Author Archives: Joan Falcao

VT Digger Q&A for New Farmers Joan and Bob

June 5, 2019 edition VT Digger article Q&A: New farmers in retirement: ‘The animals keep us young’. Article and photos by Anne Wallace Allen.

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In the news! SEVEN DAYS article on Humane Certification

Health Hero Farm Promotes Awareness of Humane Certification By MELISSA PASANEN (photo credit DARIA BISHOP)

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Finally Grazing

This is what we’ve been waiting for — fresh, nourishing grass. Even the newborn calves are trying it out.

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Grass Gods, Make it happen!

We’re running out of hay and the grass needs to grow some more, before we declare “TURN OUT DAY”!!! Allowing cattle to graze soggy fields or grass just starting to grow will stunt the pasture for the coming year. So … Continue reading

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Do cattle wear makeup?

You be the judge! Update:  This little bull calf just weighed in at 113,  13 days after birth.  Given that we could lift him as a newborn, he probably gained 60 pounds.  That grass milk is amazing!!!

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And it’s a girl!

Kit just gave birth to a little heifer. This morning, we noticed that we were down a head at the bale ring. When we checked the barn, there she was — Kit with her sweet little calf. Now we watch, … Continue reading

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Calf Watch

We just shredded a couple more round bales of bedding hay to prepare a comfy spot for our pregnant cows to give birth. So soft and fluffy to lie on! Here’s our Lena, a very pregnant cow, welcoming the return … Continue reading

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Spending time with cattle

Lucas greets Bob in the morning when he goes to check on the cattle. Around age 1, some beef cattle allow their curiosity to overcome their shyness and they seek contact. Joan brought Lucas some kale to see if he … Continue reading

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As the snow melts

Looking forward to spring, I wanted to share some of the beauty of winter. Here are a few of our cattle in the woods near the barn. They could be indoors on their bedded pack, but they are drawn to … Continue reading

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Bale Grazing

In the winter, we feed out the bales we worked so hard to make in the spring. Last May we mowed the grass and then baled it while the moisture was about 50%. We then wrapped it in plastic to … Continue reading

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