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Farm Name: Elmcrest Acres

Year Farm Established: 1999

Location: Daggett, MI

Years I’ve been farming: 14 years

Animals I raise: Haflinger horses, lamb, pigs

Crops I grow: Christmas trees

Hobbies I enjoy: reading, baking, photography, travel

Club/Associations memberships: American Haflinger Registry
Michigan FFA Alumni
4H Volunteer


The proudest moment on my farm: When our first foal was born.

Pets: 2 Miniature Autralian Shepherds, 1 Great Pyrenees, assorted barn cats

Farm Motto: Sample the Simple Life


Farm Blog
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  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  
  2012 Fair season
Considering this was the first time in 17 years our children were not showing (too old for 4H) we had a great fair! Our ram fathered 6 out of the top 10 market lambs in the ultrasound carcass class, including the grand champion!

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

08/22/2012 10:39.58 AM Report This Comment  
  lambing
Another lambing season over. I'm looking forward to spending the whole night in my bed without the 2 am barn checks! Watching the lambs bouncing around their pens more than makes up for the lack of sleep though!

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

02/24/2012 12:04.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Relaxing January
I know most people don't look forward to January when they live in the upper midwest, but for us it is a relaxing month. We've survived another Christmas tree season and have a few weeks before lambing starts. Lots of time with a good book!

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

01/05/2012 09:06.26 AM Report This Comment  
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  Can't believe how long it's been since I've posted anything! We survived our crazy Christmas tree season and just finished lambing. We only lost one this year, when the temps were -20. And we had one bottle baby that someone else took home with them. The first 4H kids will be looking them over this weekend.

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

03/04/2011 10:47.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Busy weekend.
Soap making was a huge success. The lotion making afterward not so good-we had a little of what looked like witches brew coming out of a cauldron, but everyone was a great sport and we all went away laughing. My daughter's newest addition arrived this past week. She got a Great Pyranese (sp?) as a guard dog for her flock of sheep. It is already about 6 mo old and had never been away from it's mother. Lots of whining going on in the barn-I have to force myself to go to work each morning. I know that it will adapt, but these first couple days are rough.

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

10/25/2010 11:39.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Soap Making
The folk school will be hosting it's second class this Saturday-Cold Process Soap Making. I can't wait, cuz I want to learn too. I've noticed that many of the classes I have scheduled are really things I want to learn. My husband wants to know why there are so many girly classes-we need more manly stuff. LOL

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

10/20/2010 07:47.13 AM Report This Comment  
  We are entering our Christmas rush season. Wholesale orders have been coming in and Dave has been busy tagging what we will harvest this year. No rest for the wicked between now and December 25th.

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

10/12/2010 04:03.01 PM Report This Comment  
  We Are Open!
Well the folk school officially opened this past weekend. The cornucopia flower arrangements that were made were gorgeous. Now if we could only get the building 100% complete. We are trying to squeeze everything in now that we are getting full swing in the Christmas tree season.

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

10/06/2010 01:01.01 PM Report This Comment  
  We Are Open!
Well the folk school officially opened this past weekend. The cornucopia flower arrangements that were made were gorgeous. Now if we could only get the building 100% complete. We are trying to squeeze everything in now that we are getting full swing in the Christmas tree season.

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

10/06/2010 12:58.52 PM Report This Comment  
  hello again
I couldn't access my farm page for several days, and just now realized it was back. Thanks to so many of you for stopping by. We are getting into our busy season here. Time to start tagging which Christmas trees will be harvested this year. We are a little behind on the shearing as we've been spending so much time getting the folk school ready to open next month. I think even all the snow isn't going to stop me from enjoying January this year-the month with the least chores required!

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

09/19/2010 05:50.05 PM Report This Comment  
  The list for pigs is way better then for his show heifer. We just got hubby's old grooming chute back and they kept it outside in the weather, so it need new boards on the bottom, needs the rust off and a coat of paint. Which we can do, the family that had it purchased a gallon of paint so now that it's in the barn on saw horses we can work on it when it's rainning and down here it's been in the evenings. We went to the Purina Honor Show Chow Clinic and it was full of great advice, but our son isn't feeling good about pushing Ruby (darker red one) to look like a barrel and then hearing about the breeding issues with paylean got him scared. So I told him to work with Ruby and no matter what he places, he still a Champ in my book because he has gotten her this far. So we will see.

Come visit me, The Homestead.

08/23/2010 02:08.28 PM Report This Comment  
  those are amazing photos. what a wonderful way to raise your children! your horses are gorgeous!

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08/23/2010 10:17.01 AM Report This Comment  
  goats
You really DO need some Nigerian Dwarf goats!!! They are wonderful, and with all the critters you've already got, they'll be no trouble at all... mine are really just PETS!

Come visit me, Dancing Moon Farmstead.

08/23/2010 10:16.19 AM Report This Comment  
  equines`
I just LOVE your horses! So beautiful and graceful... I have daydreams of some day, some how, training our little mule, Millie, to drive! *sigh*

Come visit me, Dancing Moon Farmstead.

08/23/2010 10:05.53 AM Report This Comment  
  goats
You really DO need some Nigerian Dwarf goats!!! They are wonderful, and with all the critters you've already got, they'll be no trouble at all... mine are really just PETS!

Come visit me, Dancing Moon Farmstead.

08/23/2010 10:03.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Fair is over
Well we are home from the fair and Hannah is off to college. She got good money for her pig in the auction and after selling the 2 ewe lambs, we bought a wether for the freezer. Hannah also received the trophy for her sheep record book. Interviewed for the hog one. Ethan also had blue's on his record books. At the beginning of the week it seems like a long fair, and then all of a sudden it's over. Sad-that means the end of summer.

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

08/23/2010 09:48.34 AM Report This Comment  
  Fair
Ethan's pig won his class and Hannah's was penned, and ended up third. They will both sell way early in the sale now! One of our flock's lambs made top 3 in the ultrasound carcass class. This makes 4 out of 5 years for us. Breeding stock sheep did OK, but would have done better if the judge would have been Ok with some dark wool. Our sheep aren't all silver or black like some were, but we do have a few dark strands mixed in. Normally for a wether type class when you are breeding for meat no one cares what color the wool is. This judge put every dark lamb to the bottom-said only white sheep should be breeding. Interesting since only the night before the grand champion market lamb was chosen-solid black. Hannah has shown for enough years she didn't let it bother her. She already has orders for show lambs for next year no matter what color they are. Tomorrow is the auction. It is always a surprise who ends up bidding on their animals. And they are always anxious to see how much they make. I also found a glass blower at the antique village of the fair who will come teach at our folk school so it's been a pretty good week!

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

08/20/2010 09:44.47 AM Report This Comment  
  Good luck at the fair!!

So what do you all put in your show box for the pigs? Will you be auction them off after the show or taken them back home with ya?

Come visit me, The Homestead.

08/16/2010 09:23.15 AM Report This Comment  
  Re: dogs
Michigan is a hotbed of agility. I'll bet if you checked around with you closest obedience or kennel club, you could find someone relatively close. Also check individual obedience trainers. It really doesn't take up a huge amount of time. Far less than horses. Maybe a once a week hour long class and then 10-20 minutes a few days a week.

Come visit me, Flyover Farm.

08/16/2010 07:09.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Was your fair state fair this past Sunday or this coming Sunday?

It it was this past Sunday, sorry so late, GOOD LUCK.

Who showed the pigs? A son or daughter? What class did you show them in Market or Breeding?

P2's Ruby will have to be a market gilt since she's 3/4 red wattle and 1/4 hampshire. Hoping to get him a Hereford Hog in Nov to show at the Jr. Livestock Show.

They say in a few more weeks it will be a sign up time for 4H. So what a few more weeks?

Our son's open house for school is Tuesday, so maybe the new 4H leader will has ANSWERS.

Do you all show anything else?

Come visit me, The Homestead.

08/16/2010 06:21.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Hello
Beautiful horses!

Come visit me, Bentwillow Bunnies & Pittsboro Peafowl.

08/14/2010 09:42.08 PM Report This Comment  
  fair week
Time to pack the camper and the trailer. We leave for the state fair on Sunday. Both kids are showing a market lamb and a market hog. Hannah has some sheep breeding stock also. Hope she does well since this is her last year in 4H!

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

08/13/2010 02:25.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Wow you guys have some nice pigs! Do you sell them for show or for slaughter?

Come visit me, The Homestead.

08/13/2010 08:56.59 AM Report This Comment  
  Beautiful horses!! Some really great pictures

Come visit me, Harold's Promise Farm & Araldos Bakari Farm.

08/12/2010 06:29.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks
I read your post on my farm site. Thanks for the soapmaking info. I'll have to check it out! Just looked at your site. You have Haflingers!! And you drive them?! I've been interested in this breed and driving also. Used to ride as a teen/young adult, but got out of it and into my dog sports, but horses never leave your heart. Maybe one day.....

Come visit me, Flyover Farm.

08/12/2010 11:24.27 AM Report This Comment  
  Fair
Getting busy now. We leave the the state fair on Sunday. A couple more sheep to shear and a final weigh in on the hogs. No end in sight on the tree shearing yet. (that is why it is my least favorite job on the farm)

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

08/12/2010 08:07.54 AM Report This Comment  
  Welcome! Nice picture!

Come visit me, Grandma's Farm, Tibbs Farm, Allen's Farm & FFA SAE (supervised agricultural experience).

08/11/2010 06:47.42 AM Report This Comment  
  welcome!
Love your pic, and love the idea of a folk school. Good luck!

Come visit me, Wishing Well Farm.

08/11/2010 06:16.10 AM Report This Comment  
  hi
I love your picture

Come visit me, The Chicken Ranch, Goats R Us, DM Cattle company & DeVore Ranch.

08/11/2010 05:56.42 AM Report This Comment  
  Welcome
Diversification. Thats exactly what I want to work on doing. Do not want to have a "real job". My goal is to never have to leave my farm but to have others want to come see me!

Come visit me, My Wyoming Home, Santa Sara Ranch, WyoCowgirl's Santa Sara Ranch & Santa Sara Ranch (Coming Soon).

08/11/2010 02:33.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Welcome
Beautiful!

Come visit me, Larkshire Farm.

08/10/2010 11:06.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Beautiful horses !!!!

Come visit me, Adam's Place.

08/10/2010 06:18.00 PM Report This Comment  
  Hello
Welcome!! I think it's wonderful that you are working on a folk school. Good luck with that. Love the picture of the horses, they are beautiful. Hope everything works out for you!!

Come visit me, Justice Family Farm.

08/10/2010 04:10.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Diversification
We are currently in the process of building a folk school on our farm. We hope to be able to both stop working off farm and concentrate on things on farm.

Come visit me, Elmcrest Acres.

08/10/2010 01:21.38 PM Report This Comment  

 



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