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Old 09-04-2012, 05:46 PM
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Hi from Michigan.
We have a small 13 acre hobby farm here in Michigan. Mainly to take care of ourselves. We have a variety of fruit trees, nut tree's, bushes and a small garden. We raise chickens and for the last 18 months we have been raisin a little heifer for milking. We hope to get her bread next cycle, which if all goes well should be this weekend.
I often ask myself what the heck was I thinking, being almost 57 and milking and raising a cow?
I am so hoping you all might give me guidance, direction, self assurance and insight to this newest adventure.
It is truly a shame that our traditions were not passes down.
I love to bake and do so nearly everyday. That keeps me pretty busy. If we are going to have any type of baked goods, then I have to make them. I'm passionate about knowing what is in our food.
We have two girls, that blesses us with 7 grandchildren and our oldest and his wife have blessed us with our first great grandchild.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:34 PM
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Mary Kay

Welcome to the forum.
Sounds like you are living the dream.

I am intereste in your fruit trees.
Are they producing yet>
I love peaches.

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Old 09-04-2012, 06:48 PM
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Txanne, thanks for the welcome. We have apple, sour cherry, and pear for our fruit trees. I have been thinking about adding peach and apricot. I have seed and plan to put em in the ground this Fall. If they come up in the Spring that be great.

The early Spring and the horrible drought we have been dealing with this year, had destroyed ALL of our fruit crop. What normally would give me tons of fruit gave us nothing . I just hope our trees come back to normal next year.

This whole experience with the drought, has really opened my eyes to just how self sufficient I "think" I can be, and then something like this happens and I can't do a thing about it.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:51 PM
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:25 AM
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Welcome Mary Kay. I'm also in Michigan and suffered plenty from the drought too. Glad to see another Michigander.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:06 PM
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Thanks everyone, truly appreciate it
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:32 AM
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Howdy, MKL. You need to start looking NOW for a substitute milker. When you are milking at say, 6 am and 6 pm the cow will know when it's time. Besides her bawling, it's not good at all for milk production to skip or change milking times. There will come a day when you can't be there at milking time, that's when the sub comes in. Somebody that lives close is good. Welcome to the forums.
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Welcome! Your farm sounds like a lovely place, and I look forward to hearing more about it.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:02 PM
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I hope to do the once a day milking. Hubby and I don't need that much milk. Our little heifer is half jersey and half dexter-kentshire. She looks like a mini Hereford. We plan on breeding her to a mini jersey. The hubby is my helper and our son in law could fill in if need be. I get a little nervous about the milking and keeping the calf with her. She is already lonely being by herself. One thing at a time
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