Friday, October 2, 2009

September 2009 Farm Production

What seems to be our last summer month, September was a continuing bounty of goodness from all aspects of the farm.

Eggs collected: 145, or about 12 dozen (almost 5/day)
Eggs sold: none

We dried off Lily about halfway through the month because she was producing so little...we decided she needed a break. And, we went to once a day milking as well. It's all an experiment around here, but we've read that less milking is less stressful to the cows. Since they both had a bout of mastitis (which is quite understandable with all the stress they've undergone in the last few months with moving and new people & routines to get used to), we figured they could use a little less stress.

Milk collected: 778 cups, or 48.625 gallons (about 1.6 gallons/day)

I turned a half-gallon of milk into yogurt on a nearly daily basis. But, except for that and a few pints of ice cream, I didn't make any extra milk products. The piglets drank most of any excess this month.

Produce canned:
  • 15 qts pumpkin
  • 95 qts tomatoes (!!)
  • 12 qts potatoes
Produce otherwise preserved:
  • 8 cups roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 4 lb 11 oz dried popcorn
  • 47 lbs onions
  • 3 lbs 3 oz frozen bell peppers
  • 7 cups frozen hot peppers


Marci said...

Way to go!!! You are doing great with all that has been going on there. The baby is adorable!!

Nancy M. said...

Seems like everything is going well! Your little one is getting big! So precious!

sarah in the woods said...

Sounds like a yummy month!

Anonymous said...

How is the once a day milking going? For a regular dairy that just makes the cow dry up, or not milk as much. On some commercial dairies where the cow is fed for production they are milked three times a day because it is stressful on the cow to have a tight udder (and stress or dirty environment can cause mastitis). Anyway, because you probably aren't really feeding for production, I am wondering how it is working for you. Jennifer Fritzen