Springing Ahead: Around Fried Farm

As seen in previous posts this spring has brought us: bees, kittens, chicks, baby goats (1) (2), and oxen! Thanks to Struggling_along for struggling along Fried Farm has its first fenced pasture and a garden is under way. It feels late to be just starting on the garden but around here the cold temps linger – not even a week ago we had an inch of snow!

Sadly not all news has been good news. Yesterday we had a vet out to turn the oxen bulls into steers. Turns out one of the oxen (Will) may end up in the freezer due to testicular issues.

A few photos:

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Struggling_along working on projects. Stacked in front of him are some beams from the barn.

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Megan- never more than 10 feet from my side.

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Chevy rooting up each square inch of pasture he can get his nose on.

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La la Bianca enjoying some time out in the field with her mama (Rita).

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A quick! peek into the hive.

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The trees are blossoming and everything is turning green, fast.

There’s a lot to do!

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Pig Butchering

Another 10 inches of snow. So much for thinking spring was on the way.

DSCN0055Despite the snow it was time to butcher and process one of the pigs.  I helped to separate the girl pigs then Struggling_along did the deed and hoisted her up.  DSCN0072

The kids were happy it was snowing and that my brother and his girlfriend were showing up soon so they danced around.

DSCN0070 DSCN0091 DSCN0092 Struggling_along tended to the gutting and hair removal as we headed inside to start supper. Plus, I needed to sharpen all the knives for breaking down the pig into chops, roasts etc. the next day.

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The few photos I took while we were cutting up the meat were too blurry. Besides, most of the time my hands were too busy breaking down the hams into more manageable sized roasts and ham steaks or wrapping the meat for the freezer. Ezra decided to help label the bags.Now we have cute bags with H A M scrawled across; a few even have smiley faces.

I did snap these as I finished up grinding the sausage.

DSCN0148 DSCN0149Then we (and when I say we I mean Struggling_along and my brother) moved Mercedes in with Chevy. Hopefully he will indeed “make good things happen” and we’ll have an early fall litter of pigs.

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Chevy “It’s exciting”

Over the weekend another farm animal has joined the ranks of Fried Farm! It’s always exciting so perhaps it’s especially fitting that this little boar is named Chevy  (in case you don’t know “It’s exciting” was the Chevy slogan during the 1960’s); this also continues the new pig naming theme of automobile brands. Last time around we had a Mexican theme: Sanchez (the previous red boar), Rosalie (our sow), and Carlita and Juanita (who went straight to the freezer).

So without further ado meet Chevy:

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DSCN8338He’ll be our new boar. He’s quite a nice friendly pig which is a good start since there will likely be a day we have to coax Chevy, at  500lbs, into doing something he’s not too inclined to do. How do I know? It’s been “tried,tested and [it’s] true”.

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