Monday, December 14, 2009
Wednesday the brunt of the storm hit and again if you called in and got a winter storm message, we apologize but almost all of us were drifted in. Thursday was clean up day. All in all everything made it through just fine.
Filling some of our many bird feeders on Tuesday prior to the storm.
From Thursday after the storm had passed.
Testing a product that will use solar power or AC power to create and keep an opening on a pond for our ducks and fish. Ultimately we'd like to have a pond opening created that will allow livestock all winter access to drink.
Friday, December 4, 2009
Even our ducks and geese enjoy our PortaTrough, not just our sheep and goats!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We plan to use part of the holding pens that are on concrete as a space to feed supplemental grain this winter. We will feed hay to the ewes in the compound east of the existing barn. It is protected on the north and east by the native grass round bales. (We have 50 bales and the sheep will not eat them.) We will also be installing another automatic waterer.
Today we will be hauling ammoniated straw bales from the North Farm to the East Farm for winter feeding. Also we are planning to install multiple rolls of PermaNet 10/48/6 so that pastures can be cross fenced for the winter.
All of this is part of long range plans to pasture and water 400 ewes on that farm (200 this year, 300 the next year and 400 by 2012).
Also this morning we sorted 30 lambs to haul to the Kalona Sale Barn where there is a sheep sale every Wednesday.
The temporary handling system that is being replaced.
Early Morning on the Home Farm.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
We relocated the roost and nest boxes as well as added a new sloping roof to the boxes. We updated the electrical system and revamped the feeder hanging system to allow us to test and evaluate new feeders easier.
Our hens enjoying a sunny late fall day!
Also on the East Farm the outside crew has installed 26 new tile risers and modified or fixed 14 others. This was really time consuming but a task that needed to be done since we purchased this piece of property.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
This week a crew of Premier folks are renovating an old woven wire fence on the east farm (straightening it, stretching it, replacing rotten posts) and adding energized wires to it. They also added an energized wire to an experimental hybrid new fence (half barbed, half smooth high tensile wire).
See photos below.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
This will be a regularly updated place to read about the day to day happenings on Premier's farms.
For background, there are three farms—the home farm, north farm and east farm—on which a total of 300 acres are tillable or grazeable.
Premier (the business) is located on the home farm. The north farm is just up the road and the east farm is 6 miles to the...east.
There are 400 commercial ewes. 120 wool ewes are lambed indoors in March/April and the others (mostly hair sheep) lamb on pasture in May.
We also have a small herd of meat goats, pastured poultry, 2 horses, 2 guard llamas and 7 livestock guardian dogs.
A number of different folks will be writing this diary—including Stan (the founder of Premier), Stephanie Sexton (the marketing manager) and perhaps others along the way.
(below in order) Home farm, north farm and east farm.