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Friday, August 29, 2008

4.25"


Yep, that is the amount of rain we have received in the past 2 weeks. Pretty stinkin awesome. All of our irrigated pastures had been holding up well with the whopping 2" we had had since the start of May. It had been dry bones.

Now everything is green and the cracks have come together. Our grasses are thicker than ever with new growth popping up everywhere. Water is life on a farm, and without it, nothing can live. Helps you to understand why Christ is the Living Water for us and apart from Him, we too will perish.

Farming teaches you so much about creation. How smart God truly is and will be even after we are gone. He designed animals perfectly, along with the symbiotic relationship between the animals and land. When left simple, the way it was intended, things just work out better.

We seem to think that we can do things better but all that gets us to is M&M and potato chip beef along with pop tart fed pork. (See my wifes blog)

Just thought I would give some pictures from this week of the pastures and cows.






25 comments:

The Kramer Family said...

Good stuff honey!

Your pictures are purdy!

Love ya!

Farmer Brad said...

Amazing what a little rain does! It's so green around here it's like spring again.

Amy - "Twelve Acres" said...

Awesome pasture. That's the way it should look! We desperately need rain in NW Ohio.

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Wow, your pasture looks great!

Ron said...

Glad you got the rain when you needed it! I'd be happy to share a few more inches with you... been raining for 40 days and 40 nights here. :)

The complex inter-dependencies of plants, animals, soil, air and water are fascinating. I'm not religious, but I marvel every day at the beauty and perfection of it all.

Take care,
Ron

Charlie's MOM said...

Jason-since I don't have your email I wanted to invite your family to our MHS class of '98 reunion. 9/26 we are meeting at Los Ranchos in the Wal-Mart shopping center at 6pm and then going to the homecoming game. Saturday morning we are meeting at the park for a 'bring your own' picnic so the kids can play together. We would love to see your beautiful family at one or all of these events. Thanks, Sara Newton

Rich said...

I've read your posts about using a sub-soiler to install your paddock water lines, but are you also subsoiling your paddocks to help with water infiltration?

Using a subsoiler with Keyline cultivation techniques is supposed to dramatically increase water infiltration and build soil fertility. This increased water infiltration (and higher soil moisture) combined with a rotational grazing system should really increase the productivity of a pasture (in addition to reducing the effects of a drought)

Jean said...

One of most beautiful sight to be beholden by a true farmer!!

Anonymous said...

Found your site via 'pile of Omelay' comment you made that I absolutely agree with!
Holy Cow! Beautiful photos.
I live in Las Vegas {12 yrs}and we would be happy to take some of that rain off your hands.

I was born in Houston moved to Yakima Wash then to LV{have one grown daughter that moved back to Houston few ago} but haven't lived in Houston since the early 80s.
It's hard to grow anything in Vegas.

Connie

http://www.xanga.com/nanablue2004

Danielle said...

Just popped in to say, "Hi". I'm heading over to check out your wife's stuff. I found you from Karl's blog and thought you should know you made good sense.

Robert said...

How do you get your pasture to look so good? Here in West-Central Illinois the weeds take over if you do not mow the pasture at least twice a year.

jen @ J&J Acres said...

Wow... that's great looking grass!

*emilie* said...

Hello ! i just found your blog and really enjoy reading it ! i'm not a farmer myself, but i'm a swiss country girl. thank you !
em

Griztown said...

Hi Jason,
Are you still blogging? I've really enjoyed reading all your old posts. Hope you continue blogging.

Jane said...

I have just spent the good part of this evening reading through this wonderful blog. I am enthralled! I wish I could be a farmer now!! Anyway, I am so glad there are still farmers like you that do the right thing by the animals and the land. I wish you and your family much success.

Jane.
P.S. Do you Fedex?

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Joan said...

Jason, Wayne and I thank you for yesterday's visit that you hosted for the Brazos Valley Locavores. It's wonderful to see you passionate about what you are doing with your land and animals in trying to make God's earth a much cleaner healthier place in which to live, you spoke well, and you encouraged Wayne and me to continue eating locally grown and raised grass fed meats. We enjoyed walking your land and seeing your animals in such a free healthy clean environment as you told us of your experiences during the last couple of years.

Since I am a former small chicken flock owner, I was particularly impressed with the gorgeous sight of the large number of red feathered chickens hovering around their roost/nesting box sheet metal covered wagon on the wide open pasture.

We are looking forward to eating our order of some of your meats and eggs. Thanks, Lynsey, for the hospitality you showed us during order time back at the Store.

By the way, Jason, what you said about first impressions is certainly correct. I knew when we entered your beautiful rock pillared fence entrance with its accompanying pansies, we were in for a lovely time with lovely people.

Thank you again.

R said...

I found your blog as a link from your sister's blog. Thanks for the inspiration to buy grass-fed beef! (I would order from you but I don't live anywhere near Texas...)

Ruth

buzzsaw said...

Nice pics. Are those fly tags on your cows' ears?

buzzsaw said...

And where'd all that beautiful grass come from? Did you plant seed or did that just come up?

Nico said...

Love the photo's of the beautiful green grass, keep them posting!

Folk Farm Daily said...

Great pictures. There's nothing like a plethora of rain after a long dry spell.

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