Friday, September 23, 2016

FOR STUD: A2/A2 Jersey Dairy Bull

We are offering our very nice naturally polled Jersey bull for sale or stud.

He is from Shepherd's Hill Farm's closed milking herd of Jerseys from registered lines.  Almost all of their cows are A2/A2 and excellent milkers.  Barbacoa is a great bull; calm, medium sized, well built, polled, and a great example of a Jersey.
I have A2/A2 test results in hand, and will be happy to email them upon request.

Stud fee will be $50 per cow, if she does not need to stay overnight or be milked by me.  If she stays overnight or needs milking/ other special care, we will discuss further terms.

Contact me at 352-745-3576 by call or text for more info, or send me an email at

This is one of his calves; our beautiful heifer, Bayberry.  She is polled and A2/A2, from our horned, A1/A2 cow, Blossom.  (Blossom is horned, but carries a recessive polled gene.)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CEA Test Results for Duncan & Cleone

In breeding Border collies, my first goal is to produce quality puppies, rather than quantity.  Thus I chose my two dogs from reputable breeders who breed healthy working dogs.  To make entirely sure though that Cleone and Duncan are free from the dreaded collie eye anomaly, I sent in blood samples last week to a lab in Tallahassee.
Today I got the test results and they are both normal, non-carriers!
To view results, click here.

Friday, August 5, 2016

VIDEO: Border Collie in Action! (Cleone herding Barbacoa the Jersey bull).

Have you ever tried to herd a 16 m/o dairy bull?  It can be interesting, even when he is comparatively mellow, like Barbacoa.  Any bull that is sexually mature is potentially dangerous, and the closer they get to 18 months or two years, the more dangerous they are.
Now, if you have to somehow move that beast from one pasture, past a 5 month old heifer, through the yard, into another pasture, what is the easiest way to do it?
You call a high drive Border collie!

Yesterday I tattooed our bull for permanent ID before we sell him, and had to get him into the milking stanchion.  While we didn't get the dragging him into the stanchion adventure on video, my 10 year old brother, Justice, did get some neat footage of Cleone moving him.  As you can see in the video, she is no expert, but that is my fault, not hers.  I simply don't know how to train a herding dog to the high level of skill that many reach, so while she is a great helper for me around the farm, she would never win any trials.  But she loves to work cows, so for moving the cows from one pasture to the other, or taking them to my brother's house 1/3 mile away, she is great.
Enjoy the video!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

FOR SALE! AJCA Jersey Heifer Feldman Family Pansy

Feldman Family Pansy

Pansy is a beautiful heifer with a great temperament.  She is well built, and in perfect condition.  She has been very healthy her entire life, and has been kept on a good regimen of milk, free choice kelp based minerals, grass, and alfalfa hay.  We do not practice feeding grain to our cows, as we feel that grass is their natural food, and the milk is much healthier if they are fed exclusively grass.
Pansy is used to having her udder handled quite a bit, and allows me to "milk" her without much fuss at all, if any.  She also picks up her feet, and leads okay.  (I am working on improving her leading training, and also teaching her to tether.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fenella Yearling Pictures

As of May 2nd, Fenella is now officially a yearling!
She is a very pretty little horse with a great temperament.  Spirited, yet very friendly and easy to train, she will make a great horse someday.  Recently my brother has been doing a lot of shooting in the back pasture, and she has become quite desensitized to the sound of firearms- to the point that she either ignores his invasion of her pasture, or comes over to fellowship with him and observe his target practice.  This has been encouraging to me, since I have considered training her for mounted shooting, or at least laying the groundwork for someone else to do so.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Introducing Dandie Duncan

I have news:  We now have a Border Collie stud!

Dandie Duncan, a beautiful black and white ABCA registered Border Collie, will be coming to our farm in July.

Sired by Gage, out of Sunday, both owned by Dawn Boyce, an excellent breeder in northern Georgia.

I had pick of the litter among the males, and can hardly wait to pick him up.
Duncan in center.
I'm looking forward to when he and Cleone can play together, and of course, to the time when they have puppies.  He is from great herding lines, and I expect him to be beautiful, hardworking, and most importantly, have a great personality.

How to Cure Infections Naturally (Without Synthetic Antibiotics)

     Pretty much everyone will have to deal with an infection of some sort at some point in their life.  This is especially true if you live on a farm, for you will not only have to watch over yourself and your family, but your animals will also claim your attention.  We have had our fair share of infections, and while prevention is always better than cure, we have found an herbal cure that works almost every time.  In fact, we have not had to apply a topical antibiotic for about eight years now, and rarely have we used an internal antibiotic.

     This is because we use an herb called Goldenseal.  Goldenseal is an herb in the buttercup family which has been used for centuries, especially by the American Indians.  It is an effective help or cure for a wide variety of disorders ranging from the common cold to mouthsores; stomach problems to bad cuts/ scrapes.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Handmade Goat Stand for Sale!

I just finished building another goat milking stand, and now it is for sale!
This one was particularly fun because I stained the wood a beautiful Provincial brown, and then varnished it, making for a stanchion that is very pretty (at least, to me!) as well as sturdy and functional.

Price:  $150

Friday, April 15, 2016

Announcing: Chicken Scraps Newsletter!

For some time now, I have toyed with the idea of creating a farm newsletter.  A friend sends one out every week, and I am always inspired by reading it, even though much of it is filled with everyday details of life on the farm.  A recipe here and there; a reference to a new project you can see on their website; how many chicks their heritage breed turkeys hatched this spring; the number of meat chickens they have for sale, and expected butchering dates; all these combine with her funny stories, and diary of what they did every day of the last week to make a fun, and instructive newsletter.
Finally, I decided to take the plunge and try writing my own.  After blogging for several years now, it shouldn’t be too hard.  Mine will be different, and I plan to send it out once a month instead of weekly, but I expect this to be a fun way to keep up with my readers.  Keep an eye out too for coupons to my online store that will be exclusively available through this newsletter!

To subscribe, simply use the popup window, or the embedded signup form on the right hand side of this blog.

I’m looking forward to this new journey in journaling!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Our A2/A2 Bull

Over the last few years, I have been hearing more and more about A2/A2 cattle, and the health benefits of the milk, but I always kind of passed it over as rather silly; I mean, seriously, how can a genetic difference in the cow make a difference in how healthy the milk is?  I also did not like that the company who tests cattle for this gene was also the one doing the research.  But then recently, some friends who run an excellent natural farm in Lake City have started talking about it.  Apparently, a customer interested in buying a heifer asked if any of their cows were A2/A2, and when they tested, they discovered that 5 out of 6 of their cows were.
Now, the interesting thing about this, is that quite a few people who have reactions to cow's milk, even raw cow's milk, have told them that they can drink milk from their cows with no problems.  I always assumed that this was because of the high level of cleanliness, and the good quality grass/ minerals they feed their herd, but after doing some research, I am realizing there is a lot more to this than I had thought.  Some other testimonies I have recently read seem to confirm that A2/A2 milk is indeed easier to digest and better for you.
The most convincing testimony to me was Megan Steven's article on the website Food Renegade, in which she describes her personal experience with A2 vs. A1 milk.  After reading this, I began really wanting to test our cows.  Frankly, now I only want to have A2 milk cows, if possible.  And this leads to my news:
Our bull is A2/A2!

He is a really nice little bull.  At just a year old, he is a good size, and well built.  He has good Jersey conformation, is not too big (his sire was a medium/ mini Jersey), and he's polled.  He is from a very good milking herd, and now, I know that he is A2/A2.  Sadly, we will need to sell him soon as we simply don't have enough grass for all our animals.  (I just want to make sure Blossom and Buttercup are bred first!)
I am really looking forward to getting some nice calves from him, especially once I get Blossom and Buttercup tested, and we know what kind of genes to expect in the calves.
I can hardly wait!