CAROLE'S CORNER

As winter approaches, this farmer’s annual war on ice is getting started. It might seem that a cattle farmer’s first concern in winter would be...

Outsourcing the bull’s work

11/4/20

Owning or borrowing a bull would seem to be a requirement to create calves. Blain, a Scottish Highlander bull, had bred all but five of my...

I always wonder why some parents want to buy a young, untrained pony for their child. I was reminded of this lapse of good judgment when I saw this...

Want to buy a cow? It could live in your backyard and eat the grass. Then you could feed it expensive fermented hay all winter. It could supply all...

Fat cows make a farmer happy; most of the time. A cow with a layer of insulating fat will stay warmer in winter than her thin sister. So I don’t...

Eleanor the donkey is farm peacekeeper

10/14/20

A business of any size needs good middle-managers, and here at Miles Smith Farm, we have a donkey who has promoted herself to “petting-zoo...

Hershey is a chocolate-colored Scottish Highlander who was born in April. He and three other calves are being weaned. These babies spent the summer...

Last week, two more calves were born – late in the year for Miles Smith Farm. We like our calves born in April or May, so how did we end up with...

Sparkle-the-Pig came trotting into the barnyard at about 1 p.m.  Sparkle and her grandmother, Charlotte, share a pasture about 800 feet down the...

An orphan finds a friend on the farm

9/8/20

I found June, a 2-month-old Scottish Highlander calf, standing next to her mom’s lifeless body, mooing to get her up. But Missy had eaten something...

Regular readers have learned about Blain’s career and the offer to buy him from Jeanne Anderson, a rancher in North Dakota. I had to ask myself...

It might seem that a calf born on the farm lives out his life there. That’s true of 90 percent of the herd at Miles Smith Farm. But some cattle...

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