Monday, December 5, 2016

Cold, Wet Weather

Well... this is the cold wet winter weather we have come to expect this time of year.  We were able to get some low ground along a creek cleaned up before the rain came. We also got 40 acres of the ryegrass planted. 
We are still feeding hay like its going out of style. The drought not only killed our late summer/ early fall grazing, but it also postponed the planting of cool season annuals that we rely on for grazing in the late winter/early spring. 
There is a interesting irony that free-range egg producers know well. As you can probably imagine, from Thanksgiving through New Years is the highest demand for eggs as everyone wants to bake more. What you may not have known is that chickens are stimulated to lay eggs based on photoperiod (length of the day). As December 21 is the shortest day of the year, you can see that the hardest time of the year to produce eggs is when they are most desired. Please understand that we are doing our best to provide the eggs that you so want, but sometimes mother nature doesn't cooperate.