So, the State of the Homestead.
No one is buying cattle. I had a few interested, but bulked when they saw how small this breed is. With none of my Kerrys standing over four feet tall, and most people use to seeing huge beef cows. . . Well... Unfortunately this means we will have to butcher. I was really hoping to find my milkers a new home. I can understand people not buying though, hay prices aren't as high as last year, but still up there. And it hasn't been under 105F since June.
Speaking of heat. We lost BobDole. Between the extreme temps and the ladies coming into heat, the combo was too much for him. RIP BobDole, we had some good times.
My garden may be done, but good neighbor's hybrid tomatoes seem to have made it. He has brought me a little over 80 lbs of tomatoes. They are small, or blemished, or what have you. Restaurants don't want to buy them becuase of their imperfections, so he gives them to me. In which I am super grateful for. 40 lbs has cost me a pint of ketchup. He says his heritage tomatoes did nothing, just like mine.
Speaking of tomatoes, Bob from Athens informed me that people are telling you all to go out in this 100F + heat and hand pollinate your tomatoes. Don't waste your time. I like to assume you have read a least part of my blog. Once the temps get over 95F, tomatoes will not set fruit. Actually it is something like 89F, but there are hybrids that will fruit at higher temps. You will get flowers all day long, but don't waste your time trying to get them to fruit with anything but a white sheet thrown over the top. See I take a bit of time off and people start telling you silly things. Sheesh. Wry grin.
Pneumonia took out most of my rabbits. I had separated the lone sneezer and went ahead and gave preventative medication to the remainder, knowing that once it starts it spreads quickly. Super upset about that.
It seems bad luck has been haunting the Neophyte Homestead. However I have several huge announcements coming soon. It will be a new chapter in our lives, a new beginning if you will.
Hope your homesteads are fairing well.