Christopher started a new website. He has several of his products available. We will continue to post pictures of his projects. If you have ideas, please let him know. Check it out at www.kranzman.com!
Last weekend was so beautiful! We got so much done outside on Sunday. There is always so much to do around here. We raked and put up some new catch pen fencing where the cows come in to the barn. It looks so much neater around the barn. On Sunday I heard the frogs for the first time. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes also came out. The cows were covered in them when they came in for the evening milking. I was a little sad to see that the temperatures were dropping this week, but maybe that'll knock down the bugs a little longer. We have radishes, spinach and lettuce rapidly growing in our cold frame. In about a week, we should be able to make some scrambled eggs with fresh radishes and spinach. I love it when we can start eating fresh vegetables from the garden.
We now have fresh brown eggs for sale! They are $2.50 per dozen. We will put them in the store and you can pick them up when you pick up your milk. If there are some in the fridge when you come, you can take them.
Well, the snow is almost all melted again. We're happy and the cows are happy. This time of year is pretty hard on the cows. They don't like the drastic changes from frigid to warm and back again. This last dump of snow made me very grateful for the facilities that we have. My husband has built me such great buildings for my cows. They eat their feed inside and they can lay under cover if the weather is cold, rainy or snowy. In bad weather, cows will typically eat less if their feed is out in the weather because they spend their time trying to keep warm. If they eat less, they milk less. Since our cows have shelter over their eating area, they don't lose feed (and milk) when the weather's bad. We also feed our cows fresh feed twice a day and clean out the feed they didn't eat from the previous feeding. The more often you give cows fresh feed, the more they eat. They love fresh feed! We feed the hay they didn't eat to the dry cows and heifers and they eat it right up.