And here is Hat Trick today, all grown up.
To add genetic diversity in US Devon cattle a group of breeders (including Walker Century Farms) are working with Mr Hunter. Cashtiller was flushed, the embryos brought to the US, and 7 pregnances came to full term. Of these there are 5 heifers and 2 bulls that will be weaned in May. Three of the heifers and the 2 bull calves will be going to Thistle Hill Farm in Hume Va. The two other heifers will be coming to Walker Century Farms in SC. So come see if British cows sound different. And don't forget you can also see them if you visit us on the 6th Annual Upstate Farm Tour.
Also, check out the website: http://www.traditionaldevon.com/
We are proud to announce that we are scheduled to be on this Farm Tour. It will be on Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3 with farms open from 1-6 pm. Come see the cows, goats, pigs, llamas, bees, and see how we do it. It is a great opportunity to see exactly where your food comes from and help your children learn more about farming (or maybe even yourself). Also, our friends at Timm's Mil, http://www.timmsmill.com/, are on the tour and just down the road from us.
To sign up and for tickets go to, http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/upstatefarmtour.shtml.
Also check out Carolina Farm Stewardship Association web site, http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/.
Well we are still at it on the farm. Right now I am working on getting approved by the SC Dept of Ag so that we can sell our honey in the Market. The bees are doing well, even though the honey flow is just starting we had to start putting honey supers on the hives. So the bees are very buzzy right now. As to the pigs, all of our sows farrowed out and the pigs being pigs are running around eating everything they can. We also got another llama to help protect the other goat herd, her name is Molly. And the cows are enjoying the first of the spring lush on the pastures. And in the Market, the floors are done, the wainscoting is up, and the molding is done (its a good thing too since May 18th is just around the corner).
Well the days are getting longer and its starting to warm up. Today we did one of Doc's favorite things, worked with the cows. With fall calves getting near weening time we had to weigh and tattoo ears (one day I would really like to load them up, go to the nearest tattoo parlor, and just see what they would say).
Here we are unloading. With most breeds being this close is not a good idea. But the Devons tend to be much more docile and easy to work.
Its even safe for kids to be around.
And even though it looks like I'm about to get run over I knew I wouldn't. In fact she snifted the camera as she went by, I'm just glad she didn't lick the lens.