Our local news is doing a decent job letting people know about how bad things are for the farming community right now. It is a pleasant change. Now I don't have to go out of my way to find out what's going on, but you know I will.
One of Husband's clients asked after our lambs the other day. He bought one last year. This year he has offered to purchase all the lambs.Of course he now gets price cut because a) returning customer b) buying all the lambs c) if I ain't selling them I am eating them.
I will not be making any money on this deal. It merely saves me the energy and hay costs. I am however keeping one of the lambs for ourselves. I am also thinning out a couple of the ewes. They were so neglected that they just never seem to be healthy, and their lambs suffer because of it. I did try my best with them, but I fear it came too late.
The deal with the client is he will pay for them now, we separate them out, and he buys the grains he wants to fattening them up on, and we feed them until they are the weight he wants them to be. I am also hoping to get the skins back, so yet another price cut if he goes for it.
As for the cattle. We have made our decision and it is a hard one.
And we have legitimate reasons why we have chosen these 4. It was so difficult as only X was slated for butcher the moment he was born. This will leave us with 4 cows, 1 bull and several calves. We should be able to feed them through the winter.
My hens have stopped laying for the past several weeks. And I am not sure why. I have cleaned the coop, sanitized their feed and water buckets, checked for mites and dusted just in case, I have even changed their feed. Still nothing. The only thing different for them is that we removed the roosters. This shouldn't have stopped the egg production, but nothing else makes sense. I thought molt was the culprit, but they have long come through that. Snakes can not get into the coop because of how it was built. No sign that anyone is eating the eggs, no shell fragments anywhere. No one is stealing them because they lay in the day and I check the coop every evening, and I am home all the time.