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GingerBKelly

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Posted - Aug 22 2015 :  10:36:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm impressed the Chaffhaye alfalfa is GMO free. They also have retailers in the Northeast, near my area. Nice! Here is the link where I could find the different retailers in my area. http://chaffhaye.com Apparently, no such luck with ModestoMilling.com.

~Ginger Kelly, Kelly Homestead Apiary, Charlton, MA~

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When a cow laughs, does milk come out her nose? ~Author Unknown


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CloversMum

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Posted - Aug 22 2015 :  8:45:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I think that with Modesto Mills, you can order and have it shipped to you. Of course, the bigger the order, the more economical it is and maybe you could order with another family to get a bigger order.


Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; 1 Jersey cow; 1 Jersey heifer; 1 Guernsey cow; Oberhasli & Guernsey goats, ducks and chickens
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GingerBKelly

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Posted - Aug 31 2015 :  08:28:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How much alfalfa pellets do you feed to a miniature dairy cow, per day, or whenever? I wouldn't know how much to give, without overfeeding. BTW: My husband made the suggestion, just yesterday, that if we convert our little area (where we now have a swimming pool) into a barn area, by having a metal barn erected, maybe we could plan to have enough storage space to have a small retail organic feed store business. I thought this was a very good idea, indeed, depending (of course) if the figures make sense. We have no organic feed in our area and I know people who are interested. Generally, I travel over an hour at least once a month (that's a big deal in Massachusetts), just to pick up my organic feed.

~Ginger Kelly, Kelly Homestead Apiary, Charlton, MA~

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CloversMum

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Posted - Aug 31 2015 :  11:59:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Now, wouldn't that be a great idea, Ginger? You could sell enough to pay for your own animals' feed.

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CloversMum

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Posted - Dec 12 2015 :  09:05:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ginger, did you ever open up a little feed store?

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maryjane

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Posted - Dec 12 2015 :  10:06:04 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I've noticed that Ginger is a big fan of Twitter. She responds almost daily to my tweets. I'll ask her next time she's twittering.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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CloversMum

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Posted - Dec 12 2015 :  8:38:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm not on Twitter so let us know what she says!

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maryjane

6626 Posts


Posted - Dec 14 2015 :  11:59:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
GingerBKelly said via Twitter:
Thank you but no feed store yet. Tell Charlene hey & I'll be on the Jersey Chatroom soon. I need to stay connected!

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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Ron

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Ronnie
Peever SD
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Posted - Dec 15 2015 :  05:42:01 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Twitter? WTH....

With a moo moo here and a moo moo there, here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo.
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CloversMum

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Posted - Dec 15 2015 :  06:42:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm right with you, Ron!

MJ, please tell Ginger that we miss her and a hello from me! Thanks for tracking her down.

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NellieBelle

10836 Posts


Posted - Dec 15 2015 :  08:06:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Twitter(of a bird) give a call consisting of repeated light tremulous sounds. Chirp, chirrup,cheep, tweet, chatter, trill, warble, sing. :)Must be where they came up with the name Twitter, light sounds, tweeting. Yes Ginger, would love to hear from you when you find time. Let us know how your bovine are doing.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown

Edited by - NellieBelle on Dec 15 2015 08:08:21 AM
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Ron

4666 Posts
Ronnie
Peever SD
USA

Posted - Dec 15 2015 :  08:14:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ok.....we have gone to the birds.. ( cuckoo )

With a moo moo here and a moo moo there, here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo.
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maryjane

6626 Posts


Posted - Dec 15 2015 :  08:37:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Janet, the name Twitter really fits the type of personality that loves Twitter. It's for those who flitter like a bird ... this branch, no, this branch! Short, sweet missives, then on to the next thing. Texting is the same thing. Brief. Lacking in content. Over. Done.

Facebook lands somewhere in between Twitter and a chatroom. And then there's Instagram, photos only. And Pinterest, crafting/décor eye candy without detailed instruction. It's a crafter's twitter.

I prefer good old-fashioned emails and a chatroom. Isn't it funny that those things are old-fashioned already? People "PM me" (send me a personal message) through Facebook and I tell them I have an email address and that's my preference so that I can find them again if need be. Everything said on Facebook feels gone an hour later, but as you know, people world wide love it. It's a force in the universe, and in particular the business world. You don't want to be like Montgomery Ward who refused to get an 800 number.

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NellieBelle

10836 Posts


Posted - Dec 15 2015 :  09:00:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, I imagine Twitter would be like that. My personality falls somewhere between the pony express and snail mail. All this new message sending is overwhelming to me. Anything that goes too fast around here I just want to swat it with the fly swatter. In this fast paced world of business I can see where you snooze you lose, but it's just not for me. Born too late. I like to take time and see/feel/experience things. Too impersonal for me. I think they should have called it Snippets.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown
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maryjane

6626 Posts


Posted - Dec 15 2015 :  09:14:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Attention span has gone to the birds.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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hugho

11 Posts


Posted - Jan 29 2018 :  10:17:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This is an old post but still timely. In My area of NW Wyoming /SE Idaho, there is plenty of 2 string hay and straw to be found. Jackson Hole has probably as many horses as cows on year round paddocks and few ranches have cow /calf operations any more. Most just summer graze and ship the steers in fall. The horse demand means high demand for 2 string hay. Even some of the big industrial sized hay producers in places like The Green River area put up a lot of 2 string bales. Price per ton seems to be 10-25% higher. Last fall I paid $70 for 1350 lb grass hay big bale but $150--200 ton for 2 string bales of equivalent quality(both 2nd cutting.When diesel(ie energy) costs eventually rise we will have more human and animal energy inputs and fossil energy food and livestock production will become uneconomic and things like 2 string bales which can be handled by people rather than tractors will be the norm again.
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Originally posted by CloversMum

As we begin thinking about hay for this next season, we learned that our usual source of alfalfa hay is going to start producing huge bales...over 1000 lbs each! We have heard from a couple of farmers that producing the huge round or square bales are more cost effective for the farmer because there is less labor needed as the tractor does most of the work. Have you heard that, MaryJane? I am so disappointed...the regular rectangular bales are just fine for me to manage! We bale our own grass hay into regular bales, but still need alfalfa hay. Still looking...


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