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It’s Been a long time!

So, we really dropped the ball on blogging going on four years ago, got busy with family life and farming and ranching, and of course our off farm jobs. Looking forward to getting back to sharing o…

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It’s Been a long time!

So, we really dropped the ball on blogging going on four years ago, got busy with family life and farming and ranching, and of course our off farm jobs. Looking forward to getting back to sharing our continued journey in local direct market agriculture, so stay tuned. We’ll try and add the blog to a future website, but for now find post here and Sweeting Ranch Facebook page. Good to be back!!

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Farmer Bronwyn

Farmer Bronwyn

Bronwyn-Coming back to re-fill seed broadcaster

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Bronwyn Olsen Big plans, …

Bronwyn Olsen
Big plans, we are feeling VERY good eating our grass raised meat and eggs. I will own up to the fact that Sol does everything, getting hay, daily feeding, moving, doctoring. I wasn’t even sure I could eat animals that I see daily-well I do feel good about it, I don’t want to eat feed lot raised animals ever again! Food seems more-life seems more-I don’t know-right. I am more thankful for farmers, animals, life since we began this adventure. When we started I was unsure but only sure about Solomon’s level of passion and commitment. As you may of guessed this is Bronwyn speaking-the shy one-not the blogger. I felt the need to add my thoughts. Oh, I do care for the chickens. I love our eggs!
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Will have limited beef and lamb,eggs and veggies this summer.On farm by appointment only!Loyalton farmers market,and in the future select small coop’s.Thanks!
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Waiting on winter

Hello everyone,been some time since our last post and am now hoping to make this blog a regular feature in our social media routine.Well things have slowed down considerably around the ranch,and we are also in the middle of one of the driest winters on record.We went through December with no precipitation whatsoever and now January is following suit,so we have our fingers crossed that winter will show itself in some way,shape or form shortly as we rely on the snowpack and rain to recharge our lakes,ponds,ground aquifers and for us folks dryland farming and ranching germinate our seeds and help the grass to regenerate. It can be somewhat disheartening to walk the newly planted fields and  pastures only to see dry dusty ground and try not have a feeling of hopelessness,but that’s part of the gamble of agriculture. The latest forecast indicates a possible chance of rain and snow for next week,so that keeps hope alive for the possibility of next years hay crop,i expect the price of hay to be phenomenal this year  as it’s very high now.Without putting up at least some of our hay and having good pasture,it could easily change our plans for growing our cattle herd and sheep flock. Extra mouths to feed with increased hay prices would be prohibitive on our small-scale,or any scale really! But on the other hand this weather has been a bittersweet blessing as well since we’ve been able to be outside getting chores done that would have regularly been done in the spring,so we’re a few steps ahead come april and may.We have a few ewes to lamb soon and a few at the neighbors being bred,and some lambs ready to go down the road. Last summers calves are looking great and the cows should calve again in march,so we look forward to new babies running around the pasture(hopefully on nice green grass).We decided  we want to try our hand at some pastured fryers this year,along with our free range egg production,so if you need some excellently raised eggs or chicken call us and order ahead so we know you have an interest!In closing i just will update you that we got our Farmall M going,and it just needs a little fine tuning and she’ll be ready for this season starting with haying so very excited there,and there’s still a chance we may buy my neighbors Farmall 706 which is a 90hp tractor w/a cab.So stay tuned!I’ll keep this blog going more often now that I’m home for the winter from my seasonal job at the county ag dept.Hope everyone is well! Solomon and the Sweeting outfit.

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Wordless Wednesday

Todays Blog post in Pictures

 

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#Foodthanks!

To all the fellow Farmers and Ranchers we give a big thanks and deepest hope for prosperity.Keep up the good work!  #Foodthanks!#foodthanks image for your blog

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Bovine Road Show

yesterday i woke up with a less than enthusiastic look on the days task at hand.Although i only had to worry about 6 head of cows that were personally mine,and 20 head of a friends,the reports we had received of our unruly bovines pushing the fences and escapading around our friends neighborhood some 120 miles from here didn’t seem like a very promising opportunity for a very good day.I guess it all started when a lonely Holstein heifer across the road from our girls saw the chance for some socialization next door and upon leaving her field and entering our pasture unwittingly knocked some fence down on her way in.Well low and behold those cows got together and came up with exit strategy (maybe they could teach our politicians a few things).  Any who,those said cows (which happen to belong to yours truly) started to make their way through the countryside till a good willed neighbor got them turned around and called our friends whom sent them back where i wanted them to be.Apperently that momentary taste of freedom was just to sweet and a new plan was devised and executed with success,luckily for me they only made it next door to the neighbors whom has cows and understands their wanderlust.Well we showed up there yesterday, and long story short,were able to get quite a bit of exercise we had been missing this winter in the form of chasing cattle afoot,before they could get into what we were told was 140 acres of unfenced property,most of it being hilly and thickly wooded.So what was dreaded to be a day long gathering operation turned out to take an hour at most.Sometimes you have some good karma built up and it pays off.Now the girls are home where i can keep a close eye on them.The bovine road trip has come to an end. 

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