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Spring Is Coming! Maybe....

Posted 4/6/2016 7:24pm by Charlie Payne.

So we are about to enter the late spring to early summer stage where life will get crazy, not quite midnight lamb delivery crazy, just dawn to dusk, long, sweaty, dirty days. Hopefully within another week or two we will be done feeding hay for the year and will be turning the ewe's and their lambs out on the pasture rotation. The lambs are all growing like crazy and last week I set up a creep feeding area. Hopefully the gains that we are seeing will keep up, some of our 6 week old lambs are already north of 30 lbs, they were born at 11 and 12, so that's a pretty tremendous growth spurt. At this stage many producers will start lambs on a grain creep feed, with an added low dose non-antibiotic medication (deccox) to combat coccidiossis. Fortunately we have not experienced any case of scours or evidence of coccidiossis to date.   Since I am not feeding grain, ruminants are meant to eat grass!, our creep feeding area is set up with just quality free choice mineral, and very high quality alfalfa/grass hay. As you can see the lambs seem to approve...

This is also the time of year to start thinking ahead to fresh salsa and caprese salad, BLT's, and all the other wonderful things that come from the garden. This year to both save some money and because I can grow a lot cooler varieties I have decided to start my own seeds for plants that I would normally buy at the nursery. I am trying 6 different varieties of peppers and 9 varieties of tomatoes, so stay tuned to see how the great experiment goes. At this point most of the peppers and tomatoes have germinated and are growing in a sunny spot in the house, so were doing well so far...

Finally, I am blessed to eat my own eggs for breakfast everyday, and if you eat at 12 West in Delaware you also get to enjoy them! Last week I noticed that we had finally transitioned from a blander, pale yellow yolked egg back to the beautiful and vibrantly orange yolked eggs that mark summertime. This is the type of egg that you will never find at the grocery store, even in the high end, "free range", organic section (I've tried...) Any animal product that is consumed is only as good as what it consumes and that diet can be seen in the end product. Our yolks get this color because of carotenoids, and our eggs have both higher omega 3's and vitamin content, as well as lower cholesterol due to the hen's more diverse diet. If you like to cook give us a call and we will get you on the egg list. Finally first batch of meat chickens arrive next week and will be available the first week of June. We have had several people express interest in a chicken a week (CSA) program and I am taking orders. Our chickens will be fed a Non-GMO, all natural diet and will be processed at a state inspected facility. Chickens will be $3.50/lb and should be in the 4-5lb dressed range.

  

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