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Farm Name: Arrow Acres

Year Farm Established: 1940

Years I’ve been farming: 75 years

Animals I raise: Cattle

Crops I grow: Garden Crops

Hobbies I enjoy: Restoration
Alternative energy

The Farm Women Also Enjoy: Gardening, Sewing, Crocheting, Cooking, Painting, Photography, Crafting, ...and sometimes they enjoy raising the children. ;)

The proudest moment on my farm: Every time new life is born.

Pets: Cats
Dairy Calf

Farm Motto: Where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and the children are all above average.

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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  
  Lambing season is a cold one this year

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03/25/2013 08:55.49 AM Report This Comment  
  Finally got chains on the 460 :)

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03/06/2013 05:58.50 AM Report This Comment  
  Deer hide
This is my first deer hide I'm working on. My wife has tanned a sheep hide when she was young for 4H. There are many different ways to do it. Two differences are wether you use chemicals or natural recipes. For braining a hide the common process from my research is.
-Soak hide in wood-ash water solution. (egg should float)Untill everything scrapes easily. Then rinse.
-Scrape hide with semi sharp object. (Back of hack saw blade) untill upper layer of skin is removed. It'll look really clean.
-Dry hide. Then moisten hide a little.
-Make brain solution. Recipes are on internet. Dont get it on hair.
Let sit untill well absorbed. then use flat object and press out brain gew thats left over.
Stretch on a frame
Let dry. and work hide till soft.
(Usually over a wood beam.)
Then smoke hide over pot of coals. Keep hide cool. when lightly browned on both sides, its done. This makes the hide stay soft after moistening and redrying in the elements. Ill keep you up to date with how it works for me. Im getting redy to brain my buckskin.

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12/10/2012 07:07.55 AM Report This Comment  
  Love your Motto!
explain how to make "brain gew"? I'm hoping to raise some sheep but have been looking more at old breeds of fur. They will also give me good mostly black skins. May have to pick your brain about how to do the hides with the skin still on.

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12/07/2012 07:10.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Deer hide
Deer hide is soakd scraped and salted. Next step. Tanning with the brain gew.

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12/05/2012 09:11.52 AM Report This Comment  
  Hi and Welcome!
Lovely photo. Have a great weekend!

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12/01/2012 09:59.50 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome to HF
Stay in touch.

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11/30/2012 05:42.11 AM Report This Comment  
  Gunna tan a deer hide. Sounds like a lotta work. We'll see.

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11/29/2012 07:21.08 AM Report This Comment  
  We have several breeds of sheep. They are all hair sheep. We dont do anything with the hair. They shed it each spring. We have a decent market for selling the meat. My inlaws are the ones who take care of the sheep. I can get more info about the specific breeds if you'd like.

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11/28/2012 09:54.56 AM Report This Comment  
  What type of sheep do you have and are they hairless? If not what do you do with the hair?

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11/28/2012 09:37.39 AM Report This Comment  


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