Rick English wrote:I imagine there is a lot of cow whispering necessary to get a 1,500 pound cow to do something she doesn't want to do. Since I don't really have any experience with cows, how do you get them to go where you want them to, when you want them to?
I know all dogs are different, but normally a dog will do what you want if you understand their motivations. One dog is happy to do anything we ask for praise. Another needs to be bribed with food. The third feigns being deaf and blind, so only a gentle touch gets her moving, unless she is in the mood to play follow the leader with one of the other two. Basset hounds...
Renee Lynn wrote:What a lovely farm! I miss Colorado (I grew up in Fort Collins).
Galadriel Freden wrote:Hi Kelly, I really like what you're doing! I had a look at your website too, and it looks great. Please do keep updating; yours is the kind of set up I covet
If you don't mind answering, what proportion of your income comes from your land, e.g. 10%, 25%, etc? If you'd rather not say, that's ok.
Katerina Luniova wrote:awesome post! good luck with what you are doing.
Wyatt Bottorff wrote:Folks surely are interested, just busy I'm sure.
It's amazing, the amount of progress you have ushered in in a few short years! The diversity is beautiful, exactly what any of us could hope for. It will be so exciting for you when all those fruit trees come in. I love the decision to get into raising rabbits especially, many folks are skittish of (culturally) uncommon food sources; I assure you though that they are a common site for many of us here.
In the years you've ran this farm, how have you seen the community change? Both locally and permaculture in general?
Julia Winter wrote:Is that a pregnant hair sheep in the top photo? She's huge!
I'm curious, have you harvested a Kune kune pig, if so how did you find the meat? We have a couple of American Guinea Hogs, which are similar. . .
If you give your pigs access to a wet spot, they might be able to make a pond for you. There's a thread here that documents pigs making a pond in what started out as a gravel pit.
Rebecca Wooldridge wrote:You've got a really inspiring set-up going there, Kelly! Thanks for sharing what you're doing, I've only just now read through it but there is a lot of good stuff going on.
You mentioned raising your rabbits colony-style and I was wondering what your set up is like, and if you would you mind sharing a bit more detail of your rabbit tractors? We're getting ready to build some tractors of our own for next spring and I've been checking out what other people are doing as a starting point for our design. Do you use them solely for growing out litters, or do you keep the rabbits in some sort of tractor on grass all the time? What are you feeding them? I've researched colony raising meat rabbits but so far I haven't come across a lot of examples of it being pulled off. All of your animals seem to be in very good condition so I'm really curious about how you're doing it!
Also, could you tell or show a little more about how you process and package your birds entirely on your own farm? What kind of regulations do you have to meet there to do that, and how have you set up to do that on the small scale?