Spring. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this time of year. It’s an anticipation of everything to come. We have finally gotten through the doldrums of winter. Some days were so bleh it took the drum out of doldrum. I envied the birds. Birds are smart. They know when to get out of Dodge and bask in sunny southern places. But finally it is spring. And the birds have returned to serenade us once more. It’s all ahead of us: April, May, June. So what’s going on at the Twogood Farm?
I purchased this book.
I don’t know who she is, but what I do know is that she is beautiful and her flowers are beautiful and this book is beautiful and I want to be her.
Spring gets me hyped up about all the things I want to accomplish. I’m planning to have a garden. And every year I tell myself: THIS YEAR I’LL HAVE THE BEST GARDEN EVER!” But July comes and it’s hot and sticky and buggy and I won't be able to see the flowers for the weeds. Then one day I’ll approach my garden and I’ll tell myself, “Fugeddaboutit!” and head to the grocery store produce isle. But right now, spring is here and anything’s possible. And I hope this book helps me get there.
April showers bring....babies
Amongst getting ready for spring planting, we have approximately 90 Angus cows and heifers to calve out this year. A lot of cattlemen choose to calve in the winter months of January and February. The calves are then supplemented with grain for additional weight gain. The idea is bigger calves equals more dollars in your pocket. We, on the other hand, choose to calve in the spring. It’s funny but sometimes what’s normal is viewed as abnormal. People often ask us if we are done calving. When we proceed to say that calving for us begins around April 1st, their response is, “Wow, that’s late!”
First calf of the season
Baby bull calf, his mama, and Aunt Angus
For us, this is not late or unusual. We desire to calve in the spring because warm weather means less stress on the calf and the mama. We don’t have to deal with or pay out of pocket for harsh cold weather induced sicknesses, provide shelter to keep them out of the elements, or pay for additional nutritional supplements. In the spring the sun is their warmth, the grass is the food for the mamas to eat and the blanket for babies to lie on. It’s what God intended. I wonder when we sometimes try to manufacture nature into our own schedule if we really get financially ahead.
Today I brought home 40 of these.
They are our version of the Easter peeps. They are a mix of Plymouth Rock, Rhode Island Red, Americana, and Buff Orpington.We decided to purchase our own flock for a few reasons. One: We go through A LOT of eggs at our house; over a dozen a day. This mother hen makes it mandatory to eat eggs for breakfast before school. An egg will carry them further at school then a bowl of “fortified"-hello spray on vitamin cereal. Two: Fresh pastured eggs are so much better for you. Did you know that pastured eggs have 1/3 less cholesterol, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 7 times more beta carotene, and 1/4 less saturated fat thancommercial eggs? Check out: www.MotherEarthNews.com/eggs . Three: Chickens will help improve soil health. These feathered friends hang out in their chicken mobile and follow the cows as they rotationally graze throughout the pastures. They will scratch the manure spreading it around and slightly tilling the land which will increase soil health. They will eat the fly larva which will help in the reduction of flies. They too will enrich the soil with their own fertilizer. Basically the chickens will scratch, peck, and eat lots of bugs and weeds while basking in the glorious sun. And we will get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Spring. It gives us a hope; an anticipation of new beginnings. Next week we will be celebrating Easter. We will rejoice in the resurrection of our Savior.
Only Christ can give us new life.
He is our glorious and eternal hope. May you have a wonderful spring!