Hungry, hungry sheeps
Foggy Mountain Farm is a pasture based diversified livestock farm located in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Va.
Hungry, hungry sheeps
🤍 vochi 🤍
We have had these sheep for almost 2 months….. and we learned so much.
We are already think of names for the lambs, this years letter is W, so any and all name ideas will be appreciated 😂
You see that red sheep butt…. That’s due to iago ( our breeding ram) marking harness.
So why do we use marking harnesses ? It’s not as simple as “to see who he has been interested in “ ….. but more as a idea of who is coming into heat when, who he has ridden, who’s not coming into heat, and to predict due dates. They are not 100% correct either, so we don’t put all of our hope into it. But it helps!!!
So the idea with the harness is that when he is interested or is riding a ewe, the crayon color he has will rub on too the ewe, notifying the farmer that he is interested in that ewe.
“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently”
Do I have something on my face ?
Some hungry sheeps !!!
Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals & happiness.
This herd of cattle.
This herd of cattle.
Our sheep, we have truly enjoyed these sheep so far.
Our rabbits ….. these are our first group of rabbits in a few years and we have enjoyed having them. We have 2 angora rabbits, 3 breeding does and 2 bucks.
Watermelon sugar 🍉…….
We have lots of watermelons growing this year…..
did you know that there is around 1,000 varieties of watermelon ?
I have been working this doe, getting ready for some shows in August !!!
Cucumbers….. means PICKLES!!
Lots of tomatoes coming….. what is ur favorite kind of tomatoes?
There are many different types of tomatoes…
Like cherry, Roma, better boy and sweet 100s.
The average tomatoes plant can grow anywhere from 3-10ft !!!
These girlies are doing incredible this summer….
We artificially inseminated them in late may and have since seen no signs of them coming back into heat !!!!!
A cow will come into heat between every 18-24 days.
We have been letting them eat down this pasture and they have been doing great with that. There looking much fuller and are gaining more and more body condition.
Our butternut and acorn squash are thriving !!!
But these aren’t your summer squash, such as yellow squash and zucchini….. these are winter squash!!!
Winter squash tend to be late growing ( that’s why they take all summer to grow and produce)
They also tend to be less symmetrical or odd shaped. They can have worts or a rough texture.
But they have an incredible shelf life !!!
Our rabbit kits are growing so fast…. They are about 14 days old and already moving around and exploring…. Lavender has been an amazing mama !!!
Nothing beats that evening Sun set and a photogenic heifer…..
What do you do with weeds and scraps from your garden ?
We feed our weeds and scrapes to our pigs….
And to say they love it is an understatement !!!
As we pull weeds from the garden, we load them up in a wheelbarrow and then the pigs get a few loads of weeds to satisfy them 😁
Our farm welcomed our first litter of rabbits since
2015 !!!!! We have been blessed with 5 rabbits, that in 12 weeks will fill our freezer….
The ladies …..
The dairy cow & heifers are hopefully bred, all were inseminated with jersey semen in late may…. We haven’t had any luck the last time but we haven’t seen any signs that they are in heat !!!!
The beef cows & heifer have also been in with our Hereford x red angus bull, and so we are hopefully they too are bred and we also haven’t seen any signs they are in heat !!!
All of the ladies are in a separate pasture from the bull and steers…. Which has helped us keep a look out for heat cycles
Happy 4th of July from our farm to yours 🎆🎇
The queen bee, Rose 🌹
Good morning from the sheep …
Well that one way to cool off ….
Feed + eggs = happy and fat pigs 🐖🐽
Piper was found cuddled up to her mama this morning …
Beans beans …..
Garden day pt 1
Moved soil and compost to raised beds
Planted watermelon, cucumbers, peppers, and beans
Cleaned up and weeded raised beds
Meet the dairy heifers! We have 4 jerseys and 1 Holstein. We just artificial inseminated all 5… 🤞that all 5 of them take and we have calves in 9 months !!
Thanks Trickle Creek Farm for our new piglets.... “Spotty, Bratwurst and Scrapple!
We had a great time visiting!!
Gardening on the farm this past weekend....felt so good to be outside with my girls in the garden! Hailey is our outstanding photographer! We planted leeks, lettuce, cabbage, strawberries and herbs....
Nature this weekend on the farm....by Hailey
Daily dose of nature...by Hailey
Nature on the Farm.....by Hailey
Goat curry stew with cardamom and cumin infused rice. Quarantine on a goat farm has its advantages......
Goat pictures by Hailey Kopp....
Spring is coming..
Foggy Mountain has been blessed with 4 kids in 24 hrs.....of course being born in a cold dark barn early this morning, presents some issues! All were slow to get to their feet but a make shift “bear hugger” at home helps tremendously ! We had a very difficult kidding season this fall so these little kids are a blessing!!!
This could be a game changer for our parasite problems ..... but for our larger goat producers it’s very cost prohibitive!!! Perhaps some of our smaller producers could try it and give us feedback?!?!
Effectively controls parasite roundworm larva when fed to grazing animals such as sheep, goats, cattle and others. For mixing or adding to livestock feed.
It’s like candy to a goat!
Meet Ruby! She is a bottle baby.... her mother rejected her but Ruby still hangs out with her and her sister ( who mom accepted), she has survived endotoxemia- twice and a broken leg. As a baby she spent many nights in a pack n play in our mud room to be cared for.... the dogs also came to accept her as one of their own! Today she is much smaller than her sister but she loves people and yes she is more of a pet goat... she does live with all the other goats we have!
We have a growing herd of commercial goats!!!
6 Red Oak Rd
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