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Discussion in 'Member's "Self Sufficient Living" Journals' started by NH Homesteader, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. Apr 22, 2019
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    Ya'll can slip one in with the goats and/or sheep....maybe the DH's won't notice? ;)
     
  2. Apr 22, 2019
    NH Homesteader

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    Bahaha riiight.... DD2 chowed down on the roast beef yesterday, it's the only meat that she has eaten without it being hidden or drenched in something that hides the flavor. And her iron level was a little low at her last appointment. So maybe he'll agree, lol. More likely he'll remind me that's what the wethered goats are for. I've decided not to breed my sheep (maybe in like 3 years but not planning on it) so we wont have lamb. Might as well get a steer! Lol
     
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    frustratedearthmother

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    Makes sense! And, as an added attraction - you only have to butcher once to fill up your freezer for a long time. Maybe I could talk myself into a steer....lol!
     
  4. Apr 22, 2019
    NH Homesteader

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    Yeah exactly! There's the issue though, we do not have the ability to butcher cattle here, they're just too darn big. I think he'll stick with his no, lol.

    The snow is almost gone, just a couple patches where there used to be snowbanks. The birds are back, the partridge is drumming (at 3 am the other night, for real??), we have green grass just starting to grow. And the peepers are loud! Thank goodness spring is here. I thought it would never come! And my birthday is in a few days:)
     
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  5. Apr 22, 2019
    sumi

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    Remind us when your birthday comes, so we can wish you well! :)

    I remember years ago my parents bought a beef "hind quarter" from the butchers or supermarkets now and then when it was on special. It was a LOT of meat. Cows are great fun to keep and fairly easy to keep too. We never bothered milking ours, we just rotated then through the pastures and tossed in a bale of feed for them now and then in winter when the grass and lucerne growth slowed down. Every few months one would drop a calve and raise it until it's weaned and we'd sell it. We had 4 cows and a bull on approximately 2/2.5 acres. (Nguni cattle)
     
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    NH Homesteader

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    It's the 27th :)

    There's a lady nearby that we occasionally buy hay from, she has I don't even know how many cattle. Heck she doesn't know either, they're mostly feral lol. But some of her bills are HUGE! And they're about the healthiest cattle in the world because she just puts out hay and water and lets them graze a whole bunch of acreage. She catches a couple on occasion and brings them to the butcher and otherwise they're just there, being cattle lol.
     
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    NH Homesteader

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    I just re-read that. I'm sure her bills are huge too but I meant bulls, lol...

    So, DD2 isn't allergic to hornet stings. That's good... too bad I know that cause she got stung today :(
     
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    frustratedearthmother

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    LOL - probably right on both counts!

    Oh my - poor DD2. Bless her heart that's awful! (but not allergic is good)
     
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    Raising a steer for the freezer sounds like a good idea to me!
     
  10. Apr 24, 2019
    NH Homesteader

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    DD2 is teething and grumpy, a girl in DD1's class has strep throat so I'm watching and hoping we don't get that. Spring is here and brought my allergies with it, lol. I have to do progesterone shots to attempt to avoid preterm labor. I haven't told DH yet that he has to do them... lol. Next week we find out what we're having and get the anatomy scan to see how baby is. Time flies, 18 weeks already. That's the health news around here!

    Bringing my car to the shop... it's going to be expensive I think. I'm bracing myself!

    I think DD2 has milk sensitivity issues. I wish I was milking. I might have to consider year round milking for her sake. Every time she has more dairy than normal she ends up with digestive issues :( goat milk should be better.
     

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