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Long weekends make good hay

Guest blog by Jeanine Moyer 

Baling hay, combining grain and harvesting corn – that’s what our family does to celebrate long weekends in the summer. And we enjoy every minute of it.

It always seems that the weather cooperates on long summer weekends – good for vacationers and farmers. And the long weekends provided an extra day, allowing us to get some of the most important seasonal jobs done on the farm and extra help around the farm.

A close up of hay

On our beef farm, we cut, or harvest, hay twice a year while some neighbouring dairy farms often cut three times a season. Hay is a mixture of grasses and alfalfa – providing essential nutrients and roughages (grasses) that are important to the digestive system of cattle. Hay grows like grass; it will grow back after you cut it making it easy for farmers to get multiple cuts of hay in a season.

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Posted by Farm and Food Care on July 25th, 2012 :: Filed under Beef cattle,Farm life,Summer,Uncategorized
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In the face of crisis

By Jeanine Moyer

Living on a farm means we live farther away from our neighbours than most people. Instead of lawns and fences separating our house from the neighbour’s we have fields and streams. Sometimes I think the distance between each farm can make the relationship between neighbours stronger. And tests the strength of a relationship like an illness or disaster when neighbours come together to face adversity.

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Posted by Farm and Food Care on July 19th, 2012 :: Filed under animal handling,Barn fires,Barns,Family vs factory farming,Farm life,Sustainability of the family farm
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It takes a family to run a farm

BRENT DAVIS, The Record (Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo), 08 Sep 2007

On a sprawling farm just west of Kitchener, eight pairs of young hands are carrying on a family tradition that began more than 150 years ago.

From the youngest — Holly, 4 — to the oldest — Emily, 14 — each of the Shantz children has a role to play in a unique environment that serves alternately as a place of business, an outdoor classroom and home sweet home.

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Posted by FFC on July 19th, 2009 :: Filed under Education and public awareness,Farm life
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