October 2009


  Fair season is quite new for us; at least the exhibitor competitor side of Fairs is new.  We have participated in two this year and have another in two weeks as you will see below.  Interesting results. 

 Our Gal Angie, having help from our friend Sal, a family friend, won a blue ribbon at the State Fair. It was in the Jr heifer category and we are very proud of them both.  We know that most of the work was done by Sal and his mom, Jennie, so they really deserve a lot of the credit. But our Angie is so cooperative and gentle.  She is one of most vocal ladies (note the picture of her mooing in the ring!)!  

 State Fair Moo 2009

 State Fair 3 2009

For those who have not seen our animals, this should give you a very good idea of their size. I don’t know how tall Sal is but he’s about 11 or 12 years old and Angie will be 2 in December of this year.  So she is full-grown.  You’ll notice that standing normally her head barely comes up to his shoulder.  She is one of our Lowline heifers.  Of course the Lowlines are a little bit larger, but they are still smaller than “standard” cattle.

Congratulations Sal and Angie.  And oh if you are a local reader, we are entering Angie and two others (Mr Q and In-the-Pink) in the newest fair in two weeks; Harnett County’s  Regional Agricultural Fair is in 3-7  November 2009.   We know that Sal and Angie make a great team and will proudly represent Smiling J Farm!

Just in case you are interested, here is the flyer for the competitions: 

http://www.harnettcountyfair.com/docs/HRAF%202009%20Competitive%20Exhibits%20FINAL.pdf

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You know the old saying  (I paraphrase) men work from sun up to sun down but a womans work is never done?   Well, it seems that no matter what we do here at Smiling J, neither of us ever gets everything done we need or want to.  Two steps forward and one back. . . or maybe we are stepping sideways! 

  Of course the fact that we both work full-time off the farm could have something to do with it.   DH feeds his “ladies” early in the morning before he showers and moves some of them to a new pasture.  By the time he is ready for it, I’m done and ready to head out the door.   When we get home, I take care of the dogs.  Sometimes I will work in the garden or pay bills.   Sometimes I’ll update our blog and check e-mail.  Okay there are also times when I check Facebook or play a round on a computer game too!  DH usually arrives about a half hour to an hour after I’m home.  He changes and feeds again.   He checks his feed/hay inventory and makes sure everyone has plenty of water.   After these basic chores the work starts again.  It’s either laundry for me or paperwork.  DH mows, paints, fixes or builds something.   He finds all kinds of things that need or want done.  After work I go to Curves three days a week.  And once a week I attend a sustainable gardening class at a satellite classroom of our community college.

This weekend, we had all kinds of things we had to accomplish.  DH started painting the bunk house.  I worked n the garden pulling out old plants and preparing it for the fall seed.   

We also tried out the newest local restaurant:  a Cracker Barrel!  Oh Yeah. . . .  Right in town . . . north of us, less than 10 miles!  

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 It’s one of 5 nationwide which are not on major highways.  Great comfort food.  I had a steak salad which I probably could have gotten elsewhere, but I took most of it home and had it the next day.  Yumm.

UPDATED 12 OCT 09 :  Got seeds in on Wednesday the 7th.  It was a good thing too because the next day I came home from work early.  Been down and out with the flu since.  Which one you say (oink)?  It doesn’t matter to me.  It is ugly.  Coughing, hot (fever), ache-y flu. . . . Hope to get photos this week of all the work we’ve done.  Hope all is well with you. 

 

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When first we practice to deceive.” .  . . .

   Oh but it is far from that which we do!   We are merely adding to the tangle of the Web that is.  Okay, you might say that adding is weaving. . . but let’s not get technical. 

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   Allow me to direct you to the left side of our blog’. . .  where it says “Web sites We Like”.  Hey look!  Smiling J Farm has a Web Site now!  OR better yet. . . It’s at:  http://www.smilingjfarm.com/   Kewl!  

Now you can see more of what we are all about and maybe if you like, you can order some humanely raised grass-fed beef from us.   This is our first web page, so feel free to make any suggestions which will make it easier for you to view of use it.  Soon, we will have an order form added to make it easier for us to kep track of orders.  

   There is also another e-mail address connected with the farm.  but those of you who have our home e-mail can still use that.   Well right now you can go and read all about Irish Dexters and Australian Lowlines at our web site.  But don’t forget to come back and see us here.  Thanks!