Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TBF 135 :: It's Not a Comeback, Lots of Updates, and a Hard Lesson Learned

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What happens when The Beginning Farmer disappears for months on end? Well, actually lots things happen! Just recently I've been to Arizona to talk farming and finances, we've been making small square bales of hay, a new building project is in the planning stages, and of course we've even made some time to take the boat out (yes, we are a boating family now ... more about that in future episodes). Basically, what I'm trying is that it wasn't for lack of things happening that I haven't been podcasting, but rather there has just been a lot on the mind that has made it difficult to sit down and record something remotely coherent!

Honestly the farm is moving along just about like it was last time I released a podcast, but we are starting to make some shifts on the farm to better serve our markets and what our farm does best. The biggest changes have probably come in the form of mindsets and reality checks. I'll be spending the next few episodes talking about some of the changes that are happening from a physical and emotional standpoint on our farm. In the meantime I do hope you can find the time to listen this episode as I ramble about my dream of professional fishing (that dream hasn't completely died just yet)!

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Friday, February 05, 2016

TBF 134 :: Super-Duper Farm Q & A, Farm News, and a Hard Lesson Learned

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listenerquestions
I asked for questions and you listeners came back with some great questions! The only bummer thing about all of those great questions is that I'm not sure that I had equally great answers. So, take a listen to the episode, check out the question topics below, and then I'd love it if you'd chime in with your thoughts. I'm guessing with the vast array of knowledge in this group there will be some great thoughts!


Question Topics:
  1. Do you assist in your hogs' farrowing?
  2. How is the family doing?
  3. What is your favorite part about chickens and how about having them in the winter?
  4. Improving efficiencies when raising pigs (both time and money).
  5. Am I getting ready for spring?
  6. Do you AI your livestock? Why or why not?
  7. Oats in the hog ration?
  8. Do you speak French?
  9. What about loans when it comes to farming?
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Friday, January 29, 2016

TBF 133 :: Handling Hogs on Pasture, New Life, and a Hard Lesson Learned

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pigheaded
When it comes to raising pigs on pasture and in the woodlot one of the most frequently asked questions is about how you handle the pigs in that setting. If you've ever been around a more conventional hog operation you know that there are lots of pens, gates, panels, chutes, and concrete that all aid in the movement of pigs. On the pasture though it can sometime seem like getting the correct six hogs on the trailer is more difficult than finding a needle in a haystack! At least that has been my experience in the past.


Over my very few years of working with hogs in the pasture and woodlot setting I have learned that the number one tool is patience, and that is followed by sorting panels and some good planning! One thing that has worked best for me has been building a corral around my feeding area so that I can lock them in when they come to eat and then do the sorting or work that needs to be done. While I'll admit there are better solutions this is what has worked best for me and for my scale. If you're looking for some information from the pro's though I would suggest checking out the links below:

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

TBF 132 :: Merry Christmas from The Beginning Farmer!

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The Christmas season would not be complete with out some reflection on the season and a reading of one of the best Christmas stories I've ever had the chance to hear. My memories of Christmas (and winter in general) on the farm are something that I look back on with great joy and my encouragement is for all of us to make those types of memories this year regardless of whether or not our holidays are spent on a farm. Enjoy the season, look for the blessings, make memories, and leave a legacy! Which I believe sums up, "Our Best Christmas" by Clarence S. Hill.



As always, I want to thank you so much for listening and supporting the show with your encouragement and reviews on iTunes! I am continually working to produce a better show, and I'm thankful for all of the listeners sticking with me as I learn.

If you do enjoy the show, don't forget that you can subscribe on iTunes and leave a five star rating and review (by clicking the link). If you are an Android phone user you can also subscribe on the free Stitcher App. It is so very encouraging to know that people are listening and enjoying the show!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

TBF 131 :: Five Farm Successes in 2015 and a Hard Lesson Learned

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farmsuccessLast episode was all about the failures from 2015, but this time we are going to keep it positive and we are going to talk about the successes that we had on Crooked Gap Farm in 2015. I'm not going to lie, coming up with five successful things from the year was much more difficult than coming up with the failures. When I was compiling a list of failures the difficult part was picking the top five. As I was putting together the list of successes on the farm the difficult part was getting past number two! That is often how it is though, it is easy to think of the ways you have dropped the ball and more difficult to think of the things that are going well. In the life of a farmer though it is very important to grab hold of those successful things because there is so much that goes on that is out of your control

Help me make a list! What were your success this year? I think it would be good to see a great big list and be encouraged by all that was accomplished in 2015! Comment below and let's build the list ...

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Monday, December 21, 2015

TBF 130 :: Five Farm Failures in 2015 and a Hard Lesson Learned

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5farmfailuresSometimes admitting that you have failed is difficult because you don't want to think about the fact that you haven't accomplished a goal or something that you are passionate about. Other times admitting a failure comes all too easy because you are just looking for a way to put yourself down. In my seven years on the farm I have had more failures that I could count or even would care to remember, and in that time I have both found myself unwilling to admit failure or just the opposite ... looking for a way to accuse myself of failure.
When I look back on 2015 I recognize many failures on my farm. Some came from lack of planning, some came because I didn't follow through, and some even came because I was just plain negligent. But, my reason for looking back on my failures is not because I have a desire to, "feel sorry for myself" or even have you feel sorry form. I want to look back at some of the "highlights" of my failures so that I can look forward to the coming year on the farm. By looking back on my failures I can see potential changes that need to be made, but more importantly I can see areas in my farming life where I need to watch myself extra carefully so I don't fall in to the same traps.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

TBF 129 :: Thanksgiving on the Farm, Lots of Farming, and a Hard Lesson Learned

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving :: Farm, Field, and Fireside :: Nov. 27, 1897

With corn so low how can I be thankful? So says an Illinoisan. With transportation so high what ground is there for me to do anything but grumble? So thinks the farmer of North Dakota. I have no wheat to sell at the high price, says the Iowan. Hog products are low, join in a chorus, the farmers of Iowa, Missouri, and other parts of the Northwest, while those in other States declare all that they have to sell brings small returns. 
Our answer is, be thankful for the prosperity of your neighbors, even if in another State; be thankful for health; you have no yellow fever. Be thankful for the frost which has at length arrived to kill the fever germs. Be thankful for a brave heart and faith in God. Take new courage and look forward and upward.




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As always, I want to thank you so much for listening and supporting the show with your encouragement and reviews on iTunes! I am continually working to produce a better show, and I'm thankful for all of the listeners sticking with me as I learn.

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I would love to hear your questions, show ideas, or comments about the show. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail! As always you can follow along with "The Beginning Farmer" and Crooked Gap Farm by checking out these links ...
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