Monday, October 31, 2016

MooSteer goes to camp!

It's a bittersweet day!

Eighteen months ago MooSteer became a part of our farm. He's one of the prettiest steers I've seen with those markings around his eyes. He's gotten into his fair share of trouble, but I've learned that every bovine likes a bit of mischief!

Really?  You think this is going to work??
His funniest "vice" was my right elbow. I'm not sure why it tasted better than everything else, ma perhaps for the short (week) time I bottle fed him it was under that arm?? But whenever I was in the pasture or nearby, he'd have to lick my elbow   goofy steer!
Not going to happen this way either!

He's been loved and spoiled. Hershey never weaned him (we tried at 6 months but she was content with letting him continue. So up until we were ready to load him up today, he was on mama milk!

My friend and fellow farm-her loaned me her trailer and came with us to take him to camp. She's been at this a "minute" more n me.  And is such a great friend to have. She knows the drill and kept me laughing so I wouldn't start bawling.

I've had it said to me SO many can I eat an animal I've raised?  What do you think the life of your hamuerger at the grocery store had?  Most likely not one filled with mama milk and big green pastures.  Not a life with "scritchy-scratches" and garden treats.

He has had a pretty good life for a cow.  Not raised on concrete or in a feed lot. Is it easy?  No.  It's very sobering to be the one that makes a call to put an end to another creatures life.  However, we give them a happier life, knowing that ultimately, he will go to nourish our family.

Good-bye MooSteer!  Thank you and we love you!

By the way, he ended up weighing 1024 pounds 
(about 100 pounds more than most Jersey Bulls/Steers)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ride's here!

Our Farm-her friend loaned us her trailer and we put it in the field to get the cows used to it.
MooSteer's "ride"!

Boy is quite good at the whole trailer pulling thing!  
He drove it back from her farm and pulled it into the field.

Here's the big guy going for a ride in a week!

Looks like he'd be just as content riding in the back of the van!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

The festival was a rousing success!

The day started out VERY windy as all the vendors rolled in to set up!  REALLY windy!

We had 12 vendors all together.  One had pneumonia and two were just no shows :(  But all the feedback I've had is that we had a really nice variety of items.

Unfortunately, everyone on the homestead was so busy that very few pictures were taken.  Man did manage to get a few while we were setting up.

Boy and Pawpa directed traffic and also went out to re-set up the signs that all got knocked over in the wind.  Nana, ReynBFF and I manned the produce, jelly, and bake tables.  Man was large and in charge of the BBQ!  CityMouse was set up across from me with her jewelry.

The wind stopped and it was a beautiful sunny afternoon.

Before it all started (a few days before) I had thought that this would be the last...(TN is not nice at all) but after the day, I think maybe I will just have to figure out new strategies to make it happen!