Sunday fun day 

Sunday being our only day off you think we would relax but nope, not on this farm lol been up since 6 got a welding machine fixed for a fellow welder, now we are off to farm equipment fixing the swather getting it ready for our last hay cutting of the season ( thank heavens!) It needs a few teeth replaced then cleaned up and oiled and should be good to go! 

Busy as a bee!

My sweet sweet husband has been back a full week now and as normal when he comes back it has been busy,busy, busy!!! We got the 8 foot deer fence up around the garden, got it all plowed and tilled and marked, now we are just waiting for our fruit trees and berries and they should be here any day now. With it being so warm I think this week we are going to go ahead and plant all our peas. 

 The big alfalfa feild is already coming in so fast thier shouldn’t be any reason to not get 4 cuttings this year. We managed to feed all the animals off of just one cutting last year because we lost the other two due to lots of rain( won’t let that happen again.) 

 It has been hours upon hours of fence getting things ready to bring on cows by the middle of summer and we are so excited! Our meat cow that we have been raising is growing good and getting bigger every day as big as a holsten will get that is 

 now it’s off for more farming adventures! 

Registering a brand

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Today was a big day in the Iron horse ranch world, We registered our brand!! yay us!! so exciting. So I thought I would explain a little about it.

Livestock branding is a technique for marking livestock so as to identify the owner. Originally, livestock branding only referred to a hot brand for large stock, though the term is now also used to refer to other alternative techniques such as freeze branding. Other forms of livestock identification include inner lip or ear tattoos, earmarking, ear tagging, and RFID tagging with a type of microchip. The semi-permanent paint markings used to identify sheep are called a paint or colour brand. In the American West, branding evolved into a complex marking system still in use today.

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We chose old school and went with the branding and freeze branding. Out here if you don’t have a brand on it chances are someone else is going to nab it up! Once you have chosen your brand you have to submit it into the department of agriculture in your area and send in your fee, you also have to choose where your going to place the brand on the animal you can choose the front right, front left, middle left or right side and rear left or right side and that is where your brand will have to be placed every time you brand! Makes selling animals a lot easier to as you can have a bill of sale but it is always nice to have a brand inspection done so you know your not buying someones stolen livestock! Once your application is ready and you have sent it in they will approve it and that’s that you are done I was amazed at how simple it really was! And now You have your own personal brand!

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Getting ready for 2015

2015  is going to be one of those hang on to your britches kinda years I can feel it already with reseeding the big fields,buying our cows this spring and putting stalls up in the barn and getting ready to breed my half Clydesdale mare to a full Clydesdale. it’s going to be busy busy busy,we got one 4 acre section cleared of all the brush and ready to plant corn, cleared off another 2 acre lot to put in a pond for our own fish and to water the corn in the other lot We started the revamp of a old pig barn into our new horse barn. Removing 45 cement pins all with wiring and metal that had to be removed, thank the lord for a bobcat it got the job done in no time!It’s been long hours every weekend to get this place ready but it’s been so fun and so rewarding knowing what’s to come in the future! We are so looking forward to 2015! 

Morning Chores 

Well we finally have winter here in the basin! It’s cold out and the cold early morning fresh air is amazing! The before dawn feeding of the animals is my favorite time of day. The horses, the cow,the chickens,the goats, the dogs and the however many wid and tame cats. Everyone knows what time it is and the perfect still morning comes awake with the sounds of roosters,horse snorts and mooing, it is truly a amazing time to be awake and up and at-um. This year we are a little more advanced with electric water heaters and heat lamps last year was a bit of a work out with us living completely off grid braking ice 4 times a day was not my cup of tea, it was rewarding but not fun, not so much! This year we moved into a real house! And everything is electric talk about going from one extreme to another. we are still trying to find new ways to save what we can and be as self sufficient as we possibly can be. The new way of life has made morning feed time a lot easier with runing water and none freeze hoses, I don’t think we could beable to expand and accomplish our dream farm without all the amenities we now have!