfast Sausage & Kielbasa back in stock!March 30th, 2018

Browning Homestead Farm    Yes, we have our Bacon, Breakfast Sausage and Kielbasa Dogs back in stock!Easter Lamb   After all pre-orders and late orders are filled, we have two

Lamb is ready, pick up starts tomorrow!March 23rd, 2018

Lamb is ready!  We just finished unpacking and inventorying our lamb in time to start pick up of orders tomorrow.  (I'm sorry this is later than usual, those nor'easters interfered

Lamb Roasts for EasterMarch 10th, 2018

Easter is April 1st LAMB We are finalizing orders for our Easter Lamb  (the pic is a half leg, boneless).  If you would like a roast cut please order by Wednesday, March 14th. Leg

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