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Arriving last night (4-6-13) just before midnight…eight South Poll cross bred heifers purchased from Bent Tree Farm in Alabama - home of the originator of the South Poll breed, Teddy Gentry of ALABAMA (the band) fame.
Yeah, yeah, yeah…they are not red like the pure South Polls, but when bred to our red South Poll bull, the offspring should be red. The important aspect is the genetics.
2013 NEWBIES START TO ARRIVE AT MOUNTAIN GLEN FARM
Improvements continue at '55'.
Nearing completetion, a new water system for the farm which includes a new well pump and pressure tank, hydrant to the barn, and two 4-hole stock waterers (one in the barn lot and one near the far end of the farm).
This improvement will aid in our pasture management and environmentally sound practices.
2012 spring calving and lambing done...calves 30 (both farms), lambs 81.
Cows and sheep are currently in a state of transition - cows moving here, sheep moving there in preparation for new stock arrival. Livestock currently comprised of one bull, three yearling bulls, thirty-six cows, three market steers, nineteen yearling heifers and steers, thirty calves, three rams, sixty-seven ewes, and eighty-one spring lambs. Soon, the numbers will be changing as we cull, purchase, and sell. We continue to improve the quality of the flerd (flock of sheep + herd of cows).
Little Red, the herd bull, and the yearling bulls have been moved to '55'. Little Red is thrilled to be back with some females.
Bottle-feeding of Junior and PorkChop has come to end.
As of December 2011, Mountain Glen Farm has become Mountain Glen Farms.
A small 55+ acres tract of pasture has been acquired, adding to our existing 180+ acres farm.
The new tract is about a 10-minute drive from the main farm, located just outside the village of Fairfield, Virginia. This new property consists of a spring-fed creek, old hay barn with silo, and livestock shed.
TLC is needed.
First priority - new, perimeter fencing - complete! It is amazing how a new fence changes the character of a property for the positive.
With the fencing complete...as of March 30th, the old Angus cows of the cattle herd, have been moved to their new home. Calving is going well here - 19 to date, one more fall calf still to come.
First calf of the 2012 season was born March 30, 2012- 1/2 South Poll, 1/2 Angus - yippee!