Throughout our lives as homesteaders, I wanted to make sure that my family were able to know all about the animals that we have, both large and small stock. Last night, we were honored to be a part of a local jackpot show. We are proud members of the Chino Valley FFA Pals group for all of my younger kids. The 4 youngest participated in the show with their rabbits or chickens.We only brought small stock critters with us. Although they need more practice answering questions with the judges, overall they did great.
This was Trystan’s first back to the grind after being in a behavioral hospital for the last year+. He did AWESOME in the junior division! He scored 3rd place on his barred Bantam Cochin hen (I think that he named her Amy, but don’t quote this mama on that) for showman ship and 2nd place for confirmation.
Grayson is in PeeWee division still until next year. She got 1st in showmanship for her lop, Tyler.
Rowan got 4th in showmanship and second in confirmation for her lionhead rabbit, Snickers.
Berlyn got 5th in showmanship for his lionhead rabbit, Cookie Dough.
Well, we have some work to do this next month to brush up on showing and the judge questions before the fair next month. I am sure that I will write something into our homeschool program for animal science for that. 😉
And a special shout-out to Rosie Darby and her family for putting on this AMAZING show for the youth in our community at their home.
20 years of researching has led me to the conclusion that you can homestead on truly any size property. You just have to have GREAT organizational skills on smaller properties to streamline what you want to accomplish. Here is a link to homesteading.com and 15 homesteading ideas for your property. https://homesteading.com/homestead-farm-design-ideas/
Finding simple ways, to make your products go further is something very important to our family. We have hundreds of animals on our homestead and needed to find a better way of feeding them.
With fodder, we can quadruple our feed output for our animals just by sprouting trays of wheat seed for 8 days and quadrupling the amount of feed we get out of each bag for our animals. A 50 pound bag of seed can yield 200+ pounds of sprouted fodder.
Growing our own wheat fodder (wheatgrass) was an easy way to add additional feed to our animals while saving a bit in our budget.
We have been extremely successful growing wheat, barley and oats (although oats tend to be a bit harder to grow.) You can pick up recleaned wheat, recleaned barley and recleaned oats at your local feed store. We purchase our recleaned wheat from Warren’s in Chino Valley. I have found that their wheat seems to grow best for what I am needing.
Here are the things that you need to get started:
8 trays ($1 plastic shoeboxes work for starting. We use both those and heavy duty black planting trays)
Shelf to hold trays (we have a metal shelf for one set and a PVC homemade shelf or the other set)
Drill with drill bit to drill holes in bottom of trays
Water collection bucket
Pitcher or large jar. (or optional water pump and fixtures)
Bag of wheat, barley or oats (recleaned are best) optional: additional types of seeds, black oil sunflower seeds or Austrian winter peas.
In order to make a successful system, you need to make sure that the water can flow through each tray and fall to the next tray down in a waterfall effect. The collection tray is at the bottom to collect all of the left over water that you can then recycle into your garden or other plants.
It is a beautiful October day up here in northern Arizona. A lot has happened in the last month. We have (as a whole family, including my parents and sister and her family) picked up a steer. TBone will fill up our freezer in about 8 months or so. He is a bit thin, so we are “fattening” him up.
Berlyn is continuing to be homeschooled with the other kids. Autism will not stop this handsome guy! Meet Fern! She is a KuneKune sow to breed with our Wilbur. 3 of the kids joined 4H this season for swine market, swine breeding, rabbits, goats and poultry.
We officially got back the first of the goat’s registrations back from ADGA (American Dairy Goat Assoc.) 4 more to go this season!
Lorna’s Babies are ready to go to their new home on July 6, 2015. 4 available. New Zealand / Lop Mixes $10 / males, $15 / females, Buck: Angus
Elinor’s Babies are ready to go to their new home on July 8, 2015. 9 available. New Zealand $10 / males, $15 / females, Buck: Angus
Merida’s Babies are ready to go to their new home on July 12, 2015. 4 available. New Zealand $10 / males, $15 / females, Buck: Angus
We also have another litter of kits born from Doe: Maude, Buck: Fergus ready to go home in August. They are Lop/New Zealand mixes as well. 5 available. (This litter is not related to any of the above bunnies if you are looking for a breeding trio.