Summer has arrived and is flying by much too fast! We have been busy irrigating the fields, building fence, planting the garden, and working on the hydroponics. The kids are out of school and enjoying the time to play and work with the animals. Winnie was thrilled when Annabelle's baby was born on March 31st, and even more excited that it is a heifer. She named her Isabelle, and has been working with her on a halter already. We had a second calf, a bull, out of another one of our cows, Starlette, in the middle of April. Two more are due any day now. The kids have been training the alpacas for the county fair in August, and even Gus is planning to go to the show this year! The cherry trees are heavy with fruit, having survived the nail-biting frost season. The apricots weren't so lucky this year. The garden plants are planted, and the hydroponics set up is just about ready. I'll have to have Jeff fill you in on that one! We got two new yaks to add to our herd, a big royal(black and white) bull named Ogie, and a fuzzy black heifer named Lucy. They came from the little town of Norwood, about 2 hours away. We are really going to try to get the yak meat market going over here, and hope to have a couple outlets to sell the meat in the Aspen area. We will be going to the Cedaredge Farmer's Market with it as time permits also. It has been busy around here as usual, but always fun!
Susie (and sometimes Jeff) Hirsch, parents, vets, small scale ranchers, and regular people, who must have a sense of humor to survive!