It's been a busy new year here at the farm. New Freezer, New Sales System, New Customers New Status, New Building, New ???, Investment Pigs, New Chicken systems.
New Freezer: We outgrew our 6 Freezers and upgraded to a 20' x 8' walk in freezer (an old reefer truck). We built beautiful shelves to organize our meat in way that satisfies our most OCD wished. Loading up product for market is now a lot quicker.
New Sales System: We now email our customers 3 days before market, asking them to pre-order products. This reduces the amount of product we need to take to market, and our sales have exploded!
New Customers: Every week we ask people if they want to sign up for pre-orders. We average 10+ new customers a week, and have at least 60 on our list.
New Status: Google us! We own page-rank...We even have our logo first up under images
New Building and ???: Most of our summer will be occupied in constructing a good sized addition to the house where Caitlin, Lydia, Adam and ??? can live. The little one is due in early August - lets see how much of the addition is done by then
Investment Pigs: We've carried an entire batch of pigletss to adulthood: 30 pigs. We about broke the bank to get there, but we have high hopes for our return: the demand at market for pork has always exceeded supply. This batch size will soon be quarterly, but for now its a big deal.
New Chicken Systems: We've been using electro-netting with success for chickens, but they've still been a lot of work. Our new system to try is for our broilers (back by popular demand). Since they only spend about 5-6 weeks on pasture (they only live 8-10), we thought we could let them stay in one large pasture for that time. Since their lifespan is short its still rotates pastures, just without the problem of chicken herding.
Included in this system is a 275 gallon waterer and a version of this ingenious feeder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJvqH7a78SA
This is the tip of the iceberg. This says nothing about nutrient management, new things in the garden, how cool this house will be (other people can build ordinary houses...not me.), the blessing of watching my kids grow bigger, cow corrals, market delivery problems, chicken processing and all the challenges we are enjoying. I am a happy farmer!