Late Summer Posting…
A lot of farming is still happening in late summer. We are still grazing all of our stock and flies have slowed down due to cool nights. Some of the ewe flock will be lambing in September and I plan on not lambing many ewes in the spring. I have ewe lambs to breed for next summer and am very excited about their genetics! I continue to pursue easy care hair sheep with heavy meat genetics. My ewe flock walks over two miles every day in the summer. They are managed for easy lambing, milk for twins, weaning twins, and full shedding hair coats. The flock is rarely wormed in the summer.
Our dairy heifers are thriving on pastures and we have made many improvements within our dairy record keeping. We are currently utilizing the Wisconsin Dairy 30 x 20 grant to expose our farm to herd record software and monthly milk production testing. We have also pinned down an excellent newborn calf program that makes for quality colostrum, low rearing costs, and healthy calves.
Please click the links and enjoy the videos below for a summer clip at Lulich Farms and Haypenny Stockworks!
Sheep up for dusk turn in at Lulich Farms
Grazing in Golden Hour at Lulich Farms
I will once again have lambs on the ground. Lambs are sired by a Lewis White Dorper ram. This ram is full shedding, long loined, and has a rump like a hamp pig! Ewe lambs make excellent replacement stock for commercial meat lamb production. Wether lambs make great pasture stock for fall meat. Reserve lambs early! $50 deposit will hold each lamb.
My ewes have been again reduced, I only retained ewes that twin, shed hair, and milk! I have done the work for you, no cull animals here, just production!
Best thing since milk!
The milk shuttle is a portable milk warming and dispensing unit. We received our unit last month and are very pleased with its function…it’ s ALL function. This unit will warm and agitate the milk until YOU are ready to feed calves. Then the unit will drive to your destination to auto dispense milk. It can remember a number of different amounts of liquid. The unit will automatically stop dispensing if you reach the lower critical temperature, important with calves. The unit is easy to clean and stores tight to any space. We needed no barn renovations to run the shuttle from milk house to calf hutches. Once a drudgery, feeding calves is cake, now everyone enjoys the short trip outside. Our goal was to feed entirely whole milk to our calves, the shuttle allows us to achieve this!
First the cow is milked into a portable bucket.
Than the milk is poured into a pail to transport to the milk shuttle.
Nothing creamier than warming whole milk!
The milk shuttle alternates between warming and agitating and a break period of twenty seconds. These can be changed in programing.
The shuttle can drive its self out of the milk house with minimal guidance.
Someone is waiting and very hungry…
A happy calf being served milk at the critical temp of 102 degrees or warmer.
The nozzle controls the amount dispensed to each calf.
That hungry calf is now happy!
The shuttle fed ten calves in minutes and only dropped 2 degrees in temperature. Do happy calves make us happy? Yes, yes it does!
Joe Lulich and Christie Ketring at Lulich Farm
Joe and I attended a day at the World Dairy Expo last week. We spent 6 hours visiting with vendors and collecting information for our farm. The vendors closed at 5 pm and we headed through the barns to view show cows of all dairy breeds. Most vendors on our list had to do with calf health. Currently we only two areas to address within calf raising; birds in the wean pen water=e coli YUCK and sickness that effects 3% of our baby calves after the first week of life.
Here is a short list of new vendors:
Milk Shuttle portable milk feeding unit
Globimax specialized egg proteins for calf milk
Calf Veranda group pen system
And of course I took photos of the Expo, check them out!
During the summer months we out pasture our heifers at the farm. This means we open a lane that the girls can walk down to graze pasture that is removed from the farm yard. In order to keep them comfortable we supply water in the field. This also allows them to spend more time grazing and less time walking. We use a 1000 gallon water wagon to supply the fresh water. The wagon is usually pulled by a tractor or farm truck.
Joe and Tokien walked down to greet the girls and direct them to the fresh water. Soon they all headed my way.
I filled the tanks and made sure everyone had a chance to drink. This time in the field also allows Joe and I to see how everyone is doing. We monitor fly problems and also can see if anyone is close to calving.
While the rest of the family worked…Kota decided to stay in the truck. It seemed she knew the routine and decided the short trip would be over soon enough, and there was no reason to leave the vehicle.