Anne Miller

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We manage a 40 acre wildlife area of the Texas Hill Country in the Edwards Plateau at about 3030 ft above sea level. The region is notable for its karst topography and tall rugged hills of limestone. The terrain throughout the region is punctuated by a thin layer of topsoil and a large number of exposed rocks and boulders, making the region very dry and prone to flash flooding. Native vegetation in the region includes various yucca, prickly pear cactus, native grasses and wildflowers. The predominant trees in the region are Ashe Juniper, Shin Oak and Texas Live Oak. Soil is alkaline consisting of caliche and clay.
USDA Zone 8a
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You have a great idea using that failure to experiment with.  Too bad you will not be able to taste the results.

The advice you have been given is great.

My only failure was when I did not use a weight.  The recipe said to use a cabbage leaf which for me was bad advice.
17 hours ago

 Oak trees - I added a picture of the land.  you can see the tree clusters I am referring to.  I am with the belief that that amount of them is a hinderance to effective pasture rather than an assistance.  Maybe a thinning of them would be an  overall improvement.  I don't want to remove everything if I don't have to.  I like trees. even trees that don't directly supply food for the farm.  I like that having some can be shade too.  I just don't want my general love of trees to be the reason I don't have enough pasture for my livestock.  I actually want to plant as many trees as I can around the border of the property



Being in Zone 8b, those oak trees may be the only trees that will survive without lots of water.  When planting trees keep in mind that you will need to water them.

Also those trees in the pasture will provide your animals a place to get out of the hot sun.  They will thank you for the shade, especially the babies.

I don't know if the animals that you plan to pasture like acorns, though if they do, you have an additional food source.
18 hours ago
Surendra, welcome to permies

Here is an article that might answer your question using horses instead of bulls, though the concept might be the same:

https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/23395/building-a-powerful-coiled-spring-engine

I'm thinking along the lines of gear tooth wheels and a crank to hold the spring from unwinding when no power is exerted on it. This way, the horses can have a rest and wind the spring indefinately

2 days ago
This is one of my favorite books:  https://www.amazon.com/Putting-Food-Janet-Greene/dp/0525933425/ref=olp_product_details

It includes methods for drying and curing.

  classic guide to freezing, canning, and preserving food includes new information on freezing for the microwave, making Christmas presents, canning convenience food, and kitchen equipment.



Here is the "Look Inside"  where you can see the contents:

https://www.amazon.com/Putting-Food-Janet-Greene/dp/0525933425/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1544211526&sr=1-2#reader_0525933425
3 days ago
When I asked for herbal remedies for food poisoning:  

 Jarret Hynd wrote:
Something that's handy to keep in a kit are charcoal pills. They should assist in dealing with Food-Poisoning.



https://permies.com/t/92101/kitchen/Herbal-Remedys-Food-Poisoning-Suggestions


When my dog was poisoned last year (giant toad), one of the folk remedies that my local friends recommended was what they called ceniza. I looked it up, and it is simply the Spanish word for ash



I would have thought that they meant the Texas Sage plant.  Pretty plant that might have helped as sage is medicinal for some things though I don't know about it for food poisoning.






3 days ago
Check out the Gear Review Grid for recommended gardening tools:  https://permies.com/wiki/gear-reviews

It looks like Fiskars has the most reviews though there are others.
4 days ago

Bethany Dutch wrote: The low-balling thing is basically what I want to avoid, so YES that's the big thing. I don't care about making it pretty (unless I do end up staying another decade which I doubt) but I do want to use my time wisely to invest as much of my time/sweat equity to maximize the equity I get out of it in the end when I sell. I intend to ask for fair market value, so i want to maximize that with minimizing my time and money inputs.

And yeah I think we'll do it ourselves, doesn't make sense to use a realtor when we can just hammer it all out ourselves. nice to know it will only take about 20 extra hours!



I would find out if the potential buyer will have to get a mortgage or loan?  That will eliminate a lot of work and money.

A realtor is unnecessary though using a lawyer or a title company to draw up the papers would be in your favor.  Not the potential buyer's lawyer because then things go their way.
This thread has a picture of a guy putting the canes through the press:  https://permies.com/t/93992/Heritage-Syrup-Festival-Henderson-Tx

And the big vat where the cooked the syrup.  I know this won't help though I thought you might find the pictures interesting.
6 days ago