Mike Musialowski wrote:Thanks all! My instinct based on your replies is to not risk it. Someday I may try a part of the land that's isolated from the rest. Purlsane is just too risky.
David Singer wrote:I have poorly controlled seizure disorder. I have generalized partial complex epilepsy which not only includes tonic colonic (grand-mal/fits/convulsions) I also have absence (petit mal) seizures and moments of either an altered sense of reality or an uncommonly enhanced perceptions of the truths of reality (joke).
While the tonic colonic are controlled via medications, I still get my 'moments' which can last 1 second to a minute. Most often its only a second or two, but the states appear to have no wiggle room for a driver who might lapse for a second or two.
So I am left with either getting married to someone who can drive (seriously not a good reason for marriage) or I have to come up with a novel way to get to and from town from my 'remote base of operations' or homestead.
Our current society has developed the means for a person to be remote and still connect to the internet and order things online - I just got a few items from Wal-Mart last month, and was surprised to have the UPS guy at my door with a rake, shovel and 50' long garden hose. I have yet to try it with groceries.
While its now possible to actually live a distance away from a town, the idea of being stranded there isn't a happy one. So I'm thinking I might get myself a horse or two and live within riding distance of a town/small city.
Liz Hoxie wrote:Would anybody on here like a breeding pair of geese? I was told they were an Italian breed, but I don't know. I DO know that they are gray, and gentle. I have their parents, and these just hatched last year. They haven't been vent sexed, but I have seen them breed.
I need to find homes for them soon, as the girls will destroy each others nests if they're too close together. We don't have the space. They live with the goats year round, and eat hay in the winter, graze in the summer. PM me for more information.
Jay Berryman wrote:I am moving to land with 4 cows feeding on Bermuda grass(and supplemental hay and feed). I am going to switch to rotational grazing and hope to come close to the increase in fertility and pasture that Salatin has. I want to get more pasture growing and get rid of the Bermuda. How hard will this be? The cows really over grazed and hurt the grass. The whole land is irrigated and sprinklers going. Can true pasture out compete Bermuda eventually or will it need to be removed? I don't mind the Bermuda I just think there is better grasses for cows. How should I attack this?
Cori Warner wrote:Howdy, y'all. Brand new here, and happy to find an Oklahoma forum. I currently live in Norman, but we just bought 2 acres of unplatted land near Tuttle. There is another 2 acres sitting right next to it that I hope to be able to purchase or at least lease in the next few years. This is raw land, with a hill towards the west, and a dry creek on the northern boundary. No serious erosion problems, but there is some. The main problem is the absolute invasion of Eastern Red Cedar. It's going to take a bit of work to clear it, and I fully intend to use heavy equipment to do it. Some good black jack oaks, a few post oaks and a bunch of scrub along the creek. I'd like to replant that with trees and plants that actually belong in the Crosstimbers. The rest of it will be for farming and chickens. I'd love to have a cow, but the acreage won't support it. We are a ways from anything yet, we have to start by building the house! I am enrollled in the PDC course and hope to have a detailed plan by the time we move out there, hopefully before the end of the year.
Ron Metz wrote:Hi Gail. Thanks for the input. There are several stunted mesquite trees in the pasture. I have left them hoping after I install swales, they will have more moisture to grow on. I also thought about planting some honey locust. I also keep bees and the flowers should help them get started in the spring. Bees are quite the challenge in a windy dry area. Eventually the seed pods of the honey locust will be good feed for the pigs and the trees will provide some shade. I do plan on keeping the native grass and overseeding other forage plants i.e. Winter wheat, peas, sunchoke, yellow clover and mangel to name a few.
Ron Metz wrote:I've read a few things on the internet about folks using donkeys to guard pigs. I get the idea for best results the donkeys should be raised with pigs. Apparently the donkeys response to predators is more of a territorial thing and a common hatred for all members of the canine family. It also appears one donkey can't handle a pack of coyotes but several donkeys can. I've seen pictures where they stomp or kick the coyotes to death or actually bite and shake them like a rag doll until dead. I guess the only real way to find out is get a couple when I get the pigs and see how it works. Having a grazing animal with the pigs seems like it would be less work than livestock guard dogs.
Anne Miller wrote:You might consider growing it in a container. Mine were the kind with the larger bloom, so maybe a hybrid?? I kept them indoors over the winter one year which worked for me. I didn't have a problem with their seed spreading. Rabbits love them so I lost mine. I had hanging baskets, unfortunately I set them on the ground so the seeds could get sun and rabbits got the babies.
Ron Metz wrote:The native pasture has been overgrazed and poorly managed for 70 years and is grown up in catclaw mimosa and yucca. Grasses present are prairie grasses like blue grama, buffalo grass, bluestem and western wheatgrass.
The one big limiting factor in this area of Texas is rainfall. We average only about 19 inches per year. Most of the time it is not evenly spread out. This year, we went from January until end of June with practically no rain, then got nearly 6 inches over ten days. Growing crops in this area is a huge challenge which is why farmers rely heavily on irrigation pivots.