Not expected until May… The vet just wasn’t on top of his game. Imagine our surprise when we found a Galloway calf in the barn this morning, hiding behind the frost-free stock tank. The really strange part was her mom was on the other side of the corral panel fence, bellowing her heart out to get the calf’s attention and to express her distress. Of course, we reunited them. She nursed immediately (hooray!!!!) and we ushered them into private quarters. Mom is extremely protective — almost charging caregivers. But she’s calming down now, and baby is sleeping off her milk stupor, while the miracle of colostrum builds her little immune system. What a joyous experience!
So… I just came across these videos of our own cattle, after attending a grazing conference and dreaming of the days to come. The winter on hay is a struggle for us all, but the grazing is what our cattle live for.
This is “Fran” a British White cross cow. Turn your volume up and you will be amazed with the grass-ripping action. Watch the tongue, grabbing the grass and cutting if on the bottom teeth. Cattle don’t have upper front teeth — just a solid pad.
Now we have a yearling grazing white clover, a low-growing protein-rich legume that has spread out and filled in after the last graze-through. The sound is probably static from the wind. We have lots of it here in South Hero.
Yes, there’s enough forage for all! Two yearlings going at it. No wonder they grow so fast!
free range chickens working hard to produce your farm-fresh eggs
The chicken tractor just rolled in, loaded with laying hens. These are happy birds, enjoying our South Hero fresh air and sunshine, free ranging for food, and supplementing with organic grain. Eggs are available as an add-on to your beef order or all by themselves
. We are charging $4.50 per dozen for these mixed-size eggs. The trusting hens are guarded by an electric fence and several roosters.
A bale of their own
life is good!
We have the Galloways segregated from the pre-existing herd of Angus/Devon and British White. The Galloways are reported to eat less than other cattle in the winter, due to their heavy winter coats. Indeed, they were bedded in the snow in Ontario, before they made the trek south. Here, they enjoy hay bedding outdoors (some of our lower-quality bales) and higher quality hay in the bale ring. They have a space in the hoop barn where they can seek shelter when the weather gets bad, but they love the outdoors in most kinds of weather. We are enjoying observing how the Galloways are different from our other cattle.
Galloways feeling at home in a snow flurry
We are working on our genetics! Bringing in registered Galloway cattle will move us towards our goals of producing a market animal in 18 months and a consistent product. Galloways grow a double winter coat and need less feed to make it through the freezing months. Plus they are so cute. We look forward to next spring when they will be grazing alongside West Shore Road, and you can watch them interact. You can read more
about the Galloway breed at the American Galloway Breeders website.
We’re still grazing strong!!! But we need help with the vegetables. Incredible infrastructure available for lease to an organic producer on our 180-acre conserved, certified-organic farm in South Hero, VT. One to five acres may be leased for vegetable or crop production which includes a high tunnel (with a frost-free hydrant), a farm stand with refrigerator and customer parking, an office, a walk-in cooler, a barn and sheds for equipment and tool storage. Potential business assets include a CSA customer list and access to local farmers’ markets. If your vision of farming includes livestock, this is definitely a possibility. Interested parties should contact Joan Falcao at 802-378-5246 for additional information. We would love to give you a tour of the farm and hear if this opportunity would be a good fit for you. We will be asking for a business description, a resume of relevant experience and letters of recommendation.
Our Winter Markets begin NOVEMBER 5th and continue every other Saturday (November 19, December 3) through December 17th!! You can find us in the lower level of the Congregational Church on South Street in South Hero, 10 till 2 pm! Other farmers, artisans and crafters will be selling as well — along with prepared food vendors. So come on by and visit! Get out of the cold and get going on your holiday gifts. If you need beef for slow cooking, check out our sales and select from our regular offerings as well. Does rib eye ever go out of season?
See you there!
We’ll be selling the beef. Don’t miss this chance to stock your freezer with 100% grass fed beef at 20% off on brisket, short ribs and London Broil.
100% grass fed. By using special breeds of beef cattle and intensive grazing practices, we finish our cattle with nice marbling on grass alone! And we are very proud of this accomplishment. Now is the time of year that customers start to make plans for the winter. The farmers’ markets are winding down, and it will be more difficult to buy a couple of our cuts each week. Why not choose one of our packages for your freezer? If you get together with a few friends, you might be able to buy a whole animal, at our most economical price. You will be able to fill out a cut sheet! YOU will decide how thick the steaks are, how heavy the roasts are, bone-in or not, whether you want porterhouse steaks or a combination of tenderloin and strip steaks. This is your opportunity to get a standing rib roast, or simply opt for a couple dozen thick rib-eye steaks. Do you want stew meat and roasts or lots of ground beef? You will get the hard-to-find specialty cuts that are not sold at most supermarkets — hanger, skirt, tri-tip, flat iron filet. If you reserve now, we can be flexible with timing and choices!