The butcher workshop is going to be postponed due to the 63F degrees we will be having Monday. Much too warm to butcher. I will email and text those that were coming out with the new date asap.
Husband and I drove almost an hour yesterday to pick up our hay.
Now that' a bit scary. good thing Ma ain't on top with a rocking chair.
And that my friend is it. That is all the hay we have. Apparently $9 a bale is a good deal, I thought I was going to pass out when I heard that. We paid $5 for these, normally we would pay $2.50. Grain is actually cheaper. I went yesterday and bought enough grain to supplement the hay. I have never grained them before, only given them cookies during milking. Hopefully this doesn't mess up their training, but I have no other choice. Large round bales of prairie hay are going for almost $200 a bale now. This is ridiculous. 1 cow use to pay for a year's worth of feed, now it buys 2 weeks worth.
Sorry, I am gritching.
As winter gets worse, this might be the end of the homestead livestock. Not sure what else I can sacrifice to feed the cattle. Christmas isn't a big deal, as we spend very little and trying to spend even less. Luckily the boys are old enough to understand that we can't purchase much for them, most everything will be handmade out of used materials that are here on the stead. There will be some lessons learned this Christmas. Husband was able to barter for something cool for Large, he is always on the look out for things like that. So it isn't going to be all bad. Someone gave me some gift certificates, and I will use those for the boys as well. Bugger. . . this doesn't matter, I didn't mean to go off in another direction. Sometimes worries get in the way.
I am starting to wonder if trying to hold on to them is worth it. Even if it rains in the spring, and our breeders will be worth even more than this year, I still won't be able to recoup this year's losses. All our winter feed money for the next 3 years has gone to feed them through the summer and this fall. ugh! ok I guess I need to stop. Happy thoughts?
Happy. . . thoughts. . . happy. . . thoughts. . . ummmm. . .
I got nothing.
Oh wait! As you can see in the above pics, I have a running and legal truck again! It's been almost 2 years since I had it, but there ya go.
Husband is almost done with his project, so I will be sharing that with you soon. Noodle making begins in a couple days, as does pie's and other storage foods.
Bacon Soap. I plan on making bacon flavored soap. Bacon makes everything better.