February 28, 2009 – Sheep Bling

Today the lambs got their bling – new earrings.  Only one stud for both boys and girls.  Ear tagging is a new process for us and it seemed to go well.

Here’s Linda with number 16.

And me with number 17. I went into the local farm store (Theisens) earlier in the week to get the tags and thought they were a bit pricey at $28.00 for 20 sheep/goat tags along with $26 for the applicator tool.  I didn’t get them and checked our favorite fencing supply store, Premiere Fencing and was able to get 40 tags for $8 and the applicator tool for $9.00.  So, what I would have paid $82 at Theisen’s, I got for $17 at Premiere.

one year ago…”Mango Farm”

February 27, 2009 – What’s Your Type?

What’s your type? Soil type, that is.  I stumbled upon a great web site by the NRCS that allows you to zoom into a piece of planet earth.

Here’s our farm from the air, via the NRCS web site.  Once you navigate to an address, gps coordinate, or legal description, you draw on the map the area you want soil mapped and the following pops up.

This photo shows the different soil types superimposed on the aerial photo.  To the left is a link to the description of the soil types from the county soil survey.  The detailed soil explanation lists the soil types, the soil characteristics, the suitability of the soil for different crops, building foundations and much more!  There are even little wands you can use to measure segments of land, determine area or rectangles or hand-drawn polygons – useful for estimated acres of a part of a farm.

one year ago…”Mango Farm”