Day In The Life

These are quick updates from the Stoddart family regarding their farm.

Cattle on a misty morning

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Cattle on a misty morning

Shot this morning as I was moving cattle on to fresh grass. Your browser does not support the video tag

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Out Standing in my Field

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Out Standing in my Field

Gorgeous field of spelt just about ready to harvest. Yes it’s as tall as it looks – around 5 feet – up to my...

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The Lamb and the Rooster

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I wish I had video of this to share but I’ve been sweating so much that I’m not carrying my phone with me for fear of damaging it. We have a bottle raised lamb that has been named “Cauliflower” because our neighbour’s children thought her fleece looked exactly like a head of cauliflower. Cauliflower is a month old and is gradually exploring the world beyond our front porch. She bounds about the lawn, sampling every plant in the flower garden – not fussy on roses, loves birch and poplar leaves. Yesterday she spotted one of our free ranging roosters. This is...

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Lunch time for twins

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Warning: Naked Video

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Don’t get too hot and bothered – it’s just freshly sheared sheep, unless… Your browser does not support the video tag

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A cure for mad cow

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The video shows a mad cow becoming a happy cow:-) Your browser does not support the video tag

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Hauling Hay

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Hauling Hay

Load of wet hay ready to be wrapped and fermented. Spelt field in the background.

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Tagging the Bobolink

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Tagging the Bobolink

Here are the pictures I promised of the researchers tagging a bobolink. They managed to catch and tag 4 bobolinks. They may be on Ontario’s endangered list but they’re fairly abundant on our...

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Something our sheep might do.

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Who knows – I’ve seen less probable things happen with sheep.

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Something our cows will never do.

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A talented video editor created an amusing waste of 150 seconds:

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Rotational Grazing vs Soybeans

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Rotational Grazing vs Soybeans

The contrast between our fields and our neighbour’s struck me this morning. He was finishing planting soybeans while I moved the cattle into their next paddock. His field is bare and won’t start capturing solar energy for a week and won’t reach 100% cover for nearly a month. Our pastures and hay fields have been capturing full solar energy since April and the last time some these fields were bare was 2005. We’ve grown a crop and harvested it and started growing the next crop with no fossil fuel inputs. Whereas our neighbour has burned a bunch of diesel and the crop...

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Are you the hen or the pig?

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I’m probably making a mistake penning this while I’m still angry but there are some things that need to be said about what it takes to create the local food system that we envision. The genesis of this post was a tweet today by a prominent Toronto foodie saying she was skipping the farmer’s market today because it was raining. There’s an old joke that a hen is involved in producing your breakfast but a pig is committed to it. The SlowFood movement relabels “consumers” as “co-producers”. This calls out the important function that consumers play...

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Life is Ruff

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Life is Ruff

I’m jealous! He’s on the porch in my favorite chair while I have to cut hay.

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Another Beautiful Morning

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{EAV_BLOG_VER:e39a3a2fb0ef0ff4} I’m liking the cooler temp with the beautiful sunshine today. The cows and sheep are liking it too.

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New Lamb a Few Hours Old

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Found this little gal at evening chores. She’s just a few hours old. Her mother is bleating to her to encourage the lamb to follow. It is a very distinct bleat that they only use when calling their lambs. Your browser does not support the video tag

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Snack time

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Snack time

Somebody was hungry after frolicking in the sun today.

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Beautiful Evening

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Beautiful Evening

Final pasture check. Everybody’s content after a gorgeous day.

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Khaki Campbell Ducks on the pond

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I’m a little envious of these ducks. They’re calmly swimming and chillaxin while I get to make their feed today. Oh well- they did the hard part for my lunch yesterday – they laid the egg! Your browser does not support the video tag

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Outstanding in my field

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Outstanding in my field

Just out checking on ewes- we’re lambing. It’s such a beautiful day! I’m sweating because of the long walk in the sun – it’s been too long.

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Cute Curious Calves

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Cute Curious Calves

Just rotated cattle to fresh pasture. Caught these two watching me hook up the water. What a beautiful day.

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