Wednesday, March 19, 2014

And She's Back




Spring...It's out there.
 
 
 
 
Hey there. Please excuse all the dead air time. A funny thing happened on the way to the organic farm...we got sick.

Indeed it is a rarity and usually comes right after we've bragged about how we rarely get sick, and this time was no different. After a very long and arduous winter we were commenting about how at least neither of us got sick during all those below zero days, all the snow storms, all the wind storms etc...

Oops. Should've kept our traps shut. Flu hit us both and now 10 days later we are finally getting back to normal, up and running, er shuffling in stupid pink slippers, again. Me, not Keith. He's not a slipper guy.

Officially then tomorrow, winter is over. Happy happy day. Our losses were the worst in our 19 history here on South Pork Ranch. Due to the horrific weather we lost 3 large steer, 1 newborn calf, two full Red Wattle newborn litters, a few chickens and one adorable donkey.

What that means in the long term is about 2000 less pounds of beef and approximately 3200 less pounds of pork to sell. Financially, that means lost revenue of around $10,000 for the beef and $24,000 for the pork bringing us to a grand total loss of $34,000.

WOW. Really regretting that I took the time to figure that out.

So what do a couple of respectable organic farmers do? Well we certainly trashed ourselves about ways we could've saved those animals. Maybe. It's easy to think one can control all variables in farming but truth is we did not order the weather and we really did our best. Then we went back to what we do well; we took action.

Two weeks ago we travelled north to buy 10 new calves and 2 new Red Wattle sows. Another $3000 in one long day. Oh well easy go, easy go. Then we took a hard look at our breeding program for the pigs and you can bet there will be no PLANNED litters born next winter (if we're still here but probably not.)

Finally though spring and hope and new growth and all that jazz is here. The weather is warming, snows have melted and the sun shines more. Animals are frisky, chickens are in the yard and some days we are doing chores in jackets with NO HATS!

Soon we will be moving 100 miles an hour towards our life on the new farm while making this farm as strong and viable as it can be for its new owners planning to take possession next fall. Stay tuned and watch us go!

10 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry to hear about all of those losses, when it rains, it certainly does.....suck! We haven't been in the homesteading/livestock business very long, but this has also been our worst year....and kidding season isn't even over yet. The weather this winter was too horrible, too long, and too draining.
    Keep your eye on The Poor Farm Prize!

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    1. Today dear Carolyn my eye is on SOAP MAKING. Patchouli essense everywhere.

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  2. Sending you respect and encouragement. Lets hope that the winter from hell isnt followed by the summer from hell we just had.

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    1. Thanks for that Lynda. Actually looking forward to a bit of hellish summer!

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  3. Glad to hear that you're on the mend, Mrs. Farmwife. I was starting to worry about your silence:)) We only have a hamster and a few chickens to keep alive on our quiet farm these days and I can't say that I'm too sad about it.

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    1. I can dig that Crazy. As we move towards getting off this crazy farm of our own our livestock numbers must first increase but oh how we look forward to our new Poor Farm with just a handful of beasts.

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  4. When you look at the figures like that, it adds a whole new dimension to Winter's ravage. Our Spring started quite a while ago, but I shall celebrate it officially on the 21st (it always used to be the 21st, and I'm too stubborn to change). I've even been seen outdoors in shorts (remember those?).

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    1. Ah my loyal Cro...thanks for commenting again. Shorts eh? Not my best look but when it gets hot here my sense of style matters not. I dress for comfort even though it does send a few customers way screaming with their eyes covered.

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