Mini Cattle with a Dual Purpose

In the development of the Falster Farm mini cattle herd, we found that we wanted to make available a more dual purpose breed (from our existing stock) and prove that the breeding our pure bred Mini Hereford Herd Sire(s) on ANY cow would generate:

Mini Cattle of a Dual Purpose Nature from Falster Farm
Mini Cattle of a Dual Purpose Nature from Falster Farm CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SLIDES

 

 

 

 

 

 

•A more Thrifty Cow,
•A greater possibility for beef on an otherwise rangy carcuss, and
•Possibly sweeter milk (higher butter fat) on an otherwise hard to mike cow
•A real friendly attractive cow, easy to love

So take a look at this short presentation on Falster Farm’s CERTIFED WHOLISTIC efforts — if you like what you see, would you please leave a comment, rate, or like it?

Lesser Jersey SHOTZIE

Shown here: It’s a 30 lbs. heifer born to SHOTZE the mini Jersey Cow on 25 SEP 2015.Mini Jersey SHOTZIE collage

For Sale $5000 SHOTZIE is a beautiful young proven Mid Size (Lesser Jersey) mama cow born on Falster Farm, 27 JAN 2012. She has been on lush pasturage all her life. 45” tall at the hip, she is milked easily by hand and or machine. Her 1st calf (2014) was a heifer (1445 HEART HEAD) that has passed the selection process and is available as a pasture exposed virgin heifer now. SHOTZIE has given us another heifer calf on the ground (KNF ROSIE) now under our observation of growth and development.

SHOTZIE is the daughter of the KNF BENNETT ORLANDO our former Mini Jersey Herd Sire that sold to certified dairy in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, to down size a dairy herd there, and the beautiful Mini Jersey TRACY KATHRINE. Both parents are registered with the American Miniature Jersey Association of Nebraska.

SHOTZIE with 2015 heifer calf ROSIE
SHOTZIE with 2015 heifer calf ROSIE

The observations of SHOTZIE over her months of development are that she is an upper mid herd member of the dairy herd, ranked #3 in the pecking order in our herd of 7. She is an experienced and excellent mothering cow with good milk and longevity of milking. She strongly prefers to be in the herd and not alone, therefore it is recommended she be purchased with her offspring or added to an existing herd of cattle. She should readily fit in and flourish.

 

WOOFER MUD OVEN PROJECT

Falster farm mud oven project

 


 

In building this prototype mud oven I have basically been following the excellent instructions by Kiko Denzer in his “Build your own earth oven” book.

The oven is built on wheels, to enable the farm to show it in burning action at different markets.

I will here give you a resumé of the building process.

 

 

Step 1: Making a concrete slab and running two iron bars through it, this to enable future movement of the oven on and off the trailer. The slab was poured onto a round piece of plywood with a 5″ tall ring of wood, securing the slab. Chicken wire was added as reinforcement.

Step 2: Building a stonewall base


The stones are layed with a lime mortar consisting of ¼ lime and ¾ playsand. The reason for not using concrete is that it doesn’t breathe. The lime/sand mortar becomes rock hard but allows the moisture to travel in and out of the oven, releasing the construction of stress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3: Insulating the core of the base.

Clay was mixed with sand and sawdust producing a mushy and after drying, light and air-holding insulation material.

 

Step 4: Brick baking floor and opening arch


 

 

 

 

Step 5: Making playsand “casting dome” that the clay layers will be resting against until completed when the sand is removed, creating the oven cavity.

 

 

 

Step 6: Laying the first dense clay layer that will exposed to the actual fire. This process had to be redone with cleaner clay, creating the right texture. The clay was mixed with sand and water and worked in a mixer.


Who said clay wasn’t fun!?

Step 7: Oven insulation

Step 8: Top plaster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 9: Fire in the hole!


The oven is being dried slowly with multiple small fires, this to minimize the amount and size of cracks.

A door is yet to be made!

Inside View of The Barn on Falster Farm


 

Karl Falster

In the making of this short video, Wood County has about 9″ of rain falling over a two day period. As you look out to the South West you can see the 2013 heifers and steers in “Adrian’s Alley” waiting to go out into the Far South Pasture. Our laying chickens wander in and out seeking bugs and worms awash in the wet. Caleb Eaton was kind enough to build the shelves and racks so we now have better organization in this shop.

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The Barn at the Falster Farm

 
 

Thanks to Caleb Eaton, Daniel Langholff, and Brage Frick Falster Farm has converted a Hay Shed to a functional shop to work all manner of Farm manufactory and repairs – large and small.

Honey Bees in Water Meter?

Some folks over in Emory, Texas called the other day saying that Falster Farm had been recommended to them to remove a bunch of honey bees they had in a non-toxic way. After a few questions I agreed it was a case we could do the owners the honey bees and the Falster’s some good. Follwing is a photo journal of the event.

1_Water Meter
Just a regular looking water meter out by the road way. Perhaps you can see the comb showing at the edge of the inspection hole?
2_calm down
I want to calm myself down and make a reasonable presentation – so I put on Young Living Essential Oils “Calming”
2_light smoker
So, I’m calm and I light up my smoker with wood shaving from our farm.
4-Working_smoak
Once I get her light up, a steady smoke is going on. I will lay this smoke on the colony, not blow um up with it. Very Gentle Action.
5_bee_vac
Her you see my home made Bee Vac, this will gently gatjer them up into the basket.
6_opening Meter Cover
Taking my hive tool I slowly open the meter cover to expose them. It is raining and over cast – not a good day to work bees.
7_give a touch of smoak
I lay the smoke on them and they gentle right down.
8_looks good
Looks like we have a good buch of bees and a good bit of stored honey.
9_pretty honeybee comb
I can see this is a new coloney cause the comb is all bright and clean.
10_bee vac
Now I take the vac and gently suck them up. The queen was not seen, The colony went a good ways bac into the ground – very unusal.
11_bee vac more
Not knowing the disposition of the colony and the rain I suited up with gloves, veil, and heavy clothing.
12_more in the back
The bees were so calm, from the influence of the Young Living Oils, I took my gloves off and was very comfortable.

   

Bees Captured and boxing um up.
Captured bees will be added to a weaker colony.
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I lay a piece of thin paper over the exixting colon and st an empty box over that. I pour the captured ferel bees into the top and cover it. Let it stand for a few days as the two cononeys cut the paper and unite.
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The honey bees have cut their way through the paper shield over the following weeks and are now united withou a squable.

 I don’t recomend working honey bees on over cast days, but I’ve learned that if you cover yourself (your scent) with the Young Living ‘Calming” esential oil it will help out a lot.

Rodeo Pick-up CowGirls

A Working Boot She Wore!

Boy-oh-Boy, we get a bunch of different load-out opportunities of calves and cows – but one of the most challenging was a couple of cowgirls from up in Illinois – what a wonder!

Usually when a customer is coming to pick up their cattle for Live Cover Breeding by one of our Herd Sires or a purchase of live cattle, they bring a covered trailer, mostly stock trailers but occasionally a horse trailer is used, but the most interesting and difficult is a pickup truck or SUV. Yes we have had some folks come with a cardboard partition around a large dog crate and pick up their newly purchased mini calf. A mini calf in the 300 – 400 pound range is a big lift to a none trailer ride and a lift to a high lifter truck is really a big-un!

Nancy sold two weanling bull calves to a non-profit children’s therapy group in Northern Illinois and after some negotiations they decided to send their director of the farm down to pick the two bull calves . . .Big Yellow Truck to Pick up Mini Steers

I always ask Nancy what the customer is bringing to pick up their animal with so I can make any custom panel arrangements for their comfort and a time saver for us both.  As I exited the restroom on Saturday morning I asked the question. Boy was I floored when she said it would be a pick-up truck with a hand-made wooden crate in the back. “We can’t make a ramp to accommodate that high a lift in an hour’s time honey!” (and some other things that made her cry.) Well, after I apologized many many times, I went out to the corrals to survey what I could put together to make a secure ramp for these young bulls to roar up and into the back of that crate. How would we keep one in while the other was balking, was one of several questions going through my mind?

Then down the front drive I heard the whine of the Big Yellow Dodge 3500 4 wheel drive truck . . . oh my, the height was double of that on a “normal” pick-up . . . we could never ramp up to that. But I directed her to back into the 6′ gate side of the corrals.

 As I looked over the situation I was perplexed as to what to do about the load up but Ms Jody had the idea that we could heft them up into the back of that rig – I could nearly cry at the thought of such a lift by myself with just a couple of girls to push. Geese what next!

Slip the halter on the mini bull
Jody ready on the Head Gate

But she was standing on the back of the truck and I could see the cut of her boots that she was no slacker, rather a young woman who had walked through a bunch of shit (manure). So I said, “OK, I guess we can hog tie um up and put em in the front end loader?” Her buddy Kristy suggested we get a halter on um and then we could pull them down and tie um up.

 So the Mini Bull with a halter in place we were ready to open the bottom panel and drop and tie him up! Then the Rodeo began . . .

 

 

 

Halter Ready on Mini Bull
Halter Ready on Mini Bull
Drop him w/the rope
Cinch it up real tight for crying out loud!

 

Getting a leg on him.
Lugging him into front end loader
Lugging him into front end loader
Moving Slow to the truck
Lower Mini Bull onto tail gate.
Quickly lower the crate’s gate.

 So, after the cowgirls rolled him out of the front end loader and rolled onto the upper deck, the other Mini Bull calf brought up and placed alongside they dropped the gate panel and untied them! Slick as a whistle and away they went up North. My daddy would have been proud of me and would have liked to meet those two girls. A real treat! Nancy did a great job taking photos so we’d have this recorded to share with y’all.

Box um Up and let roll !!!

 

 

Pigs Ready to Ride

Thanks for your final payment for your pampered, premium, pastured pig.

We are down to the last few days of the 2012 crop of pastured pork. While I’ve really enjoyed raising the pigs as I always do, I’ll have to admit, I’m looking forward to a break in the twice daily routine of watering and feeding them our proprietary diet of whey and dairy ration all while on sunny pasture paddocks. I tell ya, it will seem like a vacation when we are back to just our mama sows, “Rouge” and “ Scarlet” at the feed bowl. The cacophony of sound with 16 185# piggy’s waiting (demanding) to be fed is something you have to experience to believe.

Pork & Beef Cuts on display

But to you our customer and friends, maybe a dedicated pork eater, we learned early, you are continuously on a quest to find the best cuts to bless that most sacred of surfaces . . . the family grill.  Pork is King and as such has a earned a rightful place at backyard gatherings, holidays and a variety of special occasions.  But where do we find the best quality pork nowadays?  Where do we find the cuts that satisfy a dad in search of the perfect rack of ribs, a very busy mom and maybe some discriminating little appetites?

You have purchased that quality from Falster Farm’s “Falling Star Brand” Live Pork. Karl and I believe now is the time to let that best quality pork ride to the butcher shop. You know, we did a lot of research before choosing Cobbs Processing and we believe you will be as pleased (as we are) with this family run processing business. They know they stay in business by keeping customers happy and doing a good job with their desired cuts of meat. They know we are entrusting them with a lot of labor and love that has been poured into each animal that goes through their door and they will honor our efforts and bring them to completion by giving you what you ask for in custom processing.

We have set an appointment for Oct 3 to carry (transport) your pig(s) for processing in our trailer and the pigs will be butchered on the 4th and 5th

After cooling for a few days, Cobbs will begin their custom cut work for each one of our customers and we know you will get one of Falster Farm’s premium pigs, dressed just you want it.

Here is the info for you to call Cobbs Processing: 903-785-7012.

Manning Cobb or his wife Karen will take as much time as you need, answer all your questions as you complete your custom cut sheet with them over the phone.

I KNOW you will enjoy the taste and benefit from the high quality of gourmet “Falling Star Brand” pork.

Karl and I plan on having the sows bred back soon so that, Lord willing, we’ll have pork available for June, 2013.

Again, thank you for the business and your support for local, sustainable small farmers. It’s the best way to buy and eat.