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Farm Name: The Homestead

Year Farm Established: 1999

Location: Mount Hermon, LA

Years I’ve been farming: 15 years

Animals I raise: Hereford cattle, pigs, chickens & 4-H Show does

Crops I grow: vegetables

Hobbies I enjoy: the animals

Club/Associations memberships: 4H Parents

The proudest moment on my farm: Not having to tell our son that he needed to get in there and help with the piglets being born.

Pets: La-La (dog), a lot of goldfish and tropical fish, Gre-Gre (come back cat), Bob

Farm Motto: Hoofing4P2!


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  between me and the workman pigs have been going to the abattoir about every 3 days. They dont wont pork or bacon from us now. we grow fully outside and they promote shed grown free range which is wrong but the public think it is free....like outside and just accept it. it is a play on words and it might force me out of the industry. I think that is what they are trying to do somehow as I am the last of the growers who grow totally free outside. Not what they want in the market place. Pity. We are free of disease, free of drugs and chemicals and hormones and growth promotants.

since our dramas with fusarium they have placed great pressure on our piggery...basically taken full advantage of the problem. but they will take them till they are all gone then we can only grow to 33 kg live weight and only 20 per week. hardly worth the exercise I reckon. 9 hours round trip to abattoir, only go once a fortnight and put on 40 - 45 on the trailer. Ah well, not 21 anymore and will get some more sheep and see what else we can do. been in the industry 20 years and they have never marketed my pigs free range only sow stall free.. they removed our yards for auction, got rid of the other abattoir and have been slowly getting others like me out and i would imagine I am the only one left growing like this...just what the public want.

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12/08/2014 03:17.31 PM Report This Comment  
  Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone.

P2 & I picked up his white gilt that he named Turkey and then off to Mr. Larry's house to check out his babies.

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12/02/2014 07:40.51 AM Report This Comment  
  How is everything .I get a different doctor to cut my arm and remove more shin cancer Called Squamous cell I meet them on the 20th and see where it goes from there. We have our first real cold this weekend lowes in the teens . I am making me a new woodworking bench with a cabinetmakers end vie and tow woodworkers side vices so I can use Bench dogs and holdsets to hold work in place. I cut the lumber for it and waiting on it todry more before putting it togather . Mike

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11/15/2014 02:06.09 PM Report This Comment  
  Good Luck to the kids that showing at the Washington Parish Jr. Beef Classic

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11/10/2014 08:24.57 AM Report This Comment  
  Pigs going in the morning around 6 am.

Alpacas to be shorn on Thursday morning if we can get them in to the yards. they are so hard to walk any where.

Pigs to feed.

done the troughs today, and it was so warm. Had some of the wallows on and now there is a big puddle in their sheds, guess it will dry up or drain away

Has the package arrived as yet???

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10/28/2014 05:26.07 AM Report This Comment  
  All the two & four legged kids made it back from the fair. Eveyone looks healthy. Going to give them a week break and then we need to get ready for the Washington Jr. Beef Classic on 11/14 & 11/15.

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10/22/2014 06:50.36 AM Report This Comment  
  For those who will be going to the Washington Parish Fair next week. Come see use under the livestock barn. We will be selling raffle tickets to help with the Washington Parish Cattleman's Assoication Scholarship Fund. P2 will also have some of his soap creations for sale. If you doante a $1 to the BGS Canned Food Drive let one of us know so we can put your name in the drawing. We will draw a name each day of the fair around 3:00 PM. Come by each day and see if you name is on the board. Thanks for your support!

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10/10/2014 07:44.42 AM Report This Comment  
  9 days until the fair. Good luck to the kids that show.

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10/06/2014 08:29.47 AM Report This Comment  
  4 wks left to the Washington Parish Fair

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09/19/2014 07:06.25 AM Report This Comment  
  I finely put the redone houist in T#3 and am changing some air lines and stuff while it is in the shop . I have to take it easy for a few days till I get the stichs out of my left arm where I had a place cut off my arm. No fun .How is P2 doing. Mike

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09/18/2014 12:17.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Beef & Swine showmanship clinic @ Lamar Dixion Complex in Gonzales this Saturday and next Saturday at the same place is for sheep & goats.

Picking up Poker this weekend if everything falls into place.

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09/09/2014 05:52.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Scythar has been traded with Mr. Larry for Child. Now P2 can bred Child w/V and not be in breeding. YES!

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09/03/2014 12:08.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Our 1st fall calf was dropped yesterday. So maybe in a few days we will see more to come.

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08/27/2014 07:45.07 AM Report This Comment  
  I have started the new lift for T3 and cleaning up around shop spraying weeds and mowing . I have helped my friend get his haying equp, back for the second cuttings He got a different tractor to pull the round baller and had to change draw bars and hyd fittings it is a 5X6 bailer and that makes it fast to put up Just spear it and put it on the trailers and take to the barn and unload with skidsteer and stack. Ha P2 got his goats trained yet. They are something else to deal with.
Mike

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08/23/2014 02:56.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Brawl's reg papers came along w/Roger & Jade.

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08/20/2014 07:15.23 AM Report This Comment  
  CHARLOTTE IS HOME!!!!! THANKS KLINE FAMILY FOR A BEAUTIFUL GILT!!!!

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08/18/2014 06:20.30 AM Report This Comment  
  Papa took off some of the weaning bulls that did not make weight for us. 2 loads later & we have unhappy cows on both sides of the place. He cut another field or 2, lets see what the weather looks like now. Ah sunney w/chance of rain. Yelp that's how things roll over here.

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08/13/2014 09:40.41 AM Report This Comment  
  The guys got the cut hay bailed and moved. The front insulators on the F-250 were shot and hubby got them replaced. THANKS HUBBY! P2 & I swaped chicken pens yet again and we still have escapies. UGH! Fig are about to be over with and the highway department has let out our road and soon it will be a mess. Worth the hassel if the new asphalt holds up.

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08/11/2014 06:18.43 AM Report This Comment  
  I hope P2 is having a good time with the goats.My uncle had a herd of them. It is like having a bunch of half grown pups they would chew up anything they could reach. Do not let them near your equipment or they will tear the wiring out. I have had to remake the lift for the white truck it was to weak and I broke it.I have most of the steel cut to fix it and will try to do this this week I hope. It looks like it is going to rain the first part anyway and it isin the shop. catch you later mike

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08/09/2014 02:02.49 PM Report This Comment  
  For the kids that go back to school on Friday. Have a safe school year.

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08/07/2014 07:37.15 AM Report This Comment  
  May the smell of cut hay is heavy in the air. Papa & hubby got a few fields done. We also weighted and gave shots to the weaning claves. Roo & Reggy left for another home. Terry did not come pick up his rooster, so he's still a crowing. P2 got 20 Iowa Blue pullets from Ideal. Man that's a story and I had to drive 3 hrs to pick them up or wait until Saturday & pay postage due (which was stupid). The Trio came back from Denham from getting their horns burnt off. Man V doubled in size from when she left. School starts in 2 weeks for us. P2 isn't ready yet. P2 & I changed chickens around. Thanks to M for the watermelons that were split, the hogs are screaming "YHEA BABY!!" 4 more days until Brawl (P2's PB Hereford Boar) comes to live with us. Now we need to work on getting Gracie.

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07/28/2014 06:18.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi there.
4-H has been wonderful for us. We just got our charter started in January, but have been busy with lots of projects. My daughter showed two of her kids this spring but has decided showing is not her thing. I was a little bummed but it will simplify(and keep things cheaper) on our dairy. We are getting my families 200 yr old homestead this fall and are very excited! We want to raise our own organic meat and vegies.If you have any advice on cows that would be great! We would like one dairy girl and two meat steers. Someone suggested jersey/angus cross drop calves. Hope your days are blessed!

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07/27/2014 08:38.02 AM Report This Comment  
  He will like the goats . uncle had a herd of them .Just keep them out of your trees and away from your equipment. They will chew on anything they can get to. Trailer wiring plug wires on anything they can get. but their milk is good so is the meat .We cooked it like deer. I am making some side boards for the 3/4 ton with a barn door type of tailgate .Allmost ready to put them on and try them out . Mike

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07/23/2014 02:03.08 PM Report This Comment  
  Well it's a good thing I went ahead and purchase that 50# sack of chick starter. Ideal called yesterday & said they can almost fill P2's Iowa Blues pullet order & wanted to know if we still wanted them. So I told the crew at Ideal, go ahead & try to fill the order. So we should get them Friday, so heres to another several mths with chick starter. All righty then!

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07/23/2014 06:26.36 AM Report This Comment  
  Update the Trio went to the vet to get their horns taken off. Dr. welch burnt them off. Thank God I did not wait until August like the other vet wanted me to. Want to Thank Papaw/Mamaw for taken them to Dr. Welch for me. Pal was the stuborn one and scratch his burnt horn to the point he was bleeding again. Mamaw coated it with bluecoat and is doing a great job of keeping the fly at bay. Will be getting them back on Friday.

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07/22/2014 05:22.02 AM Report This Comment  
  Doing good
The same thing just happened, I am logged in the message boards, but looked at my blog, hit visit me at the homestead, and then I got to yours and there was no comment box. Will have to remember that =)
Doing great, we moved to a different place in October. I have about 4 acres now which seems to be about right. Although I think I am crazy... I really shouldn't work at a farm supply store and be in charge of chicks during the spring. I over bought chicks... oh well they are fun. Where I work, there is a guy who buys a couple chickens and ducks and then takes them up to the Nursing home for the residents, and then when they get bigger has to rehome them (city won't let the NH keep them) so he sent this years home with me, the two Ameracanias he bought, laid their first eggs yesterday. I love the cycle of life part of farming...

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07/17/2014 05:29.13 AM Report This Comment  
  Nubians
Our nubians are brown. I will post pictures on our page as soon as I learn how.

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07/16/2014 07:30.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Man I'm on the see-saw, we have room for more chicks and I want a break but then again I want to play with baby chicks. I DARE not ask P2 for his 10cents are we would be getting 2 brooders full of chicks.....

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07/16/2014 06:38.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Ok, apparently, although I was logged on and able to go to the message board and comment, I wasn't logged on to this part. I was looking the other day and this box wasn't here. It just had your blogs history. I went all the way back and this box still wasn't there.
Thanks,

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07/14/2014 07:08.16 AM Report This Comment  
  hey
we know there that kind of pest cuz we've seen and heard them at night and our neighbors have similar problem with same animals. and we got the smaller goats because we found a good deal were we could get a pregnant female goat plus we didn't have to milk here constantly when we got her cuz of the baby.

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07/12/2014 02:45.17 PM Report This Comment  
  yarn dye
Hi, you asked if I dye my own yarn and I do. I enjoy all aspects of fiber arts and have some sheep that will soon (hopefully) come home to my little farm. They have been living with a friend until I could get set up for them.

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07/11/2014 11:11.41 AM Report This Comment  
  New soap molds (3) came in yesterday. Did a quick soap in each & unmolded this AM. Now that I know what the finish product looks like P2 & I can twick the colors in the soap. When he gets back.

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07/11/2014 07:32.42 AM Report This Comment  
  hi
u asked what kind of goats we have and we have a mix of toggenburg and dwarf goats

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07/10/2014 06:04.50 PM Report This Comment  
  PM showers, check on the Trio since Hubby put their pen under the pecan tree their hay was nice & dry. Maybe we will get another shower like we did yesterday and then I can change their hay out. Still have to watch Pixel like a hawk when the trio is out with the bigger goats. Lady the dog still doesn't know if she should keep then together or apart. But I've came home everyday with her under the trailer keeping a keen eye on them. However she did open my Bramble Berry box and chewed on two of my colorant blocks. Like all my luck she chewed the two colors that I've been waiting on. Oh well my soaps will have to wait another week.

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07/09/2014 06:36.31 AM Report This Comment  
  The Trio has settled in nicely and P2 is off for the 1st wk that they are here. Between Papaw and Hubby they fashion a bottle holder for me to use since I only have to hands. Oh it works oh so nice.

Thank you guys for helping me out!!!!!!

M came with Washington Parish Watermelons that they cant sell for our chickens & pigs. Boy he's spoiling them for us....LOL

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07/07/2014 06:07.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Aggron is back with the breeder keeping a brahma calf company & P2 brought home 3 kids. Mom died :-(. They are a wk old.

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07/03/2014 09:46.49 AM Report This Comment  
  1st THANKS to all that have collected their feed sacks for us to give to Savannah to make tote bags out of.

In the AM P2 & I will take a trip to Mr. Larry's house and pick up a trio pair of orphan kids. We will raise until the end of August and Mr. Larry will get his picks back and with fingers crossed we get to keep the little doe for P2 to show for Parish/District/State

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07/02/2014 08:19.10 AM Report This Comment  
  OK, I'm having the most difficult time keepin 1 heat lamp from blowing the bulbs. I understand (underlined here) that we've been getting PM t-storms mixed with power surggies but hay we can work w/both of them. Just rearrange brooder chicks. RIGHT? Yhea explain that when you add newbies to an established peeking order. Down to four pens now. But things look good, for now.

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06/30/2014 09:18.57 AM Report This Comment  
  I have almost got T-3 ready to use .I .Most of the wiring is done need to make the side boards and tail gate' I am cleaning the shop up now. I hope to get my wood lathe moved to my shop .How are you doing. Mike

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06/27/2014 03:32.36 PM Report This Comment  
  Internet at the house has been out since Sunday. T-storms in the afternoon playing havick on the pecean trees. Rain is a good thing because when it turn off dry down here well see triple digits in the heat index coupled with the Louisiana humidity.

DeSoto Livestock show July 25, 26, & 27th in Grand Cane, LA

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06/25/2014 06:45.25 AM Report This Comment  
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