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Farm Name: CSE

Year Farm Established: 1984

Location: E, CA

Years I’ve been farming: 30 years

Animals I raise: Milk Goats, and Chickens.

Crops I grow: Tomatoes, Lettuce, Squash, etc

Pets: Dogs, Cats, Parrots, Mini Horse, Goldfish.



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  Hi!
Happy Easter to you, too! We've had a little rain the past couple, of days. Which I don't begrudge, in the slightest. But, why on my days off? When I need to get outside chores done?

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04/20/2014 02:52.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi!
My daughter is doing very well,now. Thank you. The grandbaby is super. She is much healthier than her brother was at that age! The pigs have had a reprieve, at least for now. The meadow larks are here already! We have had so little rain/snow this year, I'm so afraid of fire after last time! We're the same trees are budding, grass is coming up. They started warning the area communities months ago, to prepare for problems this summer! We're keeping our fingers crossed.

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03/14/2014 12:11.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi
Sorry to hear about Melian, I know how hard it is, to lose a pet. They become your best friends. I decided to just butcher the pigs, I'm going to redo the pens and start over this spring. We had a bit of snow last week, but pretty warm the past few days, nights are always cold.

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02/12/2014 01:20.17 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi!
I have a new Granddaughter, born right before Christmas! 2 of each, now. My oldest daughter was in the hospital the week before Thanksgiving, she thought she just had the flu, but wound up with blood poisoning. But, everything's better now. She just gets tired easily. The weather here has been beautiful, 50s daytime, 25 or so at night. Not much snow, though. Did you get any of that brutal cold last week? Hope everone's OK!

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01/13/2014 06:07.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Merry Christmas!

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01/07/2014 12:03.19 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi!
Are you OK?

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12/24/2013 07:35.41 PM Report This Comment  
  merry Christmas and a prosperous new year CSE it is hot and windy and just plain awful. girls are doing fine, but grain is a difficult situation....... great harvest had by all but big business has scooped the pool and will want to sell it for top dollar. but went for a drive yesterday after a comment from the workman. Saw a farm with a fantastic set up....... plenty of money put in to it. Bit like a shrine and the owner not there. but a workman instead. Said they did not have grain for sale but the little people's body language told a different story.........

Any way I left there in disgust but not put off by it. Dropped in to the next farm down the road and managed to pick up over 100 ton........ so was worth the stroll in the ute. Lots of roos and bunnies on the way home.

Out today to another part of this farm and borrowed their truck and brought one load home. around 12 ton. Good start.

owner could not find his phone and caught up with me at the road house getting fuel....and followed me home had a look around and this might mean i get grain from them next year....which would take away the problem. he might also chat to neighbours. at least they would have an income all year around. wait and see what happens. it was certainly a good chrissy pressie none the less.

Off to the city tomorrow for 2 days....cant afford anymore time than that.

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12/23/2013 12:42.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Rest in peace, Melian. My heart died with you.

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12/18/2013 10:58.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Cold weather, sorry to hear about your pipes.
When anyone asks me about farm living, I say the hardest part, is winter water problems. We seem to manage everything else OK, but worrying every year about plumbing, is a drain [pun intended!] I'm off tomorrow and my first chore is moving the pig's water. We knew, last spring,when we put it in the shade, it wouldn't work for winter. One of those things that should have been done already! It started snowing an hour or so ago. the daughter is ecstatic. Why can't we be ready for winter? I drive everyone nuts,when I say winter's coming in July.You'd think they'd listen! Hope you're doing better.

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12/12/2013 09:32.44 PM Report This Comment  
  -8 degrees and subzero temps the last few days. Many pipes are frozen. Even the pump house froze!

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12/10/2013 11:47.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi!
Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! My oldest daughter was in the hospital the week before. She was released in time for turkey, so we had much to be thankful for! The wind is howling here, tonight. This time of the year that usually means a storm tomorrow. Did the storm, last week effect you? My driveway has just dried out, now another coming. Hopefully not as bad!

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12/03/2013 10:42.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi CSE.....yes the days are getting warm to hot. but today it is COLD and WET and WINDY...BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Just when you think it is nearly summer. Harvest not yet complete and we still have hay on the ground waiting to be baled.

Had baler troubles and hopefully we can get the new parts on, but now it has rained will have to wait till the hay is dry to bale.

Litter of pigs today 11 all up...... am happy with that. Got lots to wean and no where to go.

weaner pen full to capacity. topped up their feeder today and made up two mixes as well. Little pits are OK but bigger pigs are out.

Also made up some feeder stations so that the wind does not blow the feed away..... this year has been awful for wind.

been taking pigs to market weekly which is good. Abs wanted small suckers but on OTC at present with a 4 week with holding period so bad luck. they dont tell you weeks in advance just ask at the drop of a hat. silly really.

Happy Thanks giving.

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11/29/2013 02:57.21 AM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning!
Lost my points again! Was planning to AI my gilts this year, but they never show any signs of heat. So, now I'm looking for a boar, too! We have very nice weather, during the day, down to freezing at night. It will probably snow by Halloween. Hope everything's good with you. I have to get on, more often!!

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10/22/2013 06:02.28 AM Report This Comment  
  In an effort to improve our website for our visitors, we will be changing some of our service providers. We do not expect to experience any technical difficulties. However, if you are unable to access our website, please be assured it will be temporary as we transition to the new service. 10/19/2013 12:00.00 AM  
  Had a coolish day today, wind just seemed to pass right through you. Put a beanie and a coat on most of the day. Been putting in straw to all the grower pens of which there are 7

Also done the sows and little pigs, just trying to shift sows and little pigs to a new nursery pen. dont feel like going down this afternoon to close the gate, but might wandered tonight to see what is going on. Shall see what the wind is doing....might not either.

up early this morning and put out lactating sow feed. the mill has a few problems with a fan that is worn out and an auger that needed new bearings. but the fan is our problem

I have a New Holland 352 and have approached some of the companies in the States to find out what I can about this machine seeing they are built over there.

So it is in bits for now, but I also have an Allbulk machine which holds 2 ton and I can do their feed in this for now. I use both and it will put pressure on the other machine and the tractor.

We had some rain last night but not enough to measure in the gauge.

Nobby was in full swing yesterday mating some of the his girls that I weaned 4 days ago He comes to the fence for a pat and a cuddle. When I go in to the pen he is a bit bossy, but if he works then fine....... I would like to breed a bit of his colour in to sows to produce another line.

If the white would increase around his face and head it would be good. We dont have Herefords here in Australia, so to produce one would be just great.

Have been out baiting for foxes, say a cheeky fox playing in the long grass last week, and that night it rained, not good for baiting on a wet night..

Had a lazy afternoon as I dont get too much time off.

Going to be 30 celcius tomorrow so the cool change is short lived.

Got to collect the eggs and feed the two lambs that I have. One I call "Pop" as he is the greedy lamb of the two and does anything he can to disturb the "Eye" from his feed. Mind you "Eye" is a whole lot bigger but a big sook none the less and likes a little milk.

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10/12/2013 03:37.26 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi from Oz the days were cold and now they are warm and getting warmer. been sorting out wallows for their girls and the growers today. cleaning out water pipes that a full of iron.....so frustrating. got a litter in one of the grower pens to shift in a day or so it is taking up space and room and feeder.

Nobby doing well, he has been working all the young girls and the first litter gilts. dont want to sterilize him think he is doing a great job. One eyed boy of mine...... he is a bit bossy with me, but he stays in his pen pretty much and seems happy. give him a call daily and a pat. he has learnt about the electric fence so hopefully he wont get any more of a handful

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10/05/2013 02:03.19 AM Report This Comment  
  It's raining, it's pouring!

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09/20/2013 11:05.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey!
Just checking in,I havn't been on much lately either. This has been the best rainy season we've had in years! The pastures are amazing, the driveway muddy, and the pigs & ducks think it's all wonderful!

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08/29/2013 09:36.21 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi!
No, we havn't really looked into the Dexters. I'll check them out. We live at almost 8000 ft, when we first moved here. we had a little Jersey. She'd been wormed, vaccinations were up to date, everything.But, she lost weight. Checked with the vet, he said all milkers look skinny. She died a few months later, he came out and told me she'd had Briscuit [sp] disease [enlarged heart] from the altitude. If he'd even hinted at that in the beginning, I could have sent her back down the mountain!!I've heard Highlanders are dual purpose, and the daughter loves the dreadlocks! Glad to here Pippin is doing better.

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08/10/2013 12:11.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi CSE Wish we could have some of your warm days here today and yesterday. It has been blowing gale for the last 2 1/2 days and the rain has just blown along with it. Water every where. Might lose Nobby as he is not eating or drinking and I have shifted him in to the shed with some straw...always the way pets seem to be so soft in comparison to the rest of the herd.

will be upset if that is the case but with the weather as it has been it is difficult to get out to assess every thing. I hope the weather fines up tomorrow, the wind has certainly dropped.

I hope it is like this tomorrow.

I need to crush some grain tomorrow and put wormer in it.

Poly my cat she has been inside today, she is a strange girl, she likes a pat and when she has had enough she gives a nip. she was 18mths when she came to me and it took 2 mths to get to the point of boss ( Me) she used to be the boss at the old peoples home and she was nt a nice cat, but now she is good. she has learnt that it is not good manners to scratch and bite. She has had many a clout from me in the first 2 mths she was here and now she is more respectful. she is a Ragdoll cross....with long hair.

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07/27/2013 07:32.08 AM Report This Comment  
  It is freezing here this morning, think my girls can feel it they did a fair bit of squealing last night....have to give them some straw. will take them to the yards and deal with it with the tractor .....cant get the ute in the track is too narrow. got a couple of sows to bring out of that pen also.

we had 37.5 mm of rain day before yesterday, piggery is such a mess.

got grain to crush as well.

workman wont be here today he is picking flowers for the export market with another chappy today. He may begin some thing a little more permanent on the farm he lives on. He only days a few days here and there for me.

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07/12/2013 04:10.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi!
It's finally raining! Hope you had a nice weekend, when we first moved here, our parade took maybe 10 minutes, with about 10 people every block or so to watch. This year it was more than an hour long, hundreds of people!! What a difference! Sorry, to hear about Pippin. How is he doing? No, we don't have the Highlander yet, we're shopping! The chicken girl sits in the coop and they jump in her lap. We had 3 ducklings hatch, but their mom didn't take care of them, so we're down to 1. We put it in with a chick, she raises her wing and under the duckling goes! So, cute!

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07/11/2013 12:08.02 AM Report This Comment  
  105 degrees in the shade today.

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06/30/2013 11:24.14 PM Report This Comment  
  Hey!
Just a quick note: IT IS HOT HERE!!!!! Wacky, wacky weather, T-storm, no rain unless you count the 4 drops on the windshield. Hope you aren't in those bad storms today. Take care.

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06/13/2013 11:59.18 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi!
Hope you're having a good day! "We" couldn't wait for a chick order, so to town we went! We now have 2 Rhode Island Whites[have never tried them] 2 Buff Orpingtons[ditto] 3 Black Australorpes and 3 Americaunas[both of which I've had and like] She picks them up every morning, turns them upside down,and checks them for what we call pasty butt. She's beginning to smell like chicken country! The brooder is wonderful, I am going to change the wiring, so it can go onto a car battery and solar panel. It's supposed to brood up to 20 chicks, I wanted to try the 10 first, see how it goes. But, I think 20 would have been fine. Everyone was out of the 50 capacity, I think I'll pick one up as soon as they're available.

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06/02/2013 01:30.56 PM Report This Comment  
  1st June 2013
Well it is the first day of winter CSE.......brrrrrrrrrrr cold first frost yesterday morning......saw the frost settling on the wood pile was as the local second hand section in our small town of Coorow in Western Australia,,,,,picking up pallets and tin for the making of pig huts. They are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. So it was cold but once I got going I was right.....good and warm.

Dont like the cold but love the heat. but it is easier on the pigs when it is cooler but not cold. hard on the babies that is for sure. the finishers have a tendency to put on fat, so their diets have to be changed to make sure they dont put on too much but that the feed keeps them warm. The other thing to do is to put straw in their huts.

How is your season going? and your animals?

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06/01/2013 05:39.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning!
I keep losing my points, I'm going to make myself an appointment, to post something!! So busy ,but it doesn't seem much gets accomplished! Weather's beautiful in the AMs, clouds up about 11:30- just teases us with rain. We're looking at Scottish Highlander calves and Buff Brahma chicks. My brooder finally came, today! So, we'll get that order in tonight! I bought an EcoGlow from Brinsea. I'll let you know how it goes. We have to wait until the fencing is done, for the calf. He turned 9 today, so he can start 4-H. The chicken girl is 6, she's going into Daisy scouts with a promise from Grandma, that I can teach her about chickens! Hope you have a good day!

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05/14/2013 12:23.34 PM Report This Comment  
  We got just short of 2 inches last week. It was so wet, the piggery is not too bad, but went to crush grain yesterday to find the trough where the auger goes was full of water and all the wheat and lupins swollen. had to clean that out before i could start....... dont quite know how to get around the problem water must run down the auger and in to the trough...... not good. but today for mothers day it was a great day, fine and sunny but the wind has a chill to it and it was cold this morning. Couple of sows that gave just gone dry, no piglets in site, dont know what to think. We had a fairly summer and we may be in for a cold winter.

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05/12/2013 02:34.10 AM Report This Comment  
  XA

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05/05/2013 11:47.44 PM Report This Comment  
  Well greenery got, running out of feed, no rain in sight. They say Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, see what happens. has been a wet summer but has been a bit here and there, but we need the rain to bring on the pasture, sheep just eating what they can find, for now.....paddocks getting light on, little bit of clover seed still to dig out. Some have sown canola and lupins dry others have just sprayed for now and still others have sown cereal dry as well. Pity we have mice in the ground. Have to wait and see others have not started. ANZAC day has passed and still no rain.....what will happen to this land if we dont get rain....

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04/26/2013 02:01.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Good Morning!
Wacky, wacky weather! Last week in the 70s, snow this week! My daughter gave me 2 grape vines. I've never grown grapes .We potted them up and they are in the house until June! The piggies taste wonderful. We kept 2 of them, planning to AI the end of May. I cancelled my chick order, my Granddaughter wants to help. They are moving back next week. I am so excited! She will help pick out the chick order, then! Her brother wants to start 4-H with a calf. Did I mention I am excited?

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04/12/2013 10:54.18 AM Report This Comment  
  Days are cooler.....foggy last couple of days 59mm of rain received last week. the most we got in one afternoon was 27 mm and we were ankle deep in water as the ground was so dry it just ran around every where. Now it is green every where you look. Looks like it might have been the opening rains to start seeding shortly.

Been fencing the piggery all over and taking out all the old wire. Looks a whole lot better and the electric fence is working much better with less shorts on the fence. The paddocks have been made bigger. covering nearly 100 acres. We have plenty of land to expand if need be.

We have built many part radials to house pigs in with a hut in the middle of the paddock and wallow and and drinking trough

We have large farrow areas the huts being made of pallets covered in tin. They are warm in winter and cool in summer as opposed to tin hut which are cold in winter and hot in summer.

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03/17/2013 04:05.37 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi!
Snow last week and 70s this week! Getting my shelves up to start my seeds. Fly predators ordered. Ordering chicks next week, if the new brooder is here. I'm going to try the radiant EcoGlo.

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03/15/2013 10:51.43 PM Report This Comment  
  We have had hot windy weather, no rain till last weekend. we got 18 mm all up. Rained all day but light, so got soaked over a period of time.

Glad to see the back of the hot weather, but am looking forward to the cooler days like today. Today was great, could work outside all day, and not have to come in and sit for an hour cause it is too hot to work.
Been fencing lately, just seems to go on and on. I guess we must be nearly through it though.

Concreting platforms for feeders, and shifting feeder.

Hospital for 24 hours for Gastroenteritis On a drip.....feel better now but it has been a long week.

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03/12/2013 05:56.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi!
Wonderful weather, this week. Now the forcast says rain for Friday and snow Saturday! Again right in time for my days off!! Pigs are in the freezer, plans being made to build our own smoke house, for next year. Hope you're having a good day!

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03/06/2013 10:45.09 PM Report This Comment  
  HOT....45 ysterday and cloudy and over cast today with
the forecast for a thunderstorm. cant seem to get away from the heat inside or outside. the sprinkler on the sows pen is great but dries in minutes. You can fry an egg on the ground on hot days. We have had fire bans movement and vehicle bans so no harvesting either. if it might start a fire then not allowed to do it....still allowed to check stock water but not allowed to drive willie nillie in the paddock.

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02/11/2013 05:01.51 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi!
Horses in bunny suits! I love it!!!!!! The wind is blowing bad today, supposed to be worse tomorrow with snow. It's been warmer, this winter, for the most part. But, when the storms do come, it's brutal. We're butchering 2 pigs next weekend. I'm hoping we have enough apple wood, we're always on the look-out for the stuff! Hope you're having a good day.

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02/08/2013 11:10.38 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi!
Everyone here is getting over the flu and then colds. I decided to give up, on the horses. I just couldn't do it, by myself anymore. My daughter tries, but she can't do much, at times, either. They went to a good home, I can't have asked for better, but I still feel bad about it. I still have the donkeys, they keep me entertained! Hope you had a nice Holiday!! I had all my kids and Grandkids over Christmas, and enjoyed every minute of it!!

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02/01/2013 05:47.12 PM Report This Comment  
  We have had really hot temperatures up over 100 Farenheit, now we have rain and have had 31 m with thunderstorms and lightening rain tonight Dont want rain, worked all Christmas and new year

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01/13/2013 05:20.04 AM Report This Comment  
  Merry Christmas!

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01/06/2013 06:23.40 PM Report This Comment  
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