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General Discussion / Re: Facebook site
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:43:03 PM »
I didn't do Facebook until a couple of months ago but we have since found that it is a super easy way to network with our sheep operation.  I don't do any personal things but everything I put on our page has to do with our farm operation.

General Discussion / Re: Facebook site
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:00:53 PM »
It will be a good backup site anyway in case something serious happened to the forum here.  I would like a place to go to try to find out what happened rather than just have people I have "known" for a long time just disappear.

The Range / Dock / Re: Successful 2017/2018 deer season
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:41:04 AM »
Congratulations - we are over run with deer around us but nothing near the size of that buck.

Happy Hour / Re: Game tonight
« on: January 08, 2018, 04:29:18 PM »
It looks like I can stream it through ESPN.

Happy Hour / Re: Game tonight
« on: January 08, 2018, 04:02:08 PM »
MikeM-----Maybe you can stream the game online.

I never thought about that but I'll give it a look.

I got irritated at the Titans yesterday thinking they had thrown away another game and turned it off only to find out they didn't. That was east to find replays of though.

Fruit Trees / Re: New to fruit trees
« on: January 08, 2018, 01:51:41 PM »
I'm not far from the Alabama line and cherries do good for us but the birds get more than we do.  I planted a bunch of the standard peach, pear, apple and plum trees but we have gotten hit by a late freeze two years in a row and got just a few fruit.  Not sure where you are but we get plenty of chill hours here and if I was just now planting I would go with a mid to late season variety to miss those late freezes.

Happy Hour / Re: Game tonight
« on: January 08, 2018, 01:47:58 PM »
Having lived in LA or Lower Alabama (Pensacola) for most of my life I have been a Bama fan for a long time.  We don't get the game here so I'll have to check radio stations on the web to pick it up.

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: January 06, 2018, 07:46:49 PM »
bobcat - That was from our beef and like every other cut the taste was awesome.

Happy Hour / Re: Whats for supper ?
« on: January 06, 2018, 02:45:19 PM »
Tonight was a rib roast with sweet taters.

Happy Hour / Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018
« on: January 02, 2018, 08:13:18 PM »
Happy New Year everyone.  Last year was super and I hope we all have an even better year coming.

Livestock / Re: Mike -- When does 2018 Lambing start??
« on: January 02, 2018, 08:07:50 PM »
Your post got me smiling.  We could start as early as 9 February if any of the ewes were cycling when we put them with the ram.  We didn't put but half the ewes with him in September and the other half went in a month later so lambing will be stretched out more this season.  Last season worked good for parasites but I didn't need the stress worrying about the frigid cold weather. It has been in the single digits this week and that's when we were lambing last time.

And a big Thank You for asking. 

Recipes / Re: Reverse sear cooking method
« on: December 25, 2017, 05:09:32 PM »
That looks perfect to me - pretty pink meat but I don't see any blood.  I cook mine like that figuring that if something isn't done enough I can always throw it in the microwave rather than have shoe leather for everyone.

General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas
« on: December 25, 2017, 07:47:41 AM »
Merry Christmas to all

« on: December 23, 2017, 07:29:09 PM »
Merry Christmas and may all the days that follow be a Blessing for you and yours.

Happy Hour / Re: Dad used to get up early
« on: December 18, 2017, 05:31:35 AM »
These are always welcome threads and I really enjoy reading them.

General Discussion / Re: Prayers for Bill (Golpher Broke)
« on: December 17, 2017, 07:19:36 PM »
Consider it done.

General Discussion / Re: First attempt at making pepper vinegar
« on: December 16, 2017, 01:36:29 PM »
That looks good Vince..  You can always make it stronger later but it's a bit harder to make it weaker and still have a good taste.

Happy Hour / Re: Beware Phone hamg ups--could be a scam
« on: December 16, 2017, 01:35:15 PM »
I even refuse to text.  Before I retired I would receive texts from the folks who worked for me but I wouldn't answer.  If anyone needed confirmation of anything they knew to use voice  calls.

Homesteading Skills / Re: Homemade Chicken Stock
« on: December 12, 2017, 03:34:29 PM »
We don't put anything in it.  We are processing a big stock pan today since we got 4 packages of chicken breasts on sale.  We take the chicken off the bone and freeze it as chicken tenders and also a few whole breasts.  We add all of the bones and skin to water and simmer till everything is falling apart.  We strain the broth and after it cools off we refrigerate overnight. That way the fat solidifies overnight and we can just pop it off in the morning.

We should wind up with around 8 quarts that we will can.

The Greenhouse / Re: 2017 High Tunnel
« on: December 12, 2017, 12:10:09 PM »
I really like how much adjustment you can do for the height.

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