5 Activities to Get De-Stress from Farm Life

8.9.2015 | 21:25

Farm life can be stressful.  There are a lot of day to day chores involved and it seems like your work is never done.  Many people that have a farm are usually up before dawn and crawl into the bed in the late evening.  Farm life is typically demanding.  You definitely need some time to relax and unwind.

Do something Crafty.  This can be anything from oil painting, sewing, or even wood working.  Many men and women enjoy working with their hands.  Painting can be relaxing and soothing.  Sewing goes back generations for the women in my family.  My partner owns a Singer 7258 sewing machine.  It was her first big purchase in awhile and since she carefully read through tons of Singer 7258 reviews, she doesn’t regret it.

Go Fishing.  Fishing is an inexpensive way to enjoy nature.  Some of the most scenic views are around lakes and ponds.  People love the sport itself.  It is fun to catch a large bass or any trout.  You can take the fish home and eat it if you are fishing in a clean lake.  Some people love to just return the fish.

Brew your own beer.  I was thinking of the fellas when I wrote this.  Plenty of men that I know brew their own beer.  There are specialty machines that you can purchase online that make the process simple.  Frankly, I do not know too many fellas that do not enjoy beer.

Sheep Identification and Record Keeping

5.5.2015 | 02:39

You cannot really have a farm full of sheep and not have a system to identify them.  You need a system in place to tell you which animals to keep, replace, and what animals have sold.  Record keeping is essentially identifying a sheep amongst many.  Your unique record keeping system will depend upon a number of factors including:  your budget, personal needs, and retention rates.


Identification Methods

Ear tags are very common.  They are made out of many different materials and there are pros and cons to each type.  Ear tags include brass, aluminum, plastic, RFID, etc.  Brass tags are common in small and newborn sheep.  Metal tags can be easily ripped out of the year and can cause a bad reaction in the sheep.



Tattoos are best if you want a permanent identification system.  What is interesting about tattoos is that they do not reduce the animal’s value in any way.  Of course, this is not some image related tattoo like a butterfly.  People usually have a simple number and lettering system that they use to brand each animal.  Other tattoo ideas are starting to surface.  Usually, the tattoo is placed on the inside of the ear.


Neck Straps

These are the least used.  They are mostly used for dairy animals.  The neck straps all have a corresponding number.  The strap must be tight enough not to fall off but loose enough so that the animal has to have room for growth.


The Us department of Agriculture requires that all sheep and lamb have an owner’s premise identification number before leaving their original farm.  You can order free ear tags at 1-866-873-2824.

Spring Cleaning for Your Barn

27.3.2015 | 01:37

The Official date for Spring is fast approaching. If you are like me, you definitely need to get your barn cleaned out in anticipation for Spring. It is not too late to get some cleaning done. Below are a few tips in order to make this happen.

Check your Roof
If your roof is covered in shingles or tin that has been damaged you will need to repair it. If you do not feel comfortable tackling the repairs yourself, you will need to higher a contractor. Otherwise, if you feel confident enough you can replace the shingles and tin yourself. If you have other debris such as sticks or leaves, you can use a high powered pressure hose to clean the roof off. You can easily rent a pressure machine from home depot or lowes. In addition to that, make sure your gutters and spouts aren’t clogged with leaves.

Check the boarding inside and outside the barn. Check for any portruding nails. You can simply take a hammer and beat in any nails that have been sticking out. That way your animals are not being hurt. Sweep and remove lots of dust that may have accumulated.  I used my Panasonic mc-cg917 for this. Try to move your animals outside of the barn so they will not inhale the dust particles.

Pick up unnecessary items that may be in a walking path. Add shelves and additional storage bins if necessary. Rearrange items that you need access to the most so that they are easier to get to. Add a trash can if you haven’t got one out there. There are many to choose from like more sturdier sleek stainless steel trash cans to black touchless trash cans and more durable plastic trash cans.

You do not have to do this all at once. You can break up the work into days so you do not feel overwhelmed.

Riding Along and Picking Berries At the Berry Farm

27.3.2015 | 01:35

Ok. So, everyone needs time away and since farming can be primarily cattle based, sometimes people like to get away and pick fresh fruit. It is a great thing that the entire family can enjoy. If you are lucky enough to find a local berry farm in your area, do try it out. A local berry farm is much cheaper than what you can get at the grocery store. A 1 pound bag of berries can cost $5 or less.

If you do not know where to find U-Pick or PYO, please visit pickyourown.org. There you can click on the state you live in and go from there. When we arrived at our nearby berry farm, we picked blueberries and raspberries. If you have children or adults who have a mobile impairment, you can rent a scooter like the one detailed in this Razor e100 electric scooter review or this electric scooter designed for kids from a lot of farms. The price will vary. The farm can cover a lot of acres and people may have a disablility where they cannot walk. This is something that my older cousin utilizes when we go to the farm with us because he still likes the overall experience.

So, if you do have some spare time go ahead and get out there and enjoy some shade and fun and the delicious fruit grown by your local farmers.