Every year we approach winter thinking life will slow down. I’m not really sure where we get that idea.
So with that in mind, this year we kept 20 bred heifers and a bull. Which involved a new watering system since our
summer water system is not winter friendly. You can find out more about the specific model at : Tru Test Water Well 2 in Action. It is not a perfect setup, but it is doing the job. Though we will be making more adjustments for next winter. It was a relief to go out this morning and see Barney getting a good drink!
Even with several warm ups we have had a lot of very cold days this year. Keeping the wood boiler full is always a challenge and especially this year. So far the snow levels have been lower than the winter of 2017. However, we have been able to get in plenty of sledding and snowshoeing. Getting out is the best way to combat winter attitude slumps!
I think my favorite part of February is planning for the next growing season. I attended the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference a few weeks ago. Not only was I able to connect with my fellow MAEAP Techs, I was able to learn more about our next adventure of raising pasture pigs farrow to finish. Our bred sows and boar should be arriving in the next few weeks. I also picked up some seeds from the seed exchange. I am particularly excited to get some winter luxury pie pumpkins and also some chives! I will be starting everything inside in 4-5 weeks. Praying for a better garden season in 2018!