Farm Happenings

Jay has always said, “I’m a dairyman, not a farmer” – and that really is true. He would be most content caring for the ladies of the farm 24/7. So, for a winter present to Jay and to our new exchange student (Cin from Thailand), with the help of my mom (Jan) and my employer (Boise Cascade), I purchased a log truck load of firewood. This may seem like a funny gift, but come spend a winter evening with us and you will understand how comfortable a warm house is this winter!

Three years' worth of firewood!
Three years’ worth of firewood!

This summer, Jay judged several shows: Silvana, Grant County, and Western Idaho Fair (Boise). He enjoyed being back in the ring, especially working with the youth:

Photo by Liz Holtcamp

To start off the fall festivities, we worked with and attended the Hands Across Nations Benefit in Chewelah. Their program is called “Learning to Read to Read the Bible” – teaching the people of Uganda how to read and teaching many to be teachers so they can continue to educate their own, now that the war is over. You can read more about them on their website: Hands Across Nations

All of the meal selections were wonderful, but most unique was the Onyewah (I’m sure I spelled that wrong… pronounced “ohn-yay-wah”) a peanut sauce with onion, red pepper, and other goodies, served over rice or sweet potatoes.


Proud Rose celebrated her 13th birthday in May. She is keeping us in milk until her daughter calves in November.


Rosebud turned 11 in June. She is due around November 10th to A NINE TOP BRASS!


We introduced Prancing Rose (Prancer) back into the herd once she was well-weaned off milk. Mom and full-sister have finally bonded with her, and they are frequently found licking each other. A couple morning’s ago, I woke up to the three standing right next to each other: Rosebud licking Rose, and Rose licking Prancer. So sweet!

We were so tempted to take Prancer to a show somewhere to see how she compares…because we think she’s quite nice!!


The fields have been super dry, no mentionable rain for months (which is unusual), so we fenced out a large area for the sheep to fertilize. They will eat it down shorter than we want, but hopefully the fertilizer effect will make up for it next year!

We were blessed with several loads of hay to purchase – 100% alfalfa as the main diet for the milk cows; alfalfa x orchard grass for the sheep; barley hay as a supplement; and a little oat hay for everyone to enjoy.

DSC05482Next up on the agenda:

  • Enjoying the last of the vegetables from the garden;
  • finishing processing of pears into pear butter and pear cider;
  • picking 15 apple trees (whine!); and
  • turning on the light in the chicken coop so that our new hens will continue to lay eggs through the winter. We got 5 Araucona eggs yesterday, so our 9 new hens are starting to lay!

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