2021 has been an amazing year. It started out rough, not knowing if we would have enough hay, or even pasture to support ourselves. Yet mother nature was kind enough to give us what we needed and we surpassed our need for hay, and our pastures ended up doing fantastic. Now I would be lying if I were to say that wasn't without some creative pasturing plans for a bit to get us through the slump, but we did it!
We brought home Alice this spring who gave us our much anticipated Angus bull calf "Scotty". We then tried our hand at artificially inseminating some cattle and had some decent success. We have a registered Belted Galloway on the way along with a registered Angus, and two British Park Commercial Crosses.
We then added in Abbie, Stanley and Virginia. All of which have goals and purposes on the farm that we greatly look forward to.
We dabbled into genomic testing of the Angus for enhanced EPD's on all of our registered stock, and have now started to DNA test the Belted Galloway and commercial cross bred cattle as well. This will allow us to fully utilize each one to their fullest potential by the traits they carry.
We added a second beehive, which was a blessing as honey production for Hersey was down so that allowed us to still harvest some honey, just in lesser quantities than previously anticipated. We have goals of increasing our hives again next year.
Maple syrup went well, and as always and it was fun.
Calving season went well.
We planted a stand of Indian Corn that did amazing and we couldn't be more happy! We have plans to continue that in the future.
Fall of 2021 I started attending some craft shows, and had a great time. The plan will be to attend more in the future to market candles and soap, along with our other goodies we produce!
We would like to thank each and every one of you that support us and follow us on our journey. We appreciate you, and we are thankful. We are trying to carry on a tradition of agriculture while making our own way, while upholding our values in cattle handling and farming practices. Truly the support we receive from everyone is amazing.
Special thanks to everyone at Grassfest last night. It was a great meeting, and we are looking forward to more....
Peace and love friends,
- Brandi Mitchell