This summer has seen no shortage of rainfall at ESF. Even when the weather man calls for a 20% chance of spotty showers, we still get a quarter of an inch. According to the Kentucky Mesonet Site (that is located on our farm) we had 6 inches of rain in June and we currently have almost 4 inches for July.
The first cutting is all in the barn. We ended up with 308 bales (including 35 wrapped bales of wheat hay). This year all of the hay did get baled without getting rained on, however about a third of the bales did get wet before they made it to the barn. All and all, I can't complain.
Having two tractors really helped out during the busy hay season. We kept them both utilized and it allowed us to get the crop harvested faster than before.
After all the hay was in the barn, we worked the calves giving them their first round of shots, dewormed, and the steers were dewormed and implanted. Our twin calf, Clooney, wasn't sure what all the commotion in the chute was about until it was his turn to get castrated.
This is him in the scale box before getting to the chute.
After collecting a weight it was on to the chute for vaccinations, deworming, castration, and an implant. I will have to say, he too it like a champ.
As always, a big Thank You to Ron Shrout for running the chute and tailing the calves while I cut them.
In all we worked 77 calves that day and everything went smooth and as planned. The cows and calves are now back in the pasture enjoying the green grass that this summer has blessed us with. I hope it continues...
Hello, my name is Dan Miller and I work for the Kentucky Beef Network. KBN took over operation of the Eden Shale Farm in April of 2013. We are using the 961 acre farm as a demonstration and learning center for beef cattle producers. This blog serves as a place to document daily farm activity and host discussions about the demonstrations being implemented. I hope you find this information useful and that you come visit us at Eden Shale Farm.