September has come and gone in the blink of an eye, and it was a very busy month at ESF. You may have notice an absence of blog posts the past several weeks and that was due to my wife giving birth to twins on Sept 30th. I'm pleased to say that momma and babies are all doing well and are nestled in at home resting. And I am not going to lie, I am one proud papa! Meet Mason Samuel & Lawson Kennedy.
So back to the farm: At the end of September I renovated one of our hay fields. Byron Seeds, LLC partnered with us to renovate this hay field as well as one of the pastures (which will be done in the spring). This hay field was interseeded with two different fescues (10 lbs/acre) and orchardgrass and red clover (5 lbs/acre).
We used a 7' Great Plains drill from Southern States. Now we just have to wait and see how well the stand establishes...
We also made our first significant equipment purchase this past month. We bought a Woods 15' B180XW batwing mower from Central Equipment in Lexington. This will allow us, along with our spraying schedule, to better manager our pastures for weeds as well as keep the farm looking good. I am anxious to get out and do some mowing.
Greg has also been busy hauling some hay. Glen Aiken (USDA) had some two year old hay that was stored inside that he needed gone to make room for this years hay. So Greg has been hauling it from the UK Woodford County farm up to Eden Shale. I would like to thank Glen for his continued support and help to make Eden Shale Farm & Learning Center a success.
I will leave you with a few ESF sunrise pictures. A neighbor once told me, "You can't work all day if you don't start early".
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.