CAROLE'S CORNER

Leading the bull with a carrot, sort of

1/23/20

The bull charged full speed toward me. I swung my arms and shouted, and just a few feet in front of me, he veered left and sailed over a 3-foot...

New year, new moo

1/19/20

The calf was due in December, sometime around Christmas Day. So we sequestered Puff in the holding pen and would check on her during the night...

Hard decisions to make on a beef farm

12/6/19

Cattle farming is not for the faint-of-heart. Last week I had to decide which two Scottish Highlanders were going to be processed. The criterion is...

Winter’s war with frozen water

11/23/19

Frigid weather came early this year, in November. During the summer, I was in denial about winter but not because heating and electric bills...

Nature’s endless battle with fences

11/19/19

The stone walls that line the edges of our property were put here by Miles Smith in the 1850s and ’60s. Constructed with rocks extracted from the...

After living on the same farm for 45 years, I have accumulated a lot of junk in our old three-story barn.When Miles Smith owned the property in the...

What is a field hockey stick good for? Playing field hockey, of course, but our employee Joan uses hers to fend off a rooster.Roo, who is small and...

A farming challenge

8/5/19

Someday soon, you’ll be able to merely think about bananas, and a drone will deliver a bunch. Convenience is supreme. Or is it?My challenge – and...

Sorin the steer’s taste of freedom

7/26/19

The Canterbury police phoned three times. The first call confirmed that Sorin, one of Miles Smith Farm’s working steers, was hanging out in the...

Even though it’s six weeks away, now is the time to prepare for the Hopkinton State Fair.Tonight, I put a yoke on my favorite ox team, Topper and...

The challenges of moo-ving cattle

7/12/19

The Cow Taxi (our big pickup with stock trailer) has been busy shuttling cattle this week.I felt like a soccer mom delivering these cows to this...

It’s July. Time to relax at Wallis Sands Beach with a good book and cooler full of lemonade and grassfed roast beef sandwiches. It’s time to wiggle...

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